– Over 92,000 premises in the build phase of the NBP

– Approx. 223,000 premises already surveyed nationwide

National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company delivering the National Broadband Plan (NBP) on behalf of the Government, confirms that over 19,000 premises are eligible to order services on the new high-speed fibre broadband network, spanning the first deployment areas in Carrigaline, Galway City, Cavan Town, Limerick City and Ballinasloe.  Customers in these locations can now order broadband services from their retail service providers (RSPs) of choice.

National Broadband Ireland is actively working in 72 deployment areas across the country to design and build the new high-speed, Fibre-to-the-Home network, which will connect over 1.1 million people and over 544,000 premises in the project’s Intervention Area.

Over 92,000 premises are currently in the build phase of the project in 25 deployment areas. The build phase of the project includes the erection of poles, unblocking of ducts, and the insertion of sub-duct into existing ducts, for fibre to be installed. These ‘make ready’ works pave the way for the next stage of deploying fibre on poles and ducts.

Almost 223,000 premises have already been surveyed under the National Broadband Plan and network designs for over 174,000 premises have been developed since the project commenced. Surveying works involve physically walking the routes and documenting images, notes and measurements of the poles, cables and underground ducts in each area. These vital survey works enable “Fibre-to-the-Home” network designs to be completed for each of the premises in the Intervention Area. Surveying works are also currently underway in a further six deployment areas.

David McCourt, Chairman of National Broadband Ireland said: “At National Broadband Ireland we have the best and brightest minds working tirelessly on the rollout of the National Broadband Plan. In spite of the unprecedented disruption presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, we’re working within the Government’s guidelines to ensure that everyone can access high-speed broadband as quickly as possible. We will continue to build upon the progress we have made to-date, which includes surveying approximately a quarter of a million premises, and as the country starts to re-open from lockdown measures, we are confident that this will further assist us in the rollout of the high-speed, Fibre-to-the-Home network.

“This project is of vital importance in providing equal opportunities to people and communities across Ireland, and will help to promote and support social progress, equality and sustainability. We can expect to see numerous announcements in the coming period of further live connections.”

Some 44 retail service providers (RSPs) have already signed up to sell services on the NBI network. This is expected to bring significant benefits directly to consumers and businesses where competition between RSPs will ensure quality bundled packages offer choice around voice, broadband, TV and mobile at competitive prices.  NBI is encouraging people to keep-up-to-date with Eircode specific updates at /eoi/