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Delays to rollout of national broadband network leave best-laid plans in the slow lane

The country is well behind on its rollout targets, which had been set at 115,000 rural homes and businesses by the end of January. With just six weeks to go, there are only 35,000 ready to be connected

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National Broadband Ireland CEO Peter Hendrick

National Broadband Ireland CEO Peter Hendrick

National Broadband Ireland chairman David McCourt

National Broadband Ireland chairman David McCourt

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National Broadband Ireland CEO Peter Hendrick

What’s going on with Ireland’s National Broadband Plan? Why is it continually delayed? Will it still be fully rolled out as planned? And are there questions still to be answered around its financial structure?

In a small country road in the Wicklow hills in mid-December, two engineers are carefully pulling a long, thin fibre cable through a buried duct pipe. Normally, fibre can be ‘blown’ through a duct. But because the boreen’s duct winds and bends and rises under the ground, dodging rocks and other obstacles, it has to be done manually and slowly.


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