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Ireland - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
Ireland - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
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Details: Irish government poised to invest Euro-600 million for national broadband coverageIrelands 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 the highest GDP growth 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 place 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 will receive a service of at least 30Mb/s by 2022. This Plan, requiring an investment of up to Euro-600 million and expected to deliver broadband services to about 900,000 premises considered uncommercial by market players, will greatly boost the adoption of OTT videostreaming services as well as services including e-government, e-health and e-learning.
Although there was a downward trend for overall telecom revenue after 2010, this has been reversed since 2015. There was an encouraging 1.4% increase sector revenue in the fourth quarter of 2015, year-on-year, and a 1.6% increase in the fourth quarter of 2016.
In the broadband market investment has been channelled into fibre-based access. In the cable sector, Virgin Media Ireland expects to increase its footprint from 50% of premises to 70% within the next two years, and is looking to upgrade it network capabilities by deploying the DOCSIS3.1 standard, which can deliver data at above 1Gb/s.
Irelands mobile market is dominated by Vodafone Ireland and 3 Ireland, followed at some distance by Eir Mobile. The market has room for a small number of MVNOs, the largest of which is Tesco Mobile. Competition in the market in recent years has left some MVNOs struggling. Although the number of dedicated mobile broadband subscribers fell in 2016 for the first time, mobile broadband use, supported by extensive HSPA and LTE networks, remains very popular among consumers, particularly since the introduction of flat-rate data plans. LTE forms an integral part of the governments national broadband strategy, with upgraded LTE technologies being used to provide the required minimum service in many rural areas.
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. The report also profiles the fixed and wireless broadband markets as well as the mobile market, together with analyses of developments in related technologies such as FttP, powerline broadband, wireless and mobile broadband, Wi-Fi, internet via satellite, LTE and5G. The report includes forecasts for broadband and mobile uptake to 2022.
Key developments:

Government to tender for vendors for the National Broadband Plan by mid-2017;
Eir challenges some elements of its USO;
Ireland-France Cable-1 (IFC-1) system secures additional finance;
Eir requests to close copper infrastructure in some areas upgraded with fibre;
Eir reports slight increase in revenue into fiscal 2017;
Regulator revises strategy to manage radio spectrum to 2018;
3 Ireland invests Euro-300 million to provide 225Mb/s 4G Plus service nationally;
Vodafone Ireland completes national LTE network upgrade project;
Vodafone launches NB-IoT services;
SMS traffic shows continuing decline;
VDSL connections grew 40% in 2016;
Vodafone Ireland and SIRO launch the Gigabit Hub Initiative;
Government completes Broadband Intervention Map;
Eir launches VDSL vectoring services;
Eirs eFiber service accounting for 57% of its broadband connections by end-2016;
Report update includes the regulators market data to Q4 2016, telcos operating and financial data to Q4 2016, recent market developments.Companies mentioned in this report:
Eir, BT Ireland, Smart Telecom, Tele2, Virgin Media Ireland (formerly UPC Ireland), Casey CableVision, Digiweb, Vodafone Ireland, O2, Meteor, eMobile; Tesco Mobile, Magnet Networks.


Table of Contents:


1. Key statistics
1.1 Country overview
2. Telecommunications market
2.1 Overview
3. Regulatory environment
3.1 Historical overview
3.2 Revised NFR
3.3 Regulatory authority
3.4 Telecom sector liberalisation
3.5 Privatisation
3.6 Interconnect
3.7 Access
3.8 Leased lines
3.9 Fibre access
3.10 Number Portability (NP)
3.11 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
4. Fixed network operators
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Eir
4.2.1 Company restructures
4.3 BT Ireland
4.4 Smart Telecom
4.5 Tele2
4.6 Other operators
5. Telecommunications infrastructure
5.1 Overview of the national telecom network
5.2 International infrastructure
5.2.1 Submarine cable networks
5.2.2 Satellite networks
6. Broadband market
6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
6.1.1 Market analysis
6.1.2 National Broadband Plan
6.1.3 Government networks
6.1.4 Regional infrastructure
6.1.5 Wholesale bitstream
6.1.6 Broadband statistics
