open eir Reaffirms Commitment to our Rural Broadband Plan
open eir notes the confirmation by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) that it will not be in a position to commence negotiations with short listed bidders as planned this year or to award the National Broadband Plan contract to the winning bidder or bidders until early 2017. We remain committed to the National Broadband Plan and we are currently working with the Department on the comprehensive procurement process.
The change to the Department’s timelines, does not affect open eir’s Rural Fibre Rollout Plan announced in June 2015 which added 300,000 premises across rural Ireland to our already extensive network. We remain focussed in our efforts to bring high speed broadband to communities across Ireland as quickly as possible.
No other network goes further
Today, 1.4 million homes and businesses across Ireland can access high speed broadband. This will extend to 1.6 million this year and to 1.9 million premises as quickly as possible thereafter. We have commenced the rollout of high speed broadband to the additional 300,000 homes and businesses in rural Ireland. We plan to complete fibre rollout to the first 100,000 homes and businesses by the end of this year.
To see if your area is included, please view our interactive map.
Rolling out fibre to the home (FTTH) to Rural Ireland