Irish mobile network operators Vodafone Ireland and O2 Ireland are planning to enter the country’s broadband market and threaten to shake up a sector that has long drawn criticism for its slow pace of development. The pair hope to launch broadband services for laptop users in the coming months. It is estimated that their entry into the market will open up high speed internet access to an estimated 600,000 people currently unable to take broadband through their landlines. The services being planned by Vodafone and O2 will match the broadband speeds offered by the likes of eircom and Smart Telecom and will require users to purchase and install special data and SIM cards. Vodafone’s head of product development Chris Handley says that it should have most of the country covered by the end of the year.
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