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What is the Na­tional Broad­band Plan?

The Na­tional Broad­band Plan (NBP) is the Gov­ern­ment’s tax­payer-funded scheme to con­nect a quar­ter of Ire­land’s homes and busi­nesses (540,000) to top-level fi­bre broad­band. Most of these premises are in ru­ral ar­eas, where con­ven­tional broad­band firms won’t in­vest in in­fra­struc­ture due to sparsely laid-out prop­er­ties that would be un­prof­itable.

The cri­te­ria for a house or busi­ness to be in­cluded in the NBP catch­ment area is the lack of any ex­ist­ing broad­band ser­vice ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing a min­i­mum of 30Mbs. Be­cause most of the planned new NBP ser­vice will be fi­bre, this will give the fastest speeds in the coun­try. But lay­ing all that fi­bre (right up to your home or com­pany) is a la­bo­ri­ous, ex­pen­sive busi­ness that is ex­pected to take at least three years and cost well over €1bn.

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