Broadband speeds in Ireland are hit and miss. If you live in an urban area, chances are you wont really give your broadband speed a thought. But what about those living in rural areas. According to the results of a recent Pure Telecom survey of 1000 adults, half of Irish adults who experience poor broadband speeds would be prepared to relocate for an improved connection.
Three-quarters of the respondents are satisfied with their speeds, with 88% indicating that their home broadband speeds have either remained the same or improved in the last 12 months. The survey also revealed that the average person spends 6 hours, 20 minutes per day using their broadband connection at home – a total of 44 hours, 23 minutes per week.
Paul Connell, CEO, Pure Telecom, said that the results show that the internet plays a massive role in people’s lives.
“With the rise of applications like intelligent personal assistants, as well as online streaming and TV viewing, people are spending a significant amount of their time at home online – even downloading content as they sleep in some cases,”
Ireland’s National Broadband Plan
Published in 2012, Ireland’s NBP is a Government wide initiative to deliver high speed broadband services to all businesses and households in Ireland.
Fast-forward to 2017 and the NBP has yet to be announced or rolled out, with the latest news indicating the final tender will be awarded in 2018 to one of two bidders, Eircom Limited or a consortium made up of Granahan McCourt, enet, SSE and John Laing Group plc.
In the wake of the recent survey’s findings, Paul O’Connell highlighted the plight of those living in rural areas:
“Many of the people affected by poor access live in rural Ireland. We need to help our rural communities thrive – not drive them into towns and cities because of internet problems,”
“We hope that the National Broadband Plan will be announced and rolled out quickly so that people can access quality internet services no matter where they live.”
Earlier this year, Pure Telecom signed a €35m deal with wholesale telecoms provider Open Eir, the wholesale arm of Eir. The deal will allow Pure Telecom to offer almost two million customers high-speed broadband and phone services via Open Eir’s network.
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