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Progress to date

Today seven out 10 of the 2.3 million premises around the country have access to high speed broadband. By 2020 it is expected that nine out of 10 premises will have access to high speed broadband.

Procurement progress

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

That procurement process is now in its final stages.

When the procurement process reaches a satisfactory conclusion and a subsidy level has been approved by Government, a contract will be awarded and the network rollout will commence.

Q1 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 March 2018, including those premises passed under the eir Commitment Agreement.

eir Commitment Agreement – Progress Update Q1 2018

  • Progress in this rollout for Quarter 1 2018 has been verified by the Department.
  • In the period from 1 January 2018 to end of March 2018, 24,645 premises have been passed.
  • A total of 145,212 premises have been passed since eir commenced work in late 2016.
  • The 24,645 premises which had been represented as Light Blue on the Map have changed to Blue in this latest update.
  • To date nearly 30,000 premises have been connected as part of openeir's Fibre to the Home high speed broadband service.
  • Follow the progress of the rural deployment covered by the Commitment Agreement here.
  • Information on eir's planned rural deployment is available at http://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 use this network you will need to contact one of the retail service providers. Details can be found on the eir website https://fibrerollout.ie/rollout-map/where-to-buy/

Effects of storms Ophelia and Emma

In compliance with the obligations of the Commitment Agreement, officials from the Department meet with eir on a monthly basis to review the company's performance on certain sub-milestones.

The purpose of these review meetings is for eir to report progress and also to identify any deployment related risks or issues and associated risk mitigation plans.

Data for Q1 2018 recently submitted by eir to the Department indicates that the company has passed 145,212 premises nationwide as part of its ongoing deployment. eir has signalled that there would be likely knock-on effects to the 2018 milestone targets due to the severe weather impacts of both storms Ophelia and Emma.

29 May 2018

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