10 locations in Mayo are set to benefit from today’s announcement that Vodafone Ireland has been awarded the contract to provide retail broadband services to the nationwide network of Broadband Connection Points (BCPs).
Broadband Connection Points will provide free onsite high-speed internet access to the public and will be the first premises connected under the National Broadband Plan (NBP). They will bring much-needed connectivity to some of the most isolated and rural communities in the country, including islands off Mayo, Donegal, Kerry, Galway and Cork.
The BCPs in Mayo are to be located at Keenagh National School, Ballina; Taugheen Community Centre, Claremorris; Killaser Community Centre, Swinford; Islandeady Community Centre; Bofeenaun Community Centre; Belderrig Community and Research Centre; Keel Community Centre; Kilmovee Community Centre; Cushlough Community Centre, Carrowkennedy and Finny Community Centre.
Some BCPs will support remote working, others will facilitate study and digital skills training and many will act as community access hubs with indoors and outdoors wifi.
BCPs will be provided with a temporary wireless high-speed broadband connection (150mbps/30mbps) which they will keep for three years, or until they are provided with a permanent high-speed broadband connection under the NBP.
“This is great news for the ten rural communities in Mayo in which these BCPs will be located,” says Michael Ring, Minister for Rural and Community Development. “These ten communities will get a jump-start on digital development, ahead of the full National Broadband Plan services arriving. These communities will be in the vanguard of the rural digital revolution.
“The National Broadband Plan will ensure that there is equal and fair access to reliable high-speed broadband for everyone in the State. It will take time to reach all premises, but the BCP project will provide a head-start, and a much needed interim solution for communities with little or no connectivity,” Minister Ring added.
The first of approximately 300 BCPs nationally are expected to be connected in the weeks ahead, with the remaining sites connected over the subsequent 12 months.