Ireland - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses
In recent years Ireland’s broadband market has developed strongly, supported by an improving economic climate which has revived investment among the key players, as well as government efforts to improve wholesale access. Vodafone Ireland and Sky Ireland both have plans to increase data rates to 1Gb/s, using a combination of DOCSIS3.1 and FttP.
Separately, the government is aiming to invest up to €600 million on its National Broadband Plan, which will provide connections of at least 30Mb/s across the country and deliver broadband services to about 900,000 premises considered uncommercial by market players. Although the incumbent telco eir withdrew from the tender in February 2018 it remains supportive of government aims and is itself completing a major government-sponsored 1Gb/s network build reaching some rural 300,000 premises. Together, these several efforts have resulted in a rejuvenated broadband sector where average download speeds are now among the highest in Europe.
This report profiles Ireland’s 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. It also provides forecasts for broadband uptake to 2023.
SIRO trials reach 10Gb/s data rates;
VDSL connections grew 12.5% in the year to March 2018;
Vodafone Ireland and SIRO launch the ‘Gigabit Hub Initiative’;
Government completes Broadband Intervention Map;
eir withdraws from National Broadband Plan tender;
Virgin Media Ireland increases broadband speed to 360Mb/s, looks to a 1Gb/s service;
Nova Telecom aiming to provide 300Mb/s wireless broadband service using spectrum in the 10.5GHz band;
Fall in the number of Wi-Fi hotspots and access points;
Sky launches 100Mb/s fibre broadband service;
Regulator rules that eir make fibre networks available to altnets;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data updates to Q1 2018, telcos’ operating and financial data to March 2018, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:
Virgin Media Ireland (formerly UPC Ireland), Casey CableVision, eir, Digiweb.
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