The National Broadband Plan (NBP) is the largest-ever telecommunications procurement undertaken by the Irish State and aims to radically transform the country’s broadband landscape through the delivery of quality, affordable high-speed broadband to all parts of Ireland where such services are not available commercially.
The NBP will ensure that all people and businesses have access to high-speed broadband, no matter where they live or work. Once completed, all parts of Ireland will have access to a modern and reliable broadband network, capable of supporting the communications, entertainment and information requirements of current and future generations.
The National Broadband Plan network will be designed, built and operated by National Broadband Ireland, using a combination of State subsidy and commercial investment . It will make its services available to all of the NBP’s Intervention Area, which accounts for 23% of the population – in about approximately 540,000 homes, farms, schools and businesses.
For more information, please visit the Department of Communications, Climate, Action and Environment’s National Broadband Plan website.
One of the biggest challenges facing rural Ireland is to bridge the digital divide with urban areas. To remedy this situation forever, we will deliver high-speed broadband to every household and business in the IA. No town, village or parish will be left behind under the National Broadband Plan.
Programme for Partnership Government
The National Broadband Plan will eliminate Ireland’s digital divide, promising to deliver life-changing infrastructure that will be the platform to empower nearly 1.1million people who who have remained underserved in the provision of full modern telecommunication services. With this new network, rural premises in Ireland will finally have access to high speed broadband - which has become a 21st century necessity.
Chairman of National Broadband Ireland
National Broadband Ireland (NBI) will be the designer, builder and operator of the ultrafast broadband network for rural Ireland. It was established by Granahan McCourt, an international investor in technology, media and telecommunications with 30 years of experience partnering with governments, corporations and people to drive development of communications infrastructure. GMC’s core belief is that better broadband networks are essential to empowering social progress, equality and sustainable communities.
NBI has been announced as the Preferred Bidder for Ireland’s National Broadband Plan, following the State’s competitive and rigorous tender process. During this process, NBI has presented its vision for world-class, gigabit-speed broadband for every home, farm, school and business in areas of the country which are not fully served by commercial operators (the “Intervention Area”). Subject to the successful completion of the tender process, within the coming months, NBI will proceed to deliver high-speed broadband across rural Ireland at the quickest possible pace.
NBI’s leadership team have significant national and international expertise in delivering transformative broadband networks to both residential and business communities. This includes developing, building and operating networks and co-ordinating all the elements required to finance and deliver a project of the size and complexity of Ireland’s National Broadband Plan.
Combined Team’s Experience
National Telecom Networks rolled out / managed in Ireland, Europe, US and Central America
Fibre delivered across 56 projects
of combined telecommunications experience in the leadership team
Greenfield Telecom operating companies built and launched
Funding, Financing and Management of in Infrastructure Assets
“NBI is committed to future-proofing internet access in rural Ireland, using fibre technologies to enable a truly limitless connected society and economy for generations to come.”
Peter Hendrick, CEO of National Broadband Ireland
The NBI team has significant experience in global fibre infrastructure rollout across the world
Building and operating its ultrafast network on an independent wholesale open-access basis, NBI will provide consumers and businesses with choice of broadband provider. This means that large and small operators - local and national, Irish and international – will be accessing NBI’s services on the same basis, leading to the widest choice and the highest quality services. People in the NBP Intervention Area will be able to buy the same services or better, and at the same prices, as those living in other parts of the country.
NBI’s network will use the latest evolution of Fibre-to-the-Home technology to guarantee minimum speeds of 150Mbps, with customers able to choose packages of up to 1Gbps (1,000 Mbps) from day one.
The future-proofed technology deployed by NBI will enable download speeds four times faster than the current fibre technologies being deployed by other operators in Ireland today. This solution means people living and working in rural Ireland will have access to market leading broadband that exceeds the EU’s 2025 Gigabit Society requirements and propels Ireland to become one of the global leaders in the provision of high-speed broadband along with other nations such as Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea.
The National Broadband Plan is one of the most ambitious deployments of broadband infrastructure in the world and to design, build and roll-out this complex and technical project will take time – but once it’s built it will future-proof Ireland for generations to come.
NBI’s focus will be on building nationwide broadband infrastructure, and its deployment plan will deliver key early milestones to start fulfilling the promise of high-speed broadband for every community. To enable delivery of this key service to nationwide access hubs, we will utilise a mixture of technologies to achieve this within the first 12 months. Almost 300 Broadband Connection Points (BCPs) at locations identified and selected by the Department of Rural and Community Development will be live in the first year. These BCPs will include public areas such as community halls, libraries, GAA facilities broadband access hubs, enterprise hubs, and other public spaces - paving the way for homes and premises to be fibre connected throughout the period of the wider rollout.
From day one, NBI has set ambitious milestones in its deployment plan, leading to 100% ultrafast broadband coverage across the IA within seven years. By the end of the third year, it is projected that almost 40% of premises in the IA (totalling over 205,000 premises) will be passed and by year five, almost 95% of the entire population will have access to high-speed broadband.
