"We want to bring fibre to people's doors within two years of work starting"

Minister Denis Naughten says National Broadband Plan will commence "as quickly as humanly possible"

Minister for Communications has once again reiterated the complexity of the contract for the National Broadband Plan. Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast this morning, the minister has committed to delivering fibre broadband to the doors of almost every home in Ireland "as quickly as humanly possible".

The minister made the comments following reports of further delays to the process. While he refuted the claim that it could be 2023 before the plan is fully rolled out, he failed to give a concrete start date.

"We will be starting to rollout fibre to people's homes and it will be completed within two years. We expect to start that rollout, at the very latest, at the beginning of 2018."

When asked about the delays to the rollout, the minister stated that private operators are investing €1.4 million a day into their broadband offerings, claiming that the National Broadband Plan is stimulating the market. 

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The decision to deliver fibre broadband to every home will bring speeds of 1Gbps. The minister says this will be a game-changer for Ireland. 

"Rural parts of Leitrim and from Malin Head to Mizen Head, we're going to have broadband speeds equivalent to Singapore. This is going to dramatically transform the economy of this country."

The minister explained that the National Broadband Plan is a complex contract, comprised of 2,000 pages and so the government will not be rushed. 

"We are going to have the highest speeds possible in the world, in rural parts of county Leitrim, county Roscommon and every other rural community across this country. This is not simple. We need to get this right."