Interest in National Broadband Plan now ‘significantly beyond’ forecasts

Department of the Environment says 28% of premises that have been able to avail of high-speed internet through the broadband plan have connected to the network

David McCourt, the chairman of National Broadband Ireland. The company is delivering the national broadband plan at a cost of €2.7bn to the taxpayer. Picture: Julien Behal

More households and businesses are connecting to high-speed internet through the multibillion-euro National Broadband Plan than expected at the outset of the project, the government has said.

New figures show that 34,000 premises – including homes, farms, businesses and community offices – have now connected to National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company which is delivering the project at a cost of €2.7 billion to the taxpayer.

Overall, 120,000 premises have now been “passed” – meaning ...