A total of 679 schools are now expected to be connected to broadband by the end of 2022, as part of an acceleration of Ireland’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) announced by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC). In a press release regarding the development, the government body noted that under the original plans for the network rollout, some schools faced a wait of up to seven years for connection. Now, however, as per the revised rollout plan all schools are expected to be connected within two years.
In the short term, according to the DECC some 70 schools across the country in the Intervention Area are expected to become Broadband Connection Points (BCPs) by the end of Q1 2021, receiving 150Mbps connectivity for educational access. Meanwhile, it has also been confirmed that the first 25 schools have already been connected in areas including: Dublin, County Clare, County Laois, County Wicklow, Galway, Laois, Roscommon and Sligo.
Commenting, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan, said: ‘The [NBP] is a transformative project for rural Ireland which will see fibre rolled out to every household, school, business and farm in the Intervention Area. Today’s announcement will give 679 rural primary schools, earlier access to the huge variety of online educational resources which high speed connectivity can provide. Through the [NBP], Ireland will ensure that every school, no matter how rural or remote, has access to world-leading high speed broadband.’