On 12 March 2015, ComReg published its Quarterly Key Data Report for the final quarter in 2014.
Some unexplained trends from the previous quarter but overall a relatively steady picture. Highlights include:
- Despite overall industry retail revenues continuing to increase this quarter (0.8% from Q3 to Q4 2014) this quarter’s increase was less than the previous quarter’s increase of 1.1%, and when taken at an annual level there was a continuing decline in overall industry retail revenues (€3 billion for the 12 months to September 2014, down from €3.12 billion for the previous year).
- Mobile ARPU once again decreased to €25 per month (compared to an increase experienced in the previous quarter). Annually, the figures show a slight decline compared to monthly ARPU of €26 for the same period in Q4 2013. ComReg considers the decline in ARPU is due in part, to cheaper mobile plans and increased sales of bundled products and reductions in roaming and mobile termination rates. Notably ComReg has not referenced declining economic conditions in Ireland as a factor, and this reflects more widespread acceptance generally of signs of economic recovery.
- Total broadband subscriptions remained static at just under 1.7 million at the end of December 2014, up 0.2% compared to Q4 2013, but down 0.1% compared to Q3 2014.
- Fixed voice subscriptions increased only marginally by 0.4% since Q3 2014, but an increase of 3.8% during the previous 12 month period, to remain just over 1.58 million subscriptions.
- Total voice traffic (in minutes) had a rise of 2.4% from Q3 2014, and an overall increase of 1.6% from the same period in 2013. This contrasts to figures for the previous quarter where voice traffic increased only marginally and at an annual level actually decreased for the relevant period from 2013-2014. The majority of the total voice traffic continues to be attributable to mobile voice traffic (72.1%), with mobile minutes increasing at a rapid 4.1% from Q3 2014 (compared to an increase of <1% from Q2-Q3 2014).
- Average fixed broadband speeds continue to increase. The figures show approximately 63.8% of all fixed broadband subscriptions in Q4 2014 ≥10 Mbps, and 45.4% of all fixed broadband subscriptions in Q4 2014 ≥ 30 Mbps.