National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company charged with delivering the National Broadband Plan (NBP) on behalf of the Irish government, has announced that, with its network build set to commence this month, it is increasing the minimum download speed for its standard products from 150Mbps to 500Mbps. Commenting, NBI’s Executive Chairman David McCourt said: ‘Today’s announcement to increase our minimum speeds empowers every person, every school, every farm and every business in the Intervention Area to gain access to truly world-leading speeds and we are incredibly proud to be playing our part in bringing this to rural Ireland.’
Meanwhile, the company also gave an update on the progress it has made to date, revealing that, having mobilised its team to work across 17 counties nationwide, survey work has been completed for more than 63,000 premises. It also confirmed that construction work for the new fibre network is due to commence in parts of Cork and Cavan by the end of this month, and shortly after that, in townlands in Galway.
Once completed, the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure rolled out by NBI will reach around 537,000 premises where commercial operators do not currently provide high speed broadband and offer downlink speeds of up to 1Gbps. NBI will act as a wholesale provider, making connectivity available to all retail service providers operating in the Intervention Area.