Broadband digital divide – Cork vs. Dublin

Further to my last post on the pitiful state of broadband in Ireland – believe it or not, it gets worse!

The wholesale cost of broadband is roughly three times more expensive in Cork than it is in Dublin.

Wholesale bandwidth in Dublin is available for €25.00 per MBit/month. In itself a ridiculously expensive price.

However, backhaul costs to Dublin from Cork for a 50MBit pipe would add another €50 per MBit/month. So wholesale bandwidth in Cork ends up being €75.00 per MBit/month or put another way it is three times dearer in Cork than Dublin!

How is Cork supposed to compete with Dublin on a cost basis when the basic infrastructure is prohibitively expensive?

What would have happened to Cork 100 years ago if the telephone service was three times more expensive in Cork as opposed to Dublin?

5 thoughts on “Broadband digital divide – Cork vs. Dublin”

  1. Beyond that much of my VPN problem is relate to QOS service delivery which works in Dublin, but is sporadic and useless in Cork. I assume that Eircom is at fault, and has in some negligent way has made internet centric companies cluster in Dublin in order to operate.

  2. Can’t ESB do you a better price than that?

    Also, are you talking about terminating this in a customer premises, or at the telco’s centre? Are you talking about the same thing for the two prices?

    By ‘wholesale bandwidth’ what do you mean? point-to-point or transit?

  3. I assume that Eircom is at fault, and has in some negligent way has made internet centric companies cluster in Dublin in order to operate.

    Branedy INEX is the peering point in Ireland for all intercarrier connections. It is based in Dublin. If you are with one broadband ISP and you live in Cork and you want to talk to your next door neighbour who is with another ISP then the traffic has to be routed to Dublin, jump from carrier to carrier via the INEX and come back down to Cork.

    Extending the INEX to Cork might be a way around this as it would reduce the amount of backhaul to Dublin and reduce the transit times for Cork based traffic.

    Can’t ESB do you a better price than that?

    Antoin, the publicly quoted ESBT price for 50MBit from Dublin to Cork is just over €50 per month. I rounded down the figure.

    Also, are you talking about terminating this in a customer premises, or at the telco’s centre? Are you talking about the same thing for the two prices?

    I have not factored in the ‘last mile’ at all. The tail to the customer will cost more. Since these charges are similar in Dublin and Cork I excluded them from the post.

    By ‘wholesale bandwidth’ what do you mean? point-to-point or transit?

    I mean IP Transit, not point to point.

    Move out of the sticks Tom!

    Joe, if I am driving to a client in Cork and the journey takes more than 20 minutes, I start complaining about the traffic congestion.
    I moved into a new house last Dec (’05), 1,600 sq.ft, 3/4 bedrooms, 3 storeys with a bay window extending the 3 storeys, an amazing view from the balcony off the master bedroom.

    The house cost €370,000.

    Why would I ever want to move to Dublin? 😉

  4. The location of the INEX has little to do with the QOS, I can dialup VPN (28kps) to Eircom, and connect and operate to Dublin, but on a 3M/512k ADSL through BT is unreliable. At another company, I used a second ADSL line (from home) from Eircom (2M/256k) to VPN to N.Y. at speeds better than from the office in Donegal. This is Eircom, nicking QOS from the BT connection.

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