Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has accused the Minister for Communications of neglecting homes and businesses in Donegal as many towns across the country are still unable to connect to an eFibre service. Protracted negotiations between the telecom providers and COMREG (the Communications Regulator) have stalled the roll out of the service, leading to much frustration and anger from customers.
Deputy McConalogue explained, “The introduction of eFibre in Donegal has been completely mismanaged and we are now left with a situation whereby some suburbs have a full connection while many town centres are relying on traditional broadband connections. It makes no sense.
“According to COMREG, the problem is related to the type of connection in the building. The majority of businesses in the town centres are directly connected to local exchanges, which are currently unable to connect to the eFibre network. This has left hundreds of shops, offices, restaurants and pubs with a second rate system and is understandably a source of frustration among these business communities.
“Companies in Donegal have a right to expect a fully functioning high speed eFibre service, but once again find that they have been left behind. It is essential that the telecom providers come together and resolve their ongoing issues and secure agreement on the roll-out of this essential service.
“I have written to COMREG in relation to these negotiations and they have indicated that they hope to have agreement on this issue in the coming weeks. Access to this service is vital for the expansion of our local businesses and I will be continuing to push for urgent progress on this issue”.