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ComReg’s latest report shows our broadband speeds are increasing

The report also shows that the number of fixed broadband subscriptions in Ireland is growing.

Last week, the Commission for Communications Regulation released its report on trends in the Irish Communications from 1 April to 30 June.

The report shows that the number of fixed broadband subscriptions in Ireland is up to 1.379 million, which brings the broadband penetration rate in Ireland up to 86%, 3% higher than the EU average of 83%.

And, following on from the news that enet and SSE are to roll out 1GB broadband in the north-west, and eir’s continuing rollout to 300,000 premises across the country, this report shows that broadband speeds seem to be improving, too.

According to ComReg, 68.7% of all fixed broadband subscriptions in Ireland are now equal to or greater than 30Mbps, up from 60.1% in the same period in 2016.

30Mbps is the minimum target set out in the National Broadband Plan, so the increase in the number of people getting these speeds is positive news.

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten TD, welcomed the report, saying it showed that, since this Government was formed, an extra 171 homes every day were connected to a fixed broadband service.

Minister Naughten also highlighted that, although it was starting from a low base, there has been a 150% increase in the number of pure fibre connections in the past 6 months.

He said the report clearly shows that more homes are getting access to broadband and that broadband services are getting faster and concluded: “I am determined to keep this momentum up until every home and business in Ireland has access to a high speed broadband solution.”

There’s no doubt the report shows positive progress towards ensuring every premises in Ireland has decent broadband - however, it can be frustrating if you’re someone who still hasn’t got fast, reliable broadband at home. And a report from Eurostat at the weekend showed Ireland is behind the EU average in terms of the percentage of premises with fibre connections.

If you are still struggling to get decent broadband at home, it’s definitely worth shopping around to see if any new providers have started to service the area where you live. New rollouts are happening all the time, so you could get a much faster deal from a new provider with a different type of connection.

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