FACTOID # 12: It's not the government they hate: Washington DC has the highest number of hate crimes per capita in the US.
 
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
   
 
WHAT'S NEW
 

SEARCH ALL

FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 

 

(* = Graphable)

 

 


Encyclopedia > Meteor (mobile network)
Meteor Mobile Communications
Type Private
Founded 1999
Headquarters Dublin, Ireland
Key people Larry Smith (CEO)
Industry Mobile telecommunications
Products Mobile phone network, mobile phone services & related goods
Revenue €388 million (June 2007)
Employees ~800
Parent eircom Group Plc.
Website www.meteor.ie

Meteor Mobile Communications Limited is a mobile telecommunications company in the Republic of Ireland. They operate a GSM/GPRS/EDGE cellular communications network under licence from the Commission for Communications Regulation, and were the third entrant in the market, after Vodafone Ireland and O2 Ireland. The company is currently a wholly owned subsidiary of Irish telecoms network, eircom Group plc., having been purchased for €420m in 2005.[1] Image File history File links Flag_of_Ireland. ... For other uses, see Dublin (disambiguation). ... Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the job of having the ultimate executive responsibility or authority within an organization or corporation. ... Look up Mobile in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Telecommunication involves the transmission of signals over a distance for the purpose of communication. ... For the tax agency in Ireland of the same name, see Revenue Commissioners. ... This article is about work. ... For the band, see Big Brother and the Holding Company. ... eircom Group plc is the largest telecommunications operator in the Republic of Ireland. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Cell phone redirects here. ... Telecommunication involves the transmission of signals over a distance for the purpose of communication. ... For other uses, see GSM (disambiguation). ... General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) is a mobile data service available to users of GSM mobile phones. ... Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE) or Enhanced GPRS (EGPRS), is a digital mobile phone technology that allows increased data transmission rates and improved data transmission reliability. ... The Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) is the general communications regulator for Ireland, covering almost all possible types of communications. ... Vodafone Ireland, part of the Vodafone Group, which is marginally the largest mobile phone company in the Republic of Ireland, and was previously called Eircell. ... O2 Ireland is a GSM mobile telecommunications operator in the Republic of Ireland. ... eircom Group plc is the largest telecommunications operator in the Republic of Ireland. ...


They issue their new numbers with the code 085, although the introduction of full mobile number portability makes access codes a little less relevant on mobile phone systems, where by a Meteor customer could now have a number starting with the code 089, 087, 086, or 083 instead. Number portability is the practice of allowing customers to transfer their telephone numbers from one telephone operator (PSTN, mobile, IP-based or other) to another. ...


As of December 2007, Meteor had around 962,000 customers; or 18.9% of the market.[2]

Contents

History

Award of Licence

Logo used by the Meteor Consortium in bidding for the 3rd GSM license in 1998/99

In 1998, the then Director of Telecommunications Regulation held a competition to award the third mobile telecommunications licence. Two companies bid for the licence, Orange Communications Limited, then controlled by Hutchinson Whampoa, and Meteor Mobile Communications (consisting at that point of Western Wireless, RF Communications Limited, and TWG Ireland LLC). On 19 June 1998 it was announced that Meteor had been ranked first in the competition. However, Orange took legal action against the Director to prevent the licence being awarded. This legal action ultimately failed and on 29 June 2000 Meteor were finally issued with the third mobile telecommunications licence. Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... The Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) is the general communications regulator for Ireland, covering almost all possible types of communications. ... Orange SA IPA: is a mobile network operator and an internet service provider that is a subsidiary of France Télécom. ... Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL, 和記黃埔有限公司), (HKSE: 0013) , of Hong Kong, is one of the largest companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. ... is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 180th day of the year (181st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ...

Launch

Launched on 22 February 2001, Meteor slowly picked up a low (under 10%) share of the Irish market. However, they are profitable, and have picked up much of the lucrative pre-paid market among teenagers, due to their low SMS rates and ongoing promotions such as free Meteor to Meteor SMSs. They also pick up more (41%) of all new pre-paid accounts than the other three networks. this number has been in decline recently since the avent of better price plans from the other networks. is the 53rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Pay As You Go, often shortened to PAYG, is the general term for the concept of a prepay mobile phone. ... For other uses, see SMS (disambiguation). ...