6.1.7 Forecasts - broadband subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
6.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
6.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
6.3.1 Alternative operators
6.3.2 ADSL2+
6.3.3 VDSL
6.3.4 Vectoring DSL
6.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
6.4.1 Eir
6.4.2 BT Ireland
6.4.3 SIRO
6.4.4 Sky
6.4.5 Other developments
6.5 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
6.6 Wireless broadband
6.6.1 1.7GHz band
6.6.2 10.5GHz band
6.6.3 3.5GHz band
6.6.4 Other spectrum
6.6.5 Digiweb
6.6.6 National Fixed Wireless Point to Multipoint Licences (FWPMA)
6.6.7 Other developments
6.6.8 Other bands
6.6.9 Wi-Fi
6.6.10 Worldwide Interoperability of Microwave Access (WiMAX)
6.6.11 Wi-Fibre
6.6.12 Internet via satellite
7. Digital media
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Bundled services
7.2.1 Smart Telecom
7.2.2 Magnet Networks
7.2.3 Virgin Media Ireland
7.2.4 Vodafone Ireland
7.3 Regulatory issues
7.3.1 Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Systems (MMDS)
7.4 Digital TV
7.4.1 Overview and statistics
7.4.2 Videostreaming
7.4.3 Communications: VoIP
7.4.4 Cable TV
7.4.5 Satellite TV
7.4.6 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
7.4.7 Digital cinema
7.4.8 Interactive TV (iTV)
8. Digital economy
8.1 e-health
9. Mobile communications
9.1 Market analysis
9.2 Mobile statistics
9.2.1 General statistics
9.2.2 Mobile voice
9.2.3 Mobile data
9.2.4 Mobile broadband
9.2.5 Forecasts - mobile subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
9.3 Regulatory issues
9.3.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
9.3.2 Roaming
9.3.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
9.3.4 Mobile termination rates (MTRs)
9.3.5 Wideband Digital Mobile Data Services (WDMDS)
9.3.6 Network sharing
9.4 Mobile infrastructure
9.4.1 Analogue networks
9.4.2 Digital networks
9.4.3 Other infrastructure developments
9.4.4 Machine-to-Machine (M2M) networks
9.4.5 Internet of Things
9.5 Major mobile operators
9.5.1 Vodafone Ireland
9.5.2 O2 Ireland
9.5.3 Eir Mobile
9.5.4 3 Ireland
9.5.5 MVNOs
9.6 Mobile content and applications
9.6.1 Mobile TV
Table 1 - Country statistics - 2016 (e)
Table 2 - Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2016
Table 3 - Telephone network statistics - 2016
Table 4 - Internet user statistics - 2016
Table 5 - Broadband statistics - 2016
Table 6 - Mobile statistics - 2016
Table 7 - National telecommunications authority
Table 8 - Telecom sector retail revenue - 2012 - 2016
Table 9 - Market revenue annual change by fixed, mobile and broadcasting sectors - 2010 - 2016
Table 10 - retail and wholesale revenue by sector - 2010 - 2016
Table 11 - Market revenue share by fixed, mobile and broadcasting sectors - 2002 - 2016
Table 12 - Unbundled loops and access lines - 2005 - 2016
Table 13 - Annual ported fixed-line numbers - 2010 - 2016
Table 14 - Indirect access lines: CPS and WLR - 2006 - 2016
Table 15 - Fixed-line and mobile voice traffic in minutes - 2008 - 2016
Table 16 - Fixed-line share of retail revenue by major operator - 2012 - 2016
Table 17 - Eir financial data (historic) - 2001 - 2007
Table 18 - Eir financial data (year to June) - 2009 - 2017
Table 19 - Eir revenue by sector (year to June) - 2009 - 2017
Table 20 - Eir subscribers by sector - 2010 - 2016
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 - 2016
Table 25 - Average fixed-line broadband traffic by platform - 2015 - 2016
Table 26 - Broadband penetration by technology - 2006 - 2016
Table 27 - Dial-up internet subscribers - 2005 - 2016
Table 28 - Internet users - 2005 - 2018
Table 29 - Total fixed internet subscribers - 2005 - 2016
Table 30 - Total fixed-line broadband subscribers - 2012 - 2016
Table 31 - Retail broadband revenue - 2014 - 2016
Table 32 - Total broadband subscribers by access type - 2002 - 2016
Table 33 - Total broadband penetration - 2003 - 2016
Table 34 - Share of broadband subscribers by platform - 2007 - 2016
Table 35 - Market share of fixed broadband subscriptions by operator - 2010 - 2016
Table 36 - Residential market share of broadband access speed - 2012 - 2016
Table 37 - Total market share of broadband access speed - 2013 - 2016
Table 38 - Forecasts - fixed broadband subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
Table 39 - Virgin Media Ireland subscribers - 2006 - 2016
Table 40 - Virgin Media Ireland revenue - 2006 - 2009; 2013 - 2016
Table 41 - Cable broadband subscribers -2002 - 2016
Table 42 - DSL access provision by type and operator - 2002 - 2016
Table 43 - Eir retail broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2016
Table 44 - DSL subscribers - 2010 - 2016
Table 45 - VDSL connections - 2013 - 2016
Table 46 - Proportion of VDSL connections by access type - 2014 - 2016
