Originally Posted by A Tyrant Named Miltiades!
I can't see Eir lasting in Ireland. Just seems like a ridiculous prospect. And the future of An Post seems similarly dubious.
Eir is currently a subsidiary of a French telecoms company called Iliad SA, which owns Free
and Free Mobile
in France and Iliad Italia
They're inevitably going to be around in some shape or form as they the largest fixed line access and core network in the country and one of the 3 infrastructure owning mobile networks.
Someone's going to be running those systems be they Eir / Iliad or someone else, but the company's very unlikely to disappear anytime soon.
An Post will exist for as long as there's a need for a postal service. I don't think that's going to go away anytime soon either. It's basically a state service and the small packets business will likely keep growing and growing. Its very hard for any other company to even duplicate that network that's been around since the 16th century and can reach every address in the state within 24h. It, along with a lot of European post offices, is amongst the most long-lived organisations in the world.