Broad­band take-up above EU rate

Irish Examiner - - News - Joe Leogue

The rate of Ir­ish house­holds with broad­band is higher than the EU av­er­age, the lat­est fig­ures from the Com­mis­sion for Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Reg­u­la­tion (ComReg) has re­vealed.

Mean­while, the av­er­age mo­bile phone user is mak­ing fewer calls, send­ing fewer texts, but us­ing much more data.

ComReg has pub­lished its Quar­terly Re­port on the Elec­tronic Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, out­lin­ing its find­ings from April 1 to June 30 this year.

It found that the av­er­age mo­bile voice sub­scriber used 214 min­utes a month, a 2.2% de­crease year on year, sent 84 texts (a 14.7% an­nual de­crease) and used 4.1GB of data (up 73.1% com­pared to last year).

The num­ber of voice call min­utes for fixed and mo­bile phones were 3.3% lower com­pared to last year, with mo­bile min­utes mak­ing up 77.3% of all voice min­utes com­pared to 22.7% for fixed line min­utes.

Be­tween April and June, the av­er­age pre-paid mo­bile phone user topped up by €14.14 per month while the av­er­age post-paid or billed mo­bile user paid €42.10 per month.

More than three-quar­ters (76.7%) of all mo­bile voice min­utes were clas­si­fied as mo­bile-to-mo­bile, 11.3% were to fixed line phones, 8.7% were in­ter­na­tional and roam­ing min­utes and 3.3% were “ad­vanced voice min­utes” which in­clude calls to pre­mium rate ser­vices.

At the end of June 2017 there were 5,900,909 mo­bile sub­scrip­tions, in­clud­ing mo­bile broad­band and ma­chine-to-ma­chine (M2M) sub­scrip­tions.

M2M in­volves data com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween de­vices or sys­tems in which there is no hu­man in­ter­ven­tion.

The mo­bile pen­e­tra­tion rate, ex­clud­ing mo­bile broad­band and M2M sub­scrip­tions, was 102.9%.

found that the es­ti­mated house­hold Broad­band Pen­e­tra­tion Rate for both fixed and mo­bile broad­band at the end of June was 86%, higher than the EU av­er­age of 83%.

The es­ti­mated fixed broad­band house­hold pen­e­tra­tion rate was 70.9%.

The num­ber of fixed broad­band sub­scrip­tions rose to 1.379m, a 3.6% in­crease year-on-year.

The com­mis­sion has also recorded an in­crease in the av­er­age speeds for fixed broad­band.

At the end of the sec­ond quar­ter of this year, 80.3% of all fixed broad­band sub­scrip­tions were equal to or greater than 10Mbps, up from 75.1% at the end of June 2016.

Nearly seven in 10 (68.7%) of all fixed broad­band sub­scrip­tions were equal to or greater than 30Mbps, up from 60.1% in the sec­ond quar­ter of 2016.

Min­is­ter for Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Cli­mate Ac­tion and En­vi­ron­ment, De­nis Naugh­ten wel­comed the fig­ures.

“This in­de­pen­dent re­port clearly shows that more homes are get­ting ac­cess to broad­band and that broad­band ser­vices are get­ting faster,” said Mr Naugh­ten. “I am de­ter­mined to keep this mo­men­tum up un­til every home and busi­ness in IreComReg land has ac­cess to a high speed broad­band so­lu­tion.”

In to­tal Ir­ish users went through 589,916TB of data in the sec­ond quar­ter of the year, up 28.8% on last year. The ma­jor­ity of this data (524,519TB) is used by fixed broad­band users.

The av­er­age fixed broad­band sub­scriber used 126.8GB of data per month, with the ma­jor­ity of traf­fic gen­er­ated by res­i­den­tial sub­scribers with an av­er­age monthly data us­age per sub­scriber reach­ing 135.4GB the sec­ond quar­ter of this year.

The to­tal retail rev­enues in the year to June 2017 were €3.092bn, up from €3.056bn over the pre­vi­ous year.

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