Ireland’s telecoms watchdog the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has published its market observatory on the Republic’s electronic communications market for the three months ended 31 march 2013, showing that the total number of broadband subscriptions inched up 0.1% in the three months under review, to almost 1.669 million. ComReg’s findings estimate that fixed broadband (population) penetration stood at 24.6% at that date, a figure that increases to 36.4% if mobile broadband connections are factored in. Household penetration for high speed internet access reached 65.0% at the same date, it said. Further, the regulator noted that the country is witnessing a rise in average broadband connections speeds: 21.9% of all broadband connections were rated as greater than or equal to 10Mbps at end-March 2013, up from 19.1% at the same time a year earlier.
In the mobile market, ComReg said the total number of mobile subscribers stood at over 5.432 million at end-March 2013, a small 0.5% decline on the previous quarter, yielding a cellular penetration rate of 118.5%.
Finally, the watchdog reported that total electronic communications revenues for the period under review reached EUR912.8 million (USD1.21 billion), down 2.1% year-on-year.