Mapping broadband in Ireland

Broadband Coverage in Europe in 2012 - 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 Point Topic shows Ireland is now over 42% towards achieving that aim.

National coverage by broadband technology

Ireland was ahead of the European Union coverage averages for standard fixed broadband, but behind in terms of both overall standard and NGA broadband coverage.

Ireland broadband coverage by technology combination

Ireland broadband coverage by technology combination – BCE 2012

DSL coverage in Ireland was ahead of the European Union average in 2012, and resulting in Ireland posting higher than average coverage for standard fixed broadband services. Coverage of its cable network also matched the EU average, and most of the network had already been upgraded to Docsis 3. But Docsis 3 was the only significant service for delivering NGA to households in Ireland. At the end of 2012, less than 2% of households could access FTTP services and only small-scale trials of VDSL had been rolled-out.

As a result, Ireland fell behind the European Union average for NGA coverage in 2012, particularly in rural areas. Cable networks typically favour urban areas, and Docsis 3 was thought to cover less than 2% of the most rural households in Ireland. Without significant VDSL or FTTP coverage, Ireland is being left behind the rest of the EU. DSL and WiMAX both contribute to standard fixed broadband coverage in rural areas.

The only technology to have grown significantly in 2012 was Docsis 3 cable. A large proportion of the network was upgraded during the year and 98% of the network provided high-speed services at the time of the Survey – compared with under 80% at the end of 2011. Ireland had not rolled out commercial LTE services by the end of 2012.

Ireland total broadband coverage by technology

Ireland total broadband coverage by technology – BCE 2012

Ireland rural broadband coverage by technology

Ireland rural broadband coverage by technology – BCE 2012

Regional coverage by broadband technology

Nearly all households in Dublin could access standard and NGA broadband services. The roll-out of Docsis 3 most increased coverage in Dublin and the Mid-East region. NGA coverage was lowest in the more rural areas of Ireland, with coverage under 20% in the West and Border regions. The western and midland regions of Ireland had the lowest coverage of standard broadband services, although coverage was still close to 95%.

Ireland standard broadband coverage map

Ireland standard broadband coverage map

Ireland NGA broadband coverage map

Ireland NGA broadband coverage map

Data tables for Ireland

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 tim.johnson@point-topic.com or telephone +44(0)20 3301 3303.

 

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