Richard Moat CEO of Eir: as part of its fibre broadband roll-out, and under the auspices of its NBP bid, Eir has already submitted five “access requests” to ESB seeking to use its infrastructure. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Nobody is more intimately acquainted with the ESB and its extensive network of pylons than its telecoms cousin Eir. Eir’s chairman Padraig McManus wa(...)

ComReg said the cost of the USO on Eir amounted to about €5.1 million in 2009. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Telecoms regulator ComReg has ruled that Eir should not be compensated for at least part of its universal service obligation (USO). The State’s incu(...)

Figures from regulator Comreg reveal that barely 10,000 Irish customers have opted to utilise fibre-optic connections even when available. Photograph: Andy Brown/Hemera/Getty

Regulators in Brussels want every household in the bloc to have access to superfast broadband within a decade. By superfast, they mean internet connec(...)

Richard Moat CEO of Eir. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Richard Moat, the no-nonsense Brummie who is chief executive of telecoms group Eir, has made his Irish home in perhaps the State’s most prestigious vi(...)

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten to present new telecoms infrastructure for broadband to Cabinet on Tuesday. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A new telecoms infrastructure that will be created as part of State’s plan to bring high speed broadband to every property in Ireland is expected to b(...)

Non-Eir operators claim ComReg’s failure to adjudicate leaves an uncertainty hanging over the industry and their operating costs. Photograph:  Maxwells

Telecoms regulator ComReg has come under fire for failing to rule on whether Eir should be compensated for its universal service obligation (USO). Th(...)

Recent figures from ComReg show that  only about 10,000 homes and premises in the Republic are directly connected to fibre broadband, the gold standard of the industry. Photograph:  Andy Brown/Hemera/Getty

The Government may be forced to extend the reach of its broadband scheme because of the large number of homes being left with sub-standard services in(...)

Crossed wires: the ESB has been in direct competition with Eir in the Irish telecoms markets since last year through Siro

Eir claims it is being thwarted from using the ESB’s network to roll out its new fibre broadband product and that the energy company’s stance could fu(...)

About 4,000 homes still rely on dial-up internet, a throwback to the 1990s. A key priority for the State’s National Broadband Plan must be to avoid the instant obsolescence seen in previous digital initiatives. The NBP’s predecessor, begun in 2009, delivered a basic download speed of 1.2 megabits per second (mbps) to 250,000 homes, and was obsolete even before its completion

What does a small business owner in Co Tipperary have in common with a goat herder in northern Ethiopia? They both need a satellite to receive email:(...)

Eir contends it should not have to shoulder the entire cost of connecting every household.

One of the problems with being a former State monopoly is legacy. Eir, for example, is obliged to provide a telephone line to every household and busi(...)

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