Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Questions (421)

Timmy Dooley

Question:

421. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if his attention has been drawn to delays in the provision of Eircodes to new or existing addresses; if this is preventing the roll out of FTTH or FTTC connections; the length of the delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51693/18]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

Eircodes are assigned to new property addresses using a valid postal address and verified geo-locations.  Each quarter, An Post GeoDirectory issue a new release of the GeoDirectory database file with these new Eircodes to Capita Business Support Services Ireland, trading as Eircode, in accordance with their licence agreement. Each new address assigned an Eircode is published on the free to use Eircode Finder website and a notification letter is also issued to the occupant containing the Eircode of that address.   The timeframe for the updated Eircodes to be made accessible to telecommunications companies is dependent on each company's own Eircode data provider's contracted agreement. All such Eircode data providers are sourced and contracted by individual telecommunications companies.

Operational matters and commercial decisions of private commercial operators, including the updating of databases and deployment of telecommunications infrastructure to specific premises, are a matter for these commercial operators and one in which I have no direct function.