There seems to be a strong case to me made for the argument that the market is still an effective monopoly alright. Note that eircom told us several times point blank that they could not remove the block on my mother's line but in the end (thanks to Age Action Ireland) they did just that.This means that eircom is effectively blocking competition from other telephone and internet providers which might be of interest to the competition authority.
As I said Comreg told us several times that others were in the same position as my mother but when I asked them for more information (e.g. indicative numbers) they could not or would not give it to me.I am just wondering what has happened to the other 40,000 former smart telecom customers. Were some of them able to switch providers and was I just among the unlucky few who were unable to get the temporary out of service block removed from their phones?
I wouldn't bother if I was you to be honest. They are useless. Literally all talk and no action in my experience.I must contact COMREG again tomorrow to highlight this, although their powers to intervene in this situation seem limited to say the least.