First home connected as part of Ireland’s National Broadband Plan

25 Jan 2021

A residential property in Cork last week became the first home connected as part of Ireland’s National Broadband Plan (NBP), the Irish Independent reports. According to National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company selected to oversee the NBP project, the first wave of homes and businesses in Cork and Cavan are now being passed by NBI’s infrastructure, and will soon be able to sign up to a broadband service through operators such as eir, Sky and Vodafone Ireland, which will market connectivity over the fibre-based network. Looking ahead, additional premises in Limerick and Galway are expected to be passed ‘in the coming weeks’, with around 19,000 premises expected to be connectable by the end of April 2021, rising to 130,000 by the end of this year.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, 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 around 1.1 million people and cover approximately 540,000 premises, including 100,000 businesses and farms, and more than 600 schools.

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