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Ireland Telecom: National Broadband Ireland Starts Work on the National Broadband Plan
[February 20, 2020]

Ireland Telecom: National Broadband Ireland Starts Work on the National Broadband Plan


Syndey, Feb. 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Just released, this edition of Paul Budde Communication’s focus report on Irland outlines the major developments and key aspects in the telecoms markets.
Read the full report: https://www.budde.com.au/Research/Ireland-Telecoms-Mobile-and-Broadband-Statistics-and-Analyses

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Ireland’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the fixed-line, mobile and broadband sectors. Subjects include:

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Facts, figures and statistics;
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure developments;
  • Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
  • Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
  • Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
  • Mobile subscribers and ARPU;
  • Broadband market forecasts;
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and industry issues;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE, 5G).

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster

Current publication date:- March 2019 (18th Edition)

Executive Summary

Ireland contracts National Broadband Ireland to complete broadband project

Ireland’s telecom market has been invigorated by the economic recovery seen during the last few years, emerging from a period in which it had been held back by low broadband uptake, reduced investment among operators as lower spending among consumers. This optimism has been seen in operator investment in extending fibre-based networks providing 1Gb/s services, in the government progressing with the national Broadband Plan (with the NBI starting work on the network build in January 2020) and with plans to auction spectrum in a range of bands suitable for 5G services later in 2020.

The mobile market is dominated by Vodafone Ireland and 3 Ireland which have a similar market share. They are followed at some distance by the incumbent telco, eir, which has about 19% of the market by subscribers. There is room for a small number of MVNOs, the largest of which is Tesco Mobile, though stiff competition and the deployment of low-cost sub-brands by the MNOs has made the MVNO model a difficult proposition and a few players have been forced to exit the market.

The broadband market has also developed steadily in recent years, supported by an improved investment climate for the key operators,, as well as by government efforts to facilitate wholesale access. In late 2018 the regulator published three decisions on wholesale access pricing resulting from its Broadband Market Review.

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. In addition, the report covers the fixed and wireless broadband markets, together with developments in related technologies such as FttP, powerline broadband, wireless and mobile broadband, Wi-Fi and internet via satellite. Statistics and analyses on the mobile voice and data markets and reviewed, including the recent regulatory issues, a snapshot of the consumer market, and an assessment of emerging technologies and operator strategies. The report also includes a range of subscriber forecasts to 2024.

Key developments:

  • National Broadband Ireland starts work on the National Broadband Plan;
  • Eir expands 5G services to 20 towns;
  • Regulator rules that eir make fibre networks available to altnets; aims to publish details of multi-spectrum auction by mid-2020;
  • Vodafone launches a commercial NB-IoT service, extend 5G services to more cities;
  • More operators become retail customers of SIRO’s 'Gigabit Hub Initiative';
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to Q3 2019, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q4 2019, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments

Companies mentioned in this report:

Vodafone Ireland, O2, eir, eMobile; Tesco Mobile, Virgin Media Ireland, Casey CableVision, Digiweb, BT Ireland, Smart Telecom, Tele2

