eir partners KN Circet to build out FTTH network in Ireland

16 May 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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eir has agreed a deal with KN Circet to build the Optical Distribution Network (ODN) in preparation for the rollout of high speed broadband to 1.4 million premises.

Under the terms of the agreement, KN Circet will be responsible for the end-to-end rollout of eir’s network, which includes every town in Ireland and over 1,000 premises. The network will deliver up to 10Gbps in broadband speeds.

“I am delighted to partner with KN Circet on the roll-out of eir’s urban FTTH network, as part of our €1 billion capital investment programme over the next five years, said Carolan Lennon, CEO of eir. “KN Circet has been a major partner to eir for over 12 years and in that time we have developed a close working relationship. It has been a major contractor on the rollout of eir’s rural FTTH network, which by June of this year will have passed over 335,000 premises. With the signing of this agreement, I’m confident that together, we will successfully deliver Ireland’s best urban FTTH network for the benefit of all our customers.”

The news forms part of eir’s €500m fixed network investment programme, which aims to provide high-speed fibre-to-the-home services across Ireland.

“KN Circet has been a leading provider to the telecommunications, transport infrastructure and power sectors in Ireland, the UK and internationally, since 1975,” added Donagh Kelly, deputy CEO of KN Circet. “We have worked closely with eir for many years and I’m delighted that we will now partner with them on the urban FTTH roll-out, especially given our recent merger with Circet, France’s leading telecommunications services company, which gives us even greater scope to provide best-in-class services to the telecoms industry in Ireland”.

Only last year, Xavier Niel’s personal investment company NJJ officially took managing control of eir at the same time Lennon was named as group CEO taking over from Richard Moat who announced his intention to step down with the NJJ takeover.