The National Broadband Plan (NBP) is a government policy that aims to ensure that every home, school and business in Ireland – regardless of how remote or rural – has access to high speed broadband. This is being achieved through a combination of commercial investment across the country and state intervention.
There has been significant commercial investment by telecommunications companies in County Galway in the last number of years, with a number of towns benefiting from a new fibre service.
Large areas of the towns of Athenry, Tuam, Gort, Clifden, Bearna and Oranmore now have a Fibre to the Home Service (FTTH) service available.
In April 2017 Eir made an agreement with the Minister for Communications to provide 300,000 homes and businesses in rural Ireland with access to high speed broadband- 28,868 of these properties were in County Galway.
State intervention will bring service to areas where commercial operators acting alone are unlikely to invest. These are primarily rural areas. GalwayCounty Council’srole in this plan is as the facilitator of the National Broadband Plan rollout and will work with NBI to facilitate the rollout of broadband in County Galway.
The investment through this project in County Galway over the 25 years will be in the order of €153 million, the second highest level of investment in any county in the country.
The total projected number of properties to be serviced by this scheme in County Galway is 38,338, which is 7.13% of the total connections to be delivered under this contract for the whole country.