Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Questions (110)

Ciaran Lynch


110. Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Minister for Education and Skills when e-fibre broadband will be available to schools (details supplied) County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15661/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

At the time when St Columba's and St Luke's schools were awarded their current broadband connections next generation access (NGA) was not available in their area. The schools were awarded the following connections: St Luke's 12mb St Colomba's 17.408mb. These contracts were awarded for 3 years ending in June 2015 following a public procurement process. NGA is in the process of being rolled out by suppliers at present. Department officials have engaged with suppliers to trial the product on a pilot basis in a number of schools. Results from these pilots will inform my Department on how to move forward in relation to the NGA offering in schools.