Mapping broadband coverage in Ireland

Broadband Coverage in Europe in 2011 - key results for Ireland

One of the European Union’s most ambitious targets is to make sure that all its citizens can get access to superfast broadband at home, if they choose, by 2020. A new study by broadband specialists Point Topic shows Ireland is now nearly 36% towards achieving that aim.

Point Topic – Broadband Coverage in Europe in 2011 – Ireland

National coverage by broadband technology – Ireland

Ireland broadband coverage by technology combination - BCE 2011

Ireland broadband coverage by technology combination – BCE 2011

Ireland has average overall coverage, and better than average rural coverage, of standard and HSPA broadband.  But NGA services are some way behind the European average and coverage is focused on the Dublin area.

Total coverage of standard fixed and HSPA broadband technologies in Ireland is slightly ahead of the European Union averages at 97.1% and 95.0% respectively.  The Rural coverage measures are well ahead of the average at 93.8% and 90.0%.

On the other hand, the coverage of fixed NGA technologies is rather behind the average at 35.6% in the country as a whole and 0.0% in rural areas.

The reasons for this difference can be seen in the profile of coverage by each technology below.  The standard broadband technologies – DSL, WiMAX and Standard Cable – are all ahead of the European averages for coverage.  The widespread availability of WiMAX is an important feature for rural coverage.  The NGA technologies – VDSL, FTTP and Docsis 3 cable – are all behind.   Docsis 3 is close to the European average but VDSL and FTTP are still in the early stages of development in Ireland.

Ireland broadband coverage map

Ireland broadband coverage map

Similarly, HSPA coverage is level with the EU mean but commercial LTE services had not started in Ireland as of end-2011.

The contrast is even more striking in the profile of rural coverage by technology.  DSL, WiMAX and HSPA are all ahead of the EU average and Ireland is one of the countries with 100% satellite availability.  But the project did not find evidence of any significant rural coverage by the fixed or mobile NGA technologies, or standard cable.

Broadband maps for Ireland

All regions of Ireland have total standard coverage of 95% or more although only Dublin has 100%.  The differences with NGA coverage are much greater, with Dublin over 88% but no other region reaching 26%.  The NUTS 3 regions in the south and east of the country all have NGA coverage between 14% and 26% but the Border and West regions have only 4.2% and 0.2% respectively.  This pattern reflects the coverage of the cable network because Docsis 3 is the only NGA technology with significant reach in Ireland at present.

Find out more

Point Topic maps broadband coverage in every square kilometre across Europe. For more details, please visit the Broadband Competition Map of Europe page or contact Tim Johnson at or telephone +44(0)20 3301 3303.

Data tables for Ireland


Statistic National
Population 4,401,335
Persons per household 2.7
Rural proportion 38.0%

Coverage by technology

Technology Total Rural
DSL 95.3% 87.6%
VDSL 0.7% 0.0%
FTTP 2.0% 0.0%
WiMAX 28.3% 20.0%
Standard cable 43.1% 0.0%
Docsis 3 cable 34.2% 0.0%
HSPA 95.0% 90.0%
LTE 0.0% 0.0%
Satellite 100.0% 100.0%
Standard Combination 97.1% 93.8%
NGA Combination 35.6% 0.0%



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