Ireland Inc in European slow lane unless LLU changes made
ComReg needs to act immediately to bring Ireland in line with “best in class” countries
05 December 2008 – Smart Telecom, the next generation broadband provider, today welcomes the new Epitiro report that ranks Smart as the ’Best performing Internet Service Provider in Ireland’ but warns that a new concerted broadband push is now required and ComReg must act in the best interest of consumers and drive infrastructure based competition, in particular in LLU.
It is no accident that the top two performing providers in the Epitiro report are the two largest providers of Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) in Ireland, yet LLU only accounts for a few percent of all broadband connections. This flies in the face of international best practice that has seen LLU become a major success in top performing countries such as France and the UK. This inactivity comes despite repeated warnings from alternative operators, such as Smart Telecom that Ireland was suffering as a result. The findings of the Epitiro report reinforce this argument.
Commenting on the report, John Quinn, Regulatory Director at Smart stated: “We are naturally delighted at being independently rated as Ireland’s best service provider but even we want to push out the boundaries and do better, much better. It is not technology or, for once, the current economic climate that is stopping us growing LLU but the repeated delay’s in getting the correct regulatory framework in place, after 8 years of work on this very item, it must be urgently accelerated and finalised”
“There is no reason why LLU cannot be available in most towns and cities in Ireland giving consumers choice, value for money, innovation and best of all a high level of competition. LLU also forms the backbone of what is needed for Next Generation Networks and without it Ireland’s global competitiveness is going to rapidly diminish. It is incredible that in the current economic climate, a section of the industry that can create jobs, invest in infrastructure and drive innovation is being allowed to fail.”
Concluding, Quinn stated, “We also hope future reports will provide even more useful information and include new measurements and providers."
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Note to Editors – report details here – http://www.epitiro.com/news/ireland-internet-performance-index.html