€5m fibre rollout programme

Letterkenny is set to benefit from a 5 million euro investment in a fibre rollout programme that will help enhance broadband technology in the town.

Letterkenny is set to benefit from a 5 million euro investment in a fibre rollout programme that will help enhance broadband technology in the town.

This week, Eircom officials confirmed progress in the investment with thirteen areas throughout the town to be included in Phase 1 of the national initiative.

“We are very committed to the Letterkenny area and to the county,” Eircom’s Head of Communications, Paul Bradley, told members of the local Town Council at their meeting on Monday night.

By the end of the summer, Eircom hope to have delivered broadband with speeds of up to 40-50Mbps to customers.

A total investment of 100 million euro in the country includes an investment of between 4 to 5 million euro to be spent in Letterkenny.

Areas earmarked in the programme include Mountain Top, Glencar Scotch, Manor View, Town Centre, Ballymacool, Rahan, Lismonaghan, Lurgybrack, Glebe, Woodland, Meadowhill, Lisnenan, and Knocknamona.

Eircom is in discussions with industry to secure agreement on the rollout programme.

The company employs a total of 128 in Donegal with seventy-six of those based in Letterkenny, members were told.

Councillors welcomed the confirmation that the programme was being rolled out with Town Mayor, Cllr. Gerry McMonagle pointing out that it will represent a significant boost to small and medium sized businesses in the town.

Describing it as a “wonderful opportunity”, Cllr. Dessie Larkin referred to the investment on Project Kelvin and the MANN system and highlighted a recent visit to the Colab unit at Letterkenny Institute of Technology which would further benefit from the fibre rollout programme.

The meeting heard that Eircom currently has sixty-three exchanges throughout Donegal with 59 of them currently enabled. The four exchanges at St. Johnston, Gleneely, Culdaff and Arranmore Island were not “commercially viable”, the officials revealed.