- Eir will still provide high speed broadband to 300,000 homes in rural Ireland
- McEntee to continue to work with local communities to deliver high speed broadband in Meath
- Enet still committed to National Broadband Plan
- 71% of premises in Ireland have access to High Speed Broadband; an increase from 51% since 2016.
"Like many people today I am surprised and disappointed to hear that
Eir have pulled out of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) Procurement
process. This process has been a key priority for Fine Gael in
Government, and for me personally as a T.D. in Meath East since my
first election in 2013. I have consistently fought for high quality
broadband, especially in rural areas. I will be raising this issue and
its implications for Meath East with Minister Denis Naughten and his
team as soon as possible" Minister for European Affairs and Meath East
Fine Gael T.D. Helen McEntee has stated.
She continued: "It is worth noting however that Eir is still rolling
out high speed broadband, predominantly fibre to the home (FTTH), to
over 300,000 premises in rural Ireland, many of these are in Co.
Meath. This rollout is the subject of a binding agreement, whereby Eir
has committed to building high speed broadband infrastructure to serve
these 300,000 premises. Eir has reconfirmed its commitment to this
commercial investment as well as their ongoing investment in broadband
nationally and locally in Meath and I welcome this."
In a statement today Minister Naughten stated that Eircom Limited
(Eir), has formally communicated to his Department that it is
withdrawing from the procurement process. Their decision is driven by
‘commercial, regulatory and governance’ issues. This decision is
ultimately a commercial matter for Eir according to Minister Naughten.
The NBP procurement process was launched in December 2015 and Eir
actively engaged with the process since then he said. The company
invested significant time and resources to the process and their
withdrawal from the process at this late stage is regrettable,
according to both Ministers Naughten and McEntee.