According to SiliconRepublic.com, ntl Ireland and Chorus added 15,700 new customers in Q1 2006, lifting the enlarged entity’s combined Irish subscriber base to 592,000 at the end of the period. It is the first time that the operators’ results have been consolidated since their takeover by UPC Broadband in 2005. The pair reported 624,100 revenue-generating units (RGUs) at the end of March, with more than 30,000 people taking one or more services. By the start of April, the combined entity had 241,317 digital TV subscribers, up 15% quarter-on-quarter, including 162,000 cable and 115,900 MMDS subscribers. Some 313,200 customers still receive analogue TV.
Total broadband customers stood at 32,700, out of a possible 238,700 homes with access to a broadband connection, up 30% on the previous quarter. The enlarged operation has some way to go before all its customers can receive broadband however, as the total number of homes passed stands at 895,100. In most other countries where UPC operates, close to 100% of its subscribers’ homes can receive broadband. UPC Broadband said it plans to launch a voice-over-IP (VoIP) service before the end of 2006, although no date had been set for the launch.