Nokia Selected for Ireland's National Broadband Plan (NBP)

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ESPOO, FINLAND – National Broadband Ireland (NBI) has selected Nokia to deploy a nationwide FTTH network solution in the Republic of Ireland over the full program delivery period for the Irish Government’s landmark National Broadband Plan (NBP).

As part of the agreement, Nokia will provide 100% of the active equipment, including an FTTH network based on next-generation PON technology, an aggregation network, based on its IP routing and optical networking technology and a full performance management solution.

The project is one of the most ambitious government broadband plans in the world, with the goal of providing high-speed connectivity to all of Ireland’s population, including 23% of whom currently live in the more rural Intervention Area (IA) where the NBP will be focused.

It involves more than 44,000 non-farm businesses, over 54,000 farms and 695 schools, ensuring that no one is left behind and laying the foundation for Ireland’s digital future for generations.

NOKIA to Supply Active Network Equipment and Integration Services

The major rollout has key milestone dates and NBI has hired Nokia to supply all active network equipment and integration services. As a result, NBI will be able to rely on the latest technologies, integration and end-to-end service performance to ensure its schedule goals are met.

“We believe that better broadband networks promote social progress, equality and sustainability," said Peter Hendrick, CEO at National Broadband Ireland. "With equal access to local, national and global opportunity, every person, community and organization in Ireland will be empowered to achieve more. We look forward to working with Nokia because the company has the experience from similar projects globally, as well as the technological capabilities and end-to-end portfolio, for a project like this.”

 

About the National Broadband Plan (NBP)
The NBP network will be designed, built and operated by NBI, using a combination of State subsidy and commercial investment. The rollout area accounts for 23% of the population, in approximately 537,000 homes, farms, schools and businesses. The new network will cover 96% of the country’s land mass and will take five to seven years to complete, with the majority of premises passed with fiber within four years.

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