Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (482)

Bernard Durkan


482. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the level of high-speed broadband available to Tougher Business Park and Layout Business Park with particular reference to Eircom service; if such broadband service will be upgraded in the near future in order to limit additional day to day costs for businesses in the area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32060/13]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

Ireland’s telecommunications market has been fully liberalised since 1999 in accordance with the requirements of binding EU Directives. Decisions to Invest in network upgrades to provide high-speed broadband services are undertaken by telecommunications network providers operating in the liberalised market. A decision to invest in a particular area by a particular network operator is a commercial decision for the operator concerned without any requirement to consult with my Department. Unfortunately, therefore, I am not in a position at this time to advise on the planned upgrades by network providers in any particular area. However if the Deputy wishes and provides some more detail on users in the Park, I will be glad to underwrite his representations to the operator.