Broadband tender currently hangs by a thread – Brian Stanley TD
Sinn Féin’s Communications spokesperson Brian Stanley TD, has said that broadband tender currently hangs by a thread, after questions to the Minister today revealed the final tender for the National Broadband Plan was received today, but a major part of the consortium has withdrawn.
Deputy Stanley TD said:
“The Granhan McCourt Consortium was the sole entity in place to rollout the broadband plan. The consortium consisted of SSE which withdrew in July.
“Now the Minister said today the final tender has been received, but another major component of the consortium, John Laing plc, has withdrawn.
“As a major financial backer to the project is no longer in the consortium, we have to ask what is the ability of this entity to deliver this project, which will cost a €1 billion or more, to connect 542,000 households across the state.
“The tender for the National Broadband Plan has been chaotic.
“All the major players in the market, such as Siro and Eir, had last year left the process.
“Major backers of the sole surviving consortium have withdrawn. We are no closer today to knowing when the rollout will begin, or even if the National Broadband Plan can survive through the tender and this Government have no Plan B to deliver Broadband to 542,000 households.”