> Until there are more competitors, or other ways for people not in central
> Dublin, Cork, or Galway to have serious connectivity options, I think the
> famed ``e-commerce hub of Europe'' marketing blurb is going to be nothing more
> than fluff.
They could easily make Ireland the e-commerce hub of the world,
and still have no home user dialup internet services in the country..
The success/failure of the 'e-commerce hub' concept will be based
on the number and size of datacentres with huge customers... not
how many people are online..
If Microsoft moved their billing/payment system for .NET to Ireland, and
Cisco moved their online ordering system to Ireland, and then maybe
get VISA to move their credit-card clearing system. - then we'd
suddenly have a *huge* amount of e-commerce transactions... and
be the biggest e-commerce hub in the world...
It has nothing to do with end-user internet usage.
 Isn't is so Irish to seek to be a hub, why not a switch or something
 Except that increased internet usage should increase the number of
people who are internet aware/skilled, which would then help with
staffing the datacentres....
>> My thoughts,
> Brendan Kehoe
>> CTO, nobie.com (http://www.nobie.com/)
> -- Finally true Net marketing in .ie
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