National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company the company tasked with delivering the National Broadband Plan (NBP) on behalf of the Irish government, has announced that more than 200,000 premises have been surveyed across the country to date.
With the company noting that its contractors have been on the ground now for thirteen months, it said the work had involved physically walking the routes and documenting images, notes and measurements of the poles, cables and underground ducts in each area. According to NBI, such efforts will enable network design solutions for the provision of a fibre network to every premises in the Intervention Area to over 544,000 premises nationwide as identified by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communication (DECC).
With NBI having already successfully connected the first premises using fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology under the NBP in parts of Cork and Cavan, the operator added that in months its employees have made ‘substantial’ progress with surveying works in the townlands around Dundalk (2,770 premises), Midleton (8,446), Mullingar (4,109), Tipperary (3,316), Clonmel (2,143), Drogheda (4,173), Gort (2,618) and Skerries (2,437). These initial surveying works pave the way for the next stage of the build process, including the erection of poles, the unblocking of ducts, and the insertion of sub-duct into existing ducts, for the fibre to be ultimately installed.
Commenting, NBI chief executive Peter Hendrick said: ‘We started physical work on the ground in January 2020 and despite the challenging environment caused by COVID-19, we’ve grown and mobilised the team to have teams of people working on the project across all 26 counties and making good progress. We are acutely aware that people want access to high speed broadband as soon as possible, and our goal is to deliver that. Reaching the milestone of over 200,000 premises surveyed demonstrates the progress being made on the ground by NBI crews.’