The RTV-F5 package, which will be the successor to the RTV Data Transmission Subsystem (RTVS), has been given a green light by the Government to proceed with its development.
It is being developed as part of a package of initiatives to promote the digital revolution in Ireland.
The package is being built around two components: the RTE data transmission subsystem, which operates within a fibre optic cable, and a high-speed fibre optic backbone.
The RTVS will be based on a technology that is being patented by Ireland’s largest telecoms company, O2, and is being designed to connect rural areas with a fibre to the node (FTTN) network, allowing more of the island’s population to have access to broadband.
Its main purpose will be to provide an alternative to traditional telephone and broadband services.
However, it will also enable rural households to use satellite dishes as a way to communicate with their neighbours, and to access local television content and radio programmes.
The main aim of the package will be for it to be available to rural and remote areas as early as 2018.
While the RTS is being trialled in some rural areas, the RtvS will begin operation in the first half of 2019.RTE has developed its own technology, the TTS (Transmission To Stations) system, which has already proven successful in a number of areas, including the UK.
However, the service is only available in the Republic, and has not been rolled out to all regions of the country yet.
In 2018, the Irish Government also approved the introduction of fibre optic cables from rural areas to rural areas.
This is expected to improve the speeds available to customers, but it is likely that the speed improvements will only be significant in the most remote rural areas and the remote parts of the UK where it is currently available.RTV-S will also have the capability to carry the data of digital television channels to the end user.
The Rtv-S data transmission will also be able to carry a number video formats, including those used by mobile phone and tablet apps.
The rollout of the RCTV-S system will begin with an initial roll-out of fibre to a node network from the start of 2019, but the service will be rolled out across the country in phases.
As part of the rollout, the first two fibre optic broadband connections will be available in 2017 and 2018, with the rollout progressing in stages.
According to the Irish Telecommunications Authority, the rollout will cost €12.3 million over the first six years, which is significantly less than the RTC’s planned €70 million.