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Ireland - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts - Product Image

Ireland - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

  • ID: 1844256
  • March 2014
  • Region: Ireland
  • 97 Pages
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
Proposed Merger Of Key Mobile Players Promises Overhaul Of The Mobile Market

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Casey Cablevision
  • Digiweb
  • eircom
  • eMobile
  • Magnet Networks
  • Meteor Mobile
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This report provides statistics and analysis on the key sectors of the Irish telecom market, presenting an overview of the regulatory environment, fixed network operators and services, and telecom infrastructure. It profiles the fixed and wireless broadband markets, including developments in technologies such as FttP, powerline broadband, wireless and mobile broadband, WiFi and internet via satellite. It also provides forecasts for broadband uptake to 2020. The report presents an overview of digital media platforms and service providers, noting the status of digital TV via the terrestrial, cable and satellite sectors, as well as interactive TV services. In addition, it provides statistics and analysis on the mobile market, including the key regulatory issues, a snapshot of the consumer market, emerging technologies, and the growth of mobile data services.

Key Developments:

- Government promotes NewEra National Recovery Programme requiring 90% FttC connectivity
- Emerald Networks secures loan approval for 100Gb/s cable linking Ireland to Iceland and the US
- eircom obliged to make fibre networks available to altnets, reports falling revenue for 2013
- Vodafone READ MORE >

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Proposed Merger Of Key Mobile Players Promises Overhaul Of The Mobile Market

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Casey Cablevision
  • Digiweb
  • eircom
  • eMobile
  • Magnet Networks
  • Meteor Mobile
  • MORE

1. Key Statistics

2. Telecommunications Market

2.1 Overview of Ireland’s telecom market

3. Regulatory Environment

3.1 History
3.2 Revised NFR
3.3 Regulatory authority
3.3.1 Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg)
3.4 Telecom sector liberalisation in Ireland
3.4.1 Privatisation of eircom
3.4.2 Interconnect
3.4.3 Access
3.4.4 Fibre access
3.5 Number Portability (NP)
3.6 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)

4. Fixed Network Operators

4.1 Overview
4.2 Operator market shares
4.3 Eircom
4.3.1 Going into 2014
4.3.2 Company restructure
4.3.3 Managing debt
4.4 BT Ireland
4.5 Smart Telecom
4.6 Tele2
4.7 Other operators

5. Telecommunications Infrastructure

5.1 National telecom network
5.2 Structural separation issues
5.3 Next Generation Networks (NGNs)
5.4 International
5.4.1 Submarine cable networks
5.4.2 Satellite networks

6. Broadband Market

6.1 Overview
6.1.1 Broadband statistics
6.1.2 National Development Plan
6.1.3 Promoting broadband
6.1.4 Government networks
6.1.5 Other providers
6.1.6 Regional infrastructure
6.1.7 Wholesale bitstream
6.1.8 eHealth
6.2 Cable modems
6.3 Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
6.3.1 Alternative operators
6.3.2 ADSL2+
6.3.3 VDSL
6.4 Fibre-to-the-Premise (FttP) networks
6.4.1 Eircom
6.4.2 BT Ireland
6.4.3 Vodafone/ Electricity Supply Board (ESB)
6.5 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
6.6 Mobile broadband
6.7 Wireless broadband
6.7.1 1.7GHz band
6.7.2 10.5GHz band
6.7.3 3.5GHz band
6.7.4 Other spectrum
6.7.5 Digiweb
6.7.6 National Fixed Wireless Point to Multipoint Licences (FWPMA)
6.7.7 Other developments
6.7.8 Other bands
6.7.9 WiFi
6.7.10 Worldwide Interoperability of Microwave Access (WiMAX)
6.7.11 WiFibre
6.7.12 Internet via satellite

7. Digital Media

7.1 Overview
7.1.1 Key general trends
7.1.2 Business models
7.1.3 Regulatory issues
7.2 Digital TV
7.2.1 Overview and statistics
7.2.2 Broadband TV (IPTV)
7.2.3 Cable TV
7.2.4 Satellite TV
7.2.5 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
7.2.6 Video-on-Demand (VoD)
7.2.7 VoIP
7.2.8 Digital cinema
7.2.9 Interactive TV (iTV)

