NBI adds higher speed gigabit fibre options into National Broadband Plan

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National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company delivering the National Broadband Plan on behalf of the Government, has announced a new 2Gbps broadband offer for its customers.

NBI said today (26 January) that it is offering the new service in partnership with 34 retail service providers selling services on its network.

The broadband company said the new option will give residential customers 2Gbps download speeds with 200Mbps upload speeds, while business customers can avail of 2Gbps download speeds with 400Mbps upload speeds.

“We are delighted to facilitate this new offering for customers in partnership with all retail service providers on the NBI network,” NBI CEO Peter Hendrick said. “The comprehensive range of offerings available on the NBI network will empower customers across Ireland with a variety of different requirements in terms of broadband speeds.

“National Broadband Ireland is working to ensure that every person can realise their ambitions through access to high-speed broadband.”

This new offer has expanded NBI’s product portfolio to six different offers for customers, three options for residential consumers and three for businesses. The entry level offering for customers on the network is 500Mbps download with 50Mbps upload. The main difference for the three business offers is an increased upload speed.

The National Broadband Plan aims to connect more than 1.1m people across 544,000 homes, businesses, farms and schools in Ireland where commercial operators do not currently provide high-speed connectivity. The plan also includes any new homes built in these intervention areas over the next 25 years.

NBI connected the first premises to the network at the start of 2021 and around 50 retail service providers have signed up to sell services on the network, though only 34 are certified as ready to start.

The full deployment of the NBP contract, which was signed in November 2019, is expected to be complete by 2027, but delays have raised concerns about that deadline being met. The Business Post reported last week that NBI looks set to miss its revised goals for the second year of the rollout.

NBI said last June that more than 1,000 people have been employed on the project since it started in January 2020.

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