The number of broadband connections in Ireland, excluding 3G/3.5G subscriptions, reached 705,000 by the end of September 2007, an 8% rise on the previous quarter, the telecoms regulator ComReg reports. Including mobile broadband users, of which there were 88,000 at the same date, the total stood at 793,000, a broadband penetration rate of 18.4% (or 16.35% if not). Nonetheless, the Republic is still struggling to cast off its mantle of a broadband underachiever, having one of the lowest penetration rates in the developed world, behind the likes of France, Italy, the UK and the US.
According to ComReg, the country’s mobile operators collectively added 108,000 new mobile subscriptions in the three months to 30 September, raising the country total to more than 4.9 million – a cellular penetration rate of 114%. Around 92,000 users took advantage of mobile number portability (MNP) in the third quarter, taking the total number of people switching provider to one million since MNP was introduced.