In a live media demonstration today UPC showed that its fibre optic network can download 5.7Gb files in 59 seconds. The company also doubled its download speeds for new customers saying, "50Mb/s is the minimum download speed acceptable to customers today."
Figures published today by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that more and more Irish businesses are getting online, with consecutive yearly increases in enterprise internet subscriptions, and an increase in online commerce with regard to both the selling and purchasing of goods and services.
Announcing their financial results today, BT Ireland has also revealed that their roll-out of fibre broadband has now reached three-quarters of all premises in Northern Ireland, and that Derry/Londonderry has become the first city in the UK to have all telecoms cabinets upgraded to fibre.
A new online Irish TV service, aertv, launched yesterday, allowing viewers to watch 11 Irish and international channels in one place, directly within the browser. What's more, the service requires no registration and is absolutely free.
Ireland is listed at 41 in world internet speed rankings, behind other countries like Bulgaria, Poland and the United Kingdom, according to aggregated data from SpeedTests.net. Perhaps most dishearteningly, Ireland has the second lowest internet speeds among EU member states, only scoring marginally better than Luxembourg in last place.
Magnet Networks has announced that it has upgraded its minimum offered broadband speed to 30Mbps, up from a previous speed of 5Mbps, and almost ten times greater than the average internet download speed of 3.34Mbps in Ireland.
Eircom has announced plans to bring fibre-powered broadband to 100,000 Irish homes and businesses by summer 2012. This forms phase one of a multi-year plan to finally upgrade Ireland's telecommunications infrastructure and marks a substantial initial investment of €100 million by the group.
While the current state of broadband infrastructure in Ireland in nothing short of disgraceful, it’s a relief somewhat to hear that a person held in such regard as Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt thinks so too. Speaking in Dublin yesterday, Schmidt stated how Ireland is “behind” on the roll-out of acceptable broadband and that Irish taxpayer’s money would be better invested in broadband “that serves the citizens”.
Figures published yesterday in the latest Irish Communications Market ComReg quarterly report suggest that 146,326 households and businesses in Ireland are currently subscribed to broadband packages of 2Mbps or less. Data concerning Q1 2011 indicates that 123,934 residential broadband subscriptions and 22,392 business broadband subscriptions are currently active for packages offering between 144kps and 1.99Mbps download speeds.
Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte, along with colleague Fergus O’Dowd, convened a high level task force yesterday charged will formulating policies on how best to roll-out ubiquitous high speed broadband to all areas of Ireland.
Everything Everywhere, the company behind Orange and T-Mobile, have teamed up with BT to deliver the first field trial of 4G LTE broadband, promising speeds of up to 100 Mbps. The two companies will share their fixed telecommunications and mobile technology to provide high speed wireless broadband on a trial basis to customers in South Newquay, Cornwall.
BT have today announced an 11% increase in profits for its all-Ireland communications services operation, to which the company attribute as a “result of cost transformation programmes and the successful delivery of large retail and wholesale contracts”.
Irish mobile network operator Three has today announced a €38 million investment contract with BT, which will see BT’s fibre network expand to over 200 new mobile sites and to a further 1,000 existing sites currently serving Three customers. This new fibre network will vastly increase bandwidth nationwide and will facilitate network speeds of up to 100Mb.