Summary of broadband development in Ireland
The National Broadband Plan (NBP) for Ireland intends to provide access to high speed broadband with a choice of service providers to every home and business by 2026. The government signed the contract for the implementation of the national broadband plan in November 2019. The contractor, National Broadband Ireland, will build a predominantly fibre-based network to cover 540.000 premises in Ireland.
National broadband strategy and policy
- The Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications is in charge of the formulation of policy at both a national and EU level in relation to telecommunications issues, which also includes the National Broadband Plan.
- The Commission for Communications Regulation provides regulations for the telecommunications market.
Main aims for broadband coverage
The National Broadband Plan for Ireland, updated in 2021, sets targets for 2026. Its core objectives are to contribute to sustained macro-economic growth and competitiveness.
In November 2019, the government signed the contract for the implementation of the national broadband plan. The contractor, National Broadband Ireland, will build a predominantly fibre-based network to cover 540.000 premises in Ireland with minimum download speed of 150 Mbps. Around 146.000 kilometres of fibre will cover 96% of Ireland’s land mass. NBI will be a wholesaler offering passive and active wholesale products to all retail and wholesale service providers willing to provide services in the area. The services will be offered to all broadband retail providers from the largest to the smallest, on a non-discriminatory basis.
Main measures for broadband coverage
- Broadband mapping: the Irish government has established an interactive High-Speed Broadband Map. The mapping tool provides an overview of the areas covered by operators and areas subject to the State Intervention of the National Broadband Plan. The Map is updated on a quarterly basis to reflect the movement of premises from white to grey.
National and regional broadband financial instruments
The State Intervention in the form of the National Broadband Plan aims at connecting all communities, as commercial operators have made it clear that there are parts of the country where they will not make high-speed broadband services available commercially. The intervention aims to provide high-speed broadband to every premises in the country with no existing or planned high-speed broadband network. This is a complex and ambitious national infrastructure project to build, operate and maintain a high-speed broadband network over a 25-year contract.
Recovery and Resilience Plan : the allocation for connectivity is EUR 19 million. The connectivity measure will help public administrations maximise the benefit from 5G technologies. The investment consists in building a low-latency platform with a high-speed backbone using edge compute nodes to enable a faster response.
Data on broadband development and technologies in Ireland
For the latest data on broadband coverage, subscriptions and penetrations, coverage of different broadband technologies and costs check the scoreboard reports and the country reports of the Digital Economy & Society Index (DESI).
Spectrum assignments for wireless broadband
For details on harmonised spectrum assignments consult the European 5G Observatory.
National publications and press documents
- A National Broadband Plan for Ireland
- High Speed Broadband Map
- Broadband Officers contact list
- Study on National Broadband Plans
- Guide to High-Speed Broadband Investment
- Broadband Connectivity Reports and Analyses
- Mobile and fixed broadband prices in Europe
- Study on broadband coverage in Europe