Investment in rural Ireland set to deliver high speed broadband to 1.1 million people

National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company established by worldwide investors in technology, media and telecommunications, Granahan McCourt, has signed a landmark State contract with the Irish Government to deliver the country´s National Broadband Plan (NBP), the company said.

The project is one of the most ambitious of its kind globally and will end the current digital divide between urban and rural communities. It will provide equal opportunities for every home, farm and business in Ireland.

The announcement comes following the European Commission approved EUR 2.6 billion of State aid for the National Broadband Plan.

Ireland´s National Broadband Plan aims to radically change the broadband landscape across the country, ensuring that all citizens and businesses have access to high speed broadband no matter where they live or work. This will be delivered through a combination of commercial and State led investment. Once completed, 100% of the population will have access to a modern and reliable broadband network, capable of supporting current and future generations. ​

The scheme will involve laying 146,000km of fibre cable to connect every one of the 537,000 premises in the roll-out area. The full deployment across 96% of Ireland´s land mass is recognised as one of the most ambitious telecom infrastructure projects globally.

Granahan McCourt is a private investment firm focused on the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) industries.

Granahan McCourt´s principals have world-leading experience in designing, building and deploying large-scale telecoms infrastructure. The firm´s founder and CEO, David McCourt, has held senior roles as CEO, President or board member at some of the biggest telecom network operators, including Level 3 Communications, MFS Communications, Corporate Communications Network and WorldCom. He is also an Emmy award-winning producer and best-selling author.