Hello? Why we are hang­ing up on land­lines

Irish Independent - - News - Adrian Weck­ler

LANDLINE calls have plum­meted in Ire­land in the last year, new fig­ures from the tele­coms reg­u­la­tor show.

Ir­ish peo­ple are talk­ing on their phones at least 10pc less than in 2017, with on­line and so­cial me­dia ser­vices such as What­sApp and Ap­ple’s FaceTime eat­ing into tra­di­tional phone habits.

There has been a sim­i­lar col­lapse in tra­di­tional SMS text mes­sages as or­di­nary peo­ple switch over to free mes­sag­ing ser­vices from Facebook and Snapchat.

The fig­ures also show that de­spite Gov­ern­ment ef­forts, more than a quar­ter of Ir­ish broad­band con­nec­tions are stuck on crawl­ing speeds with at least 250,000 homes barely able to send an email.

The Gov­ern­ment hopes that its Na­tional Broad­band Plan will change this over the next two years, al­though con­struc­tion of the plan has still not been fi­nalised.

Over­all, there has been no in­crease in the num­ber of broad­band sub­scrip­tions in Ire­land over the last year, which still stands at 1.7 mil­lion.

The fig­ures show Ire­land’s dig­i­tal di­vide is be­com­ing more acute, with homes that have ad­e­quate broad­band us­ing their ser­vice 25pc more than a year ago.

Home broad­band is now be­ing re­lied on by or­di­nary Ir­ish homes for tele­vi­sion as well as education and work, with a re­cent sur­vey show­ing 500,000 Ir­ish homes signed up to the on­line video ser­vice Net­flix.

ComReg’s new fig­ures also re­veal Ire­land is one of Eu­rope’s more ex­pen­sive coun­tries for home broad­band, with on­go­ing dis­putes be­tween Eir and other op­er­a­tors over the cost of ac­cess­ing the com­pany’s na­tional net­work.

How­ever, the fig­ures also show Ire­land is one of the cheap­est places in Eu­rope to run a pay-as-you-go phone, at around half the cost of many other EU coun­tries.

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