- Broadband winners: Virgin Media takes home six awards, including being named Ireland’s Best Broadband Provider – Sky scoops four, Vodafone win three and eir takes home two.
- Mobile winners: Tesco Mobile nabs the top prize, along with two other awards, while Vodafone takes home three, and Three wins one.
- Independent customer research, scores from an independent judging panel, and over 90,000 real customer speed tests and ratings determined this year’s winners.
The fifth annual Switcher.ie Awards took place last Thursday (1 February), and Virgin Media took home the overall Best Broadband Provider award, while Tesco Mobile scooped the award for Best Mobile Phone Operator.
Each year, the Switcher.ie Awards honours the leading lights of Ireland’s broadband industry. This year, in recognition of changing trends, and the increasing role mobile technologies and services play in consumers’ lives, seven mobile categories were also added.
The awards are the only event of their kind in Ireland, with independent consumer research, and over 90,000 customer ratings and speed tests determining winners across the vast majority of categories. An independent judging panel, consisting of industry experts, decided the results in the remainder.
Last night, Virgin Media swept the board, taking home six broadband awards – Best Customer Rated Home Broadband, Best Customer Service, Best Value Home Broadband, Fastest Home Broadband, Best Broadband, TV & Home Phone and the coveted overall Best Broadband Provider award.
Meanwhile, Sky’s strong TV offering really shone through, with wins in the Best TV Content and Best TV Provider categories, along with awards for Best Broadband & TV Equipment and Best Customer Benefits. Vodafone won three awards, including the gong for Best Rural Broadband Rollout, while eir scooped two, including the award for Best Quad Play Deal.
In the mobile categories, Tesco Mobile won three accolades – on top of the overall Best Mobile Phone Operator award, customers also voted them best for Customer Service and named them Best High-Street Mobile Retailer. Vodafone also scooped three mobile awards, including Fastest Mobile Provider, while Three took home the Best Value Mobile Network award.
A full list of broadband award categories and winners is available at: https://switcher.ie/broadband/awards/, while mobile award categories and winners can be viewed at: https://switcher.ie/mobiles/awards/.
Eoin Clarke, Managing Director of Switcher.ie, said: “These awards are about recognising the great things broadband, TV and mobile providers do, while also helping consumers to choose the company and service that’s right for them.
“Given the competition across the telecoms market these days, access to independent and impartial consumer feedback is more important than ever. Coupled with our free broadband and TV comparison tool and SIM-only mobile comparison, these Awards help to provide consumers with this independent feedback, by giving telecoms customers a real say in determining the winners.
“All of our award winners deserve a huge congratulations, with special mentions of course to Virgin Media and Tesco Mobile who were named Best Overall Providers on the night.”
Commenting on the Switcher.ie Awards, Paul Stewart, Head of Publisher Services at Awin, said: “Awin’s strong presence in the telecoms market is only possible through great working relationships with the sector’s top publishers and as Ireland’s leading comparison site, Switcher.ie is at the heart of our programme here. We were delighted to sponsor the annual Switcher.ie awards and enjoyed celebrating the best and brightest of the Irish telecoms industry.”
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About the Switcher.ie Awards
The Switcher.ie Awards use a unique combination to determine nominees and winners across 22 categories. This includes:
- Independent consumer research, carried out for Switcher.ie by Coyne Research. The research involves 1,000 online interviews with Irish adults aged 18+ years. The total sample is representative of the national population in Ireland.
- Almost 94,000 customer ratings, which were gathered on Switcher.ie.
- A judging panel, including experts and journalists in the fields of TV and technology.
The awards’ lead sponsor was Awin, the global affiliate network.
Switcher.ie launched in January 2013, with the aim of offering consumers free, independent and impartial price comparison and switching services for gas, electricity, home broadband and digital television. Switcher.ie aims to make it easier for Irish households to compare prices, save money on their regular bills, get the best deals on offer and make their hard-earned money go that bit further. Switcher.ie is accredited by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities as an impartial, accurate and independent supplier of domestic energy price comparisons and is a member of Guaranteed Irish.
Broadband customers can conduct a speed test to find out how fast their broadband is and to identify the best broadband provider for their location.
Switcher.ie is owned by Switcher Limited, a privately funded internet-based business focused on consumer engagement and innovation.