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Environment, Climate and Communications | Addressing deficiencies and advancements to broadband

To ask the Minister for the Environment; Climate and Communications the extent to which deficiencies in the availability of adequate broadband facilities continues to be identified in all areas throughout County Kildare; the remedial action in hand; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Bernard J. Durkan T.D.

For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 28 February, 2023.

To ask the Minister for the Environment; Climate and Communications the progress in advancing high-quality, high-speed broadband in all areas throughout County Kildare and throughout the country, with a view to the need to ensure maximum availability for business and education and all those with a requirement for the service; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Bernard J. Durkan T.D.

For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 28 February, 2023.

To ask the Minister for the Environment; Climate and Communications the extent to which efforts continue to be made to ensure the availability of high-quality, high-speed broadband in all areas throughout County Kildare without exception; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Bernard J. Durkan T.D.

For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 28 February, 2023.


I am advised by National Broadband Ireland (NBI) that, as of 17th February 2023, over 129,400 premises can order or pre-order a high-speed broadband connection across 26 counties, with over 118,600 premises passed across 26 counties and available for immediate connection and over 31,500 premises have taken up a connection.

As of 31st January 2023 NBI advised that 2,506 premises in Kildare have been passed and were available for immediate connection. 847 connections were made to the NBP Gigabit network in Kildare in the same period.

The NBP network build that started in 2020 is scheduled to be completed by 2027. NBI had a target of 102,000 premises to be passed by the end of January 2023 and this target was exceeded.  NBI is on track to meet, or exceed its 2023 target of 185,000 premises passed.NBI remains confident that it can complete the network build within the 7 year contracted period.

The network rollout for the NBP is divided into 227 Deployment Areas (DAs) across the country.  These are typically an area of approximately 25km in radius and in total they cover 96% of Ireland’s landmass. The architecture of the network design is specifically based on the design of the NBI network coming from the eir exchanges or the metropolitan area networks (MANs). It is based on an engineering design that allows NBI to reach every premises as quickly as possible working within the confines of how fibre networks are built. Villages, townlands and counties may be covered by a number of DAs which means there are differing timescales for the rollout across county areas.

Each DA creates a ‘fibre ring’ which is essential to ensure reliability, robustness and resilience. Critical to the success of the network, NBI’s fibre rings are built with back-ups, ensuring that in the event of one fibre cable being disrupted, the whole network continues to perform, protecting customer experience. Each fibre ring that NBI deploys is designed in a way that is non-discriminatory, meaning that as the rollout progresses, it may pass relatively urban areas at the same time as passing some of the most remote premises within the intervention area. The design utilises existing infrastructure to a very significant degree.

Surveys are needed to establish the condition of existing poles and ducts, to ascertain whether repairs are needed. NBI’s contractors walk the fibre route to inspect infrastructure and gather detailed information on local conditions and this work is on-going. Further steps are then required prior to fibre build and connections including:

  • Survey results fed back to NBI’s design teams who then develop detailed designs for each of the 227 Deployment Areas for submission to the Department for “Approval to Proceed” with fibre build;
  • Repair/activities (“Make Ready”) carried out to ensure existing infrastructure is sufficiently prepared to pass the premises with fibre;
  • Installation of and connection to electronic equipment in each Local Exchange building;
  • Laying of the physical fibre along the poles and ducts;
  • Fibre build quality checks, network testing and handover within NBI;
  • Upload of specific fibre build details by premises to computer systems within NBI, enabling retail service providers to make connection orders visible on their respective systems which in turn allows premises’ owners to place orders.
  • On completion of network build works customers can then place an order and request a connection to be scheduled with the retail service provider of choice.

NBI’s website provides an up-to-date picture of NBI’s deployment schedule across the 227 Deployment Areas (DAs) in all 26 counties. A particular county can be selected to view an update of the overall number of premises in the Intervention Area, the overall NBP investment in the county, the number of premises passed and connected to date and the status of each of the Deployment Areas with the anticipated date for connection over the lifetime of the project. The dedicated webpage can be accessed here: 

Further details are available on specific areas within County Kildare through the NBI website which provides a facility for any premises within the intervention area to register their interest in being provided with deployment updates through its website Individuals who register with this facility will receive regular updates on progress by NBI on delivering the network and specific updates related to their own premises as works commence.

Strategic Connection Points (SCPs) are a key element of the NBP providing high-speed broadband in every county in advance of the roll out of the fibre to the home network. As of 17th February 2023, 864 SCP sites (282 Broadband Connection Points, which are publicly accessible sites, and 582 schools) have been installed and the high-speed broadband service will be switched on in these locations through service provider contracts managed by the Department of Rural and Community Development for publicly accessible sites and the Department of Education for school BCPs. In County Kildare all 3 BCP’s have been installed.  Further details can be found at

In County Kildare 9 schools have been installed to date for educational access. My Department continues to work with the Department of Education to prioritise schools with no high-speed broadband, within the Intervention Area. Further details of schools in scope are available on the NBI website at

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