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National Broadband Plan

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 1 June 2021

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Ceisteanna (200)

Alan Dillon

Ceist:

200. Deputy Alan Dillon asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the number of premises that will be connected to high-speed broadband under the National Broadband Plan; the number and percentage of these that have been surveyed for connection to date by county in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29859/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Environment)

The National Broadband Plan (NBP) State led Intervention will be delivered by National Broadband Ireland (NBI) under a contract to roll out a high speed and future proofed broadband network within the Intervention Area which covers 1.1 million people living and working in the over 546,000 premises, including almost 100,000 businesses and farms along with 695 schools. The deployment plan forecasts construction commenced in all counties within the first 2 years and over 90% of premises in the State having access to high speed broadband within the next four years. Despite the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, NBI has made steady progress on delivery of the new high speed fibre broadband network under the National Broadband Plan. I am advised by NBI that, as of 27 May 2021, over 220,000 premises across 26 counties have been surveyed. I understand that build works are continuing across the country in 12 deployment areas covering townlands in Carrigaline, Ballinasloe, Cavan, Clare, Dundalk, Galway, Limerick, Monaghan, Roscommon, Tipperary, Tralee, Wexford and Carlow. In addition, "make ready" work is underway in a further 15 Deployment Areas. The first fibre to the home connections are successfully connected in Carrigaline, Co Cork and Cavan with almost 4,000 premises passed and available for connection to date.

A breakdown of the premises in the intervention area by county and surveys undertaken to date is set out in the table following.

COUNTY

number of premises in the IA

surveys completed

% surveys completed

Carlow

8,190

7,772

94.62%

Cavan

16,274

3,817

23.45%

Clare

22,719

3,567

15.70%

Cork

79,663

22,765

28.57%

Donegal

32,483

6,389

19.67%

Dublin

13,677

2,437

17.79%

Galway

38,887

14,914

38.34%

Kerry

26,988

16,382

60.69%

Kildare

14,085

7,598

53.94%

Kilkenny

18,416

5,951

32.31%

Laois

12,562

9,695

77.18%

Leitrim

11,614

3,576

30.79%

Limerick

21,293

8,583

40.31%

Longford

8,712

3,294

37.81%

Louth

8,423

7,850

93.18%

Mayo

36,614

8,281

22.62%

Meath

19,824

7,742

39.05%

Monaghan

15,332

10,644

69.42%

Offaly

12,216

1,275

10.44%

Roscommon

19,185

8,268

43.10%

Sligo

14,875

3,959

26.62%

Tipperary

29,810

14,001

46.97%

Waterford

15,048

11,277

74.94%

Westmeath

11,761

8,656

73.60%

Wexford

22,552

11,231

49.80%

Wicklow

15,464

10,547

68.09%

TOTAL

546,762

220,471

 40%

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