AN Taoiseach Enda Kenny has welcomed the announcement by Eir that 2,470 homes in Mayo will be connected to Eir Fire broadband as part of the company’s latest initiative to connect 100,000 homes and businesses in rural and regional locations across Ireland over the next 12 months.
The service will be a fibre broadband product that delivers 1Gbs, equivalent to 1,000Mbs.
Stated Deputy Kenny: “Homes and businesses in Castlebar, Belcarra, Westport and Murrisk will benifit with 2,470 connections in all. Some of the connections have already been put in place in Belcarra.
“As a result of this announcement, business in Castlebar, Belcarra, Westport and Murrisk will have greater economic opportunity.
"Online entrepreneurs will be able to establish companies in their home-town as opposed to having to move to a major city for internet connectivity and more SME’s will be able to get online and access the €6 billion spent by Irish consumers every year.
"This project will also increase Ireland and Mayo’s attractiveness as a destination for foreign direct investment.
“What this means in real terms is that families will be able to download a movie in two seconds and businesses will be able to both transfer very large files and hold conference calls with other parties rights across the globe without any problem.
“This continues the strong investment in broadband in the county. Two weeks ago eNet launched a fibre cable for businesses in Castlebar.”