A “right time” is the time to consider upgrading the Irish broadband network, according to a new report.
Key points:The report says Ireland is the only developed country where the government does not have a broadband policy, with the only government policy currently being a national broadband strategyThe report also criticises the lack of transparency about the plans to upgrade the Irish internet infrastructureSource: The Irish News/PA wirePhoto: Paul BucknerThe report, “The right time to upgrade Ireland’s broadband network,” has been commissioned by the Communications Minister Michael Creed and released on Monday.
The report is the latest in a series of reports by industry experts which have argued that Ireland is on course for a rapid and dramatic increase in broadband speed, especially given that the country is in the middle of a massive upgrade to its network.
It has also warned that, unless the country implements a plan to invest in a national network, there will be “significant costs to taxpayers” for this investment.
It says that, for the next decade or so, Ireland’s internet infrastructure will be used primarily for commercial purposes, including internet connections to businesses and internet applications, but also services that will be offered over the internet.
This will include broadband, TV, satellite, mobile and social media, it says.
The Government is currently in the process of finalising its plan for upgrading Ireland’s network.
This means the Government is committed to upgrading its broadband infrastructure in time for the country’s National Broadband Strategy (NBS) to be released by the end of 2018.
“There is no question that our broadband network needs upgrading,” said Mr Creed.
“But it is the right time for us to consider the possibility of doing so, given the current state of our national broadband network and the lack the Government has for a policy framework, we need to know what is on the table, to get a real picture of what is the optimal way forward.”
The report gives us a clear picture of where we are at right now and we can now get on with the work of getting this infrastructure into the hands of consumers and businesses, as well as ensuring that it is ready for the NBS.
“I am looking forward to seeing how our Government will respond to the report, and will make the final decision about the upgrades.”
Mr Creed said he hoped that the report would help to inform the National Broadcom plan to upgrade all Irish telecommunications networks by 2021.
“We are already in a very strong position and the NPS is a significant step forward in the upgrade of our network, so it is vital that the Government and the Communications Authority work together to achieve this,” he said.
“It is also vital that we have an effective policy framework for our future network upgrades, and that we are given the certainty to deliver the upgrades we need.”
“The Government must ensure that we ensure that the Nbs are delivered as quickly as possible, as a key component of any future network upgrade, which is why I am confident that the National broadband strategy will be delivered as planned by the Nabs end of the year.”
He added: “The report looks at where we stand on the current network and what needs to change in order for us, as consumers, to have confidence that we will be able to upgrade our networks in the future.”
This report is based on my experience as Minister, and what I have seen, so I am sure it will be of help to all of us in this process.
“Online:The NBS report is available on the Government’s website.