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Ben Kitchin, company director and chief operating officer, Host Ireland

Broadband is still a battleground in Ireland as providers look to differentiate and fill gaps, while politicians raise the temperature telling them that whatever they’re doing isn’t enough. Ian Campbell finds out what’s really happening on the ground

Ten years ago, the ‘last mile’ was a quagmire in Ireland. The gap between a small firm’s premises and the fibre backbone that would connect it to the world was bridged by an ADSL copper-wire connection or a wireless signal, delivering a couple of megabytes if you were lucky. And you could expect to pay around €40 for the privilege.

Today, something like the same money pays for FTTC (fibre to the cabinet) or a...

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