National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company rolling out a new high speed fibre broadband network under the Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP), has announced that it now has surpassed 15,000 connections to its network. In a press release regarding the milestone, NBI said that a total of 15,484 premises – including homes, schools, businesses and community facilities – were connected to its infrastructure as of 15 July 2022, with these premises now having ‘guaranteed access to minimum broadband speeds of 500Mbps’. Meanwhile, the company claimed that a further 70,716 premises were now in a position to place an order or pre-order for service with one of the ISPs registered on the NBI network. Looking ahead, NBI projects that this figure will increase to 128,000 premises by the end of 2022.
Commenting, NBI’s chief executive Peter Hendrick said: ‘15,000 connections is a significant milestone for the rollout and one that we’re continuing to build upon, as our ability to move premises from the construction phase to the order phase ramps up. Our early take-up levels have exceeded our expectations and are growing all the time, so we anticipate very strong future demand from customers nationwide.’