Eircom has announced that it is to increase the number of homes it intends to extend its high speed broadband fibre optic service to.

The network currently reaches more than 900,000 homes and businesses, and the company is to accelerate rollout to reach 1.4m premises by December 2015.   

After that it intends to expand the planned footprint to 1.6m premises by December 2016.

The company says it is also planning to provide super high speed broadband of 1Gbps through a fibre to the home service, as customer demand emerges.