The market for converged media and applications in Ireland has been hampered by poor broadband infrastructure. The position has become brighter since 2008 as the main cable operator UPC Ireland has upgraded its network, and as the incumbent eircom has invested in its NGN and expanded its bundled services offers. Nevertheless, convergence in Ireland continues to suffer from limited fibre deployment beyond a few greenfield sites. This report presents an overview of all these platforms and major service providers, noting the status of digital TV via the terrestrial, cable and satellite platforms, as well as interactive TV services.
RTÉ initiates Saorview DTT service; UPC launches social TV app; coverage to be supplemented by satellite TV Saorsat; Magnet Networks launches free web TV; government’s NewEra broadband plans to support connectivity; Sky launches triple play service; eircom launches IPTV service; regulator market data to September 2012; telcos’ operating and financial data to September 2012; market developments to February 2013.