Ireland Sets Up National Broadband Company To Build FTTH Network
Recently, Lightwave reported that the Irish government through its communications, Climate Action and Environment Department appointed Granahan McCourt as the preferred bidder for the construction of a rural wholesale broadband access network. This construction is part of the construction of a national broadband access network in Ireland. Granahan McCourt's consortium, Granaham McCourt Capital, is one of the three finalists to win the bid, and the final contract is still pending EU approval. According to the plan, the Granaham McCourt consortium will be responsible for setting up a new company, the Irish National Broadband NBI, to deploy, maintain and operate the entire wholesale network.
The Irish government said that in the future, their highest investment in this network will reach 3 billion euros in 25 years, of which 545 million euros is subsidized. The amount of the final investment by Granaham McCourt is still unclear.
NBI's goal is to build and operate a broadband network covering 1.1 million people and 540,000 households within five years. The contract is valid for 25 years. The target for the previous two years is 133,000 households, followed by 70,000 to 100,000 per year. The entire network deployment is completed within 7 years, and work is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of this year. Most of the network construction is in the form of fiber-to-the-home. According to an analysis provided by the market research company Mason for the Irish government, even in the 5G era, fiber is still the best means of access. In the entire NBI construction, wireless access will only account for 2% to 5%.
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