€118m investment to serve 30,000 Tipperary homes, farms and businesses

Almost 15,000 premises in the county can order a high-speed connection today

National Broadband Ireland, the company delivering the new future-proofed, high-speed Fibre-to-the-Home network under the National Broadband Plan on behalf of the Government, is visiting Co Tipperary this week with the company’s Chief Commercial Officer, Joe Lavin, delivering an update to the County Council’s Economic Strategy Group in the TUS Thurles campus on Tuesday.

30,000 premises in County Tipperary are included in the State’s Intervention Area, which will see NBI deliver minimum speeds of 500 megabits per second to homes, businesses, farms, and schools. As the biggest investment in rural Ireland since rural electrification, County Tipperary will receive €118M of Government investment under the National Broadband Plan.

Joe Lavin, Chief Commercial Officer, National Broadband Ireland, said: I am delighted to have an opportunity to provide an update to Co Tipperary Councillors and industry representatives. I want to thank the Council for working very constructively with NBI as we are in regular contact on our construction works.

“We are rolling out the National Broadband Plan high speed fibre network with minimum speeds of 500 megabits per second to over 30,000 premises in Tipperary. The benefits of the speed and reliability of NBI fibre are huge. Tipperary residents who connect will be able to work, study and play online all at the same time without interruption. For farms and businesses, high-speed broadband unlocks opportunities to expand and innovate. 

“We are making significant progress in Tipperary. Almost half of the 30,000 premises we will ultimately serve can already order a connection today. The 14,314 premises where the network is now available for order are in towns and townlands in NBI deployment areas all over the county, including:

  • Almost 2,000 in Carrick-on-Suir
  • Almost 2,300 in Cashel
  • Over 1,600 in Clonmel 
  • Over 1,700 in Mullinahone
  • Almost 2,900 in Nenagh
  • Over 1,000 in Roscrea
  • Over 2,900 in Tipperary Town

“Over 3,600 premises have already connected which is below the average take-up rate nationally, so we are encouraging Tipperary residents to visit nbi.ie/eoi and enter their Eircode to check their status.
 “We are also letting people know that build works are under way for more than 3,000 premises in Cahir which will be complete in the coming months and we expect those premises to be able to connect by this summer. Almost 1,600 premises in the Ballinderry deployment area will follow next in the first half of 2025. We are working hard on the rest of the rollout in Tipperary with engineering surveys now complete in the county so all remaining premises have moved into the design and build phase.”

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 66 RSPs have already signed up to sell services on the National Broadband Ireland network and 59 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 contractors have been on the ground across the country and over 220,648 premises nationwide can order or pre-order broadband on the NBI network so far. 

The National Broadband Ireland 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.   

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 Tipperary includes Rossmore Community Hall, Moyglass Community Hall and the Apple Farm. Primary schools in the Intervention Area are also being connected for educational access as part of the NBP.

Photo captions: Joe Lavin, Chief Commercial Officer, NBI; NBI broadband works