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Update on National Broadband Plan in Louth

Over 8,500 homes in Louth depending on State intervention

Donard McCabe

Reporter:

Donard McCabe

Update on National Broadband Plan in Louth

Over 8,500 homes (those in the amber area) in Louth depending on State intervention

Following the news last week that SSE was to pull out of the tendering process for the National Broadband Plan (NBP), the Dundalk Democrat contacted the Department of Communications to find out what progress is being made in connecting up homes in Louth to high-speed broadband.

According to the Department, the Government's NBP aims to ensure high-speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.

As per the Department’s High-Speed Broadband Map and county statistics for Q1 2018, there are 60,485 premises in County Louth. 8,568 (14%) of these fall within the amber area and will be served under the State led Intervention.

50,790 (84%) premises are in a blue area meaning they are in areas already or soon to be served by commercial providers, while 1,127 (2%) are light blue and fall to be served by eir's planned rural deployment.

Figures for Q2 2018 will be available on the Department’s website shortly.

The Department is in a formal procurement process to select a company who will roll-out a new high-speed broadband network in the State intervention area.

That procurement process is now in its final stages with a final bid expected from the enet consortium in the coming weeks. It is intended the procurement process will reach a conclusion shortly thereafter.

Where an individual living in a Blue area is unable to obtain a high-speed broadband service, they should contact the Department at broadband@dccae.gov.ie with their eircode and details of the service providers they have contacted.

In April 2017, Minister Naughten signed a Commitment Agreement with eir in relation to its plans to provide high-speed broadband to 300,000 premises in rural areas on a commercial basis.

Information on eir's planned rural deployment is available at http://fibrerollout.ie.

A copy of the Commitment Agreement is available on the Department’s website www.dccae.gov.ie.

Although, figures for Q2 2018 have not yet been verified by the Department, it is understood that eir have passed a total of 175,000 premises as of Q2 2018.

Eir has signalled that there have been some knock-on effects to the 2018 milestone targets due to the severe weather impacts of both storms Ophelia and Emma.

According to Open eir’s website,fibrerollout.ie, nearly 60,000 premises in County Louth can now access the company’s broadband network. Over €17 Million is being invested by open eir in upgrading the broadband network in County Louth.

SIRO currently offer services in Dundalk and Drogheda.