Ireland was home to more than 1.3 million broadband connections at the end of June 2009, however, national regulator ComReg noted that growth in the sector is slowing and voice and data revenues have also taken a downward turn. In its latest market report the watchdog said overall telecoms revenues fell by 4% quarter-on-quarter to EUR1.01 billion (USD1.47 billion), as fixed and mobile broadband subscriptions increased by 3.1% to reach 1,305,035. As at 30 June broadband penetration stood at 29.5% – or 21.1% if figures for mobile broadband are excluded. According to ComReg, a little over two-thirds of all Irish homes now boast a broadband connection; in addition, 66.9% of residential and 70.1% of non-residential users can connect at speeds of up to 9.99Mbps.
In its ‘Irish Communications Market: Key Data Report – Q2 2009’ the industry regulator said dial-up subscriptions fell 21% q-o-q to just 158,255, while total mobile connections (including HSDPA) slipped 1.8% to 5,180,281. Furthermore, the watchdog said that in the fixed line sector, the biggest players by revenue market share were Eircom (67.8%), BT (14.1%), UPC (2.8%), Access (2.5%), Verizon (2.3%), Perlico(2.1%) and Colt Telecom (2.0%). Its figures are based on retail and wholesale fixed revenues.