3,600 homes, businesses and farms in rural areas around Castlerea will be able to connect to fibre broadband on National Broadband Ireland network by year end
Almost 7,700 homes, businesses and farms in County Roscommon can avail of a high-speed connection today
National Broadband Ireland, the company delivering the new future-proofed, high-speed Fibre-to-the-Home network under the National Broadband Plan on behalf of the Government, has said that 3,600 properties in the rural surrounds of Castlerea will be able to order or pre-order broadband on its high-speed fibre network by the end of 2023.
19,000 premises in County Roscommon 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 Roscommon will receive €76m of Government investment under the National Broadband Plan.
Build works are currently underway in the Castlerea deployment area where 3,612 homes, businesses and farms will be able join the National Broadband Ireland network. National Broadband Ireland expects these works to be completed by the end of 2023.
Works have already been completed in other parts of Roscommon and there are 7,697 premises able to order or pre-order high-speed, reliable broadband across the county, with 2,108 connections already made to the network. 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: “We’re pleased with the progress that’s been made in Roscommon and we’re happy to be able to let people living near Castlerea know that high speed broadband will be available later this year. We’re also calling on people to check the NBI website so they can get the most up-to-date information on the national broadband rollout.”
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.
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 62 RSPs have already signed up to sell services on the National Broadband Ireland network and 51 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 National Broadband Ireland network, visit NBI.ie/buy.
National Broadband Ireland contractors have been on the ground across the country and over 151,211 premises nationwide are available to order broadband on the NBI network so far.
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 Roscommon include Tulsk Digi Hub, Kiltoom Parish Hall, and Dangan Community Centre. Primary schools in the Intervention Area are also being connected for educational access as part of the NBP.