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August 4, 2010

Six collared in massive online banking scam

by Darren Allan
Six people have been arrested as part of Operation Dynamophone, an investigation by the Met's Police Central e-Crime Unit. The five men and one woman, aged between 25 and 40, were picked up in raids across London and in County Meath, Ireland, yesterday and today. They're being held under suspicion of running phishing scams to appropriate credit card and online ...

June 7, 2010

Irish DTT will launch this autumn

by David Allen
Not that long ago the proposed rollout of digital TV services looked to be on track in Ireland and then, with little warning, the whole deal began to fall apart, leaving the country with the prospect of no digital service in the near future. Now it seems that the minister of communications, Eamon Ryan, has made the commitment that ...

May 31, 2010

Ireland gets tough on illegal filesharers

by David Allen
It looks as if the largest internet service provider (ISP) in Ireland, Eircom is beginning to get tough on illegal file sharers by sending out threatening letters to those who are accused of sharing copyrighted material. There have been rumbles around Europe from providers and governments on this practice, but Ireland has become the first country in Europe to ...

May 25, 2010

Ireland implements three strikes file-sharing disconnection

by Darren Allan
Irish company Eircom has become the first ISP to actually implement the three strikes and you're off the Internet rule. As regular readers will be aware, this basically means that if you're caught (allegedly) downloading illegal files, you'll be warned several times, before being disconnected from the net by the ISP. What's truly notable about the situation in Ireland is ...

May 18, 2010

Irish DTT deals collapse

by David Allen
At one point it seemed that the launch of the new commercial digital terrestrial television (DTT) platform in Ireland would go smoothly, but now the plans for the launch are all but gone. It all started a couple of weeks ago when the Eircom consortium collapsed. This left Easy TV, a consortium made up of RTE and Liberty Global, ...

May 14, 2010

BT’s Irish profits rise

by David Allen
BT has seen its profits in Ireland increase by 12 per cent for the year to the end of March 2010, while actual revenues fell by 3 per cent. The rise in profits has been assisted by a reduction in costs. In fact the company has cut costs by around 8 per cent and this has helped the company ...

May 11, 2010

Liberty thinking over Irish DTT plans

by David Allen
Once again, the development of Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) in Ireland appears to have been put on hold, as the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) takes away its digital TV broadcasting licence offer from the OneVision consortium, leaving the door open for Liberty Global to move on in. However, it seems that not even Liberty Global is too enthusiastic ...

May 4, 2010

Ireland and France to get iTunes Movies

by David Allen
Apple has announced it will soon be offering top Hollywood and European studio film downloads in Ireland and France, through its iTunes Store. These will be made available for the consumer to buy or to rent. Most of the main studios will be covered including: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Walt Disney, Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM), Universal Studios, 20th ...

February 3, 2010

TG4 and RTE go on air in the north

by David Allen
Two of the most popular broadcasters from Ireland will become available to the households in the North following an agreement between the Irish and British governments. As from 2012, when the digital switchover has been completed, residents in Northern Ireland will be able to receive broadcasts from the popular channels RTE and TG4, while in return viewers resident in ...

November 2, 2009

Eutelsat broadband for Ireland

by David Allen
Satellite broadband will be used in Ireland in order to provide complete coverage, even in areas where broadband is currently an impossibility. The Tooway satellite broadband service, from the comms firm Eutelsat, will be supplied through Satellite Broadband Ireland and is expected to reach around 223,000 customers, which represents around five per cent of the market. There are qualification criteria ...

September 1, 2009

Vodafone gets chunk of Irish broadband market

by David Allen
The Competition Authority in Ireland has approved a seven year deal between BT and Vodafone that will see all of BT’s fixed line customers transferred over to Vodafone. The deal was announced last month, when BT decided to pull out of the Irish fixed line market and transfer its 84,000 residential and 3,000 small business phone and broadband customers ...

August 19, 2009

ESPN HD reaches a deal for carriage in Ireland

by David Allen
The newly formed satellite channel ESPN has agreed a carriage deal with Chorus NTL that will make the channel's standard and high definition content available to viewers in Ireland. Chorus NTL customers will now be able to watch a whole array of sports, including the Premier League and Scottish Premier League live matches that were planned to have been ...

August 7, 2009

Sewer broadband for Ireland

by David Allen
The fibre optic broadband developer, i3 Group, formerly known as H2O Networks, is spreading out across the Irish Sea to collaborate with Terra Solutions on a new project in Ireland. Once again, the firm will be connecting up households and businesses to fibre optic broadband, which is capable of delivering a connection speed of 100 Mbps through the sewer ...

July 23, 2009

BT sells Irish broadband customers to Vodafone

by David Allen
The mobile provider, Vodafone, has announced that it will be taking over BT’s fixed line broadband customers in Ireland. The deal, that is estimated to be worth around £4.1 million, will need to go through the competition authority as it will make Vodafone the second largest fixed line provider in Ireland with around 170,000 customers. BT will be providing Vodafone ...

July 2, 2009

Sky to carry Setanta for one week

by David Allen
With Setanta UK gone, Setanta Ireland survives and according to the Irish Times will be carried on the Sky TV network in Ireland for around another week. It seems that Sky TV has decided to keep the satellite sports channel on air for the time being, so that the channel's founders, Leonard Ryan and Michael O'Rourke, can continue talks ...

May 4, 2009

Boxer delivers knockout for Irish digital TV

by David Allen
It appeared that Irish multiplexes were virtually all sewn up, but for what could seem to be a blow to Ireland’s digital terrestrial TV service. The Swedish consortium known as Boxer had big plans for the network, which would have seen the broadcaster offering a pay TV services along with a free service run by RTE. However the current economic ...

February 18, 2009

Anam signs up new operators for Smart SMS

by David Allen
Anam signs up new operators for Smart SMS' Dublin-based SMS service provider, Anam, has signed up three new global operators for its Smart SMS Services. Unnamed mobile operators in Taiwan, Vietnam and Ireland plan to use Anam's services to increase revenues from SMS. "These deals highlight the value that our Smart Services solutions can bring to global mobile operators, with ...

August 1, 2008

BT turns on the power

by David Allen
BT are looking to switch to full capacity on its broadband network, this would mean that there is the possibility that broadband users will be able to get a connection speed of up to 24 Mbps, that’s the great news for home and business users. Unfortunately this is only going to happen on the network in Ireland where BT ...

May 29, 2008

BT wins £35 million network contract

by David Allen
BT is to expand the Irish mobile operator 3 Ireland’s network after winning the contract valued at around £35 million. The mobile operator is looking to expand its network and at the same time make it faster for their subscribers. By investing into the development of the network infrastructure it is thought that not only will they be able ...