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Analysys Mason is the technical adviser to the Irish government’s National Broadband Plan

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The problem

  • Analysys Mason is lead technical adviser to the Irish government for the technical strategy, procurement and implementation of the National Broadband Plan (NBP), whose objective is to provide an NGA broadband service to 100% of the premises identified in the Intervention Area

The solution

  • Our role includes the following tasks:
    • development of all network and service technical specifications 
    • definition of Intervention Area in rural Ireland where no NGA services are currently commercially offered. We analysed the submitted coverage plans of various fixed operators around Ireland, determining the area where government intervention is required
    • definition of infrastructure-sharing strategy and high-level design of FTTP and associated OFC network architecture for different scenarios using combinations of FTTP and wireless technologies
    • development of capex and opex cost models for the above scenarios
    • development of the RFP for procurement of the network
    • definition of network implementation plan and prioritisation of underserved areas
  • We evaluated the technical suitability of the various fixed solutions deployed in the country, identifying the technologies that meet the minimum requirements for high-speed broadband as directed by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE)

Figure: Map of the Intervention Area (amber) for the NBP (Source: DCCAE, 2019)

Figure: Map of the Intervention Area (amber) for the NBP

The result

  • After completing the project design stage, we developed the technical schedules for the contract, supported procurement dialogue with bidders and undertook evaluation of bid responses
  • In November 2019, after a lengthy tender process, National Broadband Ireland (NBI) was awarded the contract to build the new rural network covering 540 000 premises. The network will provide FTTP connectivity in the vast majority of cases, with provision for wireless alternatives for up to 2% of the hardest-to-reach premises

The network will provide FTTP connectivity in the vast majority of cases, with provision for wireless alternatives for up to 2% of the hardest-to-reach premises.