Eircom has announced a EUR 20 million trial to provide FTTH broadband to up to 10,000 homes and businesses in Sandyford in County Dublin and Wexford town. The trial will support speeds of up to 150 Mbps and will be used to collect data for Eircom and other operators on how the costs, civil engineering and materials involved in deploying FTTH broadband, according to Eircom CEO Paul Donovan. Work is already underway with tenders issued to suppliers for a number of elements of the project. The first customers should be connected by spring 2011. Donovan said the trial was open to rivals. The move was welcomed by Communications Minister Eamon Ryan, who commended Eircom for providing the trials on an open-access basis for all service providers.