The National Broadband Ireland consortium has submitted a final bid to the Irish government's Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) for the National Broadband Plan (NBP) project.
The documentation lodged demonstrates the consortium’s commercial, financial, legal, as well as technical solutions for the project, which involves the delivery of world-class Gigabit (1,000Mbps) broadband to every home, farm and business in a defined Intervention Area.
The consortium comprises Granahan McCourt, enet, Nokia, Actavo, The Kelly Group and KN Group. enet, Ireland’s largest open-access network operator and the company who manage the State-owned Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs), will be an integral part of the ongoing operation of the network when built.
In addition, Nokia, the multinational data networking and telecommunications equipment company, has been nominated as one of the key technology partners. Actavo, The Kelly Group and KN Group are the nominated partners for the construction phase of the project.
To complement the physical build, the consortium will have long term access to open eir’s 1.2 M rural pole infrastructure, as well as their duct network.
The National Broadband Plan is the largest-ever telecommunications procurement undertaken by the Irish State and aims to radically transform the country’s broadband landscape through the delivery of quality, affordable broadband to premises in all parts of Ireland that cannot currently access high speed service.