High speed connectivity on the way as over 5,300 homes, farms and businesses near the Killavullen and Meelin deployment areas see engineering survey works completed

Over 25,800 homes, businesses and farms in Cork 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 5,300 Cork premises in the Killavullen and Meelin deployment areas are now completed. This includes the rural surrounds of Castletownroche and Buttevant near Killavullen as well as Newmarket and Tullylease near Meelin.

In Cork, there are approximately 82,000 premises in the Intervention Area (IA), which includes homes, farms, commercial businesses, and schools. Under the National Broadband Plan, Cork will see an investment of €314M 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 Killavullen and Meelin, where 3,252 premises and 2,050 premises, respectively, 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. 

Network build works are also underway in the Kanturk deployment area, where almost 3,900 Cork premises will be ready to connect to high-speed fibre by the end of this year. National Broadband Ireland’s website is regularly updated to show estimated connection dates. People living near Kanturk can visit nbi.ie/map/ and enter their Eircode to see when they will be ready to connect.

There are 25,834 homes, businesses, and farms in County Cork that can order or pre-order high-speed, reliable broadband on the NBI network with 8,591 connections made so far. National Broadband Ireland is calling on people living in Cork to visit nbi.ie to sign up for updates on when they will be able to connect.

TJ Malone, Chief Executive Officer, National Broadband Ireland Deployment said: “Our teams continue to work on the rollout plan and good progress has been made on surveying, design, and build works in County Cork.

“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 Cork in places like Aubane Community Centre, Ballydaly Community Hall and Courtbrack Community Centre.

“There are over 25,800 homes, businesses and farms ready to connect in rural areas across County Cork, including:

  • over 9,500 in Midleton
  • over 6,500 near Templemartin
  • over 4,700 in Carrigaline
  • 2,300 around Youghal
  • over 2,000 in North West Cork near Rathmore
  • almost 900 in the Tallow deployment area

“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 246,720 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. 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 Cork include Aubane Community Centre, Ballydaly Community Hall and Courtbrack Community Centre. Primary schools in the Intervention Area are also being connected for educational access as part of the NBP.