Ireland's Electricity Supply Board (ESB) is planning to build a super fast fibre network, and is currently looking for a partner for the initiative.
ESB is aiming to connect nearly half a million homes in the first phase of the development, mainly in towns outside the main metropolitan areas of Dublin and Cork and at speeds of up to 150Mbps.
The Irish Times newspaper reports that Vodaphone and BT are interested in collaborating in the project, which could start in the early part of next year, but both firms have declined to comment on the matter.
However, an ESP spokesperson told Fibre Systems: 'The process to select a JV partner for ESB’s fibre project is ongoing and will hopefully be concluded by the end of the year, following a tender note that was issued in 2012. However, we are unable to comment further as the project is ongoing and under due process.'