Wednesday 19 June 2019

The Big Tech Show: Eye of the broadband storm

Connections: Broadband speeds will rise across the State’s rural areas. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Connections: Broadband speeds will rise across the State’s rural areas. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Is the National Broadband Plan a visionary thing for Ireland? Or is it a grand folly?


This week, Adrian talks exclusively to Peter Hendrick, the chief executive of the sole remaining bidder for the €3bn state-subsidised contract.

The two talk about rollout timetables, cost and technology.

Adrian asks why the last 20pc is being done with fibre and not wireless which, in the short term, might provide a cheaper solution.

He also asks whether National Broadband Ireland, the new entity which will build and maintain the network, has resolved its differences with Eir and why it will cost €1bn to rent Eir’s infrastructure over the coming years.

For anyone interested in the detail of the National Broadband Plan debate, this is worth listening to.

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