Nokia selected as key supplier for Ireland’s National Broadband Plan

24 Jun 2020

National Broadband Ireland (NBI) has selected Nokia to deploy a nationwide fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network solution in the Republic, under a contract covering ‘the full programme delivery period for the Irish government’s landmark National Broadband Plan (NBP)’. In a press release regarding the matter, the Finnish vendor noted that as part of the agreement it had successfully tendered to provide: 100% of the active equipment, including an FTTH network based on next-generation PON (Passive Optical Network) technology; an aggregation network, based on its IP routing and optical networking technology; and a full performance management solution.

Under the NBP project, high speed connectivity is to be made available in those areas deemed non-viable for commercial operators to serve, with NBI in May 2019 having been selected to build, operate and maintain a new network that will bring faster broadband speeds to 1.1 million people and cover around 540,000 premises, including 100,000 businesses and farms, and more than 600 schools.