Data published by the Irish regulator the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) shows that the nation’s telecoms industry continued to grow in revenue terms in the fourth quarter of 2010 – expanding for the third period in succession – rising 3.1% year-on-year to EUR998 million (USD1.41 billion). However, the quarterly growth failed to mask a drop in full year revenues from EUR4.04 billion in 2009 to EUR3.87 billion a year later. The recovery is being driven in part by internet and broadband subscriptions which increased by 2.3% and 2.8% in 4Q10 to 1.6 million and 1.5 million, respectively. Cable and mobile broadband internet fuelled the expansion, ComReg said, with the latter increasing to account for almost 40% of all high speed connections by the year-end, behind xDSL with 46.1%. Total fixed and mobile broadband penetration stood at 35.6% by 31 December 2010, and was 22.8% when excluding those people on a mobile broadband subscription.
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