Gray steps down as chair of Gigabit Fibre
Published 21/03/2016 | 02:30
Danuta Gray, the former head of O2 Ireland, has stepped down as a director and chair of Gigabit Fibre, an Irish firm that was established last year with the aim of securing business under the government's National Broadband Plan.
However, Gigabit chief executive Peter Cook told the Irish Independent that while Ms Gray has resigned as chair, she retains her interest in the company and will continue to attend board meetings and act in an advisory capacity to the business.
She has been succeeded as chair by Alan Harper, who is one of Gigabit's co-founders.
A former senior Vodafone UK executive, Mr Harper was the managing director of Vodafone UK, and also co-founded Eaton Towers, a company that develops telecoms infrastructure in Africa.
Another Gigabit co-founder is Ronan Kneafsey, who was head of Eircom's (now Eir) business division until 2014.
The government had pledged that 750,000 rural homes and businesses would have access to fast broadband services by 2020.
But construction of the network - which could involve up to €500m of State funding - is now unlikely to start before next year, and will take about five years to roll out.
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