Basically, Ireland sucks when it comes to telecoms prices.
- Ireland 2nd worst for Broadband in the EU.
- Ireland most expensive for mobile costs.
- Ireland has most expensive line rental in the EU.
- Ireland above the EU average for average landline bills.
Funny that when any of this is highlighted the Minister says it is a liberalised market and he can do nothing. Er, right. Another Minister has always told us to “shop around” but one can’t really shop around with such a stagnant market. Wholesale costs are destroying any chance of competition. Another typical excuse is that telecoms is a luxury item. Conversations are not luxuries, they are necessities. I think it is quite galling that we are paying massive premiums for simple communications.
EDIT: Here is the mobile ARPU Graph:
We are 2nd most expensive when Switzerland is factored in. They’re not in the EU though and they are only 1 Euro more expensive. Bit cheeky of ComReg to use a non-EU country when in other graphs they were talking us up for being better than EU averages.