29 January 2022
By Elaine Murphy
High speed connectivity on the way as over 3,300 premises in Youghal see build works underway
National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company rolling out the new high-speed fibre broadband network under the Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) today announced that fibre build works in Co. Cork are well underway.
In Youghal, over 3,300 premises have been surveyed to date with network designs completed to deliver the new Fibre to the Home (FTTH) network in the area with an anticipated date for connection. NBI crews have started initial works for the build in townlands across Youghal including Kennelworth, Clonpriest, Killeagh, Inch, Clashmore, and Kinsalebeg. These ‘make ready’ works pave the way for the next stage of deploying fibre on poles/ducts, and include the erection of poles, unblocking of ducts, and the insertion of subduct into existing ducts, for the fibre to be installed.
The website is regularly updated to show estimated connection dates. Signing up to the NBI email notifications at https://nbi.ie/eoi/ is the easiest way to get the most up to date status of premises during the rollout and when premises will be ready for order.
In County Cork, there are 79,669 premises in the Intervention Area (IA), which includes homes, farms, commercial businesses and schools. This equates to 29% of all premises in the county. Under the National Broadband Plan, Cork will see an investment of €314 million in the new high speed fibre network. This will enable e-learning, remote monitoring of livestock or equipment, e-health initiatives, better energy efficiency in the home, and more remote working.
Broadband Connection Points (BCPs)
In advance of the Fibre-to-the-Home roll out, the NBP provides for the delivery of Broadband Connection Points (BCP’s) nationwide. 453 of these sites are now ‘live’ and have both internal and external broadband access. These facilities – which include sports clubs, community centres and tourist sites – will provide free public access to high-speed internet in the rollout area.
These BCP’s will pave the way for rural communities to receive the benefits of broadband, from mobile working, e-learning and mobile banking, to digital tourism. An example of some of the locations of Broadband Connection Points in Cork that are connected are Coláiste Phobal Cléire, Lisavaird Community Centre, Clogagh Community Hall, Ballydaly Community Hall, Glash Community Centre, Laharn Heritage Centre, T.O. Park Labbamollaga, Castletownkenneigh Community Centre, Mealagh Valley Community Centre, Courtbrack Community Centre, Ballindangan Community Centre, Aubane Community Centre, Aghabullogue Community Centre. Primary schools in the Intervention Area are also being connected for educational access as part of the NBP.
NBI chief executive Peter Hendrick said the company was satisfied with the progress being made: “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 continue to work on the rollout plan and substantial progress has been made from surveying, design, build to connection works.”
He continued: “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 currently working closely with retail service providers, and other stakeholders, to connect homes in County Cork. Minimum speeds of 500Mb will be available.”
“Our mission is to end the digital divide across the country. Digital connectivity is critical to many of our activities, and this new Fibre-to-the-Home network, will be a key enabler for the sustainability of local businesses and communities.”