Less than a fifth of rural customers that have been covered by Eir’s new fibre broadband network have been actually connected to the service, leading to concerns about the effectiveness of the scheme.
Eir agreed a deal in April to carve out 300,000 homes from the national broadband plan (NBP) provided it delivered fibre-power internet to those premises by the end of 2018. So far Eir has rolled out their new rural network alongside 100,000 homes in rural areas but only 16,000 customers have signed up to the service.
The €200 million network will run along 23,000 kilometers of Irish roads but homes have to be physically connected to it in order to access the service.
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