In July 2014, Vodafone was selected as ESB’s partner via a competitive tender to form a joint venture for the construction of a 100% fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) network. The network, which will be capable of supporting services with speeds up to 1 Gbps, will utilize the state-owned electricity supplier’s infrastructure for the initial deployment, and once phase one is completed in late 2018 the network will pass 500,000 homes in 50 Irish towns. On the same day that EU approval was granted to ESB and Vodafone, Eircom countered with an announcement that it would roll-out a new FTTH network across Ireland. The new network will also be capable of supporting services with speeds up to 1 Gbps, and Eircom has selected 66 locations nationally for the initial rollout, including Dublin, Galway, Kerry and Limerick.
Following the recent EU approval of the ESB/Vodafone joint venture aimed at provisioning fibre broadband infrastructure across Ireland and the future launch of Eircom’s next generation network, super-fast broadband services capable of supporting speeds up to 1 Gbps will be available in Ireland as soon as early 2015.
The fibre networks to be rolled out by ESB/Vodafone and Eircom will be provided on commercial open-access principles, and as such will be available to other operators. Access will be subject to regulatory approval if refused by the network owners.
Due to an unbundling process undertaken by BT Ireland over a decade ago and a deal between BT Ireland and Vodafone in 2009, there are now three wholesalers active in the Irish broadband market, namely BT Ireland, Eircom and Vodafone. A competitive wholesale market should ultimately be to the benefit of consumers, and reflected in broadband pricing and speeds.
In this report: Update of high-speed broadband market in Ireland
List of tables and charts:
- Retail subscriber market shares in the Irish broadband market at end 2013
Number of pages: 3
Number of charts and tables: 1
Manager – Research and Analysis, Service Providers & Platforms
Ms. Alzbeta Fellenbaum, a principal analyst and manager of research at IHS Markit, leads strategic analysis in telecom for the Service Providers & Platforms team.