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics
  • Regional European Market Comparison
    • Europe Telecom Maturity Index by tier
      • Market Leaders
      • Market Challengers
      • Market Emergents
    • TMI versus GDP
    • Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
    • Fixed versus mobile broadband penetration
  • Country overview
  • Telecommunications market
  • Regulatory environment
    • Historical overview
    • Regulatory authority
    • Fixed-line developments
      • Telecom sector liberalisation
      • Privatisation
      • Interconnect
      • Access
      • Wholesale bitstream
      • Leased lines
      • Fibre access
      • Number Portability (NP)
      • Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
    • Mobile network developments
      • Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
      • Roaming
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • Mobile termination rates (MTRs)
      • Wideband Digital Mobile Data Services (WDMDS)
      • Network sharing
  • Mobile market
    • Market analysis
    • Mobile statistics
      • General statistics
    • Mobile infrastructure
      • Analogue networks
      • Digital networks
      • Mobile voice
      • Mobile data
      • Mobile broadband
      • Machine-to-Machine (M2M) networks
      • Internet of Things
    • Major mobile operators
      • Vodafone Ireland
      • O2 Ireland (historic)
      • Eir
      • 3 Ireland
      • MVNOs
    • Mobile content and applications
  • Fixed-line broadband market
    • Introduction and statistical overview
      • Market analysis
      • National Broadband Plan
      • Government networks
      • Regional infrastructure
      • Broadband statistics
    • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
    • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • Alternative operators
      • VDSL
      • Vectoring DSL
    • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
      • Eir
      • SIRO
      • Sky Ireland
      • Other developments
    • Broadband Powerline (BPL)
    • Wireless broadband
      • 1.7GHz band
      • 10.5GHz band
      • 3.5GHz band
      • Digiweb
      • National Fixed Wireless Point to Multipoint Licences (FWPMA)
      • Other developments
      • Other bands
      • Wi-Fi
      • Worldwide Interoperability of Microwave Access (WiMAX)
      • Wi-Fibre
      • Internet via satellite
  • Fixed network operators
    • Introduction
    • Eir
    • BT Ireland
    • Smart Telecom
    • Other operators
  • Telecommunications infrastructure
    • Overview of the national telecom network
    • International infrastructure
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
  • Appendix – Historic data
  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – Ireland – 2020 (e)
  • Table 2 – Development of telecom sector retail revenue by service – 2012 - 2019
  • Table 3 – Percentage change in retail revenue by fixed, mobile and broadcasting sectors – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 4 – Development of retail and wholesale reenue by sector – 2010 - 2019
  • Table 5 – Change in the share of market revenue by fixed, mobile and broadcasting – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 6 – Change in the number of unbundled loops and access lines – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 7 – Change in the number of wholesale DSL bitstream access lines – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 8 – Increase in the number of fixed-line number portings – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 9 – Change in the number of indirect access lines: CPS and WLR – 2006 - 2019
  • Table 10 – Increase in mobile roaming voice traffic – 2016 – 2019
  • Table 11 – Increase in mobile roaming data traffic – 2016 – 2019
  • Table 12 – Change in the number of mobile numbers ported – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 13 – Decline in mobile ARPU – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 14 – Growth in the number of mobile subscribers (incl. M2M) and penetration – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 15 – Growth in the number of mobile subscribers (excl. mobile broadband, M2M) – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 16 – Development of mobile retail market revenue, voice and data – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 17 – Change in the share of mobile retail revenue by operator – 2005 – 2019
  • Table 18 – Change in the market share of mobile connections by operator (incl. M2M) – 2006 – 2019
  • Table 19 – Operator share of subscribers (excl. M2M and broadband) – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 20 – Decline in the proportion of prepaid mobile subscriptions – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 21 – Change in the proportion of prepaid subscribers by operator – 2008 – 2019
  • Table 22 – Change in the number of mobile subscribers by technology – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 23 – Change in the share of mobile subscribers by technology – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 24 – Increase in mobile voice traffic – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 25 – Growth in mobile data traffic – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 26 – Mobile data traffic share by technology – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 27 – Increase in data use per subscriber – 2011 – 2019
  • Table 28 – Decline in the number of SMS messages sent – 2009 - 2019
  • Table 29 – Decline in the number of SMS and MMS messages sent per subscriber – 2011 – 2019
  • Table 30 – Decline in SMS and MMS revenue – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 31 – Decline in the number of MMS messages sent – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 32 – Change in the number of dedicated mobile broadband subscribers – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 33 – Change in the market share of mobile broadband subscribers by operator – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 34 – Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 35 – Increase in the number of M2M connections – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 36 – Market share of M2M connections by operator – 2016 – 2018
  • Table 37 – Fall in the number of Vodafone Ireland’s mobile subscribers – 2006 – 2019
  • Table 38 – Development of Vodafone Ireland’s mobile service revenue – 2010 – 2020
