High-speed connectivity on the way as over 2,000 Offaly homes, farms and businesses near Banagher and Croghan see build works commence

Engineering survey works are now completed for over 1,900 premises near Birr

 Almost 1,700 homes, businesses and farms in Offaly 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 today announced that construction has commenced to deliver high-speed broadband to almost 2,000 homes, farms and businesses in Co Offaly. These build works will cover Croghan and Daingean, near the Tyrellspass deployment area and Ferbane near the Banagher deployment area. 

In Offaly, there are approximately 13,000 premises in the Intervention Area (IA), which includes homes, farms, commercial businesses and schools. Under the National Broadband Plan, Co Offaly will see an investment of €48M 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.

In the Birr deployment area 1,908 premises have now completed the engineering survey works phase and will shortly move into the network build phase of the project. These 1,908 premises in the Birr deployment area include premises in rural communities surrounding Birr.  

Having successfully completed the survey and design phase of the project, 1,458 Offaly premises in the Banagher deployment area are now under construction, as well as 529 premises in the Tyrellspass deployment area.

National Broadband Ireland’s 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.

TJ Malone, Chief Executive Officer, National Broadband Ireland Deployment said: “Our teams are working on the ground all over the country and considerable progress has been made on the rollout in Offaly. High-speed fibre broadband is now available to order for almost 1,700 premises across Offaly including over 1,300 in the south of the county which are in our Roscrea deployment area.

“We are pleased to commence construction on a further 2,000 homes, businesses and farms around the Banagher and Tyrellspass deployment areas, while over 1,900 premises in the Birr deployment area have now completed the engineering survey works phase. 

“Construction works are underway for almost 1,200 premises in the Moate deployment area and these are expected to be connected to the NBI network between by autumn of this year. We are strongly encouraging Offaly residents to visit www.nbi.ie/EOI to check their Eircode and sign up for updates.

“Our overarching goal is to improve digital connectivity across the country. With minimum internet speed of 500Mbps, this new Fibre-to-the-Home network will play a pivotal role in sustaining local businesses and communities.”

Under the National Broadband Plan, 564,000 premises nationwide are included in the Intervention Area, which was established by the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications to identify areas where commercial operators are not currently providing access to high-speed broadband or do not intend to. 

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 Offaly include Seir Kieran Community Hall, Rosfaraghan Business Park and Killavilla Community Centre. Primary schools in the Intervention Area are also being