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 over 4,400 premises in County Tipperary can now place an order for connection for new high-speed broadband on the NBI network. A further 8,000 premises are currently under construction and almost 11,000 have had an Engineering Survey complete to determine the necessary works to progress them under the build programme.
Over 30,000 premises in County Tipperary 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 the biggest investment in rural Ireland since rural electrification, County Tipperary will receive €118m of Government investment under the NBP.
Premises are live on the network in Clonmel where 1,564 premises can join the network, following the successful delivery of services in Tipperary town, which passes 2,892 premises.
Having successfully completed the Survey and Design phase of the project, almost 5,000 premises across Nenagh and Carrick on Suir are now under construction to have high-speed fibre delivered over the coming months. This brings the total premises across Tipperary that are in the construction phase of the rollout to just over 8,000.
The Engineering Surveys for Ballinderry (1,469 premises), Hollyford (2,052) and Templemore (2,743), are among those now completed. These premises will move into the Detailed Design of the programme where NBI will map the new fibre network that has to be built for each area in the county.
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 56 RSPs have already signed up to sell services on the NBI network and 43 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: “We are delighted to announce that over 4,400 premises in County Tipperary can now order or pre-order broadband services through the NBI network. This will enable users to experience the life-changing benefits that high-speed broadband provides. 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.”
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, 559,000 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.
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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.