The incoming Chair of the Telecommunications and Internet Federation (TIF), Anne O’Leary, yesterday claimed that lack of a joined approach to planning across Ireland is depriving communities adequate mobile and fixed connectivity.

She praised the Minister’s intention to rollout the National Broadband Plan, which she said has game-changing potential for Ireland in terms of providing much needed employment in rural communities and lowering emigration rates, especially amongst the younger generation.

She also said that during all of her years working in the sector, it has never been as competitive and that this level of competition is set to continue. The ultimate beneficiary in all of this will be the consumer, she claims.

In all, telecoms operators have invested €3.2 billion in Ireland over the past five years which equates to the entire spend of Ireland’s 2014 Public Capital Programme.

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