High speed connectivity on the way as further 5,700 Mayo homes, farms and businesses see engineering survey works completedOver 7,400 homes, businesses and farms in Mayo 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 5,700 Mayo premises across the Achill Island, Belmullet and Ballinrobe areas are now complete.

In Mayo, there are approximately 37,000 premises in the Intervention Area (IA), which includes homes, farms, commercial businesses, and schools. Under the National Broadband Plan, Mayo will see an investment of €145M 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 Keel village on Achill Island, Belmullet and Ballinrobe, where 5,679 Mayo premises included in these deployment areas have recently completed engineering surveying work. These initial works pave the way for the next stage of deploying fibre including the erection of poles and preparation of ducts for fibre to be installed. 

Network build works are also in progress for 1,050 premises in towns and townlands around Killadoon and homes and businesses in the area will be able to connect to NBI’s high-speed fibre broadband network later this year.

There are 7,402 homes, businesses, and farms in County Mayo that can order or pre-order high-speed, reliable broadband. National Broadband Ireland is encouraging residents to visit /eoi/ to sign up for updates on when they will be able to connect.

NBI Chief Executive Peter Hendrick said: “Our teams are on the ground all over the country and making progress on rolling out the NBI network in County Mayo. 

“We know that people want access to high-speed broadband, our goal is to deliver that as quickly as possible and the rollout is happening at pace.

“There are over 7,400 homes, businesses and farms ready to connect in rural areas across the county. This includes over 2,100 premises in Ballina and nearly 1,800 in Newport. We would encourage people living in those areas to visit nbi.ie to see if they can place an order for a high-speed connection on the NBI network. Network build works are also in progress in the Killadoon deployment area where more than 1,050 premises will be able to connect to its high-speed fibre broadband network later in 2024.

 “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 Mayo in places like the Bofeenaun Community Centre and Turlough Community Centre.”

National Broadband Ireland provides regular updates on the overall progress of the rollout which is being delivered on budget and ahead of schedule. To date, over 217,108 premises nationwide can order or pre-order broadband on the NBI network.

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. 955 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 Mayo include Turlough Community Centre, Bofeenaun Community Centre, and Ardagh Community Centre. Primary schools in the Intervention Area are also being connected for educational access as part of the NBP. 

Photo Caption: Ross Shone, National Broadband Ireland, Sarah Mulrow and Paul Cunnane, Westnet, with Mayo connected customer Padraic Gannon (centre) of Craogh Patrick Seafoods in Newport.