2013-09-19 19:57:11 - New Fixed Networks market report from Business Monitor International: "Ireland Telecommunications Report Q4 2013"
BMI's forecasts for Ireland's fixed-line voice, broadband and mobile communications markets have been revised downwards yet again, as operators have been unable to mitigate falling subscriptions across the board. We expect Ireland's telecoms market to continue struggling in 2013 and 2014, although Hutchison 3 Ireland's acquisition of Telefonica's O2 Ireland may have some unpredictable effects on mobile market dynamics. Over the long term, we expect a looming price war between mobile operators and the expansion of fibre and mobile broadband networks to rural areas to bring about renewed growth, pushing 3G and 4G penetration and stabilising ARPUs by 2017.
* Ireland's mobile market continued to be negatively affected by the macroeconomic crisis, showing a 0.9% y-o-y decline, with net
subscriptions losses of 45,000, and ending Q213 with a total of 5.222mn subscribers.
* Irish telecoms regulator ComReg reported the fifth consecutive quarter of net losses in dedicated mobile broadband net subscriptions in Q113. As a result, total subscriptions declined by 7% y-o-y, leading us to further revise down our growth forecast for Ireland's broadband market.
* Based on the underperformance of Ireland's mobile operators in H113 we expect market wide ARPUs to drop to EUR28.07 by the end of 2013, and below EUR28 in 2014, but forecast they will recover slightly over the long term, as increased 3G and 4G penetration rises towards the end of our forecast period to 2017.
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Key Trends & Developments
Spanish telecoms operator Telefonica confirmed it will sell its Irish unit O2 for EUR850mn (US$1.1bn) to Hong Kong-based Hutchison Whampoa's Irish subsidiary, 3 Ireland. Of the total, EUR780mn (US$1.02bn) will be paid in cash on completion of the transaction, while a further additional deferred payment of EUR70mn (US$91.7mn) will be linked to the achievement of agreed financial objectives. The deal, when granted regulatory and anti-trust approvals, will propel 3 Ireland into second position in the Irish mobile market, with an estimated combined share of 38.8% and just over 2mn subscribers, based on operator data for Q213.
The acquisition of O2 Ireland by Hutchison-owned 3 Ireland is likely to result in a significant number of O2 subscribers churning away from the enlarged entity, as the introduction of newly rebranded and repriced plans could lead to consumer dissatisfaction or, at the very least, pique latent interest in offerings from rivals Meteor and Vodafone. We certainly expect Vodafone, at least, to respond to the changed market environment with aggressively discounted offers in the latter part of 2013 and early 2014. This expectation has already been confirmed, as 3 Ireland stated its intention to challenge its rivals to an all-out price war in July 2013.
As the acquisition is still pending, the results of the merger on Ireland's market dynamics are not reflected in this quarter's report. However, we will follow the development of the merger closely, and will include our analysis of its impact on the mobile market in subsequent reports.
Partial Table of Contents:
BMI Industry View
- Table: Telecoms Sector - Mobile - Historical Data & Forecasts, 2010-2017
- Table: Telecoms Sector - Monthly Blended Mobile ARPU (EUR) - Historical Data & Forecasts, 2010-2017
- Fixed Line
- Table: Telecoms Sector - Fixed Line - Historical Data & Forecasts, 2010-2017
- Table: Telecoms Sector - Internet - Historical Data & Forecasts, 2010-2017
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
- Table: Western Europe Risk/Reward Ratings
- Regional Perspective
- Table: Ireland Mobile Market Regional Comparisons, 2012
- Key Developments
- Market Growth
- Market Shares
- Table: Ireland Mobile Subscribers Q112-Q213 ('000)
- Subscription Mix
- Usage (ARPUs)
- Mobile Content
- Mobile Operator Data
- Table: Ireland Mobile Market Overview
- Table: Vodafone Ireland
- Table: O2 Ireland
- Table: Hutchison 3G Ireland
- Table: Meteor
- Western Europe Mobile Content
- Monetising Footfall
- Interoperable M-Commerce A Stronger Proposition
- Positioning Key To M2M Success
- 02 Ireland
- Vodafone Ireland
- Fibre-Optic Investment
- National Broadband Scheme
Industry Trends And Developments
- Fibre Networks
- Mobile Operators: M&A and Network Investment
- Operator Results
- MTR Proposals Subject To Challenge
- Eircom Post-Examinership
- Regulatory Overview
- Table: Regulatory Bodies And Their Responsibilities
- Regulatory Developments
- Table: Key Players: Ireland Telecoms Sector
- Telefonica O2 Ireland
- Vodafone Ireland
- Hutchison 3G Ireland
- Regional Overview
- The Shift Plan In Detail
- Recent Results
- Table: Alcatel-Lucent: Revenues By Segment, Q113 (EURmn)
- European Heartland Remains Challenging
- Table: Alcatel Lucent: Major European Contracts/Trials, H113
- Table: Ireland's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 ('000)
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