Open Eir managing director Carolan Lennon has pointed out that Eir is the only fibre provider currently delivering fibre into rural Ireland.

The plan is to connect 300,000 homes directly to fibre by 2018.

“We need to be delivering 35,000 a quarter and we are ramping up to that, but it is a huge job.

“The big point is that no one else is doing that.

“Our rural roll-out is costing €200m. Nobody else is spending a euro on rolling fibre out into rural Ireland,” Lennon said.

“Everybody else is waiting for that government subsidy that comes with the NBP.

“We said that we are not waiting.”

Words by John Kennedy