Wednesday, 8th May 2019
Press statement by Hildegarde Naughton TD
Fine Gael, Galway West and South Mayo
More than €152 million will be invested in Galway under the Government’s new National Broadband Plan – the second-highest amount of any county – as high-speed connectivity is rolled out to every home, farm and business.
Fine Gael TD for Galway West Hildegarde Naughton, who is the chairperson of the Oireachtas Communications Committee, said that the ambitious plan would revolutionise regional development.
Her comments follow a decision by the Government to appoint a preferred bidder for the National Broadband Plan (NBP). Preparatory works are expected to commence shortly, and the official rollout will begin in the last quarter of this year.
“The internet and digital technology have transformed the way we live, and the fact that access to high-speed broadband is to be extended to every part of the country is a landmark and positive development,” said Deputy Naughton.
“But this will also connect rural Ireland to the rest of the world, diversify its economy, and new possibilities will be created for regional development and rural regeneration that were unthinkable before.
“The absence of high-speed broadband infrastructure in rural areas precluded businesses from locating and investing outside of urban centres. That day is coming to an end, and the NDP heralds a bright future for rural Ireland,” she added.
“This is an industrial revolution, and I am proud to have helped to shape the plan that will ensure Ireland is to the forefront of that revolution in my capacity as chairperson of the Oireachtas Communications Committee.”
The appointed bidder will be charged with rolling out a predominantly fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, which will be capable of delivering future-proofed, high-speed broadband that will initially offer speeds of 150Mbps to the majority of homes, and up to 1Gbps to heavy data users and businesses.
A 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) scheme may be used in a limited number of specific circumstances. The majority of premises will be provided with access within five years, while all premises will be covered within seven years.
In Galway, more than €152 million will be invested in the network, excluding VAT and contingency funding. This is the highest of any county with the exception of Cork (€290 million).