The Mapping Exercise

As part of the NBP, we have undertaken a comprehensive analysis and mapping process of high speed broadband availability across the country. We developed an interactive map which identifies locations and premises as being either served by the commercial sector or requiring State intervention under the NBP . We first issued the map in November 2014. In March 2015 we issued a request for supplementary information to operators on their Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband plans up to the end of 2020. This information helps us to understand where broadband services are available currently and into the future. This allows us to understand the areas that are likely to require intervention by the State. We re-issued the map in December 2015 with the most up to date view, at that time, of various operator plans.

In October 2015 we published the Criteria for the assessment of investment plans. We also issued a consultation paper on how we will manage the map before, during and after procurement.   We received 15 responses to this consultation.  Following analysis of these responses we published a paper explaining how we will manage the high speed broadband map pre, during and post procurement. 

In April 2017 the Department published an updated High Speed Broadband Map. This takes account of commercial operator plans which have not materialised and new developments since we published the last Map. The net result of this assessment is that there are now c540,000 premises in the updated Amber area.

Since the April 2017 update, the Map is updated on a quarterly basis to reflect progress passed under the eir Commitment Agreement to rollout to 300,000 rural premises by the end of 2018.

We have made every effort to ensure the Map is as accurate as possible, however some errors may remain. If you have queries in relation to your premises, please email us at broadband@dccae.gov.ie quoting your Eircode. It would be helpful if you could advise the Department of any operators you may have contacted.

We have also developed coverage maps on a county basis . Click on the relevant province to find your county.

A digital version of the coverage on the High Speed Broadband Map is available on request by email to broadband@dccae.gov.ie