Tuesday , January 19 2021

4G network to fix gaps in the broadband network

Richard Bruton replaced Denis Naughten as communications minister. Photo: Damien Eagers
Richard Bruton replaced Denis Naughten as communications minister. Photo: Damien Eagers

Adrian Weckler

Ireland is covering the coverage of the 4G mobile broadband network in the new bandwidth of rural broadband controversy.

Eir will invest EUR 150 million in launching a 4G mobile broadband access that will cover 99 percent of the territory of Ireland within two years.

This is the first time a mobile operator offers a universal land coverage.

Where the signal is strong enough, 4G can be used for home broadband access.

Currently available speeds of up to 100 megabits per second, corresponding to what is best available on conventional broadband phone services.

Eir also says it will also upgrade the network that will be ready for 5G in anticipation of faster mobile broadband standards being introduced next year.

So far, mobile operators have been obliged to cover most of the population in cities and large cities, leaving huge areas of the country with weak and slow signals.

There is no move that the government is struggling with possible alternatives to the lagging National Broadband Plan (NBP), which is awaiting Peter Smyth's report this week to determine if it can continue.

A series of government leaks in the media signaled that it could reconsider its commitment to investing taxpayers' money into rural broadband infrastructure.

The state subsidized NBP tender will facilitate the establishment of fiber networks at 540,000 rural homes and companies, giving the fastest possible broadband speed.

However, it is congested by delays and is now in danger of being canceled if the state audit finds that former Communications Minister Denis Naughten and the head of the NBP procurement consortium, David McCourt, undoubtedly hampered the just process.

Eir's investment is the start of a $ 1 billion restructuring of the entire company, prompting the commitment of its new owner, billionaire French telecommunications magnate Xavier Niel.

Mr. Niel signaled that his two priorities in reforming Eira were the radical expansion of the company's mobile network across the country and the upgrading of its urban broadband fiber infrastructure.

The 4G geographic expansion will include hundreds of new masts that are put in place for more than two years.

Eira's chief executive, Carolan Lennon, claimed that a new investment would make Ireland the most developed country in the world.

She said: "This investment in our mobile network is part of the total investment investment of $ 1 billion over the next five years, and will also see the expansion of our high-speed fiber-to-home installation to deliver broadband speeds up to 1,000 Mbps to further 1.4 million homes and companies across the country. "

Irish Independent

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