Household broadband penetration in Ireland stands at 65pc – ComReg

14 Mar 2013

Almost two-thirds of Irish households now have a broadband connection, the latest quarterly report from ComReg reveals.

ComReg reported that revenues in the telecoms sector also seem to be showing improvement, rising marginally by 0.1pc in Q4 to €931m. However, year-on-year revenues are down 2.4pc overall.

Fixed voice subscriptions increased by 0.9pc from the previous quarter and by 3.1pc on last year.

Total voice traffic fixed and mobile declined by 1.9pc to 4.1bn voice minutes.

Fixed and mobile traffic declined by 0.4pc and 1.2pc respectively during the quarter.

Total broadband subscriptions stood at 1.66m and rose by 0.5pc in the quarter.

Cable broadband subscriptions rose by 3.4pc, DSL subscriptions rose by 1pc, fixed wireless access was up by 2.8pc and satellite/fibre connections rose 3.8pc.

Mobile broadband subscriptions fell by 2pc.

Consumer adoption of higher broadband speeds continued with 21.1pc of all broadband subscriptions now greater than 10Mbps, up from 18.7pc last year.

A greater proportion of consumers using higher than 10Mbps are using cable broadband.

Total mobile subscriptions in the Irish market stood at 5.4m subscriptions, a decrease of 1.3pc.

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