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Consumers in Ireland are paying the highest broadband subscription rates in Europe, a new study has indicated.

Global intelligence provider Quantum Webb reported that uncapped broadband deals on the Emerald Isle typically cost more than double the European Union average.

Consumer group Ireland OffLine also noted that Irish households are being faced with the highest line rental fees in the world.

"This ultra-anticompetitive agenda is a serious indictment of government policy and of regulation here in Ireland," the body stated.

"[It] clearly shows we need a dramatic and new thinking if we are ever to be near 'top of class' in broadband pricing and supply."

Ireland OffLine called on the next government to engage with a variety of broadband stakeholders in order to ensure "fit for purpose" broadband pricing and supply.

Meanwhile, BT has reported that nine out of ten Northern Irish consumers will have access to super-fast broadband by 2012.

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