Surveying for national broadband plan continues across Roscommon

National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company rolling out the new, high-speed, fibre broadband network under the Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP), have announced that surveying works in several areas of Roscommon are well underway.

Surveying-NBI contractors have been on the ground across the country for thirteen months, and over 196,000 premises nationwide have been surveyed to date.

This will enable network design solutions for the provision of a fibre network to every premises in the Intervention Area – a map of over 544,000 premises nationwide, identified by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communication – as not being served with adequate broadband speeds. The first premises have been successfully connected under the NBP in parts of Cork and Cavan.

In Roscommon, there are 19,126 premises in the Intervention Area, which includes homes, farms, commercial businesses and schools. This equates to 49% of all premises in the county. Under the National Broadband Plan, Roscommon will see an investment of €76 million in the new high-speed fibre network. This will enable e-learning, remote monitoring of livestock or equipment, e-health initiatives, better energy efficiency in the home and facilitate increased levels of remote working.

NBI crews have made substantial progress in Roscommon, where the following areas are being surveyed: Castlerea, Frenchpark, Lissalway, Castleplunket, Ballintober, Ballinlough, Carrowbehy, Loughglinn, Moyne, Fairymount, Castlecole, Ballinagare, Clegernagh, Tibohine and Carrowcrin.

Since May 2020, NBI crews have commenced with surveying works for townlands outside Athleague, Castlecoote, and Kilroosky.

All NBI contractors will also carry official ID cards and essential worker letters, and have received training on adhering to all Covid-19 guidelines. They will have vehicles, PPE and signage with both their own and NBI logos.

In advance of the fibre to the home rollout, the NBP provides for the delivery of Broadband Connection Points (BCPs) nationwide. 152 of these sites are now ‘live’ and have both internal and external broadband access. These facilities – which include sports clubs, community centres and tourist sites – will provide public access to free, high-speed Internet in the rollout area.

Locations of Broadband Connection Points in County Roscommon will include Marian Hall Community Centre, Tulsk Digi Hub, Creeve Community Centre, and Tawnytaskin Community Centre.

NBI chief executive Peter Hendrick said the company was pleased with the progress being made: “Survey designs are an important part of mapping out how every home and business will be connected, and these will provide the blueprint for how the NBI fibre is laid. The BCPs are also a key milestone in delivering access to high-speed Internet in the Intervention Area, and we’re delighted to see these being connected for access, internally and externally, right across the county”.

NBI’s website, nbi.ie, has a search tool to enable the public to check whether their premises is within the rollout area, and to show indicative dates for areas being surveyed. There is also a facility to register for updates on this. Detailed designs for the fibre area network are drawn up following these surveys. The network build has started in parts of Cavan, Cork, Galway and Limerick.

NBI’s contact centre can be reached by phoning 081-8624624 (lo-call) or emailing contactus@nbi.ie.