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Ireland - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses - Product Image

Ireland - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

  • ID: 4756929
  • Report
  • April 2020
  • Region: Ireland
  • 223 Pages
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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Ireland Progresses with National Broadband Tender

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • BT Ireland
  • Casey CableVision
  • Digiweb
  • eir
  • eMobile
  • O2
  • MORE
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 and 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 are 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.

The publisher notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

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, assessment of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector, 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
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • BT Ireland
  • Casey CableVision
  • Digiweb
  • eir
  • eMobile
  • O2
  • MORE
1 Key statistics

2 Regional European Market Comparison
2.1 Europe Telecom Maturity Index by tier
2.2 TMI versus GDP
2.3 Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
2.4 Fixed versus mobile broadband penetration

3 Country overview

4 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector
4.1 Economic considerations and responses
4.2 Mobile devices
4.3 Subscribers
4.4 Infrastructure

5 Telecommunications market

6 Regulatory environment
6.1 Historical overview
6.2 Regulatory authority
6.3 Fixed-line developments
6.4 Mobile network developments

7 Mobile market
7.1 Market analysis
7.2 Mobile statistics
7.3 Mobile infrastructure
7.4 Major mobile operators
7.5 Mobile content and applications

8 Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
8.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
8.5 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
8.6 Wireless broadband

9 Fixed network operators
9.1 Introduction
9.2 eir
9.3 BT Ireland
9.4 Smart Telecom
9.5 Other operators

10 Telecommunications infrastructure
10.1 Overview of the national telecom network
10.2 International infrastructure

11 Appendix Historic data

12 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 revenue 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 2017 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 2006 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 2016 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 2019
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 2009
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 2010 - 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 2008 2019
Chart 31 Change in the number of mobile subscribers by technology 2016 2019
Chart 32 Change in the share of mobile subscribers by technology 2013 2019
Chart 33 Increase in mobile voice traffic 2005 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
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  • Vodafone Ireland
  • O2
  • eir
  • eMobile
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  • Casey CableVision
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  • BT Ireland
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