Ultra high speed broadband could be provided to 10,000 Letterkenny households

Households in Letterkenny could soon have access to ultra high speed broadband.

It's emerged that the company which oversees high speed fibre networks in eight areas of Donegal is examining the possibility of a household wiring project in the county's biggest town.

E-Net's Chief Executive made the announcement as the company announced increased profits and turnover for the last financial year.

E-Net manages metropolitan area networks in 94 areas of the country, including Letterkenny, Buncrana, Ballybofey, Carndonagh, Ballyshannon, Bundoran, Donegal Town and Gweedore.

Enet Chief Executive Conal Henry told the Irish Independent that the amount of data carried on the MANs almost doubled over the past year and that many clients were now seeking to secure very high-speed data access to their premises.

Mr Henry also confirmed that Enet has been exploring the possibility of delivering fibre directly to about 10,000 homes in Letterkenny, in a move that would cost between €10m and €15m.

However, he stressed that Enet was still examining what would be a tough business case for the investment and that it was far from certain that such a deployment would proceed.

Letterkenny has also been chosen by Eircom as one of the towns where it is installing next-generation broadband technology.