Rabbitte appoints two new commissioners to ComReg

11 Jun 2013

Ireland’s Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte, TD, has appointed two new commissioners to telecoms regulator ComReg during what he describes as a “critical time” in the evolution of Ireland and Europe’s telecoms marketplace.

Gerry Fahy and Jeremy Godfrey will join ComReg as commissioners alongside existing commissioner Kevin O’Brien.

Fahy has worked in the Irish telecommunications industry since 1980, holding senior positions with Eircom, Eircell, and Vodafone, and has most recently worked as a telecommunications consultant. He was chairman of the Telecommunications Industry Federation of IBEC for five years.

Godfrey has almost 30 years of experience in telecommunications, IT and public policy. He was the government chief information officer in Hong Kong from 2008 to 2011. He has been a partner in PA Consulting Group, has held senior roles in Hongkong Telecom and the Cable & Wireless Group, and has worked for the UK Department of Trade and Industry, and as an independent consultant.

“These appointments are being made at a critical time in the development of Ireland and Europe’s telecommunications market,” Rabbitte said.

“Following the publication of the National Broadband Plan, ComReg’s €855m multi-band spectrum auction last year, and its decision on next-generation access arrangements, the sector is now going through a new and intense period of investment in Ireland. 

“This includes significant investment in high-speed mobile and fixed-line broadband services, which are critical to Ireland’s economic and social infrastructure. The postal sector is also facing significant challenges and ComReg has an important regulatory role to discharge in this regard,” Rabbitte said.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years