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Ireland Settles Broadband Definition

Posted: 24th Mar, 2004 By: MarkJ
It would appear as if our Irish neighbours are a step ahead of the UK in terms of how they define broadband. The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications all agreed that anything less than 512Kbps should be considered "middle-band":

The committee, which includes government and opposition members, redefined ISDN services that provide only 128kbps or DSL broadband services that fail to deliver on 512kbps as "middle-band."

Having defined 512kbps as a current requirement for Irish Internet users, the committee set a target of 5Mbps per household as a goal for 2006 and 10Mbps as the goal for 2008.

"When you flick a switch in your house you get electricity, when you turn the tap you get water," said Noel O'Flynn TD, chairman of the committee, speaking to ElectricNews.net. "Each household should also have a broadband connection at the flick of a switch."


The reason we highlight this is simple, Ireland is, even compared to the UK, a relative newcomer to the broadband world and has already set standards and goals that put our own government to shame. More @ ElectricNews.
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