Thursday, 28 November 2019
Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions
National Broadband Plan Implementation
IDA Ireland is always consulted in any of these initiatives. We have identified 300 broadband connection points right across the country in every county and there is a focus on more remote areas. Many are on islands that might otherwise have no access to such a connection. During 2020 we will deliver 150 Mbps capacity to those centres and some of them will be very significant; they could represent hot desk and enterprise hubs, while others will be smaller and community-related. In the long term, we are guaranteeing that all 540,000 premises will have access to high-speed broadband, which is future-proofing the process. This is fibre to the home, which is the highest standard of connection and it is protected against future needs. Within ten years it will offer capacity of 500 Mbps or 1 Gbps to business users. This will be transformative in enterprise development.