Since January 2020 National Broadband Ireland contractors have surveyed a total of over 25,000 premises in the counties of Cork, Galway, Limerick, Cavan, and Wexford – and are currently on the ground in Kerry, Westmeath, Roscommon and Monaghan. To date they have been out and about around Drumhillock, Tydavnet, Cloghnart, Scotstown, Mullinahinch, Ballinode, Cornacassa, Cortolvin, and Killymarley. The survey work involves walking the routes and documenting images, notes and measurements of the poles, cables, and underground ducts in each area. The results of this will enable design solutions for the  provision of a fibre network to every premises in the intervention area – a map of almost 537,000 premises nationwide identified by the Department of Communications, Climate Action, and Environment as not being adequately served by current broadband delivery. There are 15,125 premises in Co Monaghan in the Intervention Area which include homes, farms, commercial premises and schools. The first homes in Monaghan will be connected in the first half of 2021, and over 115,000 premises nationwide will be passed by the fibre network and available for connection within the next 18 months.

4Site, Actavo and Entegro are the contracting companies undertaking this work and they have vehicles and signage with their own and/or NBI logos. Employees also wear hard hats and high visibility vests featuring the NBI logo. All contractors will also carry official ID cards and are complying with – and trained in – all social distancing & HSE/HSA Covid19 work guide-lines.

BCPs
The Broadband Connection Point project (facilities such as GAA halls, schools, and community centres in the Intervention Area with free public access to high speed internet) is well underway – with almost 250 of 300 surveyed to date – and  plans to open the first of these in July. In Monaghan, some BCPs include Carn and Latton Resource Centres, Geraldine’s GAA club, and Corcaghan Community Centre.

More information is available on www.nbi.ie, or call 0818 624 624, or email contactus@nbi.ie

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