Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Ceisteanna (761)

Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

761. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated time for broadband connection to an area under the national broadband plan; and if a property (details supplied) was part of the additional 80,000 residences and businesses to be connected as announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23509/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

The premises referenced by the Deputy is in a 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, under a Commitment Agreement signed with my Department in April 2017. According to data for Q1 2019 submitted by eir to my Department the company has passed almost 250,000 premises nationwide as part of its ongoing deployment. This information will be available on my Department's website shortly.

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.

According to information provided by eir to my Department, it plans to complete the vast majority of the deployment by the mid-year completion target with the remaining premises to be completed soon afterwards. My Department is engaging with eir in this matter.