Rural homes and businesses in Westmeath are among the first to benefit from a €300m high-speed broadband investment from the high-speed broadband providers, Imagine.
Homes and businesses in rural areas across the county, from Athlone to Kinnegad and from Coole to Kilbeggan, can join the thousands who are now connected. This means that rural homes and businesses that were facing the prospect of having to wait years will now be among the first in the country to benefit from high-speed broadband. Westmeath is one of the counties to benefit most, as can be viewed on the map.
This means that reliable high-speed broadband of 150Mbps is now available to over 800,000 homes and businesses across 31,000 rural townlands. This is welcome news for people in regional and rural areas who have been waiting for the upgrade of copper to fibre. The great news for rural dwellers is that Imagine’s network covers 234,000 homes and businesses in some of the most remote and rural areas across the country. So, where there was previously no planned commercial investment by any other operators, people can now connect to high-speed broadband this week.
Removing the need to bring fibre to every premise and without the need for cables and ducting, Imagine Broadband’s network can now quickly extend high-speed broadband services even in more rural areas.
The company is now publishing maps on www.imagine.ie for each local area showing where service is immediately available.
Announcing the completion of phase one of the rollout of its national broadband network, Imagine also confirmed that it is on schedule to extend coverage to over 1.1 million premises by June 2020. So, if people or businesses are not yet in coverage then they can register on www.imagine.ie with the Eircode of the premises needing broadband.