ComReg reports 2.4% drop in Q4 2012 telecom revenues

18 Mar 2013

Ireland’s telecoms regulator the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has published its ‘Irish Quarterly Communications Market Data Q4 2012’ report showing that revenues from electronic communications fell by 2.4% year-on-year to EUR931.7 million USD1.2 billion) in the last three months of 2012. Although fixed line revenues recovered slightly, growing 1.1% y-o-y to EUR500.3 million, mobile revenues slumped 6.5% to EUR386.5 million and broadcasting revenue dipped 3.0% to EUR44.9 million.

The report also shows that total voice call minutes dropped 5.6% on an annualised basis to 4.139 billion minutes, impacted by a 10.6% fall in fixed voice traffic minutes to 1.445 billion and a 2.7% drop in mobile voice traffic to 2.693 billion minutes. At the end of 2012 the country was home to a total of just over 2.1 million fixed subscriptions (i.e. voice, internet, TV as single-play of bundled packages), down 4.0% year-on-year, including 1.463 million fixed voice subscriptions (up 3.1%). Fixed broadband subscriptions reached 1.112 million, up 3.9% year-on-year, while total mobile connections (including HSDPA) reached 5.461 million (-0.7%). The estimated fixed broadband household penetration rate was 57.3% in Q4 2012. The fixed broadband per capita penetration rate was 24.2% at the same date. The watchdog also noted that average broadband speeds continue to increase. In Q4 2012 approximately 21.2% of all broadband subscriptions were equal to or greater than 10Mbps, up from 18.7% in Q4 2011. Meanwhile, narrowband internet subscriptions continued to fall, to reach just 11,437 by end-2012 – down a massive 53% since 4Q11, ComReg said.

Ireland, Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg)