NBI surpasses 200,000 connected premises
National Broadband Ireland (NBI) have announced that broadband connections are available for more than 200,000 households, farms and businesses across the country.
More than a third of the premises targeted by the National Broadband Plan have access to the high-speed fibre infrastructure, while three in five have now moved to or through the construction phase. Sixty thousand premises have connected to the NBI network and three quarters of premises (437,887) have completed the survey and design stages of the programme.
Peter Hendrick, chief executive officer, National Broadband Ireland, said: “High-speed fibre broadband connections with minimum speeds of 500 megabits per second are available to more than 200,000 homes, farms and businesses. NBI will ultimately serve 564,000 premises, so we have now reached more than a third of the rollout and are ahead of our target of 185,000 premises passed and ready to connect by January 2024.
“The design and build of a high-speed wholesale broadband network is a major, complex infrastructure project which takes place in a phased process. We have now completed the vast majority of the engineering and design groundwork that is fundamental to the delivery of the project, with three in every five premises either under or completed construction.”
David McCourt, chairman, National Broadband Ireland, said: “Once completed, all parts of Ireland will have access to a modern and reliable broadband network, capable of supporting the communications, information, education and entertainment requirements of current and future generations.
“It’s interesting to note that the EU recently highlighted in its Report on the State of the Digital Decade that Ireland and many EU countries have faced challenges in terms of take-up of high-speed broadband services. At NBI, we are also bucking this trend with average take-up rates well ahead of projections and international comparisons.”