The Irish Independent quotes BT Ireland CEO Colm O’Neill as questioning the government’s ability to deliver fibre broadband speeds to rural parts of the country under the National Broadband Plan (NBP). The news comes in the wake of last week’s announcement by the government that it is contemplating scaling back its commitment to co-fund ‘fibre-speed’ rollout in rural areas providing minimum access speeds of 30Mbps. The move sparked an instant reaction from lobby groups such as Irish Rural Link, which warns that the move to dilute the NBP could cost jobs in rural areas, while Mr O’Neill has now weighed into the debate saying: ‘I think physics and economics will say that 30 megabits per second to all rural areas is not feasible’. The CEO considers that the ambitious plan would face ‘intractable difficulties’ to implement countrywide. ‘I think that [Communications] Minister [Pat] Rabbitte has moderated his view on that,’ O’Neill said. ‘The minister has indicated that coverage and adequate services, rather than pure speed is what counts and that’s important’.
Subscribe to CommsUpdate to get the day’s top telecom headlines delivered to your email.
Browse Past Issues
Filter CommsUpdate by the following categories or use the search.
Visit our help page information on performing advanced searches, including how to restrict the results by country or company.
CommsUpdate is an outstanding advertising venue for companies seeking to reach:
- International carriers
- Wholesale service providers
- Equipment and software vendors
- Telecom investors