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Netflix could hit Irish web speeds

Harry Leech

Published 30/10/2011 | 05:00

Irish internet users could face a nightmare scenario if "bandwidth hog" Netflix rolls out as promised in early 2012, as Ireland's creaking broadband system is struggling with the amount of data it currently handles.

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According to Miguel Ponce De Leon, chief technologist at the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group in WIT, Ireland's consumer broadband sector is already perilously overstretched.

"If Netflix gets the same volume of customers streaming movies on their computers in Ireland as they do in the US, where it accounts for 32 percent of peak downloads, everyone's internet speeds would suffer."

While broadband access in Ireland has improved in the last 12 months, download speeds are still extremely poor, with a recent industry survey rating Ireland 23rd in the EU.

Netflix announced plans to launch its service in Ireland and the UK earlier last week. While it has not detailed pricing plans for the UK and Ireland, in the US it allows customers to watch unlimited movies online for a $7.99 (€5.63) fee per month.

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