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?