  • Table 39 – Change in the number of eir’s mobile subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 40 – Development of Eir’s mobile services revenue – 2012- 2020
  • Table 41 – Change in eir’s mobile prepaid and contract ARPU - 2013 – 2019
  • Table 42 – 3 Ireland registered subscribers – 2006 – 2019
  • Table 43 – Growth in the number of 3 Ireland’s active subscribers – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 44 – Development of 3 Ireland’s financial data – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 45 – Development of 3 Ireland’s revenue by sector – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 46 – Decline in 3 Ireland’s annualised ARPU (active subscribers) – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 47 – Increase in average fixed-line broadband traffic by platform – 2015 – 2019
  • Table 48 – Increase in fixed-line broadband traffic by platform – 2017 – 2019
  • Table 49 – Development of fixed broadband penetration by technology – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 50 – Change in fixed broadband penetration of households by technology – 2013 - 2019
  • Table 51 – Growth in the total number of fixed and mobile broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 52 – Change in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 53 – Growth in retail broadband revenue – 2014 - 2019
  • Table 54 – Development in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers by access type – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 55 – Change in the market share of broadband subscriptions by platform – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 56 – Change in the market share of fixed broadband subscriptions by operator – 2010 - 2019
  • Table 57 – Change in the share of residential broadband connections by data rate – 2012 - 2019
  • Table 58 – Change in the number of fixed broadband connections by data rate – 2014 - 2019
  • Table 59 – Change in the market share of broadband connections by data rate – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 60 – Development of Virgin Media’s Ireland subscribers by sector – 2009 - 2019
  • Table 61 – Growth in Virgin Media Ireland’s revenue – 2006 – 2009; 2013 – 2019
  • Table 62 – Change in the number of active cable broadband subscribers –2009 – 2019
  • Table 63 – Change in the provision of DSL accesses by type – 2009 - 2019
  • Table 64 – Change in the number of eir’s retail and wholesale broadband subscribers – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 65 – Decline in the number of DSL subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 66 – Increase in the number of VDSL connections – 2013 - 2019
  • Table 67 – Change in the proportion of VDSL connections by access type – 2014 - 2019
  • Table 68 – Increase in the number of FttP connections – 2016 – 2019
  • Table 69 – Change in the market share of fibre broadband connections by operator – 2019
  • Table 70 – Growth in the number of eir’s fibre broadband subscribers – 2013 - 2019
  • Table 71 – Increase in the number of Vodafone Ireland’s fixed broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2019
  • Table 72 – Change in the number of fixed wireless broadband subscribers – 2005 – 2019
  • Table 73 – Growth in the number of hotspots and access points - 2007 – 2019
  • Table 74 – Change in the number of satellite broadband connections – 2016 - 2019
  • Table 75 – Development of fixed-line and mobile voice traffic in minutes – 2008 – 2019
  • Table 76 – Change in the fixed-line share of retail revenue by major operator – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 77 – Development of eir’s financial data – 2009 – 2020
  • Table 78 – Development of eir’s revenue by sector – 2012 – 2020
  • Table 79 – Change in the number of eir’s subscribers by sector – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 80 – Change in the number of fixed voice subscriptions and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 81 – Decline in the number of PSTN/ISDN connections – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 82 – Change in the market share of fixed voice lines by operator – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 83 – Increase in the number of VoBB lines – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 84 – Development of Ireland’s international internet bandwidth – 2009 – 2017
  • Table 85 – Historic - Market revenue share of fixed, mobile and broadcasting subscribers – 2002 – 2018
  • Table 86 – Historic - Unbundled loops and access lines – 2005 – 2009
  • Table 87 – Historic - Mobile numbers ported – 2005 – 2009
  • Table 88 – Historic - Mobile ARPU – 2005 – 2009
  • Table 89 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995; 1997; 1999 – 2009
  • Table 90 – Historic - Mobile retail market revenue, voice and data – 2005 – 2009
  • Table 91 – Historic - Prepaid versus postpaid share of subscribers – 2000 – 2009
  • Table 92 – Historic - Development of mobile voice traffic – 2005 – 2009
  • Table 93 – Historic - SMS messages sent – 2000 - 2009
  • Table 94 – Historic - MMS messages sent – 2005 – 2009
  • Table 95 – Historic - O2 mobile financial data – 2007 – 2014
  • Table 96 – Historic - O2 mobile data statistics – 2007 – 2013
  • Table 97 – Historic - O2 ARPU, blended, prepaid and contract – 2006 – 2013
  • Table 98 – Historic - O2 subscribers – 2006 – 2014
  • Table 99 – Historic – Eir Mobile’s mobile subscribers – 2006 – 2012
  • Table 100 – Historic - Eir Mobile’s mobile services revenue – 2006 - 2010
  • Table 101 – Historic - Eir Mobile’s annualised blended mobile ARPU - 2006 – 2014
  • Table 102 – Historic - Dial-up internet subscribers – 2005 – 2015
  • Table 103 – Historic - Internet users – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 104 – Historic - Total fixed and mobile broadband subscribers – 2005 – 2009
  • Table 105 – Historic - Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2002 – 2009
  • Table 106 – Historic - Fixed-line broadband subscribers by access type – 2002 – 2009
  • Table 107 – Historic - Virgin Media’s Ireland subscribers by sector – 2006 - 2009
  • Table 108 – Historic - Cable broadband subscribers –2002 – 2009
  • Table 109 – Historic - DSL access provision by type – 2002 - 2009
  • Table 110 – Historic - DSL subscribers – 2002 – 2009
  • Table 111 – Historic - Eir financial data – 2001 – 2007
  • Table 112 – Historic - Smart Telecom financial data – 2003 – 2005
  • Table 113 – Historic - Fixed voice subscriptions in service and teledensity – 1995; 1997; 1999 – 2009
  • Table 114 – Historic - International internet bandwidth – 2000 – 2009



