Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Questions (777)

Timmy Dooley


777. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will provide the cost estimates provided for the national broadband plan by companies (details supplied); the reasons identified for the gap in the estimates provided by these companies and the bidders; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24232/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

Cost estimates were developed by my Department’s specialist NBP team, which include financial and technical advisors KPMG and Analysys Mason, at specific points during the National Broadband Plan (NBP) procurement process. When the original budget model was prepared it was acknowledged that this would require further revisions as the proposed solution would be developed during dialogue with the bidders in the process.

In addition, the submission of detailed solutions by two separate bidders in September 2017 provided the NBP Team with a detailed breakdown of the financials, cost estimates, technical solutions and the revenue estimates likely to be assumed in a final tender submission.

Following the competitive dialogue process and consideration of the draft bids received, a final budget model was developed by the NBP team prior to the submission of the bidder’s final tender in September 2018.

Details of the final budget cost model has been published, to the greatest extent possible, by my Department and is available here https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/communications/topics/Broadband/national-broadband-plan/Pages/Key-Procurement-Documents--.aspx.