Internet numbers drop and broadband growth slows in Ireland

14 Sep 2011

Total internet connections in Ireland fell in the second quarter by around 7,000 subscribers to 1.662m in total. According to ComReg, broadband subscriptions grew slightly by only 3,859 during the quarter.

According to the ComReg report, the telecoms industry reported revenues of €961m, up just marginally on the previous quarter by 1.3pc.

Broadband subscriptions increased only slightly this quarter (by 3,859). As narrowband subscriptions fell by a larger amount (by 6,495), total internet subscriptions (1,662,471) declined slightly this quarter.

The fixed broadband per capita penetration rate reached 22.8pc. The total broadband per capita penetration rate (including mobile broadband) was 35.5pc.

Consumer adoption of higher (advertised) broadband speeds continues, with 12.5pc of all broadband subscriptions now in the 10Mbps category compared to 7.3pc this time last year.

It is estimated that about 75pc of TV homes in Ireland received a digital TV service by September 2011.

Hanging on the telephone

Ireland is ranked first out of 20 countries for business calls, 54.8pc cheaper than the average of the 20 countries benchmarked.

Total voice traffic (fixed and mobile) declined by 0.7pc to just more than 4.45bn voice minutes this quarter.

Mobile subscriptions (including mobile broadband) stood at 5,377,188, down from 5,412,551 in the previous quarter.

This quarter experienced the highest number of mobile numbers ported (123,646) since the introduction in mobile number portability in 2003.

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