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Nokia has been selected as key supplier by National Broadband Ireland (NBI) to deploy the FTTH network for the landmark National Broadband Plan (NBP).

Nokia will provide all active network equipment and integration services, 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 platform.

The Finnish telecoms equipment provider will deliver design, testing, integration, I&C and project management services for the project. 

NBI will be a wholesale-only operation, providing connectivity to all retail operators across the country, at first through a series of 300 broadband connection points (BCPs), and then by delivering fiber to up half a million homes across rural Ireland.

Peter Hendrick, CEO of NBI, said: “We believe that better broadband networks promote social progress, equality and sustainability. 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,” Hendrick said.

Cormac Whelan, CEO of Nokia UK and, said: “It is imperative for today’s digital societies to provide high-speed connectivity everywhere – not just in cities and urban areas – to enable new digital services, digitalization of industries and innovation for economy and society to the benefit of the whole country. This project is key to the further digitalization of Ireland.”

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