Thursday, 4 March 2004

Questions (103)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

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.