Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment

National Broadband Plan: Discussion (Resumed)

Mr. Marcus Matthews:

I recall the Deputy saying that at the committee meeting last week. I read extensively the various reports by Analysys Mason. None of what it said to the committee makes sense. It has more documents discussing the importance of wireless technologies for solving the rural broadband issue. It maintains a standing report on what other countries are doing with fixed wireless access technology. It monitors continuously how the countries on its list use wireless technologies to address the issue of broadband access in rural areas. It is quite detailed. In all the documentation one reads, the recommendation is that the wireless technologies comprise the way to cover rural areas and serve them with high-speed broadband services. I am not sure why the representatives said to the members that broadband radio is not the appropriate technology.


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