Irish operator eir has revealed that 100,000 homes and businesses in rural Ireland will be passed with fibre broadband within 12 months.

The incumbent is rolling out FTTH tech to “the majority” of the buildings as it looks to win a tender from the government to deploy fibre to 30 percent of the country that does not have broadband access currently.

The telco has promised to pass 1.9 million premises with high-speed broadband by the end of 2020 and said it remains on target to reach 1.7 million premises by this time next year.

The new fibre cables, which will deliver offer speeds of 1GBps, will be installed alongside the existing roadside telecommunications infrastructure, eir revealed.

The operator commercially launched FTTH for the first time last September.

Carolan Lennon, Managing Director of open eir said: “We are the only provider with a truly national plan to connect rural communities across Ireland to high speed broadband.

“We already provide the fastest broadband speeds in the country and we are now extending those speeds beyond the town.

“Last June, we committed to extend the reach of our commercial rollout as far as possible.

“Our announcement today is testament to our on-going support of the economic recovery and rejuvenation of rural Ireland using best in class technology.”

[Read more: eir enters TV content market with Setanta Sports acquisition]

Last month, new figures from the FTTH Council Europe revealed that growth in FTTH/B tech waned last year.

The number of homes in the European Union passed with FTTH/B increased 13 percent in the first nine months of 2015 to 57.8 million, while the number of subscribers rose 23 percent to 15.4 million.

The industry body singled out Ireland for holding back on fibre deployments.

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