On 20 June, ComReg published its Quarterly Key Data Report for the first quarter in 2014. There are no real surprises in the data published. Highlights include:
- There was a continuing decline in overall industry retail revenues (€3.13 billion for the 12 months to March 2014), down 3.0% since Q4 2013.
- In line with recent trends, mobile ARPU continued to decline during the first quarter of the year. Mobile ARPU was €26 per month, compared to €28 per month in Q1 2013. ComReg has stated that the decline in ARPU is due in part, to cheaper mobile plans and increased sales of bundled products.
- Total broadband subscriptions increased to stand at 1.7 million at the end of March 2014, up 0.7% compared to Q4 2013, and up 2.0% compared to Q1 2013.
- Fixed voice subscriptions increased 2.1% since Q4 2013, with an increase of 5.8% during the previous 12 month period, to just over 1.56 million subscriptions.
- In contrast to the previous quarter which saw an annual increase in total voice traffic (in minutes), there was a 1.0% decrease in total voice traffic in Q1 2014. The majority of the total voice traffic continues to be attributable to mobile voice traffic (69.1%). Bucking the trend in the last quarter, both mobile and fixed voice traffic experienced a decline in Q1 2014. The decline was unsurprisingly more pronounced for fixed voice traffic (a decline of 1.3% for the quarter) compared to mobile voice traffic (a decline of 0.8% for the quarter).
- In a welcome development, average fixed broadband speeds continue to increase. However the figures show there is still some way to go – with 56.7% of all fixed broadband subscriptions in Q1 2014 ≥10 Mbps, and 37.7% of all fixed broadband subscriptions in Q1 2014 ≥ 30 Mbps (an increase of 32.3%, and 21.3% respectively from Q1 2013).
- Unsurprisingly, the number of smartphone and tablet users continued to increase during the first quarter to 2.7 million with 57.2% of all mobile subscriptions now being smartphones, up 12.2% over the previous 12 months. And the increasing trend towards higher data usage (up 48.1% from Q1 2013 – Q1 2014) looks here to stay – capacity permitting!