National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company tasked with delivering fibre broadband connectivity to rural areas under Ireland’s National Broadband Plan (NBP), has announced that the first premises in County Monaghan have been successfully connected. In a press release regarding the development, NBI noted that up to 15,085 premises in the county are included in the state’s ‘Intervention Area’, which is reportedly expected to receive investment totalling EU60 million (USD66 million) under the NBP.
David McCourt, NBI’s chairman, said of the latest network development: ‘[NBI] is delighted to be able to say that we have now commenced our first connections in Monaghan, which will enable users to experience the life-changing benefits that high-speed broadband provides. This is a key milestone for this intervention area … As an increasing number of homes and businesses are being connected, we are confident that the rollout will continue to gather pace as we look to connect thousands more homes and businesses.’
Under the NBP a total of 554,000 premises across Ireland are included in the Intervention Area, which was established by the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) to identify areas where commercial operators are not currently providing access to high speed broadband or do not intend to. Meanwhile, as a wholesale network operator NBI does not sell fibre broadband directly to end users, but rather it enables services to be offered by its retail service provider (RSP) partners. Around 50 RSPs are already reported to have signed up to sell services via NBI’s infrastructure, with NBI saying that 34 of those are ‘certified as ready to start providing connections as of today’.