Eircom has cut its retail broadband prices by almost one third with the announcement of a new DSL product for the residential market costing less than €40. Called Eircom broadband home starter, the flat-rate, always-on service will be available from 1 March for €39.99.
An enhanced product, broadband home plus, will be available for users with higher capacity needs such as downloading video clips or music. It offers 8GB each month, double the storage allowance for the starter pack, for €54.45 per month.
Eircom broadband business starter is available for the same price as the advanced residential option, which works out as €45 excluding Vat per month.
To avail of the service, users have the option of a self install connection priced at €99. To have an engineer set up any of the services costs €199.
Yesterday Eircom announced that it was dropping the price of its wholesale broadband offering; that is, the price at which it offers DSL connections to other operators. Today’s development appears to be an attempt to steal a march on its competitors.
By Gordon Smith