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National Broadband Plan

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 1 June 2021

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Ceisteanna (84)

Neale Richmond


84. Deputy Neale Richmond asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the status of the roll-out of the national broadband plan in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29416/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Environment)

There are 13,696  premises in the Intervention Area in County Dublin that will receive access to high speed broadband under the National Broadband Plan. I am advised that as of 27 May, 2,437  (17.8%) of these have been surveyed by National Broadband Ireland (NBI). Surveying is the first step to delivering the new fibre network and informs design solutions for fibre network provision. Detailed designs are used to initiate the ‘make ready’ project with Open eir, where Open eir ensure poles and ducts being reused are fit for purpose and are made ready for other required infrastructure. Equipment ordering decisions are dependent on this step. Survey data is required to initiate pre-works paving the way for fibre deployment. Pre-works involve construction of new duct routes, erection of poles, building chambers and tree trimming. On completion of pre-works, the main construction works can commence.

I am advised by NBI that surveys are completed or ongoing in Skerries, Balbriggan, around Fingal, Castleknock, Blanchardstown, Clonsilla, Ongar, Chapelizod, Ballyfermot, Cabra, Bluebell, Finglas,City West, Bohernabreena, Rathcoole, Cruagh, Kilakee, Ballychorus, Ticknock and Ballybrack. Pre-works are in progress around Skerries, City West, Bohernabreena and Rathcoole.

Further details are available on specific areas in Dublin through the NBI website www.NBI.ie which provides a facility for any premises within the intervention area to register their interest in being provided with deployment updates through its website.

Broadband Connection Points (BCPs) are a key element of the NBP providing high speed broadband in every county in advance of the roll out of the fibre to the home network. As of 27 May, 317 Broadband Connection Points sites have been installed by NBI. A number of BCPs are connected in County Dublin including Glenasmole Community Centre, Man O War GAA Club, Fingal Ravens GAA Club, Stars Of Erin GAA , Dublin Mountain Community Centre, Tyrrelstown Community Centre and Newbridge House & Farm.

Balscadden National School is connected to high speed broadband as part of this initiative.