Ireland - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

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.

Key developments:

  • 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.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Introduction and statistical overview
    • 2.1 Market analysis
    • 2.2 National Broadband Plan
    • 2.3 Government networks
    • 2.4 Regional infrastructure
    • 2.5 Wholesale bitstream
    • 2.6 Broadband statistics
    • 2.7 Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • 3. Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
  • 4. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 4.1 Alternative operators
    • 4.2 VDSL
    • 4.3 Vectoring DSL
  • 5. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • 5.1 Eir
    • 5.2 SIRO
    • 5.3 Sky Ireland
    • 5.4 Other developments
  • 6. Broadband Powerline (BPL)
  • 7. Wireless broadband
    • 7.1 1.7GHz band
    • 7.2 10.5GHz band
    • 7.3 3.5GHz band
    • 7.4 Digiweb
    • 7.5 National Fixed Wireless Point to Multipoint Licences (FWPMA)
      • 7.5.1 26GHz band
    • 7.6 Other developments
    • 7.7 Other bands
    • 7.8 Wi-Fi
    • 7.9 Worldwide Interoperability of Microwave Access (WiMAX)
    • 7.10 Wi-Fibre
    • 7.11 Internet via satellite
      • 7.11.1 SchoolSat
  • 8. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Average fixed-line broadband traffic by platform – 2015 - 2017
  • Table 2 – Broadband penetration by technology – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 3 – Broadband penetration of households by technology – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 4 – Dial-up internet subscribers – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 5 – Internet users – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 6 – Total fixed and mobile broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 7 – Total fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2012 - 2018
  • Table 8 – Retail broadband revenue – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 9 – Total broadband subscribers by access type – 2002 - 2017
  • Table 10 – Share of broadband subscribers by platform – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 11 – Market share of fixed broadband subscriptions by operator – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 12 – Residential market share of broadband access speed – 2012 - 2018
  • Table 13 – Total market share of broadband access speed – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 14 – Forecasts – fixed broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 15 – Virgin Media Ireland subscribers – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 16 – Virgin Media Ireland revenue – 2006 – 2009; 2013 - 2018
  • Table 17 – Cable broadband subscribers –2002 - 2017
  • Table 19 – Eir retail broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 20 – DSL subscribers – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 21 – VDSL connections – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 22 – Proportion of VDSL connections by access type – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 23 – FttP connections – 2016 - 2018
  • Table 24 – Eir fibre broadband subscribers – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 25 – Fixed wireless broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 26 – Wireless hotspots and access points - 2007 - 2018
  • Table 27 – Satellite broadband connections – 2016 - 2018
  • Chart 1 – Total broadband subscribers by access type – 2002 - 2017
  • Chart 2 – Virgin Media Ireland broadband, phone, cable TV subscribers – 2006 - 2018
  • Chart 3 – DSL access provision by type and operator – 2002 - 2018
  • Chart 4 – Wireless hotspots and access points – 2007 - 2018

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Last updated 3 Jul 2018
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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