Deputy Denis Naughten has welcomed the announcement by Imagine that it is to invest €300m in rolling out Ireland’s first 5G wireless broadband service, specifically focusing on rural Ireland.
The former Communications Minister said that between now and next June the new 5G broadband service with speeds of 150mbps will be available on masts including sites in Ballaghaderreen, Sliabh Bán, Sliabh O’Flynn, Mount Mary, Scrine, Kilbegley, Athlone, Mountbellew and Tuam.
“This service by Imagine will be available to 300/400 customers at each location with an installation cost of €150 and a monthly charge of €60. Those wishing to avail of the service can register at imagine.ie.
“The roll-out of this network, the first of its type in Europe, is as a direct result of my work as Minister for Communications to release the wireless spectrum and the actions of the mobile phone and broadband taskforce, which I established”.
Deputy Naughten said that while this service does not suit everybody, it will help many of those in rural Ireland who can access it, to operate from home and shows that progress is being made in rolling out broadband services across Ireland.