8. Mobile Communications

8.1 Overview of Ireland’s mobile market
8.1.1 Mobile statistics
8.2 Regulatory issues
8.2.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
8.2.2 Roaming
8.2.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
8.2.4 Mobile termination rates (MTRs)
8.2.5 Wideband Digital Mobile Data Services (WDMDS)
8.2.6 Network sharing
8.3 Mobile technologies
8.3.1 Digital
8.3.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile
8.4 Major mobile operators
8.4.1 Vodafone Ireland
8.4.2 O2 Ireland
8.4.3 Meteor Mobile
8.4.4 3 Ireland
8.4.5 MVNOs
8.5 Mobile voice services
8.5.1 Prepaid
8.6 Mobile Messaging
8.6.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
8.6.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
8.7 Mobile data services
8.7.1 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
8.7.2 High-Speed Circuit-Switched Data (HSCSD)
8.7.3 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
8.7.4 High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
8.7.5 Enhanced High Speed Packet Access (HSPA+)
8.7.6 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
8.8 Mobile applications
8.8.1 Overview
8.8.2 Mobile TV
8.8.3 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)

9. Forecasts

9.1 Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2012; 2020
9.1.1 Scenario 1 – higher broadband subscriber growth
9.1.2 Scenario 2 – lower broadband subscriber growth
9.2 Forecasts – mobile ARPU – 2009 - 2010; 2015
9.3 Forecasts – UMTS subscribers – 2009 - 2010; 2015

Table 1 – Country statistics – 2013 (e)
Table 2 – Telecom revenue and investment statistics – 2013 (9M)
Table 3 – Telephone network statistics – September 2013
Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2013 (e)
Table 5 – Broadband statistics – 2013 (e)
Table 6 – Mobile statistics – 2013 (e)
Table 7 – National telecommunications authority
Table 8 – Market revenue annual change by fixed, mobile and broadcasting sectors – 2010 - 2013
Table 9 – Market revenue by fixed, mobile and broadcasting sectors – 2010 - 2014
Table 10 – Market revenue share by fixed, mobile and broadcasting sectors – 2002 - 2013
Table 11 – Unbundled loops and access lines – 2005 - 2013
Table 12 – Annual ported fixed-line numbers – 2010 - 2013
Table 13 – Indirect access lines: CPS and WLR – 2005 - 2013
Table 14 – Fixed-line and mobile voice traffic in minutes – 2008 - 2013
Table 15 – Proportion of fixed-line revenue by service – 2004 - 2013
Table 16 – Fixed-line share of revenue by operator (eircom and altnets) – 2012 - 2013
Table 17 – Eircom financial data (historic) – 2001 - 2007
Table 18 – Eircom financial data (year to June) – 2009 - 2012
Table 19 – Eircom revenue by sector (year to June) – 2009 - 2013
Table 20 – Eircom subscribers by sector – 2010 - 2013
Table 21 – BT Ireland broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2009
Table 22 – BT Ireland revenue – 2008 - 2013
Table 23 – Smart Telecom financial data (historic) – 2003 - 2005
Table 24 – Historic - Fixed voice subscriptions in service and teledensity – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2004
Table 25 – Fixed voice subscriptions and teledensity – 2005 - 2014
Table 26 – Broadband penetration by technology – 2006 - 2013
Table 27 – Dial-up internet subscribers – 2005 - 2014
Table 28 – Total internet subscribers – 2005 - 2013
Table 29 – Total fixed-line broadband subscribers by access type – 2002 - 2014
Table 30 – Total broadband penetration – 2003 - 2014
Table 31 – Share of broadband subscribers by platform – 2007 - 2013
Table 32 – Market share of fixed broadband subscriptions by operator – 2010 - 2013
Table 33 – Broadband access speeds: market share, business and residential – 2012 - 2013
Table 34 – UPC Ireland subscribers – 2006 - 2013
Table 35 – UPC Ireland revenue (historic) – 2006 - 2009
Table 36 – DSL access provision by type and operator – 2002 - 2013
Table 37 – Eircom retail broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2013
Table 38 – Mobile broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2013
Table 39 – Mobile broadband market share by operator – 2010 - 2013
Table 40 – Wireless broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2014
Table 41 – Wireless hotspots and access points - 2007 - 2013
Table 42 – Proportion of bundled services, by type – 2011 - 2013
Table 43 – Statistical overview of Ireland’s broadcasting market – 2008 - 2013
Table 44 – Proportion of homes by reception method – 2008 - 2013
Table 45 – Proportion of pay TV and FTA households – 2003 - 2013
Table 46 – Proportion of digital and analogue households – 2007 - 2013
Table 47 – Cable TV subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 – 2011; 2015
Table 48 – UPC Ireland subscribers – 2006 - 2012
Table 49 – UPC Ireland revenue (historic) – 2006 - 2009
Table 50 – Historic - Satellite TV antennae and home penetration – 1992 - 2004
Table 51 – Satellite TV antennae and home penetration – 2005 - 2011; 2015
Table 52 – BSkyB satellite TV subscribers – 2003 - 2008
Table 53 – Operator blended ARPU – 2005 - 2013
Table 54 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2004
Table 55 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2014
Table 56 – Mobile market revenue, voice and data – 2005 - 2013
Table 57 – Mobile share of subscribers by operator – 2005 - 2013
Table 58 – Mobile share of revenue by operator – 2005 - 2013
Table 59 – European voice roaming charges – 2007 - 2014
Table 60 – European data roaming charges – 2007 - 2014
Table 61 – Annual mobile numbers ported – 2005 - 2013
Table 62 – MTRs by operator – 2010 - 2013
Table 63 – 3G SIM cards in use by type – 2011 - 2013
Table 64 – Vodafone mobile subscribers – 2006 - 2013
Table 65 – Vodafone fixed-line subscribers – 2010 - 2013
Table 66 – Vodafone service revenue – 2010 - 2013
Table 67 – Vodafone blended ARPU – 2006 - 2008; 2010 - 2011
Table 68 – O2 mobile financial data – 2007 - 2013
Table 69 – O2 mobile data statistics – 2007 - 2013
Table 70 – O2 ARPU, blended, prepaid and contract – 2006 - 2013
Table 71 – O2 subscribers – 2006 - 2013
Table 72 – Meteor Mobile subscribers – 2006 - 2013
Table 73 – Meteor Mobile services revenue – 2006 - 2010; 2012- 2013
Table 74 – Meteor Mobile ARPU - 2006 - 2013
Table 75 – 3 Ireland subscribers – 2006 - 2013
Table 76 – 3 Ireland financial data – 2007 - 2013
Table 77 – Mobile voice minutes – 2005 - 2014
Table 78 – Prepaid versus postpaid share of subscribers – 2000 - 2013
Table 79 – Proportion of prepaid subscribers by operator – 2008 - 2013
Table 80 – SMS messages sent – 2000 - 2014
Table 81 – MMS messages sent – 2005 - 2014
Table 82 – Mobile data as proportion of total revenue – 2006 - 2014
Table 83 – Forecast fixed-line broadband subscribers – higher market growth scenario– 2009 - 2012; 2020
Table 84 – Forecast fixed-line broadband penetration – higher market growth scenario– 2009 - 2012; 2020
Table 85 – Forecast fixed-line broadband subscribers – lower market growth scenario – 2009 - 2012; 2020
Table 86 – Forecast fixed-line broadband penetration – lower market growth scenario – 2009 - 2012; 2020
Table 87 – Forecast mobile ARPU – 2005 - 2012; 2015
Table 88 – Forecast UMTS subscribers – 2006 - 2010; 2015

