Out of 13,000 premises to be served by NBP, over 7,000 can connect now

85% of Laois premises are ready to order or in construction

Over 2,500 premises in Mountrath will be able to connect to fibre broadband on National Broadband Ireland network in coming months

At the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co Laois, National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company rolling out the new high-speed fibre broadband network under the Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP), has announced that the fibre network rollout in the county has passed the half-way point. Over 7,000 premises are now ready to connect out of the total of 13,000 to be served by the NBP, which includes homes, farms, commercial businesses and schools. Under the National Broadband Plan, Laois will see an investment of €49M 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 remote working.

Peter Hendrick, Chief Executive Officer, National Broadband Ireland said the company was satisfied with the progress being made: “Momentum has been steadily building in the progression of the National Broadband Plan rollout, with homes across the country being connected to high-speed broadband. 

He continued: “I’m delighted NBI is at the Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska where we’re showcasing the limitless possibilities that will be unlocked by access to the high-speed fibre National Broadband Plan network.  “In Laois, we are now past the half-way point with over 7,000 of the 13,000 premises to be served now ready to connect. Already almost 2,000 Laois homes, farms and businesses have signed up with one of NBI’s retail partners and I’m encouraging Laois resident to visit nbi.ie where they can check their Eircode to see if they are ready to connect and sign up for updates. 

“Most recently, 1,900 homes, farms and businesses gained access to the National Broadband Ireland network in Ballylinan. This will bring high-speed fibre broadband to the rural communities of Ballylinan, Cloneybeacon, Dunbrin and Luggacurren. 

“Next to come will be over 2,500 homes, farms and businesses in the Mountrath deployment area, with broadband on NBI’s high-speed network expected to be available before the end of the year. This includes the rural areas and townlands surrounding Mountrath, Abbeyleix and Borris-in-Ossory. 

“There are also 3,700 Laois premises under construction so, along with the 7,000 premises now ready to connect, over 85% of the Laois rollout has moved to or through construction, which is very solid progress in the county.”

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.

The NBI 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.  

Picture: Pat O’Toole (back), Technical Director of Milestone Achievements, NBI, Joe Lavin, Chief Commercial Officer, NBI, and Tara Collins, Chief Marketing Officer, NBI.