enet has welcomed ComReg’s decision to publish the numbers of subscribers actually connected to fibre networks and in doing so, dramatically expose claims made by network providers about the fibre connectivity they allege to have supplied.
Reacting to the ComReg’s quarterly key data report for Q4 2016, enet CEO, Conal Henry stated, “I can understand why consumers are utterly frustrated with our industry. One would have thought that Ireland is floating on a bed of fibre, such is the frequency and verbosity of press releases citing fibre connections. We’ve all seen them – 1.9 million here, 500,000 thousand there but today ComReg have stated that there are actually only 7,623 subscribers benefitting from a genuine fibre connection. That is utterly shocking.”
“By separating the fibre connections from ‘other’ broadband that includes satellite connectivity, ComReg has done the people of Ireland a great service, cutting through the telco propaganda. We can see that not only do few premises have high-speed broadband, a very high proportion of the claims about supplying fibre connectivity have been about fibre-to-the-cabinet, with the final leg from the cabinet to the house completed on slow copper wiring. This is sham high-speed broadband.”
Henry concluded, “By contrast, enet have a significant percentage of the 7,623 premises connected on our fibre networks, it’s just for us, the figure was never big enough to shout about.”