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Broad­band Plan con­tract ear­lier this year, Eir re­mains a crit­i­cal ac­tor in the NBP’s fate.

It still owns most of the coun­try’s tele­coms in­fra­struc­ture. This means that any plan to build a new ru­ral net­work will in­evitably in­ter­sect or cross Eir’s in­fra­struc­ture at reg­u­lar points. This has led to ten­sion be­tween all three par­ties, with both Enet and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials warn­ing that Eir needs to be co-op­er­a­tive for the scheme to work. For its part, Eir has in­sisted that it can­not be asked to sub­sidise a new net­work out of its own pocket, ei­ther through be­low-mar­ket ac­cess rates or un­due ex­tra main­te­nance.

Eir may yet have a larger role in the process if Enet can­not find a suit­able re­place­ment for SSE, as the for­mer Tele­com Eire­ann re­mains one of the few tele­coms com­pa­nies within reach that has the ca­pa­bil­ity of do­ing what SSE was sup­posed to.

Yes. Enet man­ages net­works once they are built but does not build the net­works it­self.

UK in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment firm John Laing is part of the con­sor­tium, but is not a di­rect builder.

Who will re­place SSE?

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