NATIONAL Broadband Ireland, the company rolling out the new high-speed fibre broadband network under the government’s national broadband plan, has announced that surveying works in several areas of Kerry are well underway.
NBI contractors have been on the ground across the country for eight months and over 150,000 premises nationwide have been surveyed to date. That involved physically walking the routes and documenting images, notes and measurements of the poles, cables and underground ducts in each area.
In Kerry, there are 26,905 premises in the intervention area which includes homes, farms, commercial businesses and schools and it equates to 30 per cent of all premises in the county. Under the National Broadband Plan, Kerry will see an investment of €107 million in the new high-speed fibre network and it will enable e-learning, remote monitoring of livestock or equipment, e-health initiatives, better energy efficiency in the home and facilitate increased levels of remote working.
NBI crews have made substantial progress in Kerry and areas surveyed include Rathmore, Knocknacopple, Mounthorgan, Kilquane Upper, Barraduff, Cloonteens, Gneevegullia, Tureenamult and Renasup.
In June 2020, NBI crews started initial works for surveying in townlands around Killarney.
The company has stressed that all NBI contractors will also carry official ID cards and essential worker letters and have received training on adhering to all Covid-19 guidelines. They will have vehicles, PPE and signage with both their own and NBI logos.
NBI chief executive, Peter Hendrick, said the company was pleased with the progress being made.
“We started physical work on the ground last January and I am delighted to report that this is going very well. We are acutely aware that people want access to high-speed broadband as soon as possible and our goal is to deliver that,” he said.
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