Friday 24 November 2017

Eir hit with €3m fine from ComReg - one of the largest fines from regulator to date

Eir's offices Pic: Mark Condren
Eir's offices Pic: Mark Condren
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Eir has been hit with a €3m fine from telecommunications regulator ComReg - one of its largest fines to date.

The company was penalised for breaching a number of performance targets on the connection of reparation of phone services in rural areas.

As a universal service provider, eir has responsibilities to maintain connectivity.

ComReg is the statutory body responsible for the regulation of the electronic communications sector.

"Eircom submitted a force majeure claim in June 2016 and sought relief in respect of fault repair time performance only," a statement from the regulator said.

"The submission set out the basis for Eircom’s force majeure claim as being the "exceptional weather events in January, November and December 2015."  In addition Eircom submitted an expert report on the weather conditions associated with the force majeure claim."

ComReg found that the force majeure conditions applied in the month of December 2015 but that the January and November 2015 weather events did not constitute force majeure events.

Eircom paid ComReg a penalty of €3,094,000 in December 2016 for the breaches. 

Comreg has said that this matter is now closed and no further action will be taken against Eir.

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