National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company delivering the National Broadband Plan (NBP) on behalf of the Government, will host a pop-up information event in Newtown Square, Main Street, Blessington in Blessington on Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th of October, with the events taking place from 10am to 4pm each day.

These upcoming events aim to give even more people an opportunity to learn about the NBP, when high speed fibre broadband is coming to Blessington and how they can get connected. The NBI team will be on-hand to register people for future updates on the rollout in their area.

Peter Hendrick, CEO of National Broadband Ireland said, “National Broadband Ireland is excited about the opportunity to engage directly with the people of Blessington and give them information about when high-speed broadband will be available, let them know how they can connect to the NBI network and how they can register for progress updates specific to their Eircode.”

NBI currently has construction underway to bring fibre to 5,031 premises in the townlands in the Blessington Intervention Area, which includes Naas, Ballymore Eustace, Kilbride, Ballysmuttan, Hollywood, Mullacash, Valleymount and Kilteel among others, all of which are already eligible to order services on the new high-speed fibre broadband network.

Once these premises are available to order these customers can choose their broadband services from a retail service provider (RSPs) of their choice. 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. 

In advance of the Fibre-to-the-Home roll out, the NBP provides for the delivery of Broadband Connection Points nationwide. These facilities – which include sports clubs, community centres and tourist sites – will provide free public access to high-speed internet in the rollout area. There are nine Broadband Connection Points in Wicklow, six of which have already been connected, including Ballycooge Community Hall, Ballinacor GAA Club, Wicklow GAA Centre of Excellence, Brockagh Resource Centre and Wicklow County Campus.

In total, there are 14,871 premises in the Intervention Area (IA) in County Wicklow, which includes homes, farms, commercial businesses and schools. This equates to 23% of all premises in the county. Under the National Broadband Plan, Wicklow will see an investment of €59M in the new high speed fibre network. NBI is encouraging people to keep-up-to-date with Eircode specific updates at /eoi/.