Thursday, 17 December 2020
Department of Rural and Community Development
National Broadband Plan
668. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development the status of the establishment of a network of broadband connection points in south western areas of County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43594/20]
Broadband Connection Points (BCPs) are among the first deliverables of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) and will provide high-speed broadband connectivity to publicly accessible sites in rural and isolated areas of the country, including a number of our off-shore islands.
These sites will be provided with a temporary wireless connection by National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company contracted to deliver the NBP. This connection will remain in situ until the sites have been given a permanent connection under the NBP.
Potential BCP sites are identified by the Local Authorities and are then assessed for suitability. Site identification is a continuous and ongoing process. If there are sites that could be considered for inclusion, they should be bought to the attention of the Local Authority Broadband Officer in the first instance.
Accepted sites are provided with the initial connectivity by NBI and are then passed to Vodafone Ireland to install their equipment to provide broadband services to the site.
As of 10 December 2020, 162 sites had the initial connection established by NBI, and 133 of these had been passed to Vodafone for installation. Vodafone had installed their equipment at 113 of these sites up to last Thursday and are continuing with their installations.
There are 18 BCPs planned for Cork, 7 of which are now operational. Details are provided on the table below.
It is my intention to have approximately 300 public access BCPs live and operational in early 2021. The locations and contact details for all live BCPs can be found at
Table 1 - BCPs planned for Co. Cork
|Ballindangan Community Centre||P67W562||CORK||Y|
|GLASH COMMUNITY CENTRE,||P51W024||CORK|
|BALLYDALY COMMUNITY HALL||P51DP95||CORK|
|AGHABULLOGUE COMMUNITY CENTRE||P12CD51||CORK||Y|
|CASTLETOWNKENNEIGH COMMUNITY CENTRE||P47YR96||CORK||Y|
|Aubane Community Centre||P51EP49||CORK|
|MEALAGH VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTRE||P75K253||CORK|
|BERE ISLAND HERITAGE CENTRE||P75W660||CORK||Y|
|SHERKIN ISLAND COMMUNITY HALL||P81AE02||CORK|
|Coláiste Phobal Cléire||P81P627||CORK|
|Lissavard Community Centre||P85W840||CORK||Y|
|WHITECHURCH COMMUNITY CENTRE||T34RR58||CORK||Y|
|Laharn Heritage Centre||P51FK44||CORK|
|COURTBRACK COMMUNITY CENTRE||T23NH22||CORK|
|T.O. PARK LABBAMOLLAGA||V35E895||CORK||Y|
|Inch Community Centre||P36RC43||CORK|
|CLOGAGH COMMUNITY HALL||P72KF65||CORK|
|The Old Mill||P51 F9PX||CORK|