€84 million investment in Limerick broadband well underway

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NATIONAL Broadband surveying work is well underway in Limerick, paving the way for the erection of poles, unblocking ducts, and inserting sub-ducts for the fibre to be installed.

Under the National Broadband Plan, €84 million will be invested in Limerick to enable e-learning, remote monitoring of livestock or equipment, e-health initiatives, better energy efficiency in the home, and increased levels of remote working.

The National Broadband Plan rollout continues across the country with many homes and communities connected. NBI contractors have been working across the country for the last two years surveying locations with over 293,000 premises nationwide surveyed to date.

According to National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company rolling out the Government’s National Broadband Plan, there are 21,598 premises in Limerick included in the Special Intervention Area, which includes homes, farms, commercial businesses and schools.

This equates to 22 per cent of all premises in the county.

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NBI Chief Executive Peter Hendrick said momentum has been steadily building in the progression of the National Broadband Plan rollout, with homes across the country being connected to high-speed broadband.

“Our teams have been, and continue to work on the rollout plan and substantial progress has been made from surveying to design, build and connection works.

“As an increasing number of homes and businesses are being connected, we are confident that the rollout will continue to gather pace as we look to connect thousands more homes and businesses. We are acutely aware that people want access to high-speed broadband and our goal is to deliver that as quickly as possible,” Mr Hendrick added.

Under the National Broadband Plan, fibre internet will reach speeds of up to 500Mbps, which will be a huge advantage for students, workers and farmers and will remove the divide between rural and urban communities in Ireland. The National Broadband Plan had its first home connected to the network in January 2021.

NBI’s website www.nbi.ie has a search tool to enable the public to check whether their premises is within the rollout area.