Friday, December 21, 2007

Irish broadband penetration still low

Logo for the Irish Independent - with a little snow for Christmas

Yesterday morning’s Irish Independent reports on the figures released by Comreg on Wednesday showing that the number of Irish broadband users rose by around 8% last quarter to 705,000, a penetration rate of 16.35% (or 18.4% if mobile broadband users are included).

“However, the country still ranks as having one of the lowest broadband penetration rates in the developed world, behind industrialised nations such as New Zealand, France, Italy, the US and the UK.”

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In contrast, the 108,000 new mobile phone subscriptions in the same period beings the mobile penetration up to 114%. That’s more than one mobile per person, a total of 4.9 million active mobiles on average each sending 127 text messages per month.

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