The Irish National Broadband Plan is moving forward with three bidders having been shortlisted by the government. Eir, Enet and Siro will be able to proceed to the stage of bidding for the contract.

The National Broadband Plan will be a lucrative contract spanning 25 years. Up to 927,000 homes and businesses in rural Ireland will benefit from rural broadband which will be state subsidised.

The contract is estimated to be worth a whopping 500m pounds in one or more geographical lots. 170,000 homes which were considered to be covered adequately are now considered to be inadequately covered. This is because these homes have broadband connections lower than 30Mbs. The future connectivity standard set by government is 30Mbs.

The National Broadband Plan is expected to roll out in summer of 2017.