eircom and Huawei have provided an update on the roll out of VDSL2 vectoring technology in Ireland.

The country's incumbent operator announced last September that it planned to deploy VDSL2 vectoring, which sweats copper assets using noise cancelling technology to boost broadband speeds, early this year.

[Read more: eircom to deploy vectoring for its fibre broadband network]

By the end of last month, vectoring had been deployed to the “vast majority” of eircom’s 3,000 fibre broadband cabinets, the two companies said.

As a result, the operator estimates that at least 70 percent of the approximately 700,000 homes and businesses currently passed by its fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) network are able to achieve speeds of between 70Mbps and 100Mbps.

eircom Wholesale MD Carolan Lennon said the aim is to offer such speeds to 1.4 million homes and businesses by 2016.

"Leading telecoms analysts such as Analysys Mason estimate that by 2020 European homes and small businesses will need download speeds of 100Mbps,” she said.

“With the deployment of vectoring we’re making those speeds available to homes and businesses within our existing national fibre footprint now. Once completed, the broadband speeds available over our National Next Generation Fibre Access Network are now faster than most fixed line operators across Europe.”

[Read more: Copper or FTTX? Europe remains divided]

eircom’s fibre network is open access – 15 other operators now use it – and the incumbent claimed last month that it had connected its 100,000th fibre customer.

There are several other operators in Europe rolling out vectoring tech.

At Mobile World Congress, for example, Deutsche Telekom said it planned to provide three million homes with vectoring by the end of this year, up from 900,000 homes currently.

[Read more: Deutsche Telekom aims for all IP pan-European network]

Meanwhile, Orange launched the technology in France last October.

"New technologies such as vectoring and G.fast can help operators efficiently reuse existing infrastructure and quickly implement superfast broadband strategies," said You Yiyong, President of Huawei's access network product line.

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