Green light for high fibre rural broadband
Full geographical maps of the Government's rural-broadband plan will be revealed in the coming weeks, Communications Minister, Denis Naughten, told the Farming Independent.
Minister Naughten said the full geographical area of the country will be divided into "blue and amber areas".
Speaking in his office at Leinster House, he stressed that "no premises will be left behind under the National Broadband Plan (NBP) by the state or commercial operators".
The NBP, originally set out to provide broadband connection of at least 30Mbs to 927,000 homes and businesses in rural areas by 2020, however, signalled delays suggest the roll-out won't be complete until 2023.
Although the Communications Minister was unable to offer exact details on the plan, he stressed that there will be "considerable impact" on fibre broadband to all home, wireless and mobile sectors.
"We are going to bring high speed broadband to every single premises in rural areas, in the vast, vast, majority of cases that is going to be fibre to the home, which is potentially going to give people in Ireland up to one gigabit per second, which is 1,000 megabits," Minister Naughten said.
"This opens up huge opportunities for farmers to earn extra income and for young people to remain within the farming community," he added.
It is understood the looming announcement will not include the awarding of the NBP contract to Eir, Enet and Siro - the three consortiums currently bidding for the deal.