The delayed National Broadband Plan could face further rollout setbacks as one million homes and businesses are left waiting, Communications Minister Denis Naughten has admitted.
Mr Naughten said building may now not start until late 2017, almost a year after the project was due to kick off. The scheme was set to begin next June after a previous delay of six months was announced. However, almost one million homes and businesses may have to wait longer to see the project get under way.
“We will hopefully be rolling out the contract in the second half of next year,” said Mr Naughten.
“We hope at the end of next year that you will be able to put your Eircode into our website and you will know when you’re getting your broadband.”
A further delay in starting a buildout of the broadband scheme could see some homes and businesses waiting until 2023 to see modern communications systems arrive in their areas. By then, Ireland’s broadband infrastructure may be out of date, with a new push by the European Union to set 100Mbs as a continent-wide standard, over three times the 30Mbs speed being promised by the Government under the current plan.
Under the National Broadband Plan, 927,000 homes and businesses in rural areas and on the fringes of towns are to receive a broadband connection of at least 30Mbs.
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