21,761 premises in Co. Wexford to get Broadband

County Wexford is set to benefit as National Broadband Ireland promises a positive impact from broadband roll-out with 21,761 premises set to be connected.
National Broadband Ireland, the Granahan McCourt led Consortium bidding for the Government of Ireland’s National Broadband Plan (NBP), been announced as the Preferred Bidder by Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment, Richard Bruton.
This will result in the roll out of high-speed broadband throughout County Wexford.
The investment in Wexford alone over the 25-year period will be €86 million with 21,761 premises connected via the installation of high-speed fibre network, as part of the National Broadband Plan roll-out.
Established in response to the NBP, National Broadband Ireland brings together a primarily Irish team with significant national and international expertise in designing, building and operating large-scale telecommunications networks.
David C. McCourt, of National Broadband Ireland and founder and CEO of Granahan McCourt, the worldwide investors in technology, media and telecommunications, told WexfordToday.com; We are delighted to have been appointed as the Preferred Bidder to deliver this life-changing infrastructure, that will be the platform to empower nearly 1.1 million people in Ireland, who have remained underserved in the provision of full modern telecommunication services. With this new network, rural premises in Ireland will finally have access to high speed broadband – which has become a 21st century necessity.
“To deliver a project of this size and complexity, it takes specific experience in building, managing and operating networks – this is what we do. Our team has a proven track-record managing the successful rollouts of 24 National Telecom Networks in Ireland, Europe, the United States and Central America and has delivered hundreds of thousands of kilometres of fibre across 56 projects. Over the past 30 years, our people have led the funding, financing and management of over €40bn in infrastructure assets and we’re proud to bring this experience and knowledge to this broadband plan.”
National Broadband Ireland’s plan will provide access to nearly 540,000 premises, currently without access to high-speed broadband (known as the Intervention Area).
Whilst most of these are in rural Ireland, it will also include urban areas where pockets of the population have been left without such access.
It has also been confirmed that National Broadband Ireland’s network will use the latest Fibre-to-the-Home technology to guarantee minimum speeds of 150Mbps (Mega bits per second) increasing to a minimum 500 Mbps by year 11 – with customers able to choose packages of up to 1Gbps (Giga bits per second).
Peter Hendrick, CEO of National Broadband Ireland, said: “We are very proud that our team has been appointed Preferred Bidder in the NBP, and our bid to rollout world-leading, transformative connectivity to every community in Ireland is on track to commence in the coming months.
“For over three years, we have built a team which brings together some of the best and brightest minds in the telecoms industry. This highly experienced and highly motivated team has developed an infrastructure plan that ensures the rural digital divide is consigned to the past.”
For further details see www.nationalbroadbandireland.ie

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