NBP Latest News

NBP Latest News

NBP State Intervention Procurement – "Preferred Bidder" Announced

On 7 May 2019, Government approved the appointment of a "Preferred Bidder". This is the final step in the NBP procurement process before a Contract is awarded and deployment begins.

It means that the Bidder has passed the rigorous evaluation process carried out by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

To learn more about the NBP and what "Preferred Bidder" means, more information can be found in our press release here, in Delivering the National Broadband Plan, in our video on the benefits high speed broadband can bring, and our What is the National Broadband Plan? pamphlet.

7 May 2019


Progress to date

Today, over 1.75m or 74% of all premises can access high speed broadband services.

Procurement progress

The Department is in a formal procurement process to appoint a company to build, maintain and operate a new high speed broadband network in the NBP State intervention area over a 25 year contract.

The procurement process to appoint a bidder for the State intervention network is now at the final stage.  The next step is for Minister Bruton to bring a recommendation to Government in relation to the NBP.

Q4 2018 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 December 2018, including those premises passed under the eir Commitment Agreement.

eir Commitment Agreement – Progress Update Q4 2018

Progress in this rollout for Quarter 4 2018 has been verified by the Department. 

  • In the period from 1 October 2018 to end of December 2018, 16,174 premises have been passed. 
  • A total of 225,176 premises have been passed since eir commenced work in late 2016.
  • 16,174 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.
  • Information on eir's planned rural deployment is available at www.fibrerollout.ie
  • 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 connect to a high speed broadband service, you will need to contact a retail service provider. Details can be found on the eir website www.fibrerollout.ie/rollout-map/where-to-buy

11 March 2019