Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2223)

Robert Troy

Question:

2223. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of the roll-out of fibre broadband by Eir in an area (details supplied). [32412/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The premises in Ballymore referenced by the Deputy are in the LIGHT BLUE area on the National Broadband Plan (NBP) High Speed Broadband Map, which is available on my Department's website at www.broadband.gov.ie. The LIGHT BLUE areas are where eir is in the process of deploying high speed broadband to 300,000 premises on a commercial basis. This means that premises in the area referenced by the Deputy will receive access to a high speed broadband service through eir's deployment which is still ongoing. Under a Commitment Agreement signed with my Department in April 2017, eir is in the process of passing 300,000 predominantly rural homes with high speed broadband. According to data for Q1 2019 the company has passed almost 250,000 premises nationwide as part of its ongoing deployment. Further information provided by eir to my Department, advises of plans to complete the vast majority of the deployment by the mid-year completion target with the remaining premises to be completed soon afterwards.

Information on eir's rural deployment is available on that company’s website, http://fibrerollout.ie/Eircode-lookup/. A copy of the Commitment Agreement is available on my Department’s website, www.dccae.gov.ie.

Questions No. 2224 to 2227, inclusive, answered with Question No. 2182.