Surveying for National Broadband Plan ongoing in Cavan
The company rolling out the Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) today announced that surveying works in Cavan are well underway.
In Cavan, there are 16,424 premises in the Intervention Area (IA), which includes homes, farms, commercial businesses and schools. This equates to 38% of all premises in the county. Under the National Broadband Plan, Cavan will see an investment of €65M in the new high speed fibre network.
National Broadband Ireland (NBI) crews report "substantial progress" in County Cavan, where the following areas have been surveyed: Cootehill and Kilnaleck. These initial works pave the way for the next stage of deploying fibre on poles/ducts and includes the erection of poles, unblocking of ducts, and the insertion of sub duct into existing ducts, for the fibre to be installed.
All NBI contractors will also carry official ID cards and essential worker letters, and have received training on adhering to all Covid 19 guidelines. They will have vehicles, PPE and signage with both their own, and NBI logos.
Broadband Connection Points (BCPs)
In advance of the Fibre-to-the-Home roll out, the NBP provides for the delivery of Broadband Connection Points (BCP’s) nationwide. These facilities - which include GAA clubs, community centres and tourist sites – will provide free public access to high speed internet in the rollout area.
Locations of Broadband Connection Points in County Cavan will include Killenkere Leisure Centre, Mullahoran Community Centre, Castle Saunderson Scout Centre and Templeport Community Centre. Primary schools in the Intervention Area are also being connected for educational access as part of the NBP.
Progress on the ground
NBI Chief Executive Peter Hendrick said: “Momentum has been steadily building in the progression of the National Broadband Plan rollout, with homes across the country being connected to high-speed broadband. Our teams have been, and continue to do so, work on the rollout plan and substantial progress has been made from surveying, design, build to connection works.”
“As an increasing number of homes and businesses are being connected, we are confident that the rollout will continue to gather pace as we look to connect thousands more homes and businesses. We are acutely aware that people want access to high-speed broadband and our goal is to deliver that as quickly as possible.”
NBI’s website www.nbi.ie has a search tool to enable the public to check whether their premises is within the rollout area, and to show indicative dates for areas being surveyed.