Cable broadband is the fastest-growing fixed platform in Ireland

5 Nov 2009

More than one in every five homes across UPC’s upgraded network are connected to the company’s Fibre Power broadband service, the company said today after revealing Q3 revenues increased 1.6pc year-on-year to €61.6 million.

The company revealed that Ireland’s consumer appetite for triple-play phone, internet and digital TV packages is improving and that in the past year the company has seen a 127pc jump in telephone subscriptions to 53,000 customers.

Strong results

“We delivered a strong set of results for this quarter,” said chief executive Robert Dunn.

“We continue to invest in upgrading our network to improve our service, support our Fibre Power product portfolio, launch new products, such as our new High Definition Digital + service, and create compelling value for the consumer through our triple-play bundles.”

Dunn said the company saw more than 32,000 net additions made to its digital, broadband and phone services in the quarter.

“Throughout the first nine months of 2009, we have continued to expand our triple-play network reach so that more customers can avail of our phone service. Quarter on quarter, we reported 21pc subscriber growth and introduced new telephony packages. Overall, we achieved year-on-year growth of over 127pc and reported 53,000 phone customers at 30 September.”

DSL outstripped

Dunn said that cable broadband is now the fastest-growing fixed broadband residential platform in Ireland, with its growth outstripping DSL. The company ended the period with 135,000 residential broadband customers.

“Over one every five homes across our upgraded network is now connected to our Fibre Power broadband service. The market-leading quality and speed of our service are the key drivers of the continued success of our Fibre Power broadband services with two-thirds of customers signing up to packages delivering speeds of 10Mbps and 20Mbps respectively.

“Digital TV continues to grow with over 338,000 digital subscribers at the end of the quarter. The Digital+ (a service which pauses, records and rewinds live TV) has now reached over 100,000 customers with one-third of our digital cable customers now with Digital +. HD+ continues to make great progress since launching in August this year and continues to grow,” Dunn said.

By John Kennedy

Photo: UPC’s chief executive Robert Dunn.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years