Building telecoms infrastructure in rural parts is proving a headache for governments across the world, principally because the technology and the demand it spawns keeps evolving.

The State’s largest telcos will appear before the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday to explain why they have shunned the National Broadband Plan ((...)

Nearly 60 per cent of Irish broadband users, many in urban areas, are dissatisfied with the quality of broadband they receive, a survey has revealed.(...)

Proponents point to the high capital costs of fibre and the relatively low take-up rates, particularly in remote areas. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Two big things fell out of the Government’s rural broadband process in 2018, the minister in charge and the lead bidder. In January, Eir, the State’s(...)

The outcome of the audit of the broadband process is convenient for the Government in that it concludes that meetings between the former communications minister, Denis Naughten (right, pictured with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar), and the leader of the sole remaining bidding consortium, David McCourt, were a “ cause for concern”, but that the tender process has not been contaminated. Photograph: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

The outcome of the audit of the broadband process is convenient for the Government in that it concludes that meetings between former communications mi(...)

“Fixed broadband may have been Plan A for the government in 2015 when the rural broadband project was launched, but time and technology have moved on, and mobile broadband has caught up”

The Government’s plan to subsidise the roll out of broadband in rural areas – so long in the planning and now so mired in controversy – has failed. Th(...)

John Keaney (above) takes over from Sean Atkinson as Siro chief executive

ESB-Vodafone joint venture Siro has appointed a new chief executive. The telco, which is supplying broadband services in more than 30 regional towns (...)

The Government should mandate the ESB to deliver the plan as a means of breaking the current impasse, according to Fianna Fáil communications spokesman Timmy Dooley.

Ryanair’s first-half profit fell by 7 per cent to € 1.2 billion, as average fares declined due to excess capacity in Europe and repeated air traffic c(...)

 David McCourt, the  businessman behind US investment firm Granahan McCourt. The Department of Finance referred the State-owned Irish Bank Resolution Corporation to Mr McCourt.

The US businessman whose meetings with Denis Naughten led to his resignation as minister for communications held a series of meetings with the former (...)

Siro, the ESB’s telecommunications arm, dropped out of the NBP process last year, saying there was no longer a “business case” for its continued participation

The Government should mandate the ESB to deliver the National Broadband Plan (NBP) as a means of breaking the current impasse, Fianna Fáil communicati(...)

Fine Gael junior minister Pat Breen is reported in the Sunday Business Post as having held a number of meetings with the lead bidder for the National Broadband Plan. Photograph: Tom Honan

Fine Gael junior minister Pat Breen held a number of meetings with the lead bidder for the National Broadband Plan (NBP), the Sunday Business Post rep(...)

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