Thursday, 24 January 2019

Ceisteanna (56)

Brendan Smith

Ceist:

56. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the progress expected in 2019 in the delivery of the national broadband plan to counties Cavan and Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3377/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

As set out in the reply of PQ 857 of 15 January, the National Broadband Plan aims to ensure that every home, school and business in Ireland has access to high speed broadband. This is being achieved through a combination of commercial investment across Ireland and a State intervention in those areas where commercial operators acting alone are unlikely to invest.

There are approximately 42,000 premises in County Cavan. Since December 2015, the number of premises with access to high speed broadband in Cavan has increased by 5,317, a 13% increase. In total, the number of premises in Cavan with access to high speed broadband is now 23,535, or 56% of the total premises in the county. Approximately another 1,570 premises will be served by eir under that company’s ongoing rural deployment.

There are approximately 33,000 premises in County Monaghan. Since December 2015, the number of premises with access to high speed broadband in Monaghan increased by 2,270, a 7% increase. In total, the number of premises in Monaghan with access to high speed broadband is now 16,325, or 49% of the total premises in the county. Approximately another 1,000 premises will be served by eir under that company's ongoing rural deployment.

The remaining 16,985 premises in Cavan and 15,675 premises in Monaghan will be connected under the Government’s National Broadband Plan State led intervention.

In April 2017 my Department published an updated High Speed Broadband Map, which is available at www.broadband.gov.ie. This map shows the areas targeted by commercial operators to provide high speed broadband services and the areas that will be included in the State Intervention Area under the National Broadband Plan. The Map is colour coded and searchable by address/Eircode. The Map is updated on a quarterly basis as more premises gain access to high speed broadband.

The procurement process to appoint a bidder for the State intervention network is now at the final stage. My priority is to bring the procurement process to a fair and impartial conclusion as quickly as possible and I will bring a recommendation to Government in this regard in the coming weeks.

Question No. 57 answered with Question No. 45.