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Press Release -- April 8th, 2014
Source: Huawei
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eircom and Huawei commence Vectoring roll out, boosts fibre broadband speeds to 100Mbs with Huawei

[Shenzhen, China, April 8, 2014]: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced that Huawei and eircom boosting broadband speeds up to 100 Mbps for more than 700,000 homes and businesses across Ireland. eircom has become one of the first telecommunications companies in the world to deploy VDSL2 Vectoring technology in its Next Generation Fibre Access network.

Vectoring on VDSL2 technology is a cutting edge development that uses noise cancelling technology to boost broadband speeds to homes and businesses. This process strengthens the broadband signal and gives home and business broadband customers faster speeds.

By the end of March 2014, vectoring has been deployed to the vast majority of eircom’s 3,000 fibre broadband cabinets. eircom estimates that at least 70% of the approximately 700,000 homes and businesses currently passed by its fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) network will be able to achieve speeds of between 70Mbps and 100Mbps.

Eircom says 700,000 homes within reach of 100Mbps broadband Sean O'Reilly, Huawei Ireland, with Carolan Lennon, Managing Director, eircom Wholesale

Commenting on the development Carolan Lennon, Managing Director eircom Wholesale, said "Leading telecoms analysts such as Analysys Mason estimate that by 2020 European homes and small businesses will need download speeds of 100Mbps. With the deployment of vectoring we’re making those speeds available to homes and businesses within our existing national fibre footprint now, and the 1.4 million homes and businesses we intend to reach by 2016. Once completed, the broadband speeds available over our National Next Generation Fibre Access Network are now faster than most Fixed Line Operators across Europe.

We continue to work closely with our Global vendors, such as Huawei, to explore further hugely exciting technological developments in this area such as G.Fast, which offers the potential of future step changes in both upload and download broadband speeds by driving fibre further out into our network."

Mr. Derek Ding, MD for Huawei Ireland commented, "We have worked closely with eircom in the development and deployment of the network and we are excited with the progress that has been made. We are delighted with the enclosed announcement as we believe that this will benefit consumers in Ireland. Ireland has always been a leader in telecoms technological innovation and today’s announcement enhances this position."

Mr. You Yiyong, president of Huawei access network product line, said, "New technologies such as vectoring and G.fast can help operators efficiently reuse existing infrastructure and quickly implement superfast broadband strategies. Huawei will continue to invest and develop new technologies for fibre broadband to improve the access speed and bring more benefits to the customers."

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