High speed connectivity on the way as over 2,900 Donegal homes, farms and businesses in the Carndonagh deployment area see engineering survey works completed

Over 5,900 homes, businesses and farms in Donegal 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 over 2,900 Donegal premises in the Carndonagh deployment area are now completed. This includes the rural surrounds of Culdaff, Dunaff, Malin and Glentogher.

In Donegal, there are approximately 33,000 premises in the Intervention Area (IA), which includes homes, farms, commercial businesses, and schools. Under the National Broadband Plan, Donegal will see an investment of €128M 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 Carndonagh, where 2,906 Donegal premises included in the Carndonagh 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 5,922 homes, businesses, and farms in County Donegal that can order or pre-order high-speed, reliable broadband. National Broadband Ireland is calling on people living in Donegal 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 Donegal.”

“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 Donegal in places like Fort Dunree, Carrowmenagh Community Centre and Malin Head.”

“There are over 5,900 homes, businesses and farms ready to connect in rural areas across County Donegal, including over 2,700 premises in Creeslough and over 3,200 in Letterkenny. 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 196,243 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. 952 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 Donegal include Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair, Leghowney Community Centre  and Malin Head. Primary schools in the Intervention Area are also being connected for educational access as part of the NBP.