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 Communications Division of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment 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 - Delivering a Connected Society was adopted in 2012, updated in 2015 and sets targets for 2019. Its core objectives are to contribute to sustained macro-economic growth and competitiveness. It also aims to ensure that Ireland is best placed to take advantage of the emerging opportunities of the information and knowledge society by:
- promoting investment in state of the art infrastructures,
- providing a supportive legislative framework,
- providing a regulatory environment,
- developing leading-edge research and
- developing reputation in information, communications and digital technologies.
Furthermore, the government proclaimed its determination to ensure fast and reliable broadband access throughout Ireland. In December 2015, the Irish government published an updated version of the National Broadband Plan (Ireland’s Broadband Intervention Strategy) taking into account the inputs from members of the public, industry and stakeholders. 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.
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 State 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.
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 study on Spectrum assignments in the EU.
National publications and press documents
- A National Broadband Plan for Ireland
- Intervention Strategy and Reports
- High Speed Broadband Map
- Broadband Officers contact list
- Study on National Broadband Plans in the EU-28
- Guide to High-Speed Broadband Investment
- Broadband Connectivity Reports and Analyses
- Europe's Digital Progress Report 2017
- Fixed broadband prices in Europe 2018
- Study on broadband coverage in Europe 2018