Fibre Networks in Ireland

In order to build the best fibre networks in Ireland we need to take look back at the electrification .

On the 5th November 1946, the first electric pole was erected in North County Dublin. This led to Joe O’Connor, father of our own Ray O’Connor, supervising the copper roll-out years later. One of the last connections was in 1976, in the remote Black Valley of Killarney. It doesn’t take a skilled mathematician to see the electrification of Ireland took 30 years to complete. This was partially down to skepticism among consumers.

It seems to be ingrained in the Irish psyche that people just don’t like change! However, there needs to be a shift in mentality. If we as a society are to continue our seemingly unquenchable need for data. At present, there are numerous providers including NBI, SIRO, Eir and Virgin rolling out new fibre broadband networks.

The Need for Speed!

On the face of it, one could be forgiven for thinking that obviously, people want access to a faster service. The reality is that current speeds will suffice for many users. This short term vision means many people struggle to see the imperative need for this infrastructure.

We have come a long way from the days of listening to ”Pshhhkkkkkkrrrrkakingkakingkakingtshchchchchchchchcch*ding*ding*ding”(old dial-up sound) and we will never go back to them. However, with our consumption of data increasing day on day, a standard broadband connection won’t suffice. If we take a standard household with two teenage kids as an example. On average there will be 4 smartphones, laptops, tablets and smart tv all running off wi-fi. As consumers with a need for instant gratification, a super fast fibre broadband connection is simply a must.Indigo 4site fibre surveyors on a road collating data

Are you Satisfied with your Broadband Speed?

It is commonly known that better high-speed connectivity can significantly improve our working and personal lives. And superfast Fibre networks in Ireland can help with this.

This “improvement of life” can be measured on multiple levels but if we take work in isolation, there is a growing trend of stay at home workers. The flexibility offered by working from home is vital. Especially in the pursuit of the much sought after “perfect work-life balance” if such a thing exists.

This is why we need to embrace this new technology. Similar to the days of the electrification of Ireland, we need to come together as a community to support and help the roll-out of the fibre broadband infrastructure.

fibre planners and fibre planning

Accessibility is Key

Accessibility is key if a high-speed connection is to be 100% available for consumers. This access can be broken into two elements; wayleave and consent. In order to ensure homes can be fed with fibre broadband, contractors will need access to existing ESB ducts which may run under commercial and residential lands. Landowners are approached prior to any works being conducted. Given some cooperation from both parties, the works can be conducted in a quick and professional manner.

Consenting is different and is predominantly sought in city centre locations. In these locations, consent is sought to install cabling/equipment on the facade of premises. This is the final step to ensure any home is fibre ready, should they want the service.

It’s Worth Answering the Door!

Let’s face it, when anyone hears the doorbell ring or a “knock-knock” on the door, the knee-jerk reaction is to avoid it. And if people do answer the door, the“go to” response will be “not interested!” However you can’t have your cake and eat! If you want high-speed fibre broadband, which we all do even if we don’t realise it. Then we must embrace change and say yes to fibre!

Find out more about what Indigo can do to help Design, Build and Support the best Fibre Networks anywhere in the world.

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