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.
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.