Tuesday, 11 December 2018
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Consultancy Contracts Expenditure
436. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the amount paid to a company (details supplied) for its reporting and consultancy in the context of works carried out regarding the national broadband plan, NBP, and the metropolitan area networks, MANs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52216/18]
In considering whether to extend the existing agreements or retender for a new concessionaire at the end of the term of the Concession Agreements, a detailed review of the Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs) was undertaken by my Department in 2016. Subsequently, my Department engaged Norcontel Consultants following a procurement process to undertake an external review of the financial aspects of extending or re-tendering the Concession Agreements. Norcontel Consultants was paid €28,228 (incl VAT) in respect of this advice.
Norcontel Consultants was not engaged as consultants on the National Broadband Plan.