The National Broadband Plan is one of the most ambitious deployments of broadband infrastructure in the world. To design, build and roll-out this complex and technical project will take time – but once built it will future-proof Ireland for generations to come.

Over 544,000 premises have been identified by DECC (Department of Environment, Climate and Communications) as not being served with adequate broadband services, and these comprise the National Broadband roll-out area. The deployment plan forecasts premises passed in all counties within the first 2 years and over 90% of premises in the State having access to high-speed broadband within the next four years.

NBI’s focus will be on building nationwide broadband infrastructure, and its deployment plan will achieve key early milestones in the delivery of high-speed broadband for every community. Initially we will commence surveying of every individual premises covered by the National Broadband Plan to ensure we have a detailed delivery plan for each and every home and business. This will involve granular analysis of the fibre route, design of required infrastructure and also detailed assessment of the delivery method to connect each individual premises. This process takes time and we are very conscious of the critical need for high-speed broadband to be delivered within the NBP area. To this end, approximately 275 Broadband Connection Points (BCPs) – at locations identified and selected by the Department of Rural and Community Development – will be live in the first year.

Broadband Connection Points (BCPs) are a key element of the NBP and will provide high-speed broadband in every county in advance of the roll out of the fibre to the home network. The high-speed broadband service will be switched on in these locations through service provider contracts managed by the Department of Rural and Community Development for publicly available sites and by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) for schools.

These BCPs will include public areas such as community halls, libraries, GAA facilities, broadband access hubs, enterprise hubs, and other public spaces – paving the way for homes and premises to be fibre connected throughout the period of the wider rollout. Click here to find out more about BCPs.

From day one, NBI has set ambitious milestones in its deployment plan, leading to 100% high-speed broadband coverage across the national broadband rollout areas within seven years. By the end of the third year, it is projected that almost 40% of premises in the NBP (totaling over 205,000 premises) will be served by the NBI network. By year five, almost 95% of that entire population will have access to high-speed broadband.

By the end of our deployment plan, NBI’s network will be available to approximately 544,000 premises, and any new builds over the next 25 years, meaning 100% of the country will have access to high-speed broadband – with no-one being left behind.

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