Subsidy of €10m needed to fix mobile blackspots, Cellnex chief says

Colin Cunningham says a once-off government payment would help to build infrastructure which could be used by all mobile providers

Colin Cunningham, the managing director of Cellnex Ireland: ‘Without some form of financial support, it will not be viable for industry alone to fix all the blackspots and deliver the required connectivity to communities.’ Picture: Fergal Phillips

A government subsidy of up to €10 million would be needed to supply mobile connectivity to blackspots across the country, Colin Cunningham, the managing director of Cellnex Ireland, has said.

The company, which provides wireless telecommunications infrastructure, is working to address existing blackspots in a number of areas it has identified and added to its Get Connected initiative.

It said government support would be needed to fix connectivity in some of the 200-plus rural locations ...