Telecoms Market Still Uncompetitive; Changing Profile: Only 68pc of Households Still Have a Landline, but 48pc Have Home Internet Access
Byline: Joe Downes
COMPETITION in the business and home telephone market isnt working, anew report shows.
Despite nine years of competition in the telecoms sector in Ireland, formerState monopoly Eircom still controls a 78pc share of the residential telephonymarket.
A report published by Irelands telecoms watchdog, the Commission forCommunications Regulation (ComReg), shows that hardly any headway has been madein providing a fully open telephony market.
The regulators Consumer ICT Services Survey Q4 2007 shows that Eircom far andaway outstripped its closest rival Perlico, the company recently acquired byVodafone, which had 7pc of the residential telephony market, based on thesurvey conducted by Millward Brown IMS.
Third place was taken by BT Ireland with 5pc, followed by TalkTalk/Tele2 with2pc.
The report also revealed that the percentage of homes in the Republic with afixed line is falling rapidly: In 2000 more than four-fifths of householdsreported having a landline, but this figure has now dropped to around 68pc.
Over the same period, the proportion of people between 15 to 74 years of ageowning a mobile phone has climbed from 40pc to 90pc, with even higher rates ofownership for all adults under the age of 50.
In the internet sector a slightly different picture emerges.
According to data published in ComRegs Trends Series Survey, the incumbentsshare of the market fell sharply in 2007, while alternative operators such asBT Ireland, Irish Broadband, Perlico and Clearwire made gains. …