Switcher.ie has announced the nominees for the fourth annual Switcher.ie Broadband Awards, which help to highlight the best broadband providers and products in the Irish market.

The Switcher.ie awards use a unique combination of independent consumer research, over 30,000 customer ratings, and a panel of industry experts to highlight providers that are the leading lights in the consumer broadband and TV industry.

As the only customer-voted awards of their kind in the country, these awards serve to highlight what real customers think of their provider’s performance across a range of areas like technical support, customer service and TV content.

There will be 11 awards presented on the night, including the coveted Best Broadband Provider award, recognising the broadband provider in Ireland that has achieved the highest overall customer ratings across all categories.

This year five companies – eir, Imagine, Sky, Virgin Media and Vodafone – are in the running, with Virgin Media nominated in every category. Winners are due to be announced at an awards ceremony in The Marker hotel on Wednesday, 22 February.

A full list of award categories and nominees is available at: https://switcher.ie/broadband/awards/2017/.

Winners for nine of the 11 categories will be selected based on a combination of thousands of customer ratings from Switcher.ie and results from an independent national consumer survey. The final two categories will be decided by an independent judging panel, which comprises some of Ireland’s leading consumer technology journalists.

Eoin Clarke, Managing Director of Switcher.ie, said: “Broadband is now a household essential, and the market is more competitive than ever, with a multitude of products, plans and providers on offer. While the choice and variety is clearly a positive, it can make it more difficult for consumers to figure out the best deal for them.

“These awards are part of our commitment to helping consumers navigate the market. While our free broadband comparison tool allows consumers to easily compare broadband plans and bundles, our awards help them to make even more informed buying decisions, based on feedback and context from other consumers with real experience of these providers and plans.

“We’ve deliberately given consumers an active voice in these awards and in deciding the winners because it is their experience and views that really count.”

For more information, visit Switcher.ie

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