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.