In 2004, Western Wireless International (the then parent company) bought out the remaining minority shareholders in the consortium, and it became a wholly owned subsidiary of that company. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Acquisition by eircom

Former Meteor logo (2005-2007)

In early 2005, several Irish newspapers reported that Western Wireless had been approached with a view to selling Meteor. On 9 July 2005 it was reported by The Irish Times that there had been three bidders for Meteor: eircom, Smart Telecom, and a consortium led by Denis O'Brien. It was considered that the probability of eircom winning, was looking increasingly unlikely due to their heavy debt of approximately €1.9 billion. It seemed unlikely they could afford it, should the price have topped €400 million. However, on 14 July 2005, RTÉ News reported on their business website[3] that Denis O'Brien had withdrawn from bidding, and that it was understood that eircom was the top bidder at €410m. On 21 July it was announced that Smart Telecom had also withdrawn, leaving eircom as the sole bidder. On 25 July eircom announced that it had agreed to purchase the company for €420m. On 18 November 2005 the Competition Authority approved, subject to conditions (primarily, that separate accounts continue to be published for Meteor). The purchase was completed on 23 November 2005. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 190th day of the year (191st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... It has been suggested that Irish Times Trust be merged into this article or section. ... eircom Group plc is the largest telecommunications operator in the Republic of Ireland. ... Smart Telecom (AIM:SMR) is an Irish telecom operator that started as a phone card seller. ... Denis OBrien, (born April 19, 1958 in County Cork), is an Irish entrepreneur. ... is the 195th day of the year (196th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... RTÉ News and Current Affairs is a major division of Radio Telefís Éireann responsible for news programming on television, radio and online within the Republic of Ireland. ... is the 202nd day of the year (203rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 206th day of the year (207th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 322nd day of the year (323rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Possible Disposal of Meteor

In the Irish Independent[4] it has been reported that eircom's owners Babcock and Brown are planning to break up eircom Group plc. retaining the core backbone Network Wholesale Division and selling the eircom Retail and Meteor Mobile Communications Divisions. It is reported that the retail arm of eircom could be worth €1bn and Meteor could be anything around €800m. New Babcock & Brown branding Babcock & Brown (ASX: BNB) is an Australian company that is a global investment bank. ...


Rapid Growth

In the latest report from eircom, Meteor has gained an 18.9% share of the mobile market in Ireland, with a customer base of over 962,000 of which over 100,000 (12%) are post paid subscribers under the Meteor BillPay brand. Meteor has accounted for 66% of the overall growth of the Irish mobile market in the year to September 2006.[5] The company is now working closely with eircom in upgrading its billing systems and deploying EDGE and 3G technology on its network. With the recent developments in eircom's acceptance of the fourth 3G license from ComReg, Meteor is now obliged to have 33% of the population covered with commercial roll out of 3G services in October 2007. Meteor have also recently signed a deal with T-Mobile UK which will see T-Mobile UK contract customers being offered a flat rate £0.25 for calls made while roaming on the Meteor network in Ireland. On September 21, 2006 Meteor have also announced the abolition of charges to receive calls while in the UK like O2 have done and unlike Vodafone Ireland who still charge to receive a call while in the UK. Meteor have attained this by signing a deal with T-Mobile UK (as expected, due to a previous low-charge deal, only the other way around). eircom Group plc is the largest telecommunications operator in the Republic of Ireland. ... eircom Group plc is the largest telecommunications operator in the Republic of Ireland. ... Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE) or Enhanced GPRS (EGPRS), is a digital mobile phone technology that allows increased data transmission rates and improved data transmission reliability. ... 3G is the third generation of mobile phone standards and technology, superseding 2G. It is based on the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) family of standards under the International Mobile Telecommunications programme, IMT-2000. // Main article: IMT-2000 International Telecommunications Union (ITU): IMT-2000 consists of six radio interfaces W-CDMA... eircom Group plc is the largest telecommunications operator in the Republic of Ireland. ... 3G is the third generation of mobile phone standards and technology, superseding 2G. It is based on the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) family of standards under the International Mobile Telecommunications programme, IMT-2000. // Main article: IMT-2000 International Telecommunications Union (ITU): IMT-2000 consists of six radio interfaces W-CDMA... The Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) is the general communications regulator for the Republic of Ireland, covering almost all possible types of communications. ... T-Mobile logo T-Mobile is a multinational mobile phone operator. ... GBP redirects here. ... is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Vodafone Ireland, part of the Vodafone Group, which is marginally the largest mobile phone company in the Republic of Ireland, and was previously called Eircell. ... T-Mobile logo T-Mobile is a multinational mobile phone operator. ...


