Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1208)

Timmy Dooley

Question:

1208. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he has met with representatives of commercial operators that have announced plans to roll out fibre infrastructure within the intervention area of the national broadband plan; if the roll-out of the national broadband plan will be possible in cases in which a commercial operator is in place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18452/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

My Department monitors deployment of high speed broadband on an ongoing basis as part of the NBP and this monitoring continues in parallel with the NBP procurement process. The NBP High Speed Broadband Map can be updated to reflect new commercial plans, or to update areas where previous plans have failed to fully materialise. Officials from my Department have met with certain telecommunications operators and have received high level presentations from them with regard to their recently announced commercial deployment plans. Both operators have indicated that they do not propose to submit plans to the Department to seek inclusion of the National Broadband map.

Therefore, the State Intervention area for the NBP procurement process, containing approximately 540,000 premises, remains as set out on my Department’s High Speed Broadband Map, available at www.broadband.gov.ie.