The 12th wave of Irish and EU aggregated data for the period 1 April 2013 to 30 September 2013 was published by ComReg on 24 June.  There are no real changes from the previous report. A useful summary of the key points for voice calls, SMS and data is set out at pages 4 & 5 of the report.  Highlights include:

Voice calls

  • Irish average retail roaming prices for calls made / received continue to be below the regulatory price ceilings.  
  • Ireland’s average “Eurotariff” (price per calls made / received and price for the rest of the world for calls made while outside the EU/EEA) is still lower than the EU/EEA average.    
  • Talking less – or at least less than 30 seconds - is still costing us more due to the 30 seconds billing threshold. As such, the surcharge for Ireland’s billed prices for retail “Eurotariff” calls made has increased in the relevant period and is significantly above the EU/EEA average (ie, around 5.6%).

Text Messages (SMS)

  • The average retail price for sending a text message is down to 7 cents (1 cent below the regulated cap of 8 cents).

Data

  • Ireland’s average “Eurotariff” retail data prices at 22 cents continue to be significantly lower – around half – of the regulated price cap of 45 cents and EU/EEA average.
  • Unsurprisingly, volumes of retail data traffic continue to grow strongly.