In a live media demonstration today UPC showed that its fibre optic network can download 5.7Gb files in 59 seconds. The company also doubled its download speeds for new customers saying, "50Mb/s is the minimum download speed acceptable to customers today."
Threatened by legal action from EMI Ireland, the Irish Government has agreed to publish an order next month, "plugging a gap" in Irish copyright law and effectively allowing record companies to restrict access to whole websites in Ireland as they please.
Announcing their financial results today, BT Ireland has also revealed that their roll-out of fibre broadband has now reached three-quarters of all premises in Northern Ireland, and that Derry/Londonderry has become the first city in the UK to have all telecoms cabinets upgraded to fibre.
Figures published yesterday in the latest Irish Communications Market ComReg quarterly report suggest that 146,326 households and businesses in Ireland are currently subscribed to broadband packages of 2Mbps or less. Data concerning Q1 2011 indicates that 123,934 residential broadband subscriptions and 22,392 business broadband subscriptions are currently active for packages offering between 144kps and 1.99Mbps download speeds.
BT have today announced an 11% increase in profits for its all-Ireland communications services operation, to which the company attribute as a “result of cost transformation programmes and the successful delivery of large retail and wholesale contracts”.
A lot of debate has been circulating in recent months about the subject of IPv6 and how it will be the saviour of the internet as we know it. In this article we try to explain what exactly IPv6 is, why it’s so important for the continued success of the internet, and how prepared Ireland is for its imminent deployment.
The debate about internet piracy, in particular music and movie piracy, reemerged yesterday after a High Court decision in favour of UPC stated that the company was not responsible for piracy policing on its network.