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Ireland - Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Insights

Ireland - Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Insights

Ireland's telecom market for long suffered from poor broadband uptake, underinvestment and mismanagement among some of the key operators. Eircom perhaps suffered most from the financial crisis which hit the country in 2008 and continues to reverberate. The financial difficulties of customers repressed company revenue and curtailed investment plans. On a larger scale, the government's indebtedness obliged it to rein in investment in infrastructure. Telecom sector revenue fell 2.7% in 2012, affecting the ability of telcos to invest across the board. Sector revenue only showed some recovery in 2014. Yet 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 into fiscal 2015; regulator's market data to Q4 2014; telcos' operating and financial data to Q4 2014; recent market developments.

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 2015
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 2014 (e)
Table 2 Telecom revenue and investment statistics 2014
Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2014
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2014
Table 5 Broadband statistics 2014
Table 6 Mobile statistics 2014
Table 7 National telecommunications authority
Table 8 Market revenue annual change by fixed, mobile and broadcasting sectors 2010 - 2014
Table 9 Market revenue by fixed, mobile and broadcasting sectors 2010 - 2015
Table 10 Market revenue share by fixed, mobile and broadcasting sectors 2002 - 2014
Table 11 Market revenue share by retail fixed, mobile and broadcasting sectors 2012 - 2014
Table 12 Unbundled loops and access lines 2005 - 2014
Table 13 Annual ported fixed-line numbers 2010 - 2014
Table 14 Indirect access lines: CPS and WLR 2005 - 2013
Table 15 Fixed-line and mobile voice traffic in minutes 2008 - 2014
Table 16 Proportion of fixed-line revenue by service 2004 - 2013
Table 17 Fixed-line share of retail revenue by operator 2012 - 2014
Table 18 Eircom financial data (historic) 2001 - 2007
Table 19 Eircom financial data (year to June) 2009 - 2015
Table 20 Eircom revenue by sector (year to June) 2009 - 2015
Table 21 Eircom subscribers by sector 2010 - 2014
Table 22 BT Ireland broadband subscribers 2006 - 2009
Table 23 BT Ireland revenue 2008 - 2013
Table 24 Smart Telecom financial data (historic) 2003 - 2005
Table 25 Historic - Fixed voice subscriptions in service and teledensity 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2004
Table 26 Fixed voice subscriptions and teledensity 2005 - 2015
Chart 1 Market revenue share by fixed, mobile and broadcasting sectors 2002 - 2014
Chart 2 - Unbundled loops and access lines 2005 - 2014
Chart 3 Fixed-line and mobile voice traffic in minutes 2008 - 2014
Chart 4 Proportion of fixed-line revenue by service 2004 - 2013
Chart 5 Fixed voice subscriptions and teledensity 2005 - 2015
Exhibit 1 EU The New Regulatory Framework (NRF)
Exhibit 2 Access and the local loop

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