Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (195)

Alan Dillon

Question:

195. Deputy Alan Dillon asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the way in which he has calculated the percentage of homes and businesses in each town and village throughout County Mayo that currently have access to high-speed fibre broadband in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38493/20]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

Since 2013, my Department has engaged in an extensive process of mapping broadband availability in Ireland in order to identify areas which have no existing or planned Next Generation Access networks.  Following extensive engagement with commercial market operators, who were invited to inform the Department of their plans for commercial broadband deployment, a High Speed Broadband Map was developed. The Map shows the areas targeted by commercial operators to provide high speed broadband services and the areas that will be included in the State Intervention Area under the National Broadband Plan. The High Speed Broadband Map  is available at www.broadband.gov.ie and is colour coded and searchable by address and Eircode.Premises in the AMBER area will be provided with high speed broadband through the State led Intervention under the contract with National Broadband Ireland (NBI). BLUE areas are not included in the State intervention area covered by the National Broadband Plan as commercial operators are already providing high speed broadband or have indicated future plans to do so. My Department defines high speed broadband as a connection with minimum speeds of 30Mbps download and 6Mbps upload.  The following table details the number of premises in County Mayo in the Intervention Area and in the BLUE area based on the latest information available to my Department.

COUNTY

Total Number of Premises in Mayo

Number of Premises in the Intervention Area

% Number Of Premises

Number of Premises  in the BLUE area

% Number Of Premises

Mayo

84,092

36,495

43%

47,597

57%

Question No. 196 answered with Question No. 175.