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1 Ireland’s Broadband Performance and Policy Actions January 2010

2 Contents 1.Current Broadband Performance - Broadband penetration (fixed and mobile) - Cost and speed of available services for business and residential customers - Next generation networks 2.Market Developments – Core and Access Networks 3.Policy Recommendations

3 1. Strong Growth in Broadband Take-Up… but we are not yet converging on leading countries Broadband Subscribers per 100 inhabitants, 2002-2009 Source: OECD, Broadband Statistics

4 While mobile subscriptions are high in Ireland, overall penetration rate remains average Source: OECD Broadband Statistics (fixed) and European Commission (mobile) Fixed and Mobile Broadband Penetration per 100 Inhabitants, July 2009

5 Geography Does Not Help Roll-Out of Advanced Services Source: OECD, Broadband Statistics; World Bank, World Development Indicators Broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants and Urban Population, June 2009

6 Download speeds in Ireland remain below the fastest speeds in other OECD countries Fixed Broadband Lines by Speed, July 2009 Source: European Commission Working Document: Broadband access in the EU 1 July 2009.

7 Business Products are Improving (speed/costs) - but the most widely available service still offers relatively slow speeds Fastest DSL Connection offered by the incumbent and Annual € Cost Source: Teligen, September 2009

8 Ireland compares poorly with leading countries in terms of the fastest speed available to residential customers Source: Teligen, September 2009 Fastest Residential DSL/Cable Connection and Annual Cost

9 Ireland remains behind leading regions in upgrading the local access network to fibre Source: OECD, Broadband Statistics Fibre Connections as a Percentage of Total Broadband Connections, June 2009

10 Ireland lags competitors as an increasing number of countries develop the capability to support next generation telecoms services CISCO/Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, September 2009 Readiness to Support Next Generation Broadband Services, 2009

11 2. Market Developments ► International connectivity is strong ► Major improvements in the ‘core’ network Investment by telecommunications operators strong State-driven developments have played a strong role – ESB, BGE, CIE, Local Authorities - Metropolitan Area Networks, etc. ► Investment in Upgrading Access Networks Disappointing (from the national/ regional network to the customer premises) Eircom – some trials but no investment plan UPC investing significantly – potential speeds of 120 Mb/s in areas where it is active Recent launch of WiMax service in key cities (offering 8Mb) Trials of advanced mobile services (Long-Term Evolution) likely in next two years

12 3. Immediate Policy Requirements ► Greater investment in telecommunications infrastructure is essential if Ireland is to converge towards leading OECD countries in terms of high quality services The report outlines action to: ► 3.1 Facilitate the Necessary Investment by Private Telecommunications Operators ► 3.2 Utilise Existing State Investments and Regulations

13 3.1 We Need to Facilitate Private Investment in Risky Network Upgrades ► Ensure an appropriate return on investment to incentivise investment in Next Generation Networks ► Examine the potential for infrastructure sharing while maintaining competition in the market ► Make spectrum available for wireless options – switching off analogue TV is key – update the 1926 Wireless Act ► Ensure wholesale access to a range of advanced products ► Reduce the cost of network rollout – minimise costs and onerous planning rules, and fragmentation across local authorities

14 3.2 Role of State Investment and Regulation ► Progress the ‘one-stop-shop’ and the mandatory provision of ducting in building regulations ► Progress on local loop unbundling – competition spurs investment in fibre ► Mainstream the Provision of Access Infrastructure into Existing State Investment Plans Water distribution networks and metering, Smart Electricity Metering, Sewers, Roads, etc. Can Local Authorities play a more proactive role in developing open access infrastructure? ► Extend MANs in Cork and Waterford ► Potential to build additional MANs in 5 towns ► Demand for Broadband Progress on eGovernment, eHealth, ICT in Schools etc.

15 Conclusions ► Ireland needs to be among the leaders in Europe in the provision of advanced telecommunications infrastructure, access and services by 2012 ► Broadband speeds available are currently higher in other countries and take-up of fibre is growing rapidly ► Investments being made currently are necessary but are not sufficient to achieve a leadership position ► Competitiveness threat for Irish firms as significantly faster speeds become widespread in other countries? ► Role for State Provision of Access Infrastructure? Some countries have developed more active programmes to roll out next generation networks

16 Thank You To view the full report see,5376,en.php,5376,en.php

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