Broadband contract up for grabs.

More than ten companies have expressed an interest via the States eTender website for the rollout of high speed broadband in rural Ireland later this year. All such contract fall under EU public procurement rules.

Eir,the States largest broadband supplier, Siro, a joint venture between ESB and Vodaphone, and some French and UK companie will all attempt to win the contract.

High speed broadband is seen as vital infra-structure for the development of rural regions.