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(...)

Enet is Ireland’s largest wholesale-only carrier. Photograph: iStock

A consortium including wholesale broadband supplier Enet is the last bidder left in the Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) following the withd(...)

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(...)

Last month a judge found Eir had legitimate grounds in bringing its case against the State and granted a stay on the Comreg process provided Eir pursues its case swiftly.

Telecoms regulator Comreg is seeking to impose a record fine of nearly €10 million on Eir over its alleged failure to comply with obligations to allow(...)

The State-subsidised scheme to equip 542,000 rural homes and businesses with high-speed broadband has been beset with problems

The Department of Communications has denied the National Broadband Plan is facing further delays amid reports that officials have told regional author(...)

BT Ireland has secured a major wholesale contract with Sky Ireland to support the TV and broadband provider’s rollout of high-speed broadband across (...)

Eir said: “Providing best in class technologies such as fibre to the home carries significantly higher costs in rural locations than in urban and suburban locations.” Photo Karl Hussey/ Fennell Photography

Telecoms firms, including Vodafone and BT, are considering a boycott of Eir’s wholesale network in parts of rural Ireland in a row over pricing. The (...)

Earlier this year, the Government agreed a deal with the telecoms firm, which saw 300,000 homes removed from the State scheme and placed back into Eir’s commercial rollout plans

The State subsidy required for the National Broadband Plan (NBP) may be 60 per cent higher than originally anticipated because of the Government’s dec(...)

Denis Naughten: Doesn’t expect the first homes to be connected until at least 2019. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fresh doubts have emerged about the delivery of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) following another apparent shift in the Government’s timeline for de(...)

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