High prices force firms to boycott Eir’s rural networkl

Companies such as Sky and Vodafone say Eir has set a price that is so high, rivals can’t afford to offer rival services to rural residents.

Ireland’s main broadband firms are boycotting Eir’s private rural fibre broadband network in what may be a further blow to rural internet development.

Companies such as Sky and Vodafone say Eir has set a price that is so high, rivals can’t afford to offer rival services to rural residents.

“The current access price of €270 is too expensive,” said JD Buckley, managing director of Sky Ireland, Ireland’s fourth largest broadband provider and the country’s fastest-growing internet service.

“We’re really hoping this will be dealt with by ComReg when it finally publishes its market review. But the level Eir is charging is way above others and isn’t realistic for us to offer services.”

Eir’s charge of €270 to rivals to connect to its rural fibre network sits in contrast to €70 for connection to Siro, a similar fibre network in regional towns.

Other major broadband networks echoed Mr Buckley’s views.

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