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Ireland - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

Ireland - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

Proposed merger of key mobile players promises overhaul of the mobile market

Ireland’s telecom market has undergone a long period in which the incumbent eircom was mismanaged and under-invested in its infrastructure. Concurrently, the poor economic conditions have dented consumer spend in telecom services. The government’s indebtedness also obliged it to rein in investment in infrastructure. As a result, telecom sector revenue fell 4.5% in the year to September 2013, affecting the ability of telcos to invest across the board. However, some renewed momentum among operators suggests that some recovery in the sector should be expected into 2014 and 2015.

For some years, the market for converged media and applications in Ireland was hampered by poor broadband infrastructure. The position has become brighter more recently, since the main cable operator UPC Ireland has upgraded its network and eircom has begun to deliver in its fibre infrastructure. Relatively low penetration has partly been due to high wholesale costs, lack of competition, high retail prices, and limited coverage of fast services in many non-urban areas. Broadband growth is now largely in the cable and mobile sectors, though in coming years it is expected that a larger proportion of subscribers to DSL services will be migrated to fibre networks where these become available.

Ireland’s mobile market has undergone considerable changes in recent years. The market enjoys effective competition between four main players as well as a small number of MVNOs, which provide additional market competition. Mobile broadband, on the back of expanding HSPA and LTE networks, has become popular among consumers since the introduction of flat-rate data plans. The regulator has also set aside UHF spectrum for use by mobile TV services, while spectrum in several bands has been freed up for 4G use. The acquisition by Hutchison of O2 Ireland, subject to regulatory scrutiny, would create a triopoly of players with roughly equal market share.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2013 (e)
    • Table Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2013 (9M)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - September 2013
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2013 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2013 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2013 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • OVERVIEW OF IRELAND'S TELECOM MARKET
      • Table Market revenue annual change by fixed, mobile and broadcasting sectors - 2010 - 2013
      • Table Market revenue by fixed, mobile and broadcasting sectors - 2010 - 2014
      • Table Market revenue share by fixed, mobile and broadcasting sectors - 2002 - 2013
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORY
    • REVISED NFR
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
      • Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg)
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION IN IRELAND
      • Privatisation of eircom
      • Interconnect
      • Access
        • Table Unbundled loops and access lines - 2005 - 2013
      • Fibre access
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
      • Table Annual ported fixed-line numbers - 2010 - 2013
    • CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
      • Table Indirect access lines: CPS and WLR - 2005 - 2013
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • OVERVIEW
      • Table Fixed-line and mobile voice traffic in minutes - 2008 - 2013
    • OPERATOR MARKET SHARES
      • Table Proportion of fixed-line revenue by service - 2004 - 2013
      • Table Fixed-line share of revenue by operator (eircom and altnets) - 2012 - 2013
    • EIRCOM
      • Going into 2014
        • Table Eircom financial data (historic) - 2001 - 2007
        • Table Eircom financial data (year to June) - 2009 - 2012
        • Table Eircom revenue by sector (year to June) - 2009 - 2013
        • Table Eircom subscribers by sector - 2010 - 2013
      • Company restructure
      • Managing debt
    • BT IRELAND
      • Table BT Ireland broadband subscribers - 2006 - 2009
      • Table BT Ireland revenue - 2008 - 2013
    • SMART TELECOM
      • Table Smart Telecom financial data (historic) - 2003 - 2005
    • TELE2
    • OTHER OPERATORS
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historic - Fixed voice subscriptions in service and teledensity - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2004
      • Table Fixed voice subscriptions and teledensity - 2005 - 2014
    • STRUCTURAL SEPARATION ISSUES
    • NEXT GENERATION NETWORKS (NGNS)
    • INTERNATIONAL
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Broadband penetration by technology - 2006 - 2013
        • Table Dial-up internet subscribers - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Total internet subscribers - 2005 - 2013
        • Table Total fixed-line broadband subscribers by access type - 2002 - 2014
        • Table Total broadband penetration - 2003 - 2014
        • Table Share of broadband subscribers by platform - 2007 - 2013
        • Table Market share of fixed broadband subscriptions by operator - 2010 - 2013
        • Table Broadband access speeds: market share, business and residential - 2012 - 2013
      • National Development Plan
      • Promoting broadband
      • Government networks
      • Other providers
      • Regional infrastructure
      • Wholesale bitstream
      • eHealth
    • CABLE MODEMS
      • Table UPC Ireland subscribers - 2006 - 2013
      • Table UPC Ireland revenue (historic) - 2006 - 2009
    • ASYMMETRICAL DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (ADSL)
      • Table DSL access provision by type and operator - 2002 - 2013
      • Table Eircom retail broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2013
      • Alternative operators
      • ADSL2+
      • VDSL
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISE (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Eircom
