Airfibre predicted Eir’s withdrawal from the NBP
Airfibre predicted Eir’s withdrawal from the NBP in its White Paper published in May 2017 (http://airfibre.ie/wp-content/uploads/pdf/National_Broadband_Plan.pdf) which examined the technical and financial challenges associated with NBP delivery and questioned the commercial logic of Eir’s participation.
The paper’s content is still valid and questions whether delivery of the NBP will be achieved at all.
The authors’ now predict that the Eir’s withdrawal from the plan paves the way for a drawn out judicial battle as the incumbent Telco defends use of its infrastructure by others. Likely arguments will be the expected discounts for accessing its existing infrastructure such as poles that came light in January. This is in turn would logically dovetail into claims that Eir is to be forced into providing inappropriate financial support to competitors in an open market. Watch this space…