Rural broadband rollout to take two years less than planned

The state has formally requested an accelerated process from National Broadband Ireland, with just 632 homes connected to the fibre network by mid-June of this year

The plan is lagging well behind its initial target of making the network available to 115,000 premises by the end of the year.

The rollout of the state’s multibillion-euro rural internet scheme is to be slashed from seven years to five after the government formally requested that National Broadband Ireland (NBI) accelerate the process.

The Business Post has learned that the Department of Communications (DECC) issued an official change request in late June, setting in motion the process by which the rollout of the national broadband plan to 540,000 homes and businesses can be accelerated.

The department’s decision ...