Eir CEO Carolan Lennon and Eir’s director of regulatory and public policy Gary Healy, before going in front of an Oireachtas committee. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Is Eir attempting to torpedo the National Broadband Plan (NBP)? Ireland’s largest telco threw the process into chaos last month, claiming it could do (...)

The new figure underlines Eir’s central argument about the NBP: that it is an expensive, cumbersome way to achieve the delivery of rural broadband. Photograph: iStock

Telecommunications is among the most complex industries in the world; highly regulated, massively expensive, and central to the success of business, e(...)

The €512 million subsidy figure is contained in a letter sent by Eir chief executive Carolan Lennon (Pictured here with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar) to the Department of Communications. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Telecoms company Eir could have delivered the National Broadband Plan (NBP) for a government subsidy as low as €512 million, according to a letter fro(...)

The Eir claim was like ‘they pulled the pin out of the grenade and rolled it into the room,’ according to committee member and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. Photograph: iStock

What has been proposed? Earlier this week, Eir told a sitting of the Oireachtas communications committee it could complete the National Broadband Pla(...)

KPMG was appointed as procurement advisers on the national broadband plan in December 2014 following a tender process. It was appointed to advise on ownership options and the procurement phase.  Photograph: iStock

The national broadband plan’s contract is only effective if it is appropriately adhered to and implemented by both parties, KPMG’s head of corporate f(...)

Conceived during the crisis, the broadband plan was designed to minimise the up-front cost. Whether that is now the best option to deliver long-term value for money is the question.

The Government is battling to win support for its broadband plan – welcomed through much of rural Ireland, but attacked by its own senior officials an(...)

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton: ‘The State’s risk is absolutely capped. I think this is a good deal from the point of view of the taxpayer.’ File photograph: Tom Honan

The Oireachtas Communications Committee has been asked to open an investigation into the Government’s decision to award preferred bidder status on the(...)

Sinn Fein TD Pearse Doherty  said the cost benefit analysis is not credible. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Officials from the Government department charged with delivering the national broadband plan were accused in the Dáil of “cooking the books”. Sinn Fé(...)

Eir’s  director of mobile networks, Fergal McCann,  and CEO, Carolan Lennon. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Eir announced a €500 million overhaul of its fixed broadband platform this week, pledging to build fibre lines directly into an additional 1.4 million(...)

There was only one bidder for the National Broadband Plan, a US investment vehicle with no direct experience of building a big piece of telecoms infrastructure, and no competitive tender after the industry here and in the UK all but shunned the process. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

It’s been 16 weeks since the final and only bid for the National Broadband Plan (NBP) was submitted to Government amid a flurry of controversy about f(...)

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