Table 47 - Eir fibre broadband subscribers - 2013 - 2016
Table 48 - Fixed wireless broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2016
Table 49 - Wireless hotspots and access points - 2007 - 2016
Table 50 - Proportion of bundled services, by type - 2011 - 2016
Table 51 - Virgin Media Ireland bundled service subscriptions - 2015 - 2016
Table 52 - Statistical overview of Irelands broadcasting market - 2008 - 2016
Table 53 - Proportion of homes by reception method - 2008 - 2016
Table 54 - Proportion of pay TV and FTA households - 2003 - 2016
Table 55 - Proportion of digital and analogue households - 2007 - 2016
Table 56 - VoB subscriptions - 2013 - 2016
Table 57 - Virgin Media Ireland subscribers - 2006 - 2016
Table 58 - Virgin Media Ireland revenue - 2006 - 2009; 2013 - 2016
Table 59 - Historic - Satellite TV antennae and home penetration - 1992 - 2009
Table 60 - Satellite TV antennae and home penetration - 2010 - 2017
Table 61 - Sky TV subscribers by bundled type - 2013 - 2016
Table 62 - Operator blended ARPU - 2005 - 2016
Table 63 - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
Table 64 - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2018
Table 65 - Mobile subscribers (not incl. mobile broadband, M2M) - 2011 - 2016
Table 66 - Mobile retail market revenue, voice and data - 2005 - 2016
Table 67 - Mobile share of subscribers by operator - 2005 - 2016
Table 68 - Operator share of subscribers (excl. M2M and broadband) - 2014 - 2016
Table 69 - Mobile share of revenue by operator - 2005 - 2016
Table 70 - Prepaid versus postpaid share of subscribers - 2000 - 2016
Table 71 - Proportion of prepaid subscribers by operator - 2008 - 2016
Table 72 - Mobile voice traffic - 2005 - 2016
Table 73 - Mobile data traffic share by technology - 2014 - 2016
Table 74 - Data use per subscriber - 2011 - 2016
Table 75 - SMS messages sent - 2000 - 2018
Table 76 - SMS and MMS messages sent per subscriber - 2011 - 2016
Table 77 - SMS and MMS revenue - 2012 - 2015
Table 78 - MMS messages sent - 2005 - 2016
Table 79 - Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2016
Table 80 - Mobile broadband market share by operator - 2010 - 2016
Table 81 - Forecast mobile subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 82 - European roaming charges - 2007 - 2016
Table 83 - European data roaming charges - 2014 - 2017
Table 84 - Annual mobile numbers ported - 2005 - 2016
Table 85 - MTRs by operator - 2010 - 2013
Table 86 - Mobile subscriber market share by technology - 2013 - 2016
Table 87 - 3G SIM cards in use by type - 2011 - 2016
Table 88 - M2M connections - 2013 - 2016
Table 89 - Vodafone Ireland mobile subscribers - 2006 - 2016
Table 90 - Vodafone Ireland fixed-line subscribers - 2010 - 2016
Table 91 - Vodafone Ireland mobile service revenue - 2010 - 2017
Table 92 - Vodafone blended ARPU - 2006 - 2008; 2010 - 2011
Table 93 - O2 mobile financial data (historic) - 2007 - 2014
Table 94 - O2 mobile data statistics (historic) - 2007 - 2013
Table 95 - O2 ARPU, blended, prepaid and contract (historic) - 2006 - 2013
Table 96 - O2 subscribers (historic) - 2006 - 2014
Table 97 - Meteor Mobile subscribers - 2006 - 2016
Table 98 - Meteor Mobile services revenue - 2006 - 2010; 2012- 2017
Table 99 - Meteor Mobile annualised blended ARPU - 2006 - 2014
Table 100 - Meteor Mobile prepaid and contract ARPU - 2013 - 2016
Table 101 - 3 Ireland registered subscribers - 2006 - 2016
Table 102 - 3 Ireland active subscribers - 2013 - 2016
Table 103 - 3 Ireland financial data - 2007 - 2016
Table 104 - 3 Ireland revenue by sector - 2013 - 2016
Table 105 - 3 Ireland annualised ARPU - 2013 - 2016
Chart 1 - Market revenue share by fixed, mobile and broadcasting sectors - 2002 - 2016
Chart 2 - Unbundled loops and access lines - 2005 - 2016
Chart 3 - Fixed-line and mobile voice traffic in minutes - 2008 - 2016
Chart 4 - Fixed voice subscriptions and teledensity - 2005 - 208
Chart 5 - Total broadband subscribers by access type - 2002 - 2016
Chart 6 - Virgin Media Ireland broadband, phone, cable TV subscribers - 2006 - 2016
Chart 7 - DSL access provision by type and operator - 2002 - 2016
Chart 8 - Wireless hotspots and access points - 2007 - 2016
Chart 9 - TV households by type (cable, satellite, pay) - 2008 - 2016
Chart 10 - Virgin Media Ireland cable TV subscribers - 2006 - 2016
Chart 11 - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2018
Chart 12 - Mobile market revenue, voice and data - 2005 - 2016
Chart 13 - Mobile share of subscribers by operator - 2006 - 2016
Chart 14 - Mobile share of revenue by operator - 2006 - 2016
Exhibit 1 - EU - The New Regulatory Framework (NRF)
Exhibit 2 - Access and the local loop
Exhibit 3 - 3G licence results - June 2002
Exhibit 4 - Multiband frequency award process - 2012