National Broadband Plan now ‘on time and on budget’, operator says

Company behind multi-billion-euro plan said it’s ahead of target having previously been criticised for slow pace of roll-out and financing controversies

NBI chief executive Peter Hendrick, Minister Ossian Smyth and NBI chairman David McCourt. Smyth said the project was now ‘on schedule and on budget’. Picture: Dylan Vaughan

Almost 217,000 premises around Ireland are ready to connect to high-speed broadband, according to the company behind the country’s multibillion-euro plan.

National Broadband Ireland (NBI) said the project was ahead of schedule and that the goal was “on time and on budget”, after years of criticism over delays and rising costs.

In a statement to the Business Post, NBI said its end-of-year report showed that some 68,765 premises were connected to its network at the ...