High speed connectivity on the way as almost 1,900 Sligo homes, farms and businesses in the Gorteen deployment area see engineering survey works completed

Over 4,200 homes, businesses and farms in Sligo 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 engineering survey works for almost 1,900 Sligo premises in the Gorteen deployment area are now completed. This includes the rural communities of Ballymote, Kilfree and Castlebaldwin.

In Sligo, there are approximately 15,000 premises in the Intervention Area (IA), which includes homes, farms, commercial businesses, and schools. Under the National Broadband Plan, Sligo will see an investment of €59M 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.

NBI crews have made substantial progress near Gorteen, where 1,847 Sligo premises included in the Gorteen deployment area have recently completed engineering surveying work. These initial works pave the way for the next stage of deploying fibre on poles/ducts and includes the erection of poles, unblocking of ducts, and the insertion of sub duct into existing ducts, for the fibre to be installed. 

There are 4,221 homes, businesses, and farms in County Sligo that can order or pre-order high-speed, reliable broadband. National Broadband Ireland is calling on people living in Sligo to visit /eoi/ to sign up for updates on when they will be able to connect.

NBI Chief Executive Peter Hendrick said: “Our teams continue to work on the rollout plan and good progress has been made on surveying, design, and build works in County Sligo.”

“We’re confident that the rollout will continue to gather pace as we look to connect thousands more homes and businesses. We know that people want access to high-speed broadband and our goal is to deliver that as quickly as possible.”

 “The rollout of Broadband Connection Points is also key to delivering access to high-speed internet in the Intervention Area, and we’re delighted sites are being connected right across Sligo in places like Killavil Community Centre, Eastern Harps GAA Club and Coolaney Community Centre.”

“There are over 4,200 Sligo premises ready to connect in rural areas, such as Lissadill, Drumcliff, Collooney and Kilmacowen. This includes over 1,300 premises in Cashelgarren and almost 2,500 near Sligo town. We would encourage people living in those areas to visit nbi.ie to see if they can place an order a high-speed connection on the NBI network.”

National Broadband Ireland contractors have been on the ground across the country and over 198,766 premises nationwide can order or pre-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. 951 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 Sligo include Cartron Community Centre, Eastern Harps GAA Club and Coolaney Community Centre. Primary schools in the Intervention Area are also being connected for educational access as part of the NBP.