As of Q4 2020, 78% of the 98,394 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.
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
- 14 Broadband Connection Points identified including seven community centres, five GAA clubs, and two education centres
- 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; updated strategy due in 2021
The Broadband Officer can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Broadband Connection Points in Limerick
Limerick City and County Council will continue to work with the State to enable public WiFi hot spots at the following Broadband Connection Points:
- Caherline Community Centre
- Strand Community Centre
- Gerald Griffin Resource Centre, Loughill
- Coolcappa Community Centre
- Askeaton Community Centre
- Halla Íde Naofa, Abbeyfeale
- Cappamore Community Centre
- Kildimo GAA Club
- Patrickswell GAA Club
- Galbally GAA Club
- Hospital/Herbertstown GAA Club
- Glenroe GAA Club
- Shanagolden Education Resource Centre (LCETB)
- Rathkeale Riverside Training Workshop (LCETB)
In Q1 2020 NBI Ireland started to survey the city and county to develop a network design, with installations expected to commence in Q3/Q4 2020 and continue into 2021.
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 email@example.com.