Thursday, 4 March 2004

Questions (103)

Thomas P. Broughan


98 Mr. Broughan asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if his Department has up to date audit figures on the quality of the telecommunications grid network here; if his Department has requested such figures from ComReg or from companies (details supplied) or from other telecommunications companies; and his views on whether he is responsible to Dáil Éireann for this critical matter for the economy. [7369/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources)

I am responsible for policy relating to the telecommunications sector. The responsibility for regulation of the sector rests with ComReg, the telecommunications regulator.

Responsibility for the quality of telecommunications networks is a matter for the network operator. The detailed operation and planning of telecommunication networks is also a matter for each operator. ComReg monitors the service level agreements between operators and customers.

I engage with and request information from Departments, ComReg and operators in the sector, as necessary, on an ongoing basis, in discharging my policy role regarding these issues.