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Saturday 20 July 2019

Eircom ruling pushes up switch costs - Sky

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Tim Healy

Sky Ireland says the communications regulator's decision to change the pricing structure Eircom uses for accessing fixed-line broadband/TV infrastructure will depress customer switching and inflate costs.

ComReg last month made a number of decisions, in accordance with EU directives transposed into Irish regulations, in a review of the market dealing with access to the infrastructure.

Sky says one of those decisions means a €2.50 cost for switching TV/broadband providers has gone up to €170, which it will not be economically possible for competitors of Eircom to absorb.

It also says the decisions will affect its plans for a €400m-€600m expansion of its broadband service via Eircom's current programme of rolling out high-speed broadband in rural townlands.

In proceedings against ComReg admitted to the Commercial Court yesterday, Sky says Comreg's determinations in relation to the commercial dealings between other providers and Eircom are contrary to law and will have a significant and adverse impact on Sky's business.

Mr Justice Robert Haughton agreed to add Eircom to the proceedings as a notice party and said an application could be made to transfer a separate application by Vodafone to be joined as a notice party to the Commercial Court case.

He adjourned the making of directions in the case for a week.

Irish Independent

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