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Ireland - Broadband Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts


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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.

Key developments:

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.

Companies covered in this report include:

UPC Ireland, Casey CableVision, eircom, Digiweb.


1. Synopsis
2. Overview
2.1 Broadband statistics
2.1.1 Delivering access
2.2 National Development Plan
2.2.1 Next Generation Broadband (NGB)
2.3 Promoting broadband
2.4 Government networks
2.5 Other providers
2.6 Regional infrastructure
2.7 Wholesale bitstream
2.8 eHealth
3. Cable modems
4. Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
4.1 Alternative operators
4.2 ADSL2+
4.3 VDSL
5. Fibre-to-the-Premise (FttP) networks
5.1 Eircom
5.2 BT Ireland
5.3 Vodafone/ Electricity Supply Board (ESB)
6. Broadband Powerline (BPL)
7. Mobile broadband
8. Wireless broadband
8.1 1.7GHz band
8.2 10.5GHz band
8.3 3.5GHz band
8.4 Other spectrum
8.5 Digiweb
8.6 National Fixed Wireless Point to Multipoint Licences (FWPMA)
8.6.1 26GHz band
8.7 Other developments
8.8 Other bands
8.9 WiFi
8.10 Worldwide Interoperability of Microwave Access (WiMAX)
8.11 WiFibre
8.12 Internet via satellite
8.12.1 SchoolSat
9. Forecasts broadband subscribers 2009 - 2012; 2020
9.1 Scenario 1 higher broadband subscriber growth
9.2 Scenario 2 lower broadband subscriber growth
9.3 Notes on scenario forecasts
10. Related reports
Table 1 Broadband penetration by technology 2006 - 2013
Table 2 Dial-up internet subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 3 Total internet subscribers 2005 - 2013
Table 4 Total fixed-line broadband subscribers by access type 2002 - 2014
Table 6 Share of broadband subscribers by platform 2007 - 2013
Table 7 Market share of fixed broadband subscriptions by operator 2010 - 2013
Table 8 Broadband access speeds: market share, business and residential 2012 - 2013
Table 9 UPC Ireland subscribers 2006 - 2013
Table 10 UPC Ireland revenue (historic) 2006 - 2009
Table 12 Eircom retail broadband subscribers 2010 - 2013
Table 13 Mobile broadband subscribers 2007 - 2013
Table 14 Mobile broadband market share by operator 2010 - 2013
Table 15 Wireless broadband subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 16 Wireless hotspots and access points - 2007 - 2013
Table 17 Forecast fixed-line broadband subscribers higher market growth scenario 2009 - 2012; 2020
Table 18 Forecast fixed-line broadband penetration higher market growth scenario 2009 - 2012; 2020
Table 19 Forecast fixed-line broadband subscribers lower market growth scenario 2009 - 2012; 2020
Table 20 Forecast fixed-line broadband penetration lower market growth scenario 2009 - 2012; 2020
Chart 1 Total broadband subscribers by access type 2002 - 2014
Chart 2 Share of broadband subscribers by platform 2007 - 2013
Chart 3 UPC Ireland broadband, phone, cable TV subscribers 2006 - 2013
Chart 4 DSL access provision by type and operator 2002 - 2013
Chart 5 Wireless hotspots and access points 2007 - 2013

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