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Ireland - Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews

Ireland - Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews

Ireland's telecom market has suffered from poor broadband uptake, underinvestment and mismanagement within some of the key operators. Eircom has perhaps suffered most from the financial crisis which hit the operator's parent company, while the government's indebtedness has obliged it to rein in investment in infrastructure. Telecom sector revenue fell 2.7% in the year to September 2012, affecting the ability of telcos to invest across the board. Given the country's economic woes, and the reluctance of consumers to spend on other than essential services, the sector will be restrained for the next few years at least. This report provides statistics and analysis on the key sectors of the Irish telecom market, presenting an overview of the regulatory environment, fixed network operators and services, and telecom infrastructure.

Key developments:

Eircom's Next Generation Ethernet wholesale service opened in 600 locations; revised NRF comes into play; government promotes NewEra National Recovery Programme requiring 90% FttC connectivity; Emerald Networks secures loan approval for 100Gb/s cable linking Ireland to Iceland and the US; regulator rules that eircom make fibre networks available to altnets; eircom reports continuing falling revenue to the end of 2013; regulator's market data to Q3 2013; telcos' operating and financial data to Q4 2013; market developments to early 2014.

Companies covered in this report include:

BT Ireland, eircom, Smart Telecom, Tele2.


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Overview of Ireland's telecom market
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 History
4.2 Revised NFR
4.3 Regulatory authority
4.3.1 Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg)
4.4 Telecom sector liberalisation in Ireland
4.4.1 Privatisation of eircom
4.4.2 Interconnect
4.4.3 Access
4.4.4 Fibre access
4.5 Number Portability (NP)
4.6 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
5. Fixed network operators in Ireland
5.1 Overview
5.2 Operator market shares
5.3 Eircom
5.3.1 Going into 2014
5.3.2 Company restructure
5.3.3 Managing debt
5.4 BT Ireland
5.5 Smart Telecom
5.6 Tele2
5.7 Other operators
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
6.2 Structural separation issues
6.3 Next Generation Networks (NGNs)
6.4 International
6.4.1 Submarine cable networks
6.4.2 Satellite networks
7. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2013 (e)
Table 2 Telecom revenue and investment statistics 2013 (9M)
Table 3 Telephone network statistics September 2013
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2013 (e)
Table 5 Broadband statistics 2013 (e)
Table 6 Mobile statistics 2013 (e)
Table 7 National telecommunications authority
Table 8 Market revenue annual change by fixed, mobile and broadcasting sectors 2010 - 2013
Table 9 Market revenue by fixed, mobile and broadcasting sectors 2010 - 2014
Table 10 Market revenue share by fixed, mobile and broadcasting sectors 2002 - 2013
Table 11 Unbundled loops and access lines 2005 - 2013
Table 12 Annual ported fixed-line numbers 2010 - 2013
Table 13 Indirect access lines: CPS and WLR 2005 - 2013
Table 14 Fixed-line and mobile voice traffic in minutes 2008 - 2013
Table 15 Proportion of fixed-line revenue by service 2004 - 2013
Table 16 Fixed-line share of revenue by operator (eircom and altnets) 2012 - 2013
Table 17 Eircom financial data (historic) 2001 - 2007
Table 18 Eircom financial data (year to June) 2009 - 2012
Table 19 Eircom revenue by sector (year to June) 2009 - 2013
Table 20 Eircom subscribers by sector 2010 - 2013
Table 21 BT Ireland broadband subscribers 2006 - 2009
Table 22 BT Ireland revenue 2008 - 2013
Table 23 Smart Telecom financial data (historic) 2003 - 2005
Table 24 Historic - Fixed voice subscriptions in service and teledensity 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2004
Table 25 Fixed voice subscriptions and teledensity 2005 - 2014
Chart 1 Market revenue share by fixed, mobile and broadcasting sectors 2002 - 2013
Chart 2 - Unbundled loops and access lines 2005 - 2013
Chart 3 Fixed-line and mobile voice traffic in minutes 2008 - 2013
Chart 4 Proportion of fixed-line revenue by service 2004 - 2013
Chart 5 Eircom financial data (historic) 2001 - 2007
Chart 6 Fixed voice subscriptions and teledensity 2005 - 2014
Exhibit 1 EU The New Regulatory Framework (NRF)
Exhibit 2 Access and the local loop

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