Monday, November 22, 2010

Ireland's Imagine Pitches WiMAX as Cheaper Broadband

Imagine, which is deploying WiMAX across Ireland, reports that recession-hit Irish homeowners have been impressed with its fifty percent cheaper broadband and phone prices on the WiMax network, compared to other operators.

Imagine's WiMAX network now covers all of Dublin and extends from the likes of Tuam and Sligo in the west of Ireland, to Wexford in the south-east, Dundalk and Drogheda in the north-east and Youghal, Middletown and Killarney in the south-west.

"Imagine is delighted to bring Dublin residents and businesses a super-fast Internet and home phone experience at half the price of other products," said Brian O'Donohoe, Imagine's Managing Director. "Uptake among apartment dwellers has been particularly strong as it's very convenient and simple to use," he said.

Imagine's home phone "Talk Anytime" services start at only EUR20 per month, a 51 per cent saving on Eircom.

Imagine's 4G unlimited Internet plan is EUR35 per month, a 50 per cent saving on Eircom. And combination packages, which bundle phone and broadband, start from EUR30 per month, a 36 per cent saving against Eircom's prices.

  • Earlier this year, Imagine Communications Group acquired Clearwire's Irish operations. As part of the transaction, Clearwire will become a minority shareholder and will nominate a representative to Imagine's board of directors. Other specific financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    Imagine gained 50mHz of spectrum when purchasing Irish Broadband in 2008, added more spectrum in a Comreg process in 2009, and with Clearwire Ireland Limited's spectrum now has over 120mHz of crucial 3.4/3.6mHz spectrum. Following the Clearwire transaction, Imagine will have nearly 400 high sites nationwide to facilitate the rapid roll out of the WiMax network.

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