Broadband connections

Communications and Transport

Research in this area examines how to develop communications and transport infrastructure to underpin economic growth and meet the demands of a growing population. 

Broadband wiring
Many people never switch telecoms provider: what is different about switchers?

Many consumers have never switched telecoms company, despite the efforts of regulators to encourage shopping around and to make switching easier. How willing people are to switch telecoms provider is less about their personal characteristics than about the situation and the service.

Mobile phone
Later is better: Mobile phone ownership and child academic development

Research uses data from 8,500 children in the Growing Up in Ireland study to examine the academic performance of children who owned a mobile phone at an earlier age. It finds that children who owned a mobile phone at age 9 scored four per cent less on average in standardised reading and maths tests at age 13.