High-speed connectivity on the way as over 3,600 homes, farms and businesses in Cootehill see build works commence

3,600 homes, businesses and farms in Cavan with a further 1,500 premises in Monaghan can avail of a high-speed connection today

National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company rolling out the new high speed fibre broadband network under the Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) today announced that construction has commenced to deliver high-speed broadband to over 3,600 premises in the Cootehill deployment area in County Cavan and Monaghan.

In Cavan, there are approximately 17,000 premises in the Intervention Area (IA) whilst there are approximately 16,000 premises in the Intervention Area (IA) in Monaghan. Under the National Broadband Plan, County Cavan will see an investment of €65M and County Monaghan will see €60M in the new high speed fibre network. This will enable e-learning, remote monitoring of livestock or equipment, e-health initiatives, better energy efficiency in the home, and facilitate increased levels of remote working. 

Having successfully completed the Survey and Design phase of the project, 2,079 Cootehill premises in Cavan and 1,539 Cootehill premises in Monaghan are now under construction to have high-speed fibre. Homes, businesses and farms in these areas will be ready to connect to the National Broadband Network.

National Broadband Ireland’s website is regularly updated to show estimated connection dates. Signing up to the NBI email notifications at /eoi/ is the easiest way to get the most up to date status of premises during the rollout and when premises will be ready for order.  

Works have already been completed in other parts of Cavan and Monaghan and there are 3,620 premises in Cavan and 5,742 premises in Monaghan that are available to order or pre-order high-speed, reliable broadband. National Broadband Ireland is calling on people to visit nbi.ie/map/ and enter their Eircode to see if they are ready to connect.

Peter Hendrick, Chief Executive Officer, National Broadband Ireland said: “Our teams are working tirelessly on the rollout plan and considerable progress has been made on the developments in Cavan and Monaghan.”

He continued: “As the fast pace of the rollout continues, we are confident in our expertise to progress premises from the construction phase to the order phase.  We are currently partnering with retail service providers, and other stakeholders, to connect homes in Cavan and Monaghan. Minimum speeds of 500Mbps will be available.

“Our goal is to improve digital connectivity across the country. Digital connectivity has become a huge part of our everyday lives, and this new Fibre-to-the-Home network, will be a key enabler for the sustainability of local businesses and communities.”   

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. 

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.  

Broadband Connection Points

In advance of the Fibre-to-the-Home rollout, the NBP provides for the delivery of Broadband Connection Points (BCPs) nationwide. 602 of these sites, including Public BCPs, are now ‘live’. Public BCPs – which include sports clubs, community centres and tourist sites – will provide free public access to high-speed internet in the rollout area. Other BCP categories include schools and marts. BCPs 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 www.nbi.ie/bcp-map/. An example of some of the locations of Broadband Connection Points in Cavan include the Kildallan Parish Hall, Cornafean Community Centre and Kill Gaelic Football Club. An example of some of the locations of Broadband Connection Points in Monaghan include The Wetlands Centre, Carn Resource Centre, and Tullycorbet Community Centre. Primary schools in the Intervention Area are also being connected for educational access as part of the NBP.