December 4, 2020
Business News

Waterford gets connected: teams map path to better broadband in parts of county

The company charged with delivering the Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) is surveying parts of Waterford city and county.

National Broadband Ireland (NBI) has identified what it calls an “intervention area” here where it aims to provide a fibre network to 15,000 premises .

The areas involved are Cheekpoint, Passage East, Kilmeaden, Dunmore East and parts of Waterford city.

NBI teams are walking the routes, documenting images and taking measurements for poles, cables and underground ducts.The 15,000 premises in Waterford Intervention Area (IA), include  homes, farms, commercial businesses and schools and comprise  24% of all premises in the county.

Under the National Broadband Plan, Waterford will see an investment of €59 million in the new high speed fibre network. This will enable e-learning, remote monitoring of livestock or equipment and more remote working.

Phase One of the NBP sees the delivery of Broadband Connection Points (BCPs). Nationwide, more than 60 of these sites are now ‘live’ and will soon be  providing free public access to high speed internet in their area. They include GAA clubs, community centres and tourist sites .

In Waterford, some BCPs are planned for Knockanore, Kilbrien and Ballysaggart community centres.

These will give rural communities the benefits of broadband, for mobile working, e-learning and mobile banking. A full list can be found at https://nbi.ie/bcp-map/.

Primary schools in the Intervention Area are also being connected as part of the NBP. The first among these in Waterford are Faithlegg, Fenor, and Ballycurrane National Schools.

NBI chief executive Peter Hendrick said the company was pleased with the progress.

“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,” he said.

 

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