Ireland - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Ireland’s telecom market has been invigorated by the economic recovery seen during the last three years, emerging from a period in which it had been held back by low broadband uptake, reduced investment among operators as lower spending among consumers. Operators including eir, enet and Vodafone Ireland have extensive fibre-based networks deployments in pace aimed at providing 1Gb/s services, while the government is also promoting its National Broadband Plan by which all premises are expected to receive a service of at least 30Mb/s by 2022. This Plan, requiring an investment of up to €600 million, will greatly boost the adoption of IP-delivered content, including e-government, e-health and e-learning. Although only a consortium including enet was in a position to bid for the tender in November 2018, the government is confident that the Plan can be achieved to schedule.

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.

Key developments:

  • French holding company NJJ and the telco Iliad together acquire a 64.9% stake in eir;
  • National Broadband Ireland remains sole bidder for National Broadband Plan tender;
  • Ireland-France Cable-1 (IFC-1) system secures additional finance;
  • Eir requests to close copper infrastructure in some areas upgraded with fibre;
  • Regulator rules that eir make fibre networks available to altnets;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to Q3 2018, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Eir, BT Ireland, Smart Telecom, Tele2.

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

  • Country overview

  • Telecommunications market

  • Regulatory environment

    • Historical overview
    • Regulatory authority
    • Telecom sector liberalisation
    • Privatisation
    • Interconnect
    • Access
    • Leased lines
    • Fibre access
    • Number Portability (NP)
    • Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
  • Fixed network operators

    • Introduction
    • Eir
    • BT Ireland
    • Smart Telecom
    • Other operators
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • Overview of the national telecom network
    • International infrastructure
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – Ireland – 2018 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telecom sector retail revenue – 2012 - 2018
  • Table 3 – Market retail revenue annual change by fixed, mobile and broadcasting sectors – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 4 – Retail and wholesale revenue by sector – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 5 – Market revenue share of fixed, mobile and broadcasting subscribers – 2002 – 2018
  • Table 6 – Unbundled loops and access lines – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 7 – Annual ported fixed-line numbers – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 8 – Indirect access lines: CPS and WLR – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 9 – Fixed-line and mobile voice traffic in minutes – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 10 – Fixed-line share of retail revenue by major operator – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 11 – Eir financial data (historic) – 2001 – 2007
  • Table 12 – Eir financial data (year to June) – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 13 – Eir revenue by sector (year to June) – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 14 – Eir subscribers by sector – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 15 – Smart Telecom financial data (historic) – 2003 – 2005
  • Table 16 – Historic - Fixed voice subscriptions in service and teledensity – 1995; 1997; 1999 – 2009
  • Table 17 – Fixed voice subscriptions and teledensity – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 18 – Market share of fixed voice lines by operator – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 19 – International internet bandwidth – 2000 – 2016

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Market revenue share of fixed, mobile and broadcasting subscribers – 2002 - 2018
  • Chart 2 - Unbundled loops and access lines – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Fixed-line and mobile voice traffic in minutes – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Fixed voice subscriptions and teledensity – 2005 - 2018

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Access and the local loop

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Number of pages 48

Status Current

Last updated 5 Mar 2019
Update History

Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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