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Fibre broadband: Eir says it could provide high-speed rural connections for a fraction of the proposed State subsidy. Photograph: Karl Hussey/Fennell

The Government’s broadband procurement process is fundamentally flawed and will lead to delays and higher costs for the taxpayer, Eir warned the Minis(...)

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(...)

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten announcing details of the National Broadband Plan last April. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil is calling for an independent review of the Government’s broadband procurement process following Eir’s surprise decision to quit the proce(...)

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(...)

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