Archive for August, 2007

Increase in Line Rental affects Broadband users of Ireland

Thursday, August 9th, 2007


 

Digiweb, one of Ireland’s leading Business-to-Business and Consumer Internet Service Provider conduced an online survey and found an increase in line rental charges.  According to the  web site provider, Ireland has the highest cost of line rental in Europe as well as having one of the lowest broadband take up rates. The following is the average rate of line rental in different EU countries:

Ireland             €25.36

Germany:         €15.95

Spain               €15.00

France €16.31

UK                  €16.31

Italy                 €14.57

Poland €12.53

 

Ireland is the most expensive country in Europe for line rental., over 62% more expensive than the EU average per month. An increase in line rental charges would discourage them from getting DSL broadband.

All the respondents in the survey said they would be unwilling to pay for any future increases in the cost of line rental,  Most of the people were unaware of the fact that broadband could be accessed without a landline.

 

Digiweb is an Authorised Telecommunications Provider with ComReg, and holds broadband FWALA licences throughout Ireland. In 2005, the firm added “Metro” to its portfolio. The Internet provider  uses wireless and cable modem technology to deliver digital telephony and internet access to users and has dispensed with  the use of traditional phone lines. The company  offers an always-on broadband & phone service without the need of a landline at the lowest cost of €19.95 per month  .

 

The online survey has clearly indicated the reluctance among Irish consumers to pay additional line rental charges. Digiweb is advertising the need for the people of Ireland to be aware that broadband can be delivered over a number of platforms and paying line rental is often unnecessary just to get access to broadband and phone services.

 

Communications regulator ComReg, has started freezing the line rental charges of Internet providers in Ireland, who start increasing the rent. Now such providers can only seek permission for price increases in line with inflation,  This action protects consumers from excessive price increases and at the same time gives the providers  an incentive to deliver services as efficiently as possible.

 

 

European Union slashes mobile phone charges

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

Here is a good news for many Europeans heading off their home. They need to pay less for calling home.  A new regulation, by the European Union,  has capped the mobile phone charges. Under the new rules a phone call from Paris to Germany will cost only a maximum of 49 cents (33p) a minute instead the previous roaming cost of about €4 (L2.70) a minute. The cost of receiving a call abroad has also been capped at 24 cents (16p) a minute. This reduction is due to the consumer-friendly policies adopted by Brussels. The “Eurotariff”  is aimed at the reduction of phone bills of nearly 490 million users living in 27 member countries of EU.

 

Based on the  results of an investigation that mobile phone firms made about €8.5bn (L5.7bn) profit a year from roaming charges the above  decision has been taken by the EU.

 

Dead line for  mobile phone companies to ask their customers to  adopt the new Eurotariff   has already expired. A Cypriot firm called Cytamobile is the only Mobile phone company who did not offer their customers while the rest of the 94 companies have already taken action.

 There is strict warning from Ms Viviane Reding, EU Telecom Commissioner,  that there would be sanctions against those who violate the law. It may be noted that twenty-one operators, including Britain’s Virgin Mobile,  two in Germany and all companies in Latvia, did not respond to the EU’s enquiry ahead of the deadline. However, regulators said that did not necessarily imply they were breaking the rules.

 

Many companies  including Spain’s Telfonica and Italy’s Wind have already put the new price into force in time for the holidays and  Ms Reding  had all the praise for them. However the companies legally have time  until 30 August to activate the new tariff to the users who have responded to the new offers.

 

Most UK operators including Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone are not bringing in the cut rates until the end of August. There will be an automatic switch over on 30 September, for all users who has not responded to the offer.