Broadband subscriptions rise with cable connections providing faster speeds

Q3 2015 report from Comreg details state of Ireland’s broadband market

David Baker
by David Baker on 17th December, 2015

Nearly 55% of all broadband subscriptions across Ireland now have advertised download speeds of more than 30Mbps.

The number of broadband subscriptions has also risen on a quarterly and yearly basis, according to the latest Quarterly Key Data Report for Q3 from Comreg.

The Irish Communications Market report focused on the types of broadband connections available to customers across Ireland, while revealing quarter-on-quarter revenue growth of 1.2% across the entire sector.

Broadband subscriptions based on advertised speeds

A total of 54.2% of broadband subscriptions have advertised download speeds that are greater than 30 Mbps, of which 18.6% are faster than 100Mbps.

In terms of residential connections, it means that 58.6% of properties have speeds over 30Mbps, while 21.2% of those are quicker than 100Mbps.

For businesses, 25.2% have connections that are over 30Mbps, although just 1.4% has a broadband subscription advertising more than 100Mpbs.

Speeds by connection type

Cable broadband connections provide fast speeds for customers, as 64% are greater than 100Mbps while a further 25.8% are between 30Mbps and 99.99Mbps based on advertised speeds.

DSL broadband offers a slower connection, with the majority of connections (65.8%) of this type offering speeds of between 2Mbps and 9.99Mbps while 27.7% are between 10Mbps and 29.99Mbps.

It was a similar situation for fixed wireless access connections, as 59.3% were in the 2Mbps to 9.99Mpbs bracket for download speeds. 36.1% were in the bracket above while just 1.9% of FWA connections offer speeds between 30Mbps and 99.99Mbps.

VDSL broadband connections on the other hand dominated the latter bracket, as Comreg found 100% of connections were between 30Mpbs and 99.99Mpbs.

The broadband market share

eir has the highest share of fixed broadband subscriptions, accounting for 35% of the market, followed by Virgin Media with a 28.7% share.

Vodafone has 17.7% of fixed line broadband subscriptions while Sky Ireland has 9.4%. The remaining 9.1% is split between other providers, including Imagine and Digiweb, with no other provider having an individual share that is greater than 2%.

Active broadband subscriptions in Ireland

There are now 1.71 million active broadband subscriptions in Ireland, which marks a 1.1% increase from the previous quarter, and a 0.6% rise from a year ago.

Fixed line broadband subscriptions increased by more than 13,000 with mobile broadband subscriptions up by 5,300.

Of the 1,712,633 registered subscribers, 1,294,698 were fixed broadband subscriptions and 414,935 were mobile. The number of Cable, VDSL broadband and mobile connections all increased in Q3 according to Comreg.

DSL broadband and FWA broadband subscriptions both declined in the same period.

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