Irish Broadband Report Card Says ‘Must Do Better’

Ireland’s report card on high-speed broadband reads ‘Must Do Better’, after the EU Commission published a report which showed Ireland falls well behind the European average for fixed line broadband.

However the report also showed Ireland now has above average mobile broadband penetration at 60% for all active users, which means Ireland ranks fifth in the EU.

DSL still remains the most common broadband technology but the share of non-DSL broadband lines has increased with the majority of growth in the sector coming from cable broadband.

Ireland is now however leading the EU in the field of eGovernment.

European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes said: “Europeans are hungry for digital technologies and more digital choices, but governments and industry are not keeping up with them.

“This attachment to 20th century policy mindsets and business models is hurting Europe’s economy. It’s a terrible shame. We are shooting ourselves in the foot by under-investing. Europe will be flattened by its global competitors if we continue to be complacent.”

Small Business Show: Damien Mulley

Damien MulleySocial Media expert Damien Mulley is the keynote speaker at an event titled Harness the Power of the Internet.  It’s a free event organised by Clare Local Development Company on Wednesday 30th May in Killaloe, and will include a showcase of successful local enterprises.

In the meantime, Damien is our guest this week on the Small Business Show as we discuss the Double Dip; Retail Rejuvenation; S-Commerce; and selling America to the Americans!   Download it here, or click the player above!

The Small Business Show is broadcast each weekend in syndication on Irish radio.  Items from the show are published as podcasts throughout the week on FocuSMEIreland.com.  You can subscribe for free to download the MP3s automatically using RSS or iTunes.

Ireland Still Needs To Embrace The Internet’s Economic Opportunity

Ireland has yet to fully embrace the economic and social opportunities presented by the internet. That’s according to the Digital Hub Development Agency (DHDA), which today published its annual report for 2010. Continue reading