The market for converged media and applications in Ireland has been hampered by poor broadband infrastructure. The position has become brighter since 2008 as the main cable operator UPC Ireland has upgraded its network, and as the incumbent eircom has invested in its NGN and expanded its bundled services offers. Nevertheless, convergence in Ireland continues to suffer from limited fibre deployment beyond a few greenfield sites. This report presents an overview of all these platforms and major service providers, noting the status of digital TV via the terrestrial, cable and satellite platforms, as well as interactive TV services.
RTÉ initiates Saorview DTT service; UPC launches social TV app; coverage to be supplemented by satellite TV Saorsat; Magnet Networks launches free web TV; government’s NewEra broadband plans to support connectivity; Sky launches triple play service; eircom expands ‘eVision’ service in competition to Sky and UPC Ireland; regulator market data to Q3 2013; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q4 2014; market developments to early 2014.
Companies covered in this report include:
UPC Ireland, Smart Telecom, Magnet Networks, eircom, Casey Cablevision.