Broadband - National Broadband Plan Coordination

Limerick City and County Council as committed in the Limerick Digital Strategy Programme 4 will provide the necessary supports and co-ordination for the implementation of the National Broadband Plan in Limerick.

Network switch and ethernet cables

As of Q3 2019, 78% of the 97,887 premises in Limerick are supplied by commercial broadband operators with high speed broadband. This is the fourth highest penetration of broadband in Ireland, after Dublin, Louth and Kildare. 93% of all premises in Limerick City have broadband coverage, while 58% of those in Limerick County are covered – the latter represents an increase of 19 percentage points on Q1 2018, due to, among other things, the roll-out of the government’s commercial rural broadband deployment scheme. In total, an additional 10.036 properties in Limerick have been covered by fibre broadband in 2019. This represents a significant increase, effectively doubling the number of properties where the fibre broadband was extended in 2018.

An €86m investment by the Government of Ireland will see almost 22,000 properties in the city and county provided with high-speed broadband over the next 5 to 7 years under a contract signed with National Broadband Ireland (NBI).

Progress to date

The progress to date includes:

  • 14,188 properties covered with high-speed broadband between 2017-2019
  • Newcastle West Town Centre: 3 cabinets enabled by eir for high-speed broadband, 1 cabinet still pending upgrade
  • 9 Broadband Connection Points identified including seven schools, a visitor centre and community centre
  • 3 Policies updated (Planning, Housing, Roads) to include measures that facilitate broadband deployment
  • Mapping of mobile phones black-spots based on user experience. The official mobile phone coverage map and the map of mobile communications masts are available online from Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg).
  • Limerick Digital Strategy 2017-2020 Published

NBI Ireland have started in Q1-2020 to survey the city and county and to draw the detailed network design with the installations expected to commence in Q3/Q4 2020.
 

The Broadband Officer can be contacted by email at broadband@limerick.ie

Broadband Connection Points in Limerick

Works will continue to enable public wifi hot spots in the following Broadband Connection Points:

  1. Lough Gur Interpretive Centre
  2. Caherline  Community Centre (TBC)
  3. Educate Together National School Mungret (TBC)
  4. Glenmore Community Centre, Strand
  5. Knocknadea National School
  6. Coolcappa National School
  7. Tinnatarriff National School
  8. Gerald Griffin National School, Loughill
  9. Mountcollins National School

What's next

NBI Ireland have started in Q1-2020 to survey the city and county and to draw the detailed network design with the installations expected to commence in Q3/Q4 2020.

Contact

The Broadband Officer in the Digital Services Department has the responsibility for the co-ordination in Limerick City and County Council of the necessary supports for the rollout of the National Broadband Plan.

The Broadband officer is a member of the Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce Implementation Group. The Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce is made up of senior officials from a number of Government Departments, Statutory Agencies and Local Government and engages with representatives of the telecommunications industry.

The Broadband Officer can be contacted by email at broadband@limerick.ie.

This service is provided by

Digital Services Department

Phone +353 61 556000
Location
Limerick City and County Council, Merchants Quay, Limerick, V94 EH90