Chart 1 – Market revenue share by fixed, mobile and broadcasting sectors – 2002 - 2013
Chart 2 - Unbundled loops and access lines – 2005 - 2013
Chart 3 – Fixed-line and mobile voice traffic in minutes – 2008 - 2013
Chart 4 – Proportion of fixed-line revenue by service – 2004 - 2013
Chart 5 – Eircom financial data (historic) – 2001 - 2007
Chart 6 – Fixed voice subscriptions and teledensity – 2005 - 2014
Chart 7 – Total broadband subscribers by access type – 2002 - 2014
Chart 8 – Share of broadband subscribers by platform – 2007 - 2013
Chart 9 – UPC Ireland broadband, phone, cable TV subscribers – 2006 - 2013
Chart 10 – DSL access provision by type and operator – 2002 - 2013
Chart 11 – Wireless hotspots and access points – 2007 - 2013
Chart 12 – TV households by type (cable, satellite, pay) – 2008 - 2013
Chart 13 – Cable TV subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 - 2011; 2015
Chart 14 – UPC Ireland cable TV subscribers – 2006 - 2012
Chart 15 – Satellite TV subscribers and home penetration – 2000 - 2011; 2015
Chart 16 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2014
Chart 17 – Mobile market revenue, voice and data – 2005 - 2013
Chart 18 – Mobile share of subscribers by operator – 2006 - 2013
Chart 19 – Mobile share of revenue by operator – 2006 - 2013
Chart 20 – O2 mobile financial data – 2007 - 2013
Chart 21 – O2 ARPU, blended, prepaid and contract – 2006 - 2013
Chart 22 – O2 subscribers – 2007 - 2013

Exhibit 1 – EU – The New Regulatory Framework (NRF)
Exhibit 2 – Access and the local loop
Exhibit 3 – Overview of digital media
Exhibit 4 – 3G licence results – June 2002
Exhibit 5 – Multiband frequency award process - 2012
Exhibit 6 – WDMDS licences: operators, spectrum and fees – 2005

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Proposed Merger Of Key Mobile Players Promises Overhaul Of The Mobile Market

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Casey Cablevision
  • Digiweb
  • eircom
  • eMobile
  • Magnet Networks
  • Meteor Mobile
  • MORE

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.

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