Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Questions (77)

Catherine Murphy


77. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the amount of initial capital expenditure required to connect a premises and-or dwelling under the national broadband plan; the way in which this cost was estimated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21656/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The average capital cost of connecting a premises is estimated to be in the range of €500 to €1,500 (ex VAT). The capital cost will vary, depending on a number of factors, for example, distance from the road, whether or not there is existing infrastructure in place, the condition of any existing infrastructure and other local factors. It is only when detailed surveying of the individual premises is completed that the actual cost of connecting a premises will be known. Under the terms of the National Broadband Plan contract, regardless of the cost to connect an individual home or business, the capital expenditure paid to NBI will be subject to a cap.