The head of one of the firms bidding for the national broadband contract has said his firm can do the job faster than the Government has planned.
CEO of Eir Richard Moat claimed his company already controlled much of the infrastructure needed to deliver the broadband before the 2020 deadline.
The National Broadband Plan will use State investment to bring high-speed internet connections to all areas of the country, including rural parts where it is not usually commercially viable.
It was reported earlier this year that the tendering process is causing delays to the plan, meaning some areas may not receive broadband until 2022.
Richard Moat (pictured) said he was confident Eir could deliver the plan much more quickly than that.
He said: "We started our roll-out in January this year (and) we'll have done 100,000 homes - a third of the roll-out - by December.
"By that time we should be moving faster than 100,000 per year because we'll have gained expertise and know-how, so we should be able to accelerate from there on."