National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company delivering Ireland’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) on behalf of the government, has confirmed that more than 19,000 premises are now able to order services via its fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network. In a press release regarding the development, NBI said that customers in the first deployment areas of Carrigaline, Galway City, Cavan Town, Limerick City and Ballinasloe can now order broadband services offered via its infrastructure from a retail service provider (RSP) of their choice.
Meanwhile, NBI also confirmed that almost 223,000 premises have now been surveyed under the NBP, while adding that network designs for more than 174,000 premises have been developed since the project commenced. Surveying works are also currently underway in a further six deployment areas, while more than 92,000 premises in 25 deployment areas are said to currently be in the build phase of the project. NBI said it is ‘actively working’ in 72 deployment areas across Ireland to design and build the new high speed, FTTP infrastructure which is intended to connect more than 1.1 million people and over 544,000 premises within the project’s ‘Intervention Area’.
David McCourt, chairman of National Broadband Ireland, said: ‘We will continue to build upon the progress we have made to-date, which includes surveying approximately a quarter of a million premises, and as the country starts to re-open from lockdown measures, we are confident that this will further assist us in the rollout of the high speed, [FTTP] network.’