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    It seems to me mobile broadband companies have already decided their will be no investment for rural Ireland ( next five to 7 years at least) The knock on effect will be Eircom wil still continue to overcharge rural customers for using their DSL broadband service, and any chance of an upgrade to your local exchange seems unlikely in the near future!!

    What is the point of 4G saturation in only urban areas though?. Areas like this are already been upgraded to fibre and cable (4G is only a third right service compared to this) How many people will take up this service if they already have Fibre? Isn't Fibre likely to be cheaper also?

    If 4G is only going to be provided for urban areas ( why hasn't the Irish government came out and said we'll be getting involved here ( this rural place and this one?) Why are Satellite towns ( villages) outside our major city urban areas not able to get better broadband than 5 to 6 meg?

    Should the 300 million the Irish government ( got from the spectrum auctions) be put to work straight away? The Irish government claimed they would invest 200 million prior to the Auction results. When will the 30% not covered by the spectrum auctions ( see improvement in their broadband speeds?) Let have some honesty first!

    Anyway my rant is after reading this today.
    4G will rock – but the trick will be managing consumers’ expectations - Ireland’s communications news service – Siliconrepublic.com

    Kilkenny, also has UPC 150 mb really think its pointless having the first 4G network there next year. I guess forward thinking doesn't happen much in Ireland anyways.

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    Hot topic by the looks of it.

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    I'll tell you what is sickening, we have sub one meg 'broadband' at home, while I was at a shareholders meeting midweek and the company had set up 9.8mg 3G in the middle of a field.
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    This has been the case for a good while and well continue for a good few years yet. I myself live in a rural spot in kerry and the mobile [vodafone blackberry] is rubbish. The Internet is provided my digiweb as Eircom do not come within 10 miles off the house with broadband.
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    Getting this right now after a modem upgrade last week, get about 11Mb/s at off peak times. This is great after years of really bad speeds so someone somewhere is doing something right for once....neighbour getting almost as good with O2, also a recent upgrade, both measured from wireless, probably a bit higher connected directly.

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    It estimated 60 per cent of people live in urban areas and towns. So 40 per cent how many people is that? They should just sell their house, knock it down whatever and move to a city area to get broadband worth a damn. Great plan!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by truthisfree View Post


    Getting this right now after a modem upgrade last week, get about 11Mb/s at off peak times. This is great after years of really bad speeds so someone somewhere is doing something right for once....neighbour getting almost as good with O2, also a recent upgrade, both measured from wireless, probably a bit higher connected directly.
    What that high ping you would have trouble streaming videos, uploading stuff and gaming. Download and upload not bad. Better than what i get with Eircom ( the upload)

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    Quote Originally Posted by southwestkerry View Post
    This has been the case for a good while and well continue for a good few years yet. I myself live in a rural spot in kerry and the mobile [vodafone blackberry] is rubbish. The Internet is provided my digiweb as Eircom do not come within 10 miles off the house with broadband.
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    You probably fall into last 20 per cent because of your location ( rural kerry) even though kerry would be great for 4G wireless because of high mountains and stuff. But its all about the money unfortunately for broadband providers.

    600 million extra the Irish government was not expecting to get from the auctions. This is a chance to upgrade the 30 percent not covered by the spectrum auctions ( have to wait and see what occurs) i

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smithy12 View Post
    It seems to me mobile broadband companies have already decided their will be no investment for rural Ireland ( next five to 7 years at least) The knock on effect will be Eircom wil still continue to overcharge rural customers for using their DSL broadband service, and any chance of an upgrade to your local exchange seems unlikely in the near future!!

    What is the point of 4G saturation in only urban areas though?. Areas like this are already been upgraded to fibre and cable (4G is only a third right service compared to this) How many people will take up this service if they already have Fibre? Isn't Fibre likely to be cheaper also?

    If 4G is only going to be provided for urban areas ( why hasn't the Irish government came out and said we'll be getting involved here ( this rural place and this one?) Why are Satellite towns ( villages) outside our major city urban areas not able to get better broadband than 5 to 6 meg?

    Should the 300 million the Irish government ( got from the spectrum auctions) be put to work straight away? The Irish government claimed they would invest 200 million prior to the Auction results. When will the 30% not covered by the spectrum auctions ( see improvement in their broadband speeds?) Let have some honesty first!

    Anyway my rant is after reading this today.
    4G will rock – but the trick will be managing consumers’ expectations - Ireland’s communications news service – Siliconrepublic.com

    Kilkenny, also has UPC 150 mb really think its pointless having the first 4G network there next year. I guess forward thinking doesn't happen much in Ireland anyways.
    Did we ever have a plan for anything???????

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