ComReg have a survey of businesses here. It says great things about use of broadband and other such stuff.
This is what ComReg press released:
The ComReg survey revealed that, of those businesses connected to the Internet, 74% of
SMEs and 85% of corporate firms use some form of broadband – most commonly DSL.
The survey, of over 550 businesses in Ireland, was conducted on behalf of ComReg by
Millward-Brown IMS in May and June, 2006. Other highlights of the survey results
â€¢ Over 40% of business customers switched telecoms service provider in the past, with
almost 20% switching in the past 12 months. However, almost half of those who
previously switched fixed-line provider claim to have switched back to their original
â€¢ Over 96% of businesses that provide mobile phones to their employees use Vodafone
or O2 packages,
â€¢ Two-thirds of SMEs and three-quarters of corporate firms use their mobile phone
while in the office – even when they may have access to a nearby fixed-line telephone,
â€¢ Half of all SMEs and corporate firms are using IT-based business applications which
require a broadband speed connection, and
Here’s my dose of REALITY and stuff ComReg never stuck into their PR:
* Half of all Corporates have complained at least once to their phone service provider in the past year (Page 19)
* 1/3 of all SMEs have complained at least once to their phone service provider in the past year. (Page 19)
* 48% of SMEs do not have broadband. 52.5% of SMEs are on broadband. 73% of SMEs use the Internet. Of them 72% use broadband products. (Page 39) The rest are still on antiquated Internet products which are not broadband – 19% on dialup, 9% on ISDN and 2% on Satellite
* 1/3 of SMEs who tried to get broadband could not not. (pg 46) This reflects a survey from the Chambers of Commerce of Ireland from 2005 which stated 30% of SMEs who tried to get broadband could not.
Why is a neutral regulator talking up some facts and spinning any bad news? Something is rotten.