Established in 2016, the Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce aims to identify immediate solutions to issues concerning broadband and mobile phone coverage. Likewise, the Taskforce investigates how services may be improved in line with the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communication’s National Broadband Plan (NBP).
The Taskforce was re-established on 15 December 2021, and since then ComReg has engaged in discussions with fellow stakeholders and government officials.
Following this meeting, several key priorities were identified, including:
ComReg met key stakeholders and government officials on 27 April 2022 intending to finalise the first three years of the Taskforce’s new programme. During this meeting, each stakeholder confirmed their commitment to completing their respective tasks and supporting those of their fellow stakeholders.
Full details on the Taskforce as well as published reports, can be found here.
ComReg’s key action areas for 2021-2023:
Following the MBSA II Awards, ComReg will assist the State in subsequent steps taken to further improve geographic mobile coverage.
ComReg’s key action areas for 2019-2021:
ComReg’s key action areas for 2017-2019:
From 2017 to 2019, the Taskforce addressed more than 70 key action areas aimed at bringing lasting change around Ireland and reducing the urban/rural digital divide so everyone can benefit from enhanced connectivity.
Key actions included:
Visit the DECC’s (Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications) website for more information.
Broadband Officers are based in local authorities around the country. The role of the Broadband Officer is to provide a local point of contact for telecoms operators and the public regarding telecoms issues. They also play the leading role in their local authorities as the National Broadband Plan is rolled out.
Our engagement with broadband officers began in 2016 with the Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce. We have attended Broadband Officer meetings and presented on topics including: