National Broadband Plan

Background
The Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment are in the tender process for a National Broadband Plan (NBP) to rollout broadband to the rural areas of the country where it is thought not to be economically viable for a commercial operator to install.
Kilkenny County Council
is the facilitator of the National Broadband Plan rollout for County Kilkenny and will work with the winning tenderer to facilitate the roll out of broadband. Further details from the department can be found at the National Broadband Plan Overview.

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National Broadband Plan Descriptors

The NBP uses 1 of 3 classifications to identify what area of the plan a premise is in and can be identified on the Departments
High Speed Broadband Map.

The 3 classifications are

Blue - Operators should already offer broadband in the area.

Light Blue - Eir plan to have fibre broadband available by the end of 2018.

Amber - Broadband connection is included in the NBP.

The completion of the rollout of broadband is expected to be by 2022 and is dependent on the tender award date and the winning operators rollout plan.
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How to find your current status
To find out where your premise is classified you will need your Eircode.
To find your Eircode go to http://www.eircode.ie.
With your Eircode lookup its classification on the High Speed Broadband Map.

Next steps

If you are in the Blue area operators should already be providing broadband - check with operators in your area via the Check Your Line section below. If they are unable to provide a decent broadband speed please contact Broadband@DCCAE.gov.ie.

If you are in a Light Blue area you can check to see how long you may have to wait for fibre broadband by checking your location on the Eir Fibre Coverage Map.
The local authority has no power or influence how the sites were chosen - the Light Blue is a purely commercial decision taken by the operators.

If you are in the Amber area you are part of the National Broadband Plan tender.

Check Your Line
Different providers may give different broadband speeds and they may be very different from what you actually get. Broadband speed is affected by many variables including
- distance from the exchange.
- quality/age of phone line cable that is installed into the premises.

You can check what service may be available to you via these and other similar websites.
https://switcher.ie/broadband/.
https://www.comparebroadband.ie.
Suppliers include, but not limited to Eir, Vodafone, Virgin Media, SIRO, eNet, Imagine, Individual Rural Broadband Providers.

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Current Status of National Broadband Plan tender :

Yet to Be awarded - Provisional Award Date Q4 2017
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Any Further Questions
In the first instance check the Broadband FAQ to see if your question has already been answered.
If you can't find the answer you're looking for feel free to send your question to broadbandofficer@kilkennycoco.ie.

Details Updated: 27 October 2017


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