Over 1,000 Inverin homes, farms and business can connect to high speed broadband now

14,000 premises across Galway ready to connect overall

National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company rolling out the new high-speed fibre broadband network under the Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) is making an investment of almost €4 million to ensure access for over 1,000 Galway homes, farms and businesses in and around Inverin. The company was in town this week to meet with local teacher Nora Mhic Dhonnacha who is connected to the NBI network which has made online learning much easier.

Peter Hendrick, Chief Executive Officer, National Broadband Ireland said: As the NBI rollout progresses across Galway, connections to high-speed broadband are becoming available to rural towns and villages around the county. Over 1,000 homes, farms and business in and around Inverin are now ready to connect alongside over 2,500 in Ballinasloe, over 5,000 between Athenry and Loughrea, and almost 2,500 in Gort.

“The significant progress we are making means that more and more customers are experiencing the transformational power of minimum speeds of 500 megabits per second whether you are a family needing to work, study and access entertainment online all at the same time, or a business owner wanting to expand.

“Overall NBI, will be making a €153 million investment in Galway and serving over 40,000 premises. 

I encourage Galway residents to visit nbi.ie and check their Eircode to find out if they are ready to connect and sign up for updates.”

Local Inverin woman, Nora Mhic Dhonnacha who is connected to the NBI network through broadband provider, Pure Telecom, said:

“I was delighted to be able to sign up with Pure Telecom to connect to the NBI network. I signed up last month and have already seen a massive difference. No more buffering, no more turning devices on and off; we finally have a fast, reliable broadband connection in our home.

“I was thrilled with the service provided by NBI and Pure Telecom. A friend recommended signing up to the NBI network through their website. We were existing customers of Pure Telecom, so it couldn’t have been easier to upgrade to high-speed fibre broadband. Within the week, the service providers called to our house, and we had a fibre broadband connection almost immediately.

“Having high-speed fibre broadband has improved my work life. As a teacher, I have several online courses to complete over the summer months. Since connecting to the NBI network, I can participate knowing the signal won’t drop. 

“Outside of work, I’ve seen big benefits in my downtime. My husband and I were always struggling with streaming services. It was so frustrating to try to watch something on Netflix that we usually gave up. Now we can watch what we want, when we want.

David Sheill of broadband provider, Pure Telecom, said:

“Pure Telecom is very pleased to be one of NBI’s broadband provider partners bringing high-speed fibre broadband to customers like Nora, with minimum speeds of 500 MB per second. This really means totally unlimited broadband with premium speeds and multi-device streaming.

“We pride ourselves on providing an excellent service and broadband deals to suit everyone. We are ready and waiting to hear from any of the over 1,000 Inverin families and businesses which can order now, and if they choose Pure Telecom, look forward to making connection as easy as possible.”

Under the National Broadband Plan, 569,000 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 or intending to provide access to high-speed broadband. 

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 will ultimately connect 1.1 million people in every county, 65,000 farms, 44,000 small businesses and 679 schools. 

Photo caption: Ross Shone, Communications Executive, National Broadband Ireland, Adam Ledwith, Media & Stakeholder Engagement Manager, National Broadband Ireland, and Nora Mhic Dhonnacha and family, broadband customers