Minister Naughten Finalises Broadband Intervention Map
Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten TD announced on the 4th April 2017 the rollout of High Speed Broadband to 300,000 premises across Rural Ireland. These premises were previously included within the State Intervention Area of the National Broadband plan but through a commitment agreement with eir will be provided within the next 90 weeks.
open eir welcomes the announcement by Minister Denis Naughten which recognises our ability to deliver high speed broadband to homes and businesses across Ireland, and specifically our continued commitment to the rollout within Rural Ireland.
Minister Denis Naughten said “Today is a good day for rural Ireland. The agreement that I have signed with eir means one house every minute of every working day will get fibre to the door high speed broadband over the next 90 weeks. 300,000 more rural premises will have access to high speed quality broadband – that’s an extra 500 houses every day. Over the last four years commercial operators have invested over €2.5bn upgrading telecoms networks and services. This is a clear indication that the state’s commitment to Broadband is driving investment from the commercial sector. With the finalisation of the Broadband map one of the key uncertainties in the procurement process has now been removed and will allow us to move closer to our goal of ensuring all premises in Ireland will have access to high speed broadband.” The agreement and project plan for the rollout is publically available through the Department of Communications website. As a result of this initiative, the percentage of premises with access to high speed broadband will rise from 70% to 80% by the end of 2018.
Commenting on the announcement, Richard Moat, CEO, said “eir is investing in rural Ireland in one of the largest infrastructure projects in Ireland today. By the end of next year, over 300,000 additional homes, farms and businesses that currently only have access to basic broadband, or indeed no broadband at all, will have access to the fastest broadband speeds in Ireland, on par with the best broadband speeds available right throughout Europe. This will aid rural communities right across the country, removing a key barrier that has prevented people from remaining in rural Ireland, building their lives and businesses”.
“We remain fully supportive of the Government’s strategy and the Minister’s personal commitment to ensure that all premises in Ireland will be supplied with high speed broadband, either by commercial operators such as ourselves, or through the Government’s National Broadband Plan as quickly as possible. Today’s announcement is an historic milestone in the development of Ireland’s key digital infrastructure with enormous potential for job-creation, social inclusion and rural regeneration”.