The Programme for a Partnership Government gave a commitment to establish a Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce to identify immediate solutions to broadband/mobile phone coverage deficits and to investigate how better services could be provided to consumers prior to full build and rollout of the network planned under the National Broadband Plan State Intervention (NBP).
The digital sector plays a vital role in the economy in Ireland. It is currently worth €12 billion annually and employs approaximately 120,000 people. In this context, the Government identified the need for the Taskforce to examine solutions to address broadband/mobile phone coverage deficits and to identify tangible actions that can be taken to improve the quality of broadband and mobile voice services being provided to citizens across Ireland
The Taskforce Report outlines the issues considered and sets out its recommendations and actions to alleviate barriers to mobile reception and broadband access. The Taskforce recognises that there has been significant progress made to date in this area and that a number of the actions are already in the process of being brought to fruition. However, significant coverage gaps remain which the taskforce believe can be somewhat mitigated through the timely implementation of the actions contained in the final report.
Please see also the Implementation Programme on Mobile Phone and Broadband Access, which identifies 19 of the 40 actions contained in the report of the taskforce as areas where immediate and direct action by Government Departments and State Agencies can ensure accelerated benefits to consumers.