      • BT Ireland
      • Vodafone/ Electricity Supply Board (ESB)
    • BROADBAND POWERLINE (BPL)
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Mobile broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2013
      • Table Mobile broadband market share by operator - 2010 - 2013
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • Table Wireless broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2014
      • 1.7GHz band
      • 10.5GHz band
      • 3.5GHz band
      • Other spectrum
      • Digiweb
      • National Fixed Wireless Point to Multipoint Licences (FWPMA)
      • Other developments
      • Other bands
      • WiFi
        • Table Wireless hotspots and access points- 2013
      • Worldwide Interoperability of Microwave Access (WiMAX)
      • WiFibre
      • Internet via satellite
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • OVERVIEW
      • Key general trends
      • Business models
        • Table Proportion of bundled services, by type - 2011 - 2013
      • Regulatory issues
    • DIGITAL TV
      • Overview and statistics
        • Table Statistical overview of Ireland's broadcasting market - 2008 - 2013
        • Table Proportion of homes by reception method - 2008 - 2013
        • Table Proportion of pay TV and FTA households - 2003 - 2013
        • Table Proportion of digital and analogue households - 2007 - 2013
      • Broadband TV (IPTV)
      • Cable TV
        • Table Cable TV subscribers and penetration rate - 2000 - 2011; 2015
        • Table UPC Ireland subscribers - 2006 - 2012
        • Table UPC Ireland revenue (historic) - 2006 - 2009
      • Satellite TV
        • Table Historic - Satellite TV antennae and home penetration - 1992 - 2004
        • Table Satellite TV antennae and home penetration - 2005 - 2011; 2015
        • Table BSkyB satellite TV subscribers - 2003 - 2008
      • Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
      • Video-on-Demand (VoD)
      • VoIP
      • Digital cinema
      • Interactive TV (iTV)
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • OVERVIEW OF IRELAND'S MOBILE MARKET
      • Table Operator blended ARPU - 2005 - 2013
      • Mobile statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2004
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Mobile market revenue, voice and data - 2005 - 2013
        • Table Mobile share of subscribers by operator - 2005 - 2013
        • Table Mobile share of revenue by operator - 2005 - 2013
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
        • Table 3G licence results - June 2002
        • Table Multiband frequency award process - 2012
      • Roaming
        • Table European voice roaming charges - 2007 - 2014
        • Table European data roaming charges - 2007 - 2014
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Annual mobile numbers ported - 2005 - 2013
      • Mobile termination rates (MTRs)
        • Table MTRs by operator - 2010 - 2013
      • Wideband Digital Mobile Data Services (WDMDS)
        • Table WDMDS licences: operators, spectrum and fees - 2005
      • Network sharing
    • MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES
      • Digital
      • Third Generation (3G) mobile
        • Table 3G SIM cards in use by type - 2011 - 2013
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Vodafone Ireland
        • Table Vodafone mobile subscribers - 2006 - 2013
        • Table Vodafone fixed-line subscribers - 2010 - 2013
        • Table Vodafone service revenue - 2010 - 2013
        • Table Vodafone blended ARPU - 2006 - 2008; 2010 - 2011
      • O2 Ireland
        • Table O2 mobile financial data - 2007 - 2013
        • Table O2 mobile data statistics - 2007 - 2013
        • Table O2 ARPU, blended, prepaid and contract - 2006 - 2013
        • Table O2 subscribers - 2006 - 2013
      • Meteor Mobile
        • Table Meteor Mobile subscribers - 2006 - 2013
        • Table Meteor Mobile services revenue - 2006 - 2010; 2012- 2013
        • Table Meteor Mobile ARPU- 2013
      • 3 Ireland
        • Table 3 Ireland subscribers - 2006 - 2013
        • Table 3 Ireland financial data - 2007 - 2013
      • MVNOs
    • MOBILE VOICE SERVICES
      • Table Mobile voice minutes - 2005 - 2014
      • Prepaid
        • Table Prepaid versus postpaid share of subscribers - 2000 - 2013
        • Table Proportion of prepaid subscribers by operator - 2008 - 2013
    • MOBILE MESSAGING
      • Short Message Service (SMS)
        • Table SMS messages sent - 2000 - 2014
      • Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
        • Table MMS messages sent - 2005 - 2014
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Table Mobile data as proportion of total revenue - 2006 - 2014
      • General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
      • High-Speed Circuit-Switched Data (HSCSD)
      • Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
      • High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
      • Enhanced High Speed Packet Access (HSPA+)
      • Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • MOBILE APPLICATIONS
      • Overview
      • Mobile TV
      • Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
  • FORECASTS
    • FORECASTS - BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS - 2009 - 2012; 2020
      • higher broadband subscriber growth
        • Table Forecast fixed-line broadband subscribers - higher market growth scenario- 2009 - 2012; 2020
        • Table Forecast fixed-line broadband penetration - higher market growth scenario- 2009 - 2012; 2020
      • lower broadband subscriber growth
        • Table Forecast fixed-line broadband subscribers - lower market growth scenario - 2009 - 2012; 2020
        • Table Forecast fixed-line broadband penetration - lower market growth scenario - 2009 - 2012; 2020
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE ARPU - 2009 - 2010; 2015
      • Table Forecast mobile ARPU - 2005 - 2012; 2015
    • FORECASTS -UMTS SUBSCRIBERS - 2009 - 2010; 2015
      • Table Forecast UMTS subscribers - 2006 - 2010; 2015

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