23pc of home net users have broadband


12 Aug 2005

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Some 23pc of home internet subscribers now use a broadband product, with DSL as the main method of broadband access in the home, the latest Trendwatch quarterly survey commissioned by the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) suggests.

The survey of 1,000 people aged between 15 and 74 revealed the take-up of single-billing products has continued to grow with 26pc of those aware of it now using the service.

The survey also reports 34pc of current narrowband (dial-up) internet users were actively considering moving to broadband.

On the mobile front, the survey found there is growing consumer awareness of minimising the cost of using their mobile phones abroad. Most respondents said they used their mobile phones flexibly to minimise costs associated with roaming. The survey found few people, while abroad, choose to manually select the mobile phone operator who will offer them the cheapest roaming.

Only 18pc of those surveyed used their mobile phone as usual while abroad. Some 58pc of those with mobile phones claimed not to use them internationally.

The survey also found digital TV penetration in Ireland remains relatively high, with subscription service most popular among 35-44 year olds and higher income groups.

Purchasing of services over TV remains low, with 8pc of respondents with digital TV having purchased a service in the past three months. Pay-per-view sports events and movies remain the most popular choices for purchases over TV.

By John Kennedy