High Speed Broadband Access

‚ÄčThe Department of Communications Climate Action & Environment published the National Broadband Plan (pdf)  (NBP) in August 2012. 

This is a Government wide initiative to deliver high speed broadband services to all businesses and households in Ireland. The NBP defines high speed broadband as a minimum speed of 30Mbps download and 6Mbps upload. This is being achieved through a combination of:

  • Commercial investment by the telecommunications sector and
  • A State Intervention in those areas where commercial providers acting alone will not provide this essential service

So that you can find out how your premises will be connected to high speed internet, the Government has created the High speed Broadband Map with Dark Blue, Light blue and Amber areas. These areas identify where commercial investment is taking place and where the intervention areas are located for future state supported connections.

Commercial Investment

The NBP has acted as a catalyst to commercial investment by the telecommunications sector.

Since the publication of the NBP in 2012, the commercial telecommunications sector has invested over €2.5bn. This was spent on upgrading and modernising networks which support the provision of high speed broadband and mobile telecommunications services.

Today approximately 1.4m or 61% of premises in Ireland can access commercially available high speed broadband services. Significant additional investment is expected over the next 2 years.

The BLUE areas in the High Speed Broadband Map cover about 1.5 m premises.  These are areas where commercial operators have rolled out a high speed broadband network or have previously committed to delivering high speed broadband.  So far, approximately 1.4m premises in the BLUE areas can get high speed broadband of a minimum of 30 Megabits per second.

The LIGHT BLUE areas represent areas where a commercial operator (open eir) has committed to deliver High Speed Broadband access to 300,000 rural premises by the end of 2018. This commitment is on a fully commercial basis.  The Commitment Agreement is available here (pdf). This brings the total number of premises in the BLUE area to 1.8m.  

Intervention Strategy

The State Intervention Strategy sets out the Government's approach to ensure that High Speed Broadband is made available to all households and businesses in the country where there is no existing or planned commercial network.  This non-commercial High Speed Broadband area is known as "The Intervention Area". 

Through a procurement process, the Department is currently looking for a company or companies to build, maintain and operate the State Intervention network for the next 25 years. 

The Intervention Area is identified as AMBER on the High Speed Broadband Map

You can use the Map to see if you will be covered by commercial operators or are in an area of the country that the State intervention will address.

National Broadband Plan information leaflets

The Department now has three new National Broadband Plan information leaflets available below or in hard copy: