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About 542,000 homes and businesses across the State stand to benefit from the State-subsidised National Broadband Plan.

The Government’s broadband tender process remains competitive even with just one bidder left in the race, the most senior official in charge of the pr(...)

Eir’s decision to withdraw from the NBP was ‘regrettable’, Minister for Communications Denis Naughten told an Oireachtas committee. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins.

The sole remaining bidder in the Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) is “really committed” to the project and “there is no sense of stopping th(...)

There was a clear 77 to 48 majority by opposition TDs to accept the Fianna Fáil proposal to review the National Broadband Plan procurement process and consider advancing the rollout of broadband through State ownership

TDs have backed a call for the Government to consider taking the rollout of broadband back into State ownership and using existing ESB infrastructure (...)

 Patrick Coveney, Greencore CEO.

Bank of Ireland chief executive Francesca McDonagh is likely to have drawn a few blank stares from members of the Oireachtas finance committee this we(...)

Richard Moat of Eir: “I want to stay around and be a part of Irish business life.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Richard Moat, the English-born chief executive of Ireland’s former State telecoms incumbent, has had to become a bit of a forester to navigate the thi(...)

Preparing tenders can take a lot of time, and involve a lot of expense for firms. It must be worthwhile for firms to compete given that many times they won’t be awarded the job. Photograph: Getty Images

Over recent decades the purchase of goods and services by the State has been subject to increasing regulation to ensure that the State gets value for (...)

Telecommunications company Eir has withdrawn from the broadband procurement process to provide infrastructure to 542,000 homes and business premises dotted throughout rural Ireland. Photograph: Maxwells

The absence of high-speed broadband across much of rural Ireland has been one of the major failures of government over the past decade. That is why th(...)

The ambition of Minister for Communications Denis Naughten is to provide “next generation” broadband to all homes and businesss in the State through a combination of commercial and State investment. Photograph: Maxwells.

How much of a Government priority is broadband? When then minister for communications Pat Rabbitte launched the National Broadband Plan (NBP) in 2012(...)

Eir, which had been favourite to win the National Broadband Plan State contract, said on Wednesday it was withdrawing from the tender because the risks had become “too great for its continued participation”.

The Government’s long-awaited rural broadband scheme will be delivered on time and at no extra cost to the taxpayer despite the surprise withdrawal of(...)

Speedtest: Ookla ranked Ireland 62nd of 123 countries for its average mobile-download speed and 81st for upload speed at the end of 2017. Photograph: Getty

Irish mobile broadband has got a lot faster recently, but poor coverage outside major towns and cities leaves the country lagging behind Azerbaijan in(...)

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