A key principle of the NBP is to support and stimulate commercial investment through policy and regulatory measures. This has acted as a catalyst to commercial investment by the telecommunications sector.
Since the publication of the NBP in 2012, the commercial telecommunications sector has invested over €2.5bn in upgrading and modernising networks which support the provision of high speed broadband and mobile telecommunications services.
Today approximately 1.4m or 61% of premises in Ireland can access commercially available high speed broadband services and significant additional investment is expected over the next 2 years.
The BLUE areas in the High Speed Broadband Map cover about 1.5 m premises. These are areas where commercial operators have rolled out a high speed broadband network or have previously committed to delivering high speed broadband. So far, approximately 1.4m or 61% of premises in the BLUE areas can get high speed broadband of a minimum of 30 Megabits per second.
The LIGHT BLUE areas represents areas where a commercial operator (eir) has committed to deliver High Speed Broadband access to 300,000 rural premises on a fully commercial basis by the end of 2018. The Commitment Agreement is available here. This brings the total number of premises in the BLUE area to 1.8m.