Ireland’s former monopoly fixed line operator Eircom is to file an appeal with the High Court against the telecoms regulator ComReg’s decision ordering it to slash the cost of an unbundled broadband connection from EUR8.41 (USD11.87) per month to EUR0.77. A report in the Irish Independent says that while the actual grounds for the appeal are unclear, they are thought to centre on the extent of the cut being applied by the regulator. The decision to appeal comes hard on the heels of Eircom’s Australian majority shareholder Eircom Holdings’ announcement that it has reached a deal with Singapore Technologies Telemedia (STT) concerning a takeover of the company. It is understood that the announcement last month by ComReg of its decision to order a price reduction angered Eircom at a sensitive time in its takeover talks with STT.
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