Over one million switch mobile operators

18 Dec 2007

Over one million Irish mobile users have ported their number since the introduction of mobile-number portability, ComReg revealed today. The regulator also revealed that broadband subscriptions in Ireland now stand at 793,000.

In its report on the third quarter of 2007, ComReg said that overall revenue for electronic communications in Ireland grew to €1.14bn – or €4.56bn on an annualised basis.

The number of broadband subscribers during the quarter rose to 793,000, an 18.4pc penetration of population. Excluding mobile-broadband subscribers, however, this figure drops to 705,200 or 16.3pc of the population.

Mobile operators reported 88,400 mobile-broadband subscribers at the end of September.

During the quarter, there were around 2.21 billion voice minutes originating on mobile networks, while there were 2.33 billion fixed originating minutes. Year-on-year fixed originating minutes decreased by 5pc, while mobile originating minutes increased by 22pc.

ComReg says that there were a total of 1.18 million active internet subscribers in Ireland at the end of the quarter.

The regulator says that there were 108,000 new mobile subscriptions added in the third quarter, bringing Ireland to a 114pc population penetration level. This equates to 4.9 million 2G and 3G-mobile subscribers.

During the quarter, some 1.89 billion text messages were sent, averaging at 127 messages per subscription each month.

By John Kennedy