The government of the Republic of Ireland has short-listed four companies for its proposed scheme to bring broadband to underserved parts of the country. The four companies involved, BT Ireland, eircom, mobile operator H3G Ireland and a consortium of IFA/Motorola, will now proceed to the next phase of the National Broadband Scheme. Telecompaper writes that the short-listed firms will present their business proposals to the communications ministry with the winner expected to get the nod in early 2008. The government has ring-fenced spectrum for the launch of wireless broadband services under the National Broadband Scheme and has also promised to support the winner financially to aid its network rollout.
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