National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company delivering the new future-proofed, high-speed Fibre-to-the-Home network under the National Broadband Plan (NBP) on behalf of the Government, has announced that the first premises in the Kilcoole Deployment Area have been successfully connected. Townlands in the Kicoole Deployment Area include Calary, Delgany, Greystones, and Powerscourt among others.
Up to 15,781 premises in County Wicklow are included in the State’s Intervention Area, which will see NBI deliver minimum speeds of 500 megabits per second to homes, businesses, farms and schools.
As a wholesale network operator, NBI does not sell fibre broadband directly to end users, rather it enables services from a range of broadband providers or Retail Service Providers (RSPs). As a wholesale provider, NBI will make the new Fibre-to-the-Home network available to all RSPs operating in the Intervention Area.
Some 50 RSPs have already signed up to sell services on the NBI network and 34 are certified as ready to start providing connections as of today. To see the retail broadband providers that are currently licensed to sell on the NBI™ network, visit NBI.ie/buy
Peter Hendrick, CEO of National Broadband Ireland, said: “National Broadband Ireland is delighted to be able to say that we have now commenced our first connections in Kilcoole, which will enable users to experience the life-changing benefits that high-speed broadband provides. This is a key milestone for this intervention area.”
“As an increasing number of homes and businesses are being connected, we are confident that the rollout will continue to gather pace as we look to connect thousands more homes and businesses. We are acutely aware that people want access to high-speed broadband and our goal is to deliver that as quickly as possible.”
Deputy Steven Matthews, Green Party TD for Wicklow said: “I welcome today’s milestone of the first connections made to premises in Kilcoole under the National Broadband Plan. This is a key development for the digital footprint of the area, that will enable small businesses to operate online efficiently and ensure the people of Kilcoole have access to fit-for-purpose broadband. This is an important step towards ensuring that communities, homes, schools and businesses across County Wicklow have access to high-speed fibre broadband. I look forward to engaging further with NBI as the provision of this vital service is rolled out across the county.”
Conor Dardis, Head of Sales with Regional Broadband, said: “The new connection to high-speed fibre broadband under the National Broadband Plan is going to bring incredible benefits to the people of Kilcoole. We are delighted to work with NBI to connect our customers as part of the National Broadband Plan. We are already receiving really positive feedback from our customers in Kilcoole, who are now experiencing some of the substantial benefits of high-speed fibre broadband.”
Chris Cohen, one of the first customers in the Kilcoole Deployment Area to be connected to the NBI network said: “We were delighted to be connected to high speed broadband by NBI and Regional Broadband. It’s allowed our family to experience a variety of advantages, knowing that we can rely on consistent connection to high speed broadband. This includes greater capacity to work from home, and the ability for our kids to enjoy leisure activities such as streaming.”
Seamus Doyle, Head of ICT with Wicklow County Council said “Wicklow County Council is delighted to see how local people and businesses are benefitting through a connection to high speed broadband via the National Broadband Plan. This development will being a variety of new and exciting opportunities to people in the area”.
Fergal Mulligan, Programme Director of the National Broadband Plan at the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) commented: “The availability of high speed broadband for homes and businesses around the Kilcoole deployment area in townlands such as Newtown, Calary, Ballinastoe, Greystones, Kilmacanogue is a positive development in the roll out of the National Broadband Plan. As more and more homes and businesses come online, people across Ireland are getting to experience the wide array of benefits provided by access to reliable high speed fibre broadband, through the National Broadband Plan.
As part of the Government’s €59m investment in the NBP in County Wicklow over 15,000 premises will benefit from high-speed broadband connectivity. Over 2,500 premises in the county can place orders for services today.”
NBI contractors have been on the ground since January 2020 surveying townlands across the county. This involves physically walking the routes and documenting images, notes and measurements of the poles, cables and underground ducts in each area, and enables design solutions for the provision of the fibre network.
Under the National Broadband Plan, 554,000 premises nationwide are included in the Intervention Area, which was established by the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications to identify areas where commercial operators are not currently providing access to high-speed broadband or do not intend to.
Broadband Connection Points (BCPs)
In advance of the Fibre-to-the-Home roll out, the NBP provides for the delivery of Broadband Connection Points (BCP’s) nationwide. 527 of these sites are now ‘live’ and have both internal and external broadband access. These facilities – which include sports clubs, community centres and tourist sites – will provide free public access to high-speed internet in the rollout area.
These BCP’s will pave the way for rural communities to receive the benefits of broadband, from mobile working, e-learning and mobile banking, to digital tourism. You can view BCPs at /bcp-map/. An example of some of the locations of Broadband Connection Points in Wicklow include Wicklow GAA Centre of Excellence, the Brockagh Resource Centre, Ballinacor GAA Club, Arklow Business Enterprise Centre, Ballycooge Community Hall, and Crossbridge Community Hall. Primary schools in the Intervention Area are also being connected for educational access as part of the NBP.
Keep up to Speed!
NBI is encouraging people to check their eligibility and register for updates at www.nbi.ie to receive regular notifications related to their own premises as works progresses in their area.