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Action 47 in Ireland flag Ireland

Member States to facilitate broadband investment

Indicator Status Evidence
Have any measures to streamline planning or administrative procedures been introduced to improve broadband investment conditions? Yes As explained in Action 46 work is underway to resolve, in a proportionate and balanced manner, barriers identified by the Next Generation Broadband Taskforce
Do you have an operational national mapping of retail broadband coverage at different speeds? No No such map is publicly available The independent market regulator may have access to such information which it is precluded from sharing due to the manner in which it is gathered from commercial service providers. IT IS EXPECTED THAT AN APPROPRIATE PROCUREMENT PROCESS WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO BRING NGA TO AREAS THAT WILL NOT BE SERVED BY COMMERCIAL OPERATORS. THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS WILL BE PRECEEDED BY AN APPROPRIATE MAPPING EXERCISE WHICH WILL IDENTIFY THE AREAS THAT EITHER ARE OR WILL BE SERVED WITH NGA BY THE MARKET.
Have civil infrastructure initiatives been developed to entice new market entrants? - No legal authority has been put in place to impose any obligation on private property owners, who are not participants in the relevant product market, to permit access to private property. In the case of State assets generally, as explained in the response to E above, work is underway to further explore “a key role for the State in accelerating the deployment of high speed services by making available, on a commercial basis, its considerable land, infrastructure and market assets.” . In addition in the case of a state entity, the National Roads Authority, a conferred power has been granted to permit it to make assets available to services providers where appropriate.
Has the digital dividend spectrum (790 - 862MHz) been repurposed for mobile broadband and assigned to operators? No the 800 MHz band (790-862 MHz) has been designated for use by mobile services following analogue switch-off (scheduled for 24 October 2012). Frequencies will be assigned to successful applicants in a multiband spectrum award (MBSA) process which is likely to take place in September 2012. For background to the MBSA see http://www.comreg.ie/radio_spectrum/multi-band_spectrum_award.713.html and http://www.saorview.ie/news/press-release-100-days-to-go-until-the-analogue-television-service-is-switched-off-in-ireland/

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