Broadband in Ireland

According to The Register, Ireland is one of the most expensive countries for broadband.

When it comes to the high price of broadband among the 30 OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries only three others – Luxembourg, Denmark and Iceland – are more expensive than Ireland

You would think with Yahoo, eBay, Amazon, Google, Overture, AOL and Paypal all with offices (existing or planned) in Dublin that the technology sector (including broadband) would be flouirshing. But no, not in Ireland!

I just don’t understand why :(

Why annual contracts?

If there’s one thing that really bugs me about the Broadband (DSL) packages on offer here in Ireland, it’s the requirement of annual contracts. In fact it doesn’t just bug me, it frustrates the hell out of me. Why can’t the Telco’s offer monthly contracts? Or quarterly contracts for that matter.

I mean come on… so much can change in a year! I might not be around this time next year, or I might decide to move house 6 months from now. I understand why there’s a need for annual contracts on mobile phones (cellphones). With them they make their money back on the price of the phone. The same could be said about Broadband packages offering a free modem with them, but all the Broadband packages here state that the modem remains the property of the Telco’s until the contract expires. So you’re not even paying for the modem!

So, why force someone into a 12 month contract when there is absolutely no need? And they (the Telco’s) can’t use the excuse that they have to have some way to pay for the upkeep of the lines because the cost of Broadband is extortionate enough (averaging around €40 per month – along with a bandwidth limit!).