NATIONAL Broadband Ireland has announced that the first premises in County Limerick have been successfully connected to the high-speed fiber network it is rolling out as part of the National Broadband Plan.
The first connections have been made in the Ballysheedy area and hundreds of other premises located in the intervention area, around the city of Limerick, are in the “Ready to Connect” phase.
This means that potential customers in townlands such as Roxborough, Ballysimon, Ballyvarra and Caherconlish West can now obtain broadband services from retail providers through the new network.
As a wholesale network operator, NBI does not sell fiber broadband directly to end users, but rather enables services from a range of broadband providers
Around €85 million is to be spent in Limerick to provide fiber optic broadband to around 22,000 premises in County Limerick under the National Broadband Plan.
Peter Hendrick, CEO of National Broadband Ireland, said: “National Broadband Ireland is delighted to say that we have now started our first connections in Limerick which will enable users to experience the life-changing benefits that broadband offers. . . This is a key milestone for this focus area.
Seamus O’Donoghue, Business Development Manager at Digiweb, said: “The new fiber optic broadband connection under the National Broadband Plan will bring incredible benefits to the people of Limerick. We are excited to work with NBI to connect our customers under the National Broadband Plan. We are already receiving very positive feedback from our customers in Limerick who are now enjoying some of the substantial benefits of fiber optic broadband. »
Liam Judge, one of the first customers in the Limerick deployment area to be connected to the NBI network, added: “We were delighted to be connected to broadband by NBI. This has allowed our family to enjoy various benefits, knowing that we can count on a constant high-speed connection. This includes a greater ability to work from home and enjoy leisure activities such as streaming.
Rob O’Driscoll, head of broadband with Limerick City and County Council, said the local authority was delighted to see how local people and businesses were benefiting from a high-speed broadband connection via the national broadband plan.
“This development will bring a variety of exciting new opportunities to people in the region,” he said.
NBI contractors have been on the ground since January 2020 inspecting townlands across the county. This involves physically walking the routes and documenting images, notes and measurements of poles, cables and underground conduits in each area, and helps design solutions for the provision of the fiber network.