Ireland’s O2 has become the latest mobile operator to dip its toe into the Republic’s fixed line sector, announcing the launch of a range of services for the SME segment through a deal signed with eircom. O2’s announcement comes in the wake of the, now controversial, decision by Vodafone Ireland, which signed a deal with the incumbent a few months ago. Earlier this week the regulator ComReg openly criticised the former monopoly operator for providing Vodafone Ireland with a bundled (voice and broadband) wholesale service without first publishing the terms and conditions of the offer in accordance with the country’s telecoms rules on standards and transparency obligations.
O2 Ireland says it has now put together a range of fixed line services for the SME market, SiliconRepublic reports, and will effectively resell eircom products on a wholesale basis. It is understood O2 is selling three bundled products offering up to 7.6Mbps broadband access, line rental and 150 minutes of free calls to local, national and UK landline numbers, with prices ranging from EUR26.50 to EUR70 (USD33.10 to USD87.40).