A total of 666 additional premises in the greater Ardee area – including Readypenny and Edmonstown – will see high speed broadband access rolled out in the first six months of 2018, according to the latest National Broadband Plan update, as of December 2017.
The NBP, first published in 2012, is a Government wide initiative to deliver high speed broadband services to all businesses and households in Ireland. The rollout is to be achieved using a combination of commercial investment by the telecommunications sector, and state intervention in certain areas.
Detailing OpenEir’s active ‘roll-out’ plan in County Louth, the report shows that 658 premises in Ardee were provided with high speed broadband – defined as a minimum speed of 30Mbps download and 6Mbps upload – in the first half of 2017. This was part of a total of 5,041 premises in Louth benefitting from the roll out across the whole of last year.
1,070 premises in Dunleer, 521 in Louth Village, 411 in Collon and 537 in Castlebellingham have also been provided for in the last year, according to the report. It says that Edmonstown, Readypenny (both in the first quarter of the year) and Togher (in the second quarter) will be passed by mid-2018.
According to the Department of Communications, as of November 2017, 49,053 premises in the county have access to high speed broadband which equates to 82% of premises in Louth. According to Government figures, the national rate is 68%.
They say an additional 2,541 premises in Louth will have high-speed broadband access by mid-2018, of which the aforementioned 666 in Edmonstown, Readypenny and Togher will be provided by OpenEir. That will bring the total to 51,594 which is 86% of premises countywide.
Ardee Municipal District councillor Jim Tenanty has welcomed the news and told ThisIsArdee.ie today that he has been working with the residents of Edmonstown and Mid-Louth to get broadband services in those areas.
The Department of Communications say Louth will have the second highest level of broadband access in Ireland by the end of the year, second only to Dublin.
OpenEir’s own updates provides a more promising look on broadband access across Louth. They say by June, 53,772 premises in Louth will be provided for, 89%. They are one of four wholesale telecome infrastructure providers operating in Louth – alongside E-Net, SIRO and Virgin Media.
Ardee was the venue back in 2016 as the Louth Economic Forum launched their own Broadband Action Plan with the county becoming Ireland’s first to produce a local draft plan on the back of the National Broadband Plan.
Last year, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten TD announced that rural areas across the country that were previously designated as state intervention areas would now be delivered commercial high speed broadband as part of a new deal with the telecommunications giant eir.