Ireland’s fixed line incumbent eir is poised to miss a June deadline for connecting 300,000 rural Irish homes to fibre broadband, according to The Independent. Back in 2017 it was announced that the operator had taken responsibility for bringing high speed broadband to an additional 300,000 premises across the Republic that had previously been among those earmarked to require state intervention. Having said it would complete the work ‘within 90 weeks’, the number of premises it would cover was subsequently extended to 330,000.
Now, however, the local press outlet cites a spokesman for eir as confirming that a number of homes remain unconnected as the ‘hard deadline’ of end-June approaches. While it is understood that the majority of the 300,000 premises targeted are now passed by fibre-based broadband, the spokesman claimed that factors including road construction and a delay on council licences are behind hold-ups in reaching a ‘small number’ of the designated areas. Although missing the deadline could leave eir open to penalties, the report suggests that the telco believes ‘mitigating circumstances’ that are holding up reaching the final premises may allow it avoid any fines.