Ireland - Broadband Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts
Ireland's broadband market is underdeveloped by European standards, although government efforts to improve local loop unbundling and wholesale access has meant that growth, albeit from a relatively low base, has been strong during the last two years. Relatively low penetration has partly been due to high wholesale costs, lack of competition, high retail prices, and limited coverage in many non-urban areas. The proposed structural separation of eircom could have been a catalyst for rapid development in this market, but the global financial crisis affecting eircom's parent company, and its sale in late 2009, suspended further progress.
Broadband growth has slowed in recent years, and is now largely in the cable and mobile sectors. This report profiles Ireland's fixed and wireless broadband markets, together with developments in related technologies such as FttP, powerline broadband, wireless and mobile broadband, WiFi and internet via satellite. It also provides forecasts for broadband uptake to 2020.
Vodafone planning fibre network rollout to 450,000 premises; UPC launches a 500Mb/s service; Next Generational Broadband Taskforce set up for broadband roadmap; government pursues NewEra' National Recovery Programme; eircom begins deploying DSL vectoring; Ka-band spotbeam technology available to Digiweb Tooway, eircom and SBI satellite; revised National Broadband Plan to deliver 30Mb/s nationally; eircom's eFiber service to pass 70% or premises by mid-2016;; BT Ireland returns to broadband market; recovery in the number of WiFi hotspots and access points; regulator rules that eircom make fibre networks available to altnets; regulator market data updates to Q3 2013; telcos' operating and financial data to Q4 2013; market developments to early 2014.