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Mr Seán Canney TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development, today welcomed the publication of the 2019 Quarter 2 Progress Report of the Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce. Since its establishment in 2016, under a Programme for a Partnership Government commitment, ‘the Taskforce’ has addressed over 60 targeted actions, designed to alleviate connectivity barriers prior to the rollout of the National Broadband Plan and tackle nationwide coverage blackspots.
Guided by a shared commitment to improve services for consumers and business, especially in rural areas, the Taskforce membership comprises of Government Departments, State Bodies, ComReg, Local Government and Industry. Under the joint stewardship of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and the Department of Rural and Community Development, the Taskforce has delivered many tangible results via its annual Work Programmes, including:
The strides made by the Taskforce and other local and national initiatives in bridging the digital divide and improving access to vital telecoms services has been reflected in the European Commission's annual Digital Economy and Society Index and Report 2019 (DESI 2019). This year’s report, published on 11 June, shows that Ireland has improved its overall ranking to 7th place in the EU, up from 8th place in 2018.
Addressing Ireland’s encouraging progress, Minister Canney said:
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The Digital Economic and Society Index (DESI)
The Digital Economic and Society Index (DESI) is a composite index which provides a summary of relevant indicators in relation to Europe's digital performance and tracks the evolution of EU member states in digital competitiveness. The DESI report tracks the progress made by Member States in terms of their digitisation. It is structured around five chapters: Connectivity; Human Capital; Use of Internet Services; Integration of Digital technology; and Digital Public Services.
The DESI was re-calculated this year for previous years for all countries in order to reflect changes in the choice of indicators and corrections to the underlying indicator data.
Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Denmark scored the highest ratings in DESI 2019 and are among the global leaders in digitalisation. These countries are followed by the United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Ireland, Estonia, and Belgium.
The Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce
The Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce is made up of senior officials from a number of Government Departments, Statutory Agencies and Local Government and engages with representatives of the telecommunications industry.
Chaired by Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development, the Taskforce was established to identify and address barriers to improved mobile phone and broadband services in areas with poor connectivity ahead of the roll out of the National Broadband Plan.
The work of the Taskforce is supported by ongoing engagement with Ibec on behalf of the Telecommunications Industry.
Quarterly and Annual Reports of the Taskforce can be found here