Tuesday 16 January 2018

Revenue falls 10.6pc to €4bn as mobile and internet use rises

John Mulligan

TOTAL revenues in Ireland's communications sector -- which includes those from telecoms firms and some television subscription companies -- fell 10.6pc to €4.03bn last year, according to a report from telecoms watchdog Comreg published yesterday.

The quarterly update from the agency, which is for the three months to the end of December, notes that total communications revenue here has fallen for six consecutive quarters. Fixed-line revenue slipped 2.8pc quarter-on-quarter at the end of December to €491.1m, according to Comreg; while mobile revenues declined 2.4pc to €434.7m. Total broadcasting revenue was 5pc higher at €47.6m. That broadcasting figure does not include revenue earned by Sky.

The decrease in overall revenues during the quarter came even as the number of mobile and internet subscriptions rose, according to Comreg.

There were 1.57 million internet subscriptions in the country at the end of December, up 3.5pc quarter-on-quarter. The number of broadband subscriptions climbed 6pc to 1.44 million. Mobile broadband subscriptions jumped 13.4pc quarter-on-quarter to nearly 467,000 at the end of December.

The number of subscribers accessing the internet via cable grew sharply in the last quarter, by 9.7pc to 150,910.

That brought the full-year rise to over 45pc. The number of subscriptions to DSL services was up 8.2pc in the year at 714,000.

Fixed-line voice traffic deceased 1.1pc in the last quarter. Comreg's report said the fact that the increase in mobile voice traffic during the last quarter was not matched by an increase in mobile revenues suggests that consumers may be benefiting from larger bundles of mobile calls and data, and discounted tariffs.

Irish Independent

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