Vodafone Ireland has signed a deal worth EUR4.8 million (USD6.8 million) to take on BT Ireland’s residential and small business broadband and voice customers. Under the terms of the contract Vodafone will gain wholesale access to BT’s broadband network in the Republic for a period of seven years, as it looks to secure a toehold in the country’s fixed broadband sphere. As a result of the move, Vodafone will become Ireland’s second largest fixed line ISP with a market share of 15%. For its part, BT will assume the role of infrastructure provider, passing all customer-facing and marketing activities to Vodafone. The cellco turned integrated services provider already has around 83,000 fixed and mobile broadband subscribers, due to sales of 3G dongles and its 2007 purchase of Irish altnet Perlico for around EUR80 million. As a result of its BT deal it will receive a further 84,000 residential and 3,000 business accounts.