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National Broadband Scheme (NBS)

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The National Broadband Scheme (NBS) has now expired – for information on the Government's National Broadband Plan (NBP) click here​​


The NBS was co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It was designed to deliver basic, affordable broadband to target areas across the country in which services were insufficient. Following a competitive tendering process, the Department awarded the contract to provide NBS services to "Three" on the 23 December 2008.

''Three'' rolled out the NBS scheme on behalf of the Department over 22 months, completing it in October 2010. Under EU State Aid rules, this intervention was for a limited duration. The NBS ended following a 68 month operational period at midnight on August 25th 2014. "Three" continue to provide broadband coverage throughout NBS areas on a commercial basis.

With basic services now available throughout Ireland, our focus is now on the delivery of high speed broadband across the country. The Government's National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to radically change the broadband landscape in Ireland. Through a combination of commercial and State led investment, all parts of Ireland will have access to a modern and reliable high speed broadband network, capable of supporting current and future generations. For the most recent update in the Plan, visit our proposed intervention strategy page.