Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has welcomed the results of the 4G auction results which were announced today, resulting in €450 million being paid into the Irish exchequer. However, Deputy Colreavy has raised concerns over the coverage clause detailed in the contracts awarded.
Speaking on the issue, Deputy Colreavy said:
“I welcome the news announced by ComReg this morning that the 4G auction will result in €450 million being paid into the Irish coffers. However, there is major concern regarding the 4G coverage that this deal will provide. A clause of the agreement with the service providers is that these network companies will provide 70% population coverage.
“In reality this means an actual coverage of approximately 13% of the national area, leaving major parts of Ireland with no 4G coverage. Rural areas, which already suffer from lack of services, will now be discriminated against with regards mobile phone coverage.
“As the licences awarded run until 2030, there is concern that rural dwellers will be suffer from the lack of adequate coverage well into the future. I am calling on the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte, to urgently address the situation and answer the concerns of many Irish consumers.”