Products & Services

Meteor initially started out as a value-driven mobile service offering customers basic mobile voice telephony and text-based SMS services to mostly Pay and Go customers. Today the company offers mobile services, such as MMS, GPRS and EDGE through their Pay as You Go and Bill Pay brands, with 3G due to launch at the end of October 2007.


Meteor Stuff is the company's mobile-content based services, offering realtones, and other content available for download to existing customers.


Meteor Business is the company's division focusing on business customers. They offer services such as Mobile Email using Visto technology,[6] Microsoft Windows Mobile Email and other products. Visto is a private US company located in Redwood Shores, CA. It specializes in corporate connectivity software. ...


Network

Meteor previously had a national roaming agreement with O2 Ireland which meant that when out of Meteor coverage, a Meteor customer could use O2 Ireland's network at no extra charge. This deal expired in February 2007, where Meteor customers in some parts of the western seaboard of Ireland, now roam on the Vodafone Ireland network, while Meteor continue to build coverage in those remote areas. Roaming is a general term in wireless telecommunications that refers to the extending of connectivity service in a location that is different from the home location where the service was registered. ... O2 Ireland is a GSM mobile telecommunications operator in the Republic of Ireland. ... Vodafone Ireland, part of the Vodafone Group, which is marginally the largest mobile phone company in the Republic of Ireland, and was previously called Eircell. ...


Like all other Irish operators, Meteor now hold a UMTS licence. This means that they will soon be able to offer 3G services such as video calling. They currently offer GPRS (2.5G) services. They won a bid for the final 3G licence, when their parent, eircom accepted this, due to the fact that, Smart Mobile Ltd. was unable to pay for the license. Meteor continue to add EDGE capabilities to their existing 2G network. In order to comply with the terms of licence, Meteor launched stage one (10% 3G coverage area) from their UMTS/HSDPA Network on the end of October 2007, with the second phase due mid 2008 though this network is not released for commercial use as yet. [7] Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) is one of the third-generation (3G) mobile phone technologies. ... 3G is the third generation of mobile phone standards and technology, superseding 2G. It is based on the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) family of standards under the International Mobile Telecommunications programme, IMT-2000. // Main article: IMT-2000 International Telecommunications Union (ITU): IMT-2000 consists of six radio interfaces W-CDMA... General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) is a mobile data service available to users of GSM mobile phones. ... eircom Group plc is the largest telecommunications operator in the Republic of Ireland. ... Smart Telecom (AIM:SMR) is an Irish telecom operator. ... Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE) or Enhanced GPRS (EGPRS), is a digital mobile phone technology that allows increased data transmission rates and improved data transmission reliability. ... Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) is one of the third-generation (3G) mobile phone technologies. ... High-Speed Downlink Packet Access or HSDPA is a mobile telephony protocol. ...


Meteor Ireland Music Awards

Meteor sponsor Ireland's national music awards each year, and they have hence become known as The Meteors. 2007 Logo The Meteor Ireland Music Awards (colloquially called The Meteors) are the national music awards of Ireland. ...


See also

The following page lists Irish companies or subsidiaries according to their sector. ...

External links

Footnotes

  1. ^ eircom Buys Meteor[1]
  2. ^ "Businessworld.ie"[2]
  3. ^ RTÉ.ie Meteor Bidding[3]
  4. ^ Irish Independent Article (20-July-07)[4]
  5. ^ http://investorrelations.eircom.net/pdf/QuarterlyandninemonthReport_presentation.pdf
  6. ^ Visto Press Release[5]
  7. ^ eircom 12 Month Results Presentation[6]
Hutchison 3G Ireland Limited is a mobile phone company in Ireland. ... O2 Ireland is a GSM mobile telecommunications operator in the Republic of Ireland. ... Vodafone Ireland, part of the Vodafone Group, which is marginally the largest mobile phone company in the Republic of Ireland, and was previously called Eircell. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... eircom Group plc is the largest telecommunications operator in the Republic of Ireland. ... Tesco Ireland Limited is a supermarket company in the Republic of Ireland. ...

 
 

COMMENTARY     


Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m