From: Niall O Broin (niall at domain linux.ie)
Date: Fri 26 Oct 2001 - 16:51:17 IST
On Fri, Oct 26, 2001 at 12:11:12AM +0100, Karl Jeacle wrote:
> It is true that the eircom prices are higher than EU averages. But let's
> be clear that there is no connection between the flat-rate wholesale ATM
> bitstream prices and the usage-based retail IP connectivity prices.
Of course there is - the retail IP connectivity price = wholesale price +
margin for the ISP's costs + profit.
> Any ISP is free to purchase the flat-rate wholesale bitstream service
> from eircom, and then sell IP service on top of that bitstream link
> at whatever price they choose. Some ISP may indeed decide to provide
> unlimited IP access, it just doesn't make a lot of business sense.
It seems to manage to make business sense in Germany, France, and Spain, to
name three countries of which I have personal knowledge of ADSL pricing and
service. It also seems to manage to make business sense in at least the UK,
Italy and Malta (Malta for frigs sake - I wouldn't even have been sure they
had electricity there :-) ).
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