By Earl Murtagh-Naughton – Head of Marketing & Brand Development, IMS
As you may already know National Broadband Ireland (NBI) has been tasked with the design, building, and operation of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) in Ireland which is the new high-speed Fibre broadband network for rural Ireland.
This crucial initiative is the biggest telecommunications project undertaken by the Irish Government and will change the lives of so many people in Ireland.
Under the contract signed last November, NBI have employed some of the most talented experts in the technology sector to roll out the project through a combination of state subsidy and commercial investment.
IMS is excited to announce that we have connected to the NBI network to expand our Fibre service offering for our customers. As specialists in high-capacity broadband connections via Fibre and Dedicated point-to-point wireless links, IMS are perfectly positioned to help deliver high-quality broadband service throughout Ireland helping to ensure no one is left behind because of a lack of quality broadband.
We are delighted to be a part of this exciting project which will help deliver high-speed and future-proofed broadband within the intervention area. This will help over 1.1 million people who live and work in over 544,000 premises in these areas including approximately 100,000 businesses and farms and 695 schools.
This is an exciting time in Ireland for communications technology and setting down these foundations now will ensure that rural areas will be able to enjoy the same prospects as their urban counterparts going forward.
Covid 19 also means that we are now relying even more on connecting for work, educating our children, entertainment, and staying in touch with family and friends which makes this project even more important than ever.
The National Broadband Plan project was originally planned to take place over several years, but because of this greater need for remote access brought about by the pandemic both NBI and the Government are hoping to accelerate this process.
This coupled with the many benefits that will come from increased rural connectivity make getting this service even more vital.
In fact already over a hundred Broadband Connection Points (shared rural community spaces where high speed broadband is available) have now been connected, including around 29 schools.
According to NBI customers connecting to the network for the first time will have the opportunity to access a minimum speed of 500Mbps, rising to 1Gbps where needed and when it’s finished the network will be able to handle speeds of up to approximately 10Gbps, providing top notch technology for the next decade and beyond.
If you’d like help future proofing your home or business, Integrated Media Solutions (IMS) are here to help guide you through the process with expert help and practical solutions that can make the process easier.