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Ireland - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses


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Ireland - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

For many years Ireland's broadband market was 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 in recent years. Separate efforts undertaken by eir, Virgin Media Ireland and Vodafone Ireland, as well as a small number of small-scale fibre operators, has resulted in a rejuvenated broadband sector where average download speeds are now among the highest in Europe. The National Broadband Plan, underpinned by government investment of about 500 million, will see services extended to some 900,000 premises considered uncommercial by market players.

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, Wi-Fi and internet via satellite. It also provides forecasts for broadband uptake to 2021.

Key developments:

Government expected to sign contracts for the National Broadband Network build by June 2017; Vodafone launches 1Gb/s IP service; Virgin Media Ireland increases broadband speed to 360Mb/s; eir delivering 100Mb/s services to over a million premises; government pursues NewEra' National Recovery Program; Eir launches VDSL vectoring; eir's eFiber service to pass 70% or premises by mid-2016; recovery in the number of Wi-Fi hotspots and access points; Sky launches 100Mb/s fibre broadband service; regulator rules that eir make fibre networks available to altnets; report update includes the regulator's market data updates to Q4 2015, telcos' operating and financial data to Q1 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Virgin Media Ireland (formerly UPC Ireland), Casey CableVision, eir (Eircom), Digiweb.


1. Synopsis
2. Introduction and statistical overview
2.1 Market analysis
2.2 National Development Plan
2.2.1 Next Generation Broadband (NGB)
2.3 Government networks
2.4 Regional infrastructure
2.5 Wholesale bitstream
2.6 Broadband statistics
2.7 Forecasts broadband subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
2.8 Notes on scenario forecasts
3. Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
4. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
4.1 Alternative operators
4.2 ADSL2+
4.3 VDSL
4.4 Vectoring DSL
5. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
5.1 Eir
5.2 BT Ireland
5.3 Vodafone/ Electricity Supply Board (ESB)
5.4 Sky
5.5 Other developments
6. Broadband Powerline (BPL)
7. Wireless broadband
7.1 1.7GHz band
7.2 10.5GHz band
7.3 3.5GHz band
7.4 Other spectrum
7.5 Digiweb
7.6 National Fixed Wireless Point to Multipoint Licences (FWPMA)
7.6.1 26GHz band
7.7 Other developments
7.8 Other bands
7.9 Wi-Fi
7.10 Worldwide Interoperability of Microwave Access (WiMAX)
7.11 Wi-Fibre
7.12 Internet via satellite
7.12.1 SchoolSat
8. Related reports
Table 1 Broadband penetration by technology 2006 - 2015
Table 2 Dial-up internet subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 3 Total internet subscribers 2005 - 2016
Table 4 Total fixed-line broadband subscribers 2012 - 2016
Table 5 Retail broadband revenue 2014 - 2016
Table 6 Total broadband subscribers by access type 2002 - 2015
Table 8 Share of broadband subscribers by platform 2007 - 2015
Table 9 Market share of fixed broadband subscriptions by operator 2010 - 2015
Table 10 Residential market share of broadband access speed 2012 - 2015
Table 11 Total market share of broadband access speed 2013 - 2015
Table 12 Forecasts broadband subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 13 Virgin Media Ireland subscribers 2006 - 2016
Table 14 Virgin Media Ireland revenue 2006 2009; 2013 - 2016
Table 15 Cable broadband subscribers 2002 - 2016
Table 17 Eir retail broadband subscribers 2010 - 2015
Table 18 DSL subscribers 2010 - 2016
Table 19 VDSL connections 2013 - 2015
Table 20 Proportion of VDSL connections by access type 2014 - 2015
Table 21 Fixed wireless broadband subscribers 2005 - 2016
Table 22 Wireless hotspots and access points - 2007 - 2015
Chart 1 Total broadband subscribers by access type 2002 - 2015
Chart 2 Share of broadband subscribers by platform 2007 - 2015
Chart 3 Virgin Media Ireland broadband, phone, cable TV subscribers 2006 - 2016
Chart 4 DSL access provision by type and operator 2002 - 2015
Chart 5 Wireless hotspots and access points 2007 - 2015

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