List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Europe Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Leaders (top tier)
  • Chart 2 – Europe Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Challengers (middle tier)
  • Chart 3 – Europe Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Emergents (bottom tier)
  • Chart 4 – Overall view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 5 – Europe - mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 6 – Scandinavia and Baltics: mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 7 – Northern Europe –mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 8 – Southern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 9 – Eastern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 11 – Northern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 12 – Southern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 13 – Eastern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 14 – Development of telecom sector retail revenue by service – 2012 - 2019
  • Chart 15 – Development of telecom sector retail revenue by service – 2012 - 2019
  • Chart 16 – Change in the share of market revenue by fixed, mobile and broadcasting – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 17 – Change in the number of unbundled loops and access lines – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 18 – Change in the number of wholesale DSL bitstream access lines – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 19 – Increase in the number of fixed-line number portings – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 20 – Change in the number of indirect access lines: CPS and WLR – 2006 - 2019
  • Chart 21 – Change in the number of mobile numbers ported – 2005 – 2019
  • Chart 22 – Decline in mobile ARPU – 2005 – 2019
  • Chart 23 – Growth in the number of mobile subscribers (incl. M2M) and penetration – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 24 – Growth in the number of mobile subscribers (excl. mobile broadband, M2M) – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 25 – Development of mobile retail market revenue, voice and data – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 26 – Change in the share of mobile retail revenue by operator – 2005 – 2019
  • Chart 27 – Change in the market share of mobile connections by operator (incl. M2M) – 2006 – 2019
  • Chart 28 – Operator share of subscribers (excl. M2M and broadband) – 2014 – 2019
  • Chart 29 – Decline in the proportion of prepaid mobile subscriptions – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 30 – Change in the proportion of prepaid subscribers by operator – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 31 – Change in the number of mobile subscribers by technology – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 32 – Change in the share of mobile subscribers by technology – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 33 – Increase in mobile voice traffic – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 34 – Increase in data use per subscriber – 2011 – 2019
  • Chart 35 – Decline in the number of SMS messages sent – 2009 - 2019
  • Chart 36 – Decline in SMS and MMS revenue – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 37 – Change in the number of dedicated mobile broadband subscribers – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 38 – Change in the market share of mobile broadband subscribers by operator – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 39 – Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 40 – Increase in the number of M2M connections – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 41 – Fall in the number of Vodafone Ireland’s mobile subscribers – 2006 – 2019
  • Chart 42 – Fall Development of Vodafone Ireland’s mobile service revenue – 2010 – 2020
  • Chart 43 – Change in the number of eir’s mobile subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 44 – Development of Eir’s mobile services revenue – 2012- 2020
  • Chart 45 – Change in eir’s mobile prepaid and contract ARPU - 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 46 – Growth in the number of 3 Ireland’s active subscribers – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 47 – Development of 3 Ireland’s financial data – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 48 – Development of 3 Ireland’s revenue by sector – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 49 – Decline in 3 Ireland’s annualised ARPU (active subscribers) – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 50 – Change in fixed broadband penetration of households by technology – 2013 - 2019
  • Chart 51 – Change in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 52 – Growth in retail broadband revenue – 2014 - 2019
  • Chart 53 – Development in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers by access type – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 54 – Change in the market share of broadband subscriptions by platform – 2016 – 2019
  • Chart 55 – Change in the share of residential broadband connections by data rate – 2015 - 2019
  • Chart 56 – Change in the number of fixed broadband connections by data rate – 2014 - 2019
  • Chart 57 – Change in the market share of broadband connections by data rate – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 58 – Development of Virgin Media’s Ireland subscribers by sector – 2009 - 2019
  • Chart 59 – Change in the provision of DSL accesses by type – 2009 - 2019
  • Chart 60 – Change in the number of eir’s retail and wholesale broadband subscribers – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 61 – Change in the proportion of VDSL connections by access type – 2014 - 2019
  • Chart 62 – Growth in the number of eir’s fibre broadband subscribers – 2013 - 2019
  • Chart 63 – Increase in the number of Vodafone Ireland’s fixed broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2019
  • Chart 64 – Growth in the number of hotspots and access points - 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 65 – Development of fixed-line and mobile voice traffic in minutes – 2008 – 2019
  • Chart 66 – Change in the fixed-line share of retail revenue by major operator – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 67 – Development of eir’s financial data – 2009 – 2020
  • Chart 68 – Development of eir’s revenue by sector – 2012 – 2020
  • Chart 69 – Change in the number of eir’s subscribers by sector – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 70 – Change in the number of fixed voice subscriptions and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 71 – Change in the market share of fixed voice lines by operator – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 72 – Increase in the number of VoBB lines – 2010 – 2019

List of Exhibits


  • Exhibit 1 – Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 2 – Access and the local loop
  • Exhibit 3 – 3G licence results – June 2002
  • Exhibit 4 – Multiband frequency award process – 2012
  • Exhibit 5 – Maximum Mobile Termination Rate – 2016 - 2019
  • Exhibit 6 – WDMDS licences: operators, spectrum and fees – 2005
  • Exhibit 7 – 3 Ireland spectrum concessions
  • Exhibit 8 – Growth in the number of Virgin Media’s mobile subscribers –2015 - 2019

Read the full report: https://www.budde.com.au/Research/Ireland-Telecoms-Mobile-and-Broadband-Statistics-and-Analyses

Nicolas Bombourg
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