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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 (...)

Those thousands awaiting rural broadband will anxiously be watching for Denis Naughten’s “Plan B”. Photograph: iStock

Eir’s departure from the National Broadband Plan (NBP) has left the process hanging by a thread. We now have one bidder in what’s supposed to be a com(...)

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(...)

 Regional broadband: Eir’s departure renders the Government’s procurement process uncompetitive, a scenario that might prompt a recalibrated tender process. Photograph: Paul Bradley

The single biggest question hanging over Eir’s sudden departure from the Government’s broadband process is who pulled the plug, effectively turning th(...)

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(...)

Broadband wholesaler Siro and telecoms group Vodafone aim to supercharge businesses in Cavan with the launch of a new “gigabit hub”. The hub provides(...)

Siro CEO Sean Atkinson and JD Buckley, managing director of Sky Ireland.

ESB/Vodafone joint venture Siro has announced a strategic tie-up with Sky Ireland, the State’s largest pay-TV operator, to provide high-speed broadban(...)

Siro chief executive Sean Atkinson (right) with Ryan Ding, executive director of the board and president of Huawei’s carrier business group. The Siro-Huawei joint venture is investing €450 million in building a nationwide FTTB network

ESB and Vodafone joint venture Siro, which recently walked away from the Government’s National Broadband Plan bidding process, has signed a €25 millio(...)

Fianna Fáil social protection spokesman Willie O’Dea  feels his demand for a €5 rise in the State pension and disability and carers allowance will not be fully met.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil social protection spokesman Willie O’Dea has intervened in budget negotiations to demand social welfare increases. The Sunday Independent (...)

Broadband blues: After five years of dithering, we find ourselves on the brink of giving the market incumbent a subsidy to connect rural Ireland to high-speed broadband, a solution that might have been arrived at some time ago.

A significant wheel came off the Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) this week with Siro, arguably Eir’s chief rival for the State contract, de(...)

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