Regional Telecommunications Development Unit

The National Broadband Plan (NBP) is a Government policy initiative which aims to deliver high speed broadband to every citizen and business in Ireland. The National Broadband Plan’s ambition is to achieve 100% coverage of high speed broadband across Ireland. This will be achieved through a combination of accelerated commercial investment by telecoms operators, together with a State intervention to deliver access to high speed broadband to those parts of the country where there is no certainty that the commercial sector will invest.

Role of this Department

The Programme for a Partnership Government commits to measures to assist in the rollout of the network once a contract or contracts have been awarded. The Department of Rural and Community Development has been tasked with ensuring there are no local barriers to deployment and also with identifying priority areas for rollout which will in turn feed into the procurement process and rollout schedule for NBP.

This Department has established 2 Regional Broadband Action Groups, who will work with Local Authorities, Local Enterprise Offices, LEADER Groups and other relevant agencies.

Broadband Officers

The Department of Rural and Community Development provides funding for an officer with specific responsibility for broadband and mobile services in each local authority.

The Broadband Officer acts as a single point of contact within the local authorities for engagement with telecommunications providers and assists with the preparation for the roll out of the National Broadband Plan

List of Broadband Officers

Who will benefit from the National Broadband Plan?

Through ongoing commercial investment, most of our cities and towns will benefit from high speed broadband over the coming years. The areas that are not covered by commercial investment are the target for the State funded investment.

The NBP’s ambition is to achieve 100% coverage across Ireland. This will be achieved through a combination of commercial investment and the State-led intervention.  The profile of the area expected to be addressed by the intervention strategy includes:

  • C. 540,000 postal addresses
  • 990,000 citizens (21% of national population)
  • 381,000 members of labour force (21% of national total)
  • 52,057 farms (61% of national total of farms)
  • 47,096 SMEs, primarily micro
  • 437 schools (13% of total)
  • 310 business parks (4% of national total)

Further information, mapping & how to check if I am in the intervention area?

If you would like further information in relation to the NBP, or you would like to check if your premises is located in the intervention area, you can visit the National Broadband Plan website at www.broadband.gov.ie.  To locate your premises on the map, enter your Eircode or address into the search box.  Your Eircode can be found at www.eircode.ie