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Ireland - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Ireland - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Ireland's telecom market has emerged from a long period in which it had been held back by low broadband uptake and a poor economic climate which hindered investment among operators as well as spending among consumers. The country during the last two years has recorded one of the highest GDP growth rates within the European Union (EU), and this has reinvigorated the telecom sector. Operators including eir, enet and Vodafone Ireland (in cooperation with the utility ESB) have extensive fibre-based networks deployments in pace aimed at providing 1Gb/s services, while the government is poised to award a contract as part of its National Broadband Plan by which all premises are expected to receive a service of at least 30Mb/s by 2022. This Plan, requiring an investment of up to 600 million, will greatly boost the adoption of IP-delivered content, including e-government, e-health and e-learning. Although only enet remained among the bidders by early 2018 the government is confident that the Plan can be achieved to schedule.

There was a downward trend for overall telecom revenue after 2010, though this was reversed from 2015. Nevertheless, the sector remains under pressure, with a discouraging 1.1% fall in retail revenue in the third quarter of 2017, year-on-year.

This report provides statistics and analysis on the key sectors of the Irish telecom market, presenting an overview of the regulatory environment, the fixed network operators and services, and telecom infrastructure.

Key developments:

French holding company NJJ and the telco Iliad together acquire a 64.9% stake in eir; Vodafone an eir withdraw from National Broadband Plan tender; government promotes NewEra National Recovery Program requiring 90% FttC connectivity; Ireland-France Cable-1 (IFC-1) system secures additional finance; eir requests to close copper infrastructure in some areas upgraded with fibre; Emerald Networks secures loan approval for 100Gb/s cable linking Ireland to Iceland and the US; regulator rules that eir make fibre networks available to altnets; report update includes the regulator's market data to Q3 2017, telcos' operating and financial data to Q4 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Eir, BT Ireland, Smart Telecom, Tele2.


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
4. Country overview
5. Telecommunications market
6. Regulatory environment
6.1 Historical overview
6.2 Regulatory authority
6.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
6.4 Privatisation
6.5 Interconnect
6.6 Access
6.7 Leased lines
6.8 Fibre access
6.9 Number Portability (NP)
6.10 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
7. Fixed network operators
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Eir
7.3 BT Ireland
7.4 Smart Telecom
7.5 Other operators
8. Telecommunications infrastructure
8.1 Overview of the national telecom network
8.2 International infrastructure
8.2.1 Submarine cable networks
8.2.2 Satellite networks
9. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2017 (e)
Table 2 Telecom revenue and investment statistics 2017 (9M)
Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2017 (e)
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2017 (e)
Table 5 Broadband statistics 2017 (Sep)
Table 6 Mobile statistics 2017 (e)
Table 7 National telecommunications authority
Table 8 Telecom sector retail revenue 2012 - 2017
Table 9 Market revenue annual change by fixed, mobile and broadcasting sectors 2010 - 2017
Table 10 Retail and wholesale revenue by sector 2010 - 2017
Table 11 Market revenue share by fixed, mobile and broadcasting sectors 2002 - 2016
Table 12 Unbundled loops and access lines 2005 - 2017
Table 13 Annual ported fixed-line numbers 2010 - 2017
Table 14 Indirect access lines: CPS and WLR 2006 - 2017
Table 15 Fixed-line and mobile voice traffic in minutes 2008 - 2017
Table 16 Fixed-line share of retail revenue by major operator 2012 - 2017
Table 17 Eir financial data (historic) 2001 - 2007
Table 18 Eir financial data (year to June) 2009 - 2018
Table 19 Eir revenue by sector (year to June) 2009 - 2018
Table 20 Eir subscribers by sector 2010 - 2017
Table 21 Smart Telecom financial data (historic) 2003 - 2005
Table 22 Historic - Fixed voice subscriptions in service and teledensity 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
Table 23 Fixed voice subscriptions and teledensity 2010 - 2018
Table 24 Market share of fixed voice lines by operator 2012 - 2017
Chart 1 Market revenue share by fixed, mobile and broadcasting sectors 2002 - 2016
Chart 2 - Unbundled loops and access lines 2005 - 2017
Chart 3 Fixed-line and mobile voice traffic in minutes 2008 - 2017
Chart 4 Fixed voice subscriptions and teledensity 2005 - 2018
Exhibit 1 Access and the local loop

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