Dublin’s broadband network is one of the best in Europe.
It is also one of its biggest users, with an average of over 4 million customers accessing the internet on the weekend.
But, for many, it is still not fast enough to make a living.
The Irish telecoms regulator wants to make the country the first in Europe to have an entirely fibre-optic network and has announced it is looking for a way to build a network in partnership with Facebook and Google to make sure the network is as fast as possible.
The telecoms body’s new plan would see Irish telecom operators building fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) networks in partnership, for the first time, with the likes of Google, Facebook, Netflix and Twitter.
In the same way that Google Fiber connects homes to the internet and offers internet access to thousands of homes, the Irish broadband regulator wants its fibre-fiber network to be a universal, open, and accessible infrastructure.
The aim is to make Ireland one of a handful of European countries to have a fibre-based broadband network that is also connected to mobile phones and other electronic devices.
It would also allow Irish telecom providers to build fibre networks that are connected to the mobile network, making them able to offer mobile phone and internet services as well as a range of other services.
The new infrastructure will come in the form of fibre-coaxial cables, which are made of flexible plastic and have a diameter of just over 30cm, which allows the cable to be connected to each other and to the backbone of the internet infrastructure.
These cables, in turn, can be installed on existing buildings and will allow them to connect directly to other broadband services.
The Irish telecom operator said it would be able to use the existing infrastructure in Dublin, Cork and Galway and in areas where there are existing fibre-infrastructure networks.
The network would be fully fibre-connected and provide an unlimited data speed of 2.5Mbps.
This is about the same as the speed of most home broadband services in the UK, with a typical download speed of around 500 megabits per second (Mbps).
The new network will be built with fibre-composite cables, or “cable bundles” which are used to connect existing copper wire infrastructure, rather than the traditional, flexible plastic cables.
The fibre-cable-bundles would also be able be used for the new network.
The cable bundle would be a high-density plastic structure with copper wires wrapped around it, allowing for more speed, lower costs and less maintenance.
The project will also be connected through a new fibre-technology called “wireless fiber”.
Wireless fibre is used to link devices, such as smartphones and tablets, to the main network.
The new network, which will be operated by the Irish telecom company M2, will use wireless technology.
M2 is a wholly owned subsidiary of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), which regulates the standards that are required by the European Union for mobile communications.
The fibre-network will be capable of handling a total of 2G and 3G mobile data services, including 3G, and will also allow internet access for businesses and businesses that are not connected to landline phone lines.
There are no plans for fibre-line-based phone services yet, however.
The first fibre-powered Irish network is currently being built in rural areas in County Clare, but it will not reach everyone.
The regulator said the new fibre network is expected to be ready by 2020.
It said it has also received proposals for new fibre networks in the south of Ireland, in Northern Ireland, the West, and in the East.
“There is a need for further investment in this sector as it is important to ensure that the Irish fibre network continues to be fully accessible and usable to all citizens, regardless of their geographical location, and to ensure all users can enjoy a high quality of service,” said Michael Murphy, chief executive of M2.
The scheme will also see the country introduce a special levy for broadband customers, with 1.5 million customers receiving a monthly service charge of €12.95 ($16.60).
The Irish Government has previously said it wants to have its own FTTP network by the end of the decade.