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Ireland - Communications (Telephone, Post, Internet, TV, Radio)
Mobile phones are very popular in Ireland, which reportedly has the highest usage in Europe per head of population. There are three network providers - Vodafone and O2, which together cover around 95% of the market, and Meteor.
There are a small number of Internet Service Providers offering dial-up internet connections, the main one being Eircom, but numerous broadband suppliers, details of which can be found on the government's broadband site. The typical cost of broadband is around EUR 40 per month.
The postal service is operated by the government-run An Post. The service is efficient, with deliveries to all addresses at least 5 days a week. Post Offices provide additional facilities such as bill payments, payment of social security benefits and banking/bureau de change services at larger branches.
Terrestrial TV and radio services are dominated by the state broadcaster Radio Telefis Eireann (RTE), which broadcasts in Irish and English. Satellite TV services such as BSkyB, and cable services, are very popular. All households with any form of television are required to purchase a TV licence from the post office. Licences have to be renewed annually.
The press operates freely in Ireland. The national daily newspapers are the Irish Times and the Irish Independent.
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