Broadband growth, but Ireland still lagging behind neighbours

23 Jun 2005

The latest quarterly report from Ireland’s Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) shows that revenues in the country’s telecoms sector grew by around 10% year-on-year to EUR1.4 billion in the first three months of 2005. Mobile and internet services continue to be the main source of growth, but ComReg warned that, despite reporting 16% growth quarter-on-quarter, the Irish broadband market is still considerably underdeveloped, with the country reporting one of the lowest penetration rates in Europe and the highest access charges in the EU. At the end of March 2005 Ireland had 152,300 broadband and 211,000 narrowband connections.