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Public Consultation National Broadband Plan - Intervention Strategy 02.01.2018


The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment is undertaking a public consultation on  Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA) of the National Broadband Plan – Intervention Strategy.  In addition the Department is consulting on the updates to its High Speed Broadband Map. 

Click here if you wish to make a submission.


National Broadband Plan Latest News as per extracts from DCCAE website as of 19.12.2017


 Progress to date

As of September 2017 65% of the 2.3 million premises around the country have access to high speed broadband. By the end of 2018 it is expected that 77% will have access to high speed broadband, climbing to 90% in 2020.


Q3 2017 Map Update

The High Speed Broadband Map has been updated by the Department. This latest update shows progress in the deployment of high speed broadband in the BLUE areas on the Map up until the end of September 2017, including those premises passed under the eir Commitment Agreement.


eir Commitment Agreement – Progress Update Q3 2017 

  • eir's commercial investment plans include a commitment to rollout high speed broadband to 300k premises in rural Ireland by the end of 2018 – c 500 premises per day. 
  • Progress in this rollout for Quarter 3 2017 has been verified by the Department and it is in line with the Commitment Agreement. 
  • In the period from 1 July to end of September 2017, 31,045 premises have been passed.
  • A total of 101,369 premises have been passed since eir commenced work in late 2016.
  • The 31,045 premises which had been represented as Light Blue on the Map have changed to Blue in this latest update.
  • Follow the progress of the rural deployment covered by the Commitment Agreement here
  • Information on eir's planned rural deployment is available at
  • This is a wholesale network only.  eir sells access to the network to retail service providers on an open access basis who in turn resell to the general public.
  • If your premises has been passed by eir and you want to use this network you will need to contact one of the retail service providers. Details can be found on the eir website
  • To date some 12,475 of those premises have been connected to high speed broadband services.


Procurement progress

The Department is in a formal procurement process to select a company or companies who will roll-out a new high speed broadband network in the NBP State intervention area. The procurement process is now at an advanced stage. The "Detailed Solutions" submitted by two bidders on 26th September 2017 are currently being evaluated by the NBP specialist team. The next stage in the procurement process is the receipt of final tenders followed by the appointment of a preferred bidder(s) and contract signature.


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