National Broadband Ireland makes 50,000th connection in Cork
National Broadband Ireland has announced the connection of 50,000 premises to its fibre-to-the-home network under the National Broadband Plan (NBP).
With high-speed fibre connections available to more than 180,000 premises nationwide, the company marked the latest milestone in the NBP rollout at a farm in rural County Cork.
Mick Forry, director of TV & Broadband at Sky Ireland, said: “Gaining access to the NBI fibre network can transform the way users work or study from home, as well as providing greater access to entertainment.”
“We’re hearing back from connected customers that minimum speeds of 500Mb/s are transformational, for businesses looking to expand and diversify, and for families accessing multiple devices online at the same time,” said Peter Hendrick, chief executive officer, National Broadband Ireland.
“In Co Cork, one quarter of the rollout is now complete with almost 22,000 premises ready to connect. I encourage Cork residents to visit nbi.ie and check their Eircode to find out if they are one and sign up for updates.”
The State Intervention Area for the National Broadband Plan includes more than 559,000 premises and over 1.1 million people and includes any new homes built in the Intervention Area over the next 25 years.
In advance of the fibre-to-the-home rollout, the NBP provides for the delivery of Broadband Connection Points (BCPs) nationwide. 950 of these sites, including Public BCPs, are now live. Public BCPs – which include sports clubs, community centres and tourist sites – will provide free public access to high-speed Internet in their rollout areas.