Ireland one of priciest developed countries for broadband

Ireland[1] is one of the most expensive countries in the developed world for broadband, with prices here almost four times more than in the cheapest country in the EU, a new global survey has revealed.

More than 3,350 broadband packages in 196 countries were analysed by British research firm BDRC Continental and[2] between August and October.

Average monthly prices in the State came in at EUR60.57, a figure that put the State in 127th position, a long way behind the cheapest country, Iran[3], where broadband costs an average of just EUR4.57.

The cheapest country in the EU was Poland[4], where the average monthly price was put at EUR16.16.

The Republic was the sixth-dearest developed country in the world for broadband. Only Malta[5] (EUR83.27), Liechtenstein[6] (EUR75.42), Norway[7] (EUR69.70), Switzerland[8] (EUR69.17) and Iceland (EUR61.61) were reported to be more expensive than Ireland.

The average monthly cost of broadband in the UK was stated to be EUR34.59.

Six of the 10 countries where broadband is cheapest were formerly part of the USSR, now collectively known as the Commonwealth of Independent States, including the Russian Federation[9] itself.

At the other end of the table sub-Saharan Africa[10] fared worst overall with almost all the 31 countries in the region in the most expensive half of the table, and 16 of them in the most expensive quarter.

Burkina Faso[11] was reported to be the most expensive place for broadband with an average package price of EUR818.50 per month, putting it beyond all but the wealthiest people there.

Italy[12] cheapest

Italy was the cheapest place in western Europe[13] for broadband, with an average monthly price EUR24.53. Italy was followed by Germany (EUR28.96) and Denmark[14] (EUR30.50).

“Our data demonstrates that when it comes to broadband, both the national marketplace and the infrastructure that underpins it are imperfect no matter where you live,” said Dan Howdle[15], a consumer telecoms analyst at

The cost of broadband is unlikely to become any more competitive in Ireland in the months ahead because the leading providers are rolling our price increases.

Last month Sky said it had started contacting customers with average bills set to increase for some subscribers by EUR2-EUR4 a month from December 1st.

Those affected by the price rises are customers who are either on legacy products or who had previously been benefiting from a special low price.

Vodafone[16] Ireland has also confirmed it is to increase prices for some of its voice and broadband legacy packages from December.

Among the plans affected are Simply Talk, which is rising from EUR30 a month to EUR40.

Other affected plans include the company’s Simply Broadband service, which is rising by EUR7 a month.

Virgin Media[17] is also rolling out price increases of EUR5 a month early in the new year.

Poor quality

While the high cost of broadband in the State is a concern for many, the quality of the service or the lack of one is arguably even more pressing for many thousands of households.

A total of 840,000 premises that have been identified as needing high-speed broadband are not covered by existing broadband providers.

Under the Government’s National Broadband Plan more than 90 per cent of premises will have access to high speed broadband by 2020, although critics of the programme have pointed out that promises have been made by previous administrations only to be broken.

About 10,000 homes a month are being connected to the broadband network by eir at present while a further 540,000 more isolated premises are to be covered by the Government’s “amber area” scheme. “Amber” represents areas not regarded as commercially viable for broadband.


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