Ireland - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

Ireland - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

Ireland's broadband market has developed strongly in recent years, supported by an improving economic climate which has revived investment among the key players, as well as by government efforts to improve wholesale access. In late 2018 the regulator published three decisions on wholesale access pricing resulting from its Broadband Market Review. Several ISPs, including Vodafone Ireland and Sky Ireland, provide services on a wholesale basis through the network of SIRO.

Separately, the government is investing up to 600 million on its National Broadband Plan, which will provide connections of at least 30Mb/s across the country least 30Mb/s by the end of 2022 and deliver broadband services to about 900,000 premises considered uncommercial by market players. Although the incumbent telco eir withdrew from the tender, leaving the National Broadband Ireland consortium as the sole bidder, it is completing a major government-sponsored 1Gb/s network build reaching some rural 300,000 premises. Together, these several efforts have resulted in a rejuvenated broadband sector where average download speeds are now among the highest in Europe.

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 subscriber forecasts to 2023.

Key developments:

Eir commits 500 million in five-year FttP program;
SIRO trials reach 10Gb/s data rates;
VDSL connections grew 8.5% in the year to September 2018;
Vodafone Ireland and SIRO launch the Gigabit Hub Initiative;
Casey CablevisiĆ³n acquired by Virgin Media;
Virgin Media Ireland increases broadband speed to 360Mb/s, looks to a 1Gb/s service;
Sky launches 100Mb/s fibre broadband service;
Regulator rules that eir make fibre networks available to altnets;
Report update includes the regulators market data updates to Q3 2018, telcos operating and financial data to September 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

List of Tables and Charts
Table 1 Average fixed-line broadband traffic by platform 2015 2018
Table 2 Broadband penetration by technology 2006 2017
Table 3 Broadband penetration of households by technology 2013 - 2018
Table 4 Dial-up internet subscribers 2005 2016
Table 5 Internet users 2005 - 2018
Table 6 Total fixed and mobile broadband subscribers 2005 2018
Table 7 Total fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration 2002 2018
Table 8 Retail broadband revenue 2014 - 2018
Table 9 Total broadband subscribers by access type 2002 2018
Table 10 Share of broadband subscriptions by platform 2007 2018
Table 11 Market share of fixed broadband subscriptions by operator 2010 - 2018
Table 12 Residential market share of broadband access speed 2012 - 2018
Table 13 Total market share of broadband access speed 2013 2018
Table 14 Forecasts fixed broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023
Table 15 Virgin Media Ireland subscribers 2006 - 2018
Table 16 Virgin Media Ireland revenue 2006 2009; 2013 2018
Table 17 Cable broadband subscribers 2002 2018
Table 18 DSL access provision by type and operator 2002 - 2018
Table 19 Eir retail broadband subscribers 2010 2018
Table 20 DSL subscribers 2010 2018
Table 21 VDSL connections 2013 - 2018
Table 22 Proportion of VDSL connections by access type 2014 - 2018
Table 23 FttP connections 2016 2018
Table 24 Eir fibre broadband subscribers 2013 - 2018
Table 25 Vodafone Ireland fixed broadband subscribers 2010 - 2018
Table 26 Fixed wireless broadband subscribers 2005 2018
Table 27 Wireless hotspots and access points - 2007 2018List of Charts
Chart 1 Total broadband subscribers by access type 2002 - 2018
Chart 2 Virgin Media Ireland broadband, phone, cable TV subscribers 2006 2018
Chart 3 DSL access provision by type and operator 2002 2018
Chart 4 Wireless hotspots and access points 2007 - 2018

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