Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Questions (585)

Éamon Ó Cuív


585. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of premises contained within the commitment contract for the 300,000 premises, which had completed the detailed design milestone as of 31 December 2017, by FTTH and VDSL technology and other technology; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10038/18]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

In April 2017, I signed a Commitment Agreement with eir in relation to its plans to provide high speed broadband to 300,000 premises in rural areas on a commercial basis. eir has committed to completing the rollout by the end of this year. Information on eir's planned rural deployment is available at http://fibrerollout.ie/eircode-lookup/ . A copy of the Commitment Agreement is available on my Department’s website www.dccae.gov.ie. Quarterly updates on eir's rural deployment are published on this website. eir has passed a total of 121,000 premises as of 31 December 2017.

Officials from my Department meet with eir on a monthly basis to review the company’s performance on the on going rollout by a number of sub-milestones. One of these sub-milestones is the number of premises for which a detailed design has been completed. As of 31 December 2017 eir had completed detailed designs for over 197,000 premises.

Of these premises at detailed design stage, in line with the terms of the commitment agreement, there is a ratio of at least 90% FTTH and 10% VDSL. The actual percentage served by FTTH, however, may exceed the 90%. eir has indicated to my Department that of the 121,000 premises passed to 31 December 2017, 96% are served using FTTH and 4% using VDSL.