Thursday 14 December 2017

We pay over the odds for broadband

Enda Dowling

Irish customers are paying above-average prices for fixed broadband owing to a "significant lack of competition" among internet providers

A report by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) into the development of different communications networks found that fixed broadband prices start at €41.38 per month in Ireland.

Only four countries in the OECD region have more expensive starting prices for fixed broadband, while 30 other countries ranked cheaper in the report.

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Irish consumers can expect to pay for a fixed line – including rental – up to €71.48 per month.

However, consumers in the United Kingdom are able to get better value, with fixed broadband prices starting at €25.87, which is 37pc less.

The maximum price you can expect to pay in the UK for fixed broadband is just €54.85 per month. Hungary is the cheapest of all OECD countries, with prices starting at a mere €12.85, which is some 69pc cheaper.

Broadband penetration throughout the country is also below the OECD average.

Agustine Diaz-Pines, who is a director of science, technology and industry with the OECD, believes that "a lack of competition among internet providers is driving fixed broadband prices up" in Ireland.

Irish Independent

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