Ireland’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, Vodafone, has announced plans to enter the country’s fixed line telephony and broadband internet market. The cellco intends to offer high speed internet access for EUR49 (USD77) per month – whether a customer has a landline or not – including a 2Mbps (maximum) connection, monthly line rental, unlimited calls to three pre-assigned Vodafone mobile numbers and local and national fixed line calls. Vodafone Ireland added 87,500 cellular subscribers in the year to 31 March while the acquisition of alternative fixed line operator Perlico added a further 62,500 customers, boosting its total to 2.33 million. The operator also reported 75,000 mobile broadband customers at the end of the first quarter, up from 20,000 in Q1 2007.
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