ComReg reports fall in revenues in Irish telecoms market

13 Sep 2013

The Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) yesterday released its Quarterly Report on the Irish Telecommunications market for the three-month period to 30 June 2013. The regulator reports that overall revenue for telecoms firms and mobile operators for the period under review fell 1.8% quarter-on-quarter and 4.6% year-on-year, to EUR896 million (USD1.19 billion). The country’s fixed line market was worst hit, with turnover derived from telephony and broadband services falling 7.4% year-on-year to EUR486 million for the quarter. Total voice traffic minutes declined by 4.1% to 4.08 billion, led by a 9.2% drop in fixed voice minutes to 1.357 billion and a 1.4% dip in mobile voice traffic to 2.725 billion – albeit that mobile traffic climbed 3.4% q-o-q, it said. ComReg said that the total number of fixed subscriptions to voice, fixed internet and TV services (both single play and bundled subscriptions) stood at 1.945 million at end-June 2013, down 1.1% y-o-y, while fixed voice subscribers were 1.494 million (+3.9%). Broadband (fixed) connections climbed 5.3% to 1.141 million and mobile broadband (HSDPA) mainly ‘dongle’ subscriptions dipped 8.1% to 524,039, as the total number of registered SIMs (including HSDPA and machine-to-machine [M2M]) fell 0.9% to 5.438 million. Of these, 340,248 were M2M and the remaining 4.573 million were pure mobile subscriptions. From Q2 2013 ComReg is counting M2M separately, making comparisons to previous periods irrelevant.

ComReg also reported movement in the market in terms of mobile market share. Excluding mobile broadband and M2M subscriptions, O2 Ireland’s share of the pie fell from 29.0% to 26.0% in market share over the year, while Vodafone Ireland dipped to 40.6% from 41.6%. Eircom’s combined Meteor Mobile and eMobile share increased by 0.9 of a percentage point to 21.5%, while 3 Ireland edged up to 7.6% from 5.3% and Tesco Mobile grew from 3.5% to 4.3%.