Vodafone Group has begun deploying gigabit Internet access services in Ireland as part of its initiative to connect small towns (4,000 homes or more) to fiber-to-home networks by the end of 2018.
Carrigaline in Country Cork is the first of 51 Irish towns to receive access.
Ireland is the first country in Europe to use electricity infrastructure to deploy end-to-end fiber directly to the premises on a nationwide basis.
Vodafone Group also announced a €125 million expansion of its FTTH network in Portugal, offering speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second to 2.75 million homes and businesses across the country by the end of 2016.
To date, Vodafone has connected 2.2 million Portuguese homes and businesses to FTTH networks,
Vodafone is also building a new gigabit FTTH network in Spain serving more than two million homes and businesses, and is in discussions with Italian electricity company Enel which has announced plans to create a new infrastructure company to build a national FTTH network open to all operators across Italy.