By the end of our deployment plan, NBI’s network will be available to all of the approximately 540,000 premises, meaning 100% of the country will have access to high-speed broadband - with no-one being left behind.
National Broadband Ireland has been building its team for over three years throughout the bidding process for the National Broadband Plan. This team brings together some of the most talented individuals in Ireland and across the world, with deep knowledge and experience in delivering projects to the scale of the NBP.
David C. McCourt
David McCourt is the Chairman of National Broadband Ireland and over the past 30 years, he has been widely known as a transformational force in the technology, media and telecoms industries. The Economist has described him as having “impeccable credentials as a telecom revolutionary”.
McCourt has held senior roles as CEO, President or board member at some of the world’s biggest telecom network operators, including Level 3 Communications, MFS Communications, Corporate Communications Network, MCI WorldCom as well as well-respected regulated operator, Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises.
Peter Hendrick is CEO of National Broadband Ireland and has served as its Bid Director since 2015. Peter has an extensive background in telecoms, engineering, management and business development, having held senior roles in Siemens and enet, and he co-founded AirSpeed Telecom building it into a national telecoms business.
We have assembled a world-class team bringing together some of the brightest minds in the telecoms industry backed by significant financial resources, unrivalled construction expertise and proven experience of project management and operational capabilities to deliver the National Broadband Plan for the Irish Government and for the citizens of rural Ireland.
Walter Scott Jr.
Walter Scott Jr. is the longest serving independent director of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. He is also a director of Berkshire Hathaway Energy and Valmont Industries, Inc. Mr. Scott previously served as Chairman of Level 3 Communications Inc., one of the world’s largest and most successful providers of next generation networks and services.
Mr Scott is Chairman Emeritus of Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc., the largest independently held construction management company in the U.S, where he served as Chairman and CEO until 1998. Through their family office, Mr. Scott and his family also have significant interests in a number of large and successful organisations.
Peter Cross has held the role of CFO at Eircom and at BT Openreach and has deep knowledge of the telecoms sector. Peter is non-executive director and audit committee chairman at Ervia, and non-executive director of high-growth technology company, Cubic Telecom. He also runs Trasna Corporate Finance.
Peter previously chaired the audit committee of Ireland's national health service and was BT’s Group Director of Corporate Finance and a trustee of the BT Pension Scheme.
A senior executive with 25 years’ experience founding, building, growing and improving companies across telecoms and software industries, Donal has held the roles of Chief Operating Officer for Irish-based FTTH telco Magnet Networks and General Manager of BGE’s Aurora Telecom.
Pat O’Toole has more than 40 years’ experience in the telecoms industry and has a proven track record in managing organisational change. Previously working for Eircom, Pat had overall responsibility for the installation and renewal of the copper and fibre networks in the Republic of Ireland for the incumbent telecoms provider. He led a management team controlling a total resource of 640 people in a three-tiered organisational structure, interworking with a contracted managed service provider with a flexible resource ranging from 300 to 800 people.
Nicola has 17 years of experience in media and public relations. She worked as a news reporter and industry correspondent for The Sunday Business Post and Irish Examiner and was a regular contributor to flagship current affairs programmes on Irish TV and radio. She also held the role of Bus Éireann Media & PR Manager for almost five years and has significant experience in public affairs, stakeholder engagement, strategic and crisis communication, corporate affairs, social media strategy and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Mike previously worked as Chief Operations Officer and Chief Customer Officer for Rogers Communications, the largest facilities-based cable and wireless carrier in Canada with over 9m wireless customers and over 2m broadband internet customers. In his distinguished career, he has managed an employee base of over 10,000 people internally and over 11,000 third party contractors.
For the last five years as Sr. Vice President-Operations for Granahan McCourt, Tim has held the roles as acting COO at enet and CEO as Airspeed. Tim brings over 35 years of design, build and operate experience in the telecommunications arena and has been responsible for the build of in excess of 10,000 miles of aerial and underground networks for McCourt, RCN, MFS, Level3, Rogers and Comcast.
Joe has over 20 years’ experience designing and selling telecoms services into the Irish market, previously holding roles as Head of Commercial Products and Services with openeir, managing a team building and selling commercial wholesale services, and Head of Product & Marketing of FTTH telco Magnet Networks.
Geoff has vast experience in the telecoms industry and has an excellent track record working with organisations in the US, UK, Ireland and Sweden, developing in-depth knowledge and skills in the planning, implementation and support of telecoms networks and IT infrastructure.
He spent ten years at Eircom and was promoted to MD, Technology Evolution & Development of Eircom Group, where he led the transformation of the group’s network and IT infrastructure delivering Fibre Broadband, TV and 4G services nationally.
Niamh has 20 years of experience working in telecoms with BT, Magnet Networks and Hibernia Networks. She brings significant international experience in scaling and driving organisational effectiveness, change and culture in Ireland, the UK, North America, Europe and India.