It seems that Sky has nixed its plans to introduce broadband into the Irish market.
For the time being, at least. The satellite broadcaster, which has a broadband service in Britain, had been telling its customers for some time that a broadband launch was on the way. But it has recently changed its tune with punters, citing "differences" in the Irish market. Here's the Irish office's official word on the matter:
"Sky successfully launched broadband and telephony services to its British customers over 4 years ago. We would like to do the same in Ireland but there are a number of differences between the UK and Irish marketplaces. Sky continues to explore opportunities to launch broadband and telephony services in Ireland".
Decoded, this means that we'll be lucky to see a launch by the summer, if at all this year. Whether or not this news will come as a disappointment to anyone is unclear, as the service would, most likely, have simply been a rebadged Eircom product. And with 100Mbs services now in the market, 1Mbs satellite broadband isn't exactly a compelling prospect.
Other bits 'n' bytes...
Pay attention Leaving Cert students: good guide to Hamlet resources on Rathfarnham SCC's excellent education blog.
Anyone tried Volta.ie's movie download/rental/streaming service? Some good Irish films up there.
Rumours are getting stronger that the next iPhone update will include wifi hotspot capability.
Sometimes telcos do listen: Britain's T-Mobile has backed down (partially) after punters complained about its monthly data cap being reduced from to 500MB.
My colleague, David McWilliams, loves making up words. The latest one: bankocracy.
January's car market isn't doing too badly, it seems. There are at least 2,500 cars sold in Dublin (alone) in the first two weeks of the month. (As this pic shows.)