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Ireland ranks 36th in Worldwide Broadband Speed League for second year running

Mean download speeds are up 4 Mbps since last year

A new study of 163 million broadband speed tests - carried out across 200 countries from June 2017 to May 2018 and compiled by - shows that Ireland ranks 36th worldwide, with mean broadband speeds of 18.22Mbps.

While mean download speeds in Ireland are up 4.3Mbps year-on-year, our worldwide ranking remains the same. We also continue to lag behind other EU countries, coming in at 22nd, behind countries including Sweden, Denmark, Romania, Belgium. Since last year, the UK has dropped four places to 35th worldwide, just ahead of Ireland.

The mean speed in Ireland still well below the target of 30Mbps which is set out in the National Broadband Plan. What our mean speed means in practice is that it would take almost 40 minutes to download a HD movie.

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Singapore comes out top of the table again, with mean speeds of over 60Mbps, up 5Mbps year-on-year. It would take someone with this speed just over 10 minutes to download a HD film. Global mean broadband speed has risen from 7.40Mbps to 9.10Mbps year-on-year - up 23%.

Do you struggle with slow broadband?

The report clearly shows that broadband speeds in Ireland have improved in the past year, which is perhaps unsurprising, considering the rollout of many more high-speed plans, including SIRO-powered broadband and Gigabit plans from eir, which have speeds of up to 1,000Mbps.

However, there are still many people in Ireland who struggle with slow broadband speeds. If you have slow broadband, this could be for a number of reasons. Firstly, depending on the type of broadband connection you have, you may be signed up to a plan with a low ‘up to’ speed.

However, if you’re signed up to a plan with decent speeds and you’re still struggling, it might be down to things like:

  • Having the router encased in a cabinet or somewhere that is blocking the signal.
  • Your distance from the exchange, which can significantly alter the speeds you get.
  • Using WiFi, rather than connecting directly to the router.
  • The number of people in your household - and the devices - connected to the internet at any one time.
  • Old equipment - such as your modem/router.

Our dedicated guide has loads of information on improving your broadband speeds, which should help.

If the issue is the speed of the plan you’re on, why not try comparing broadband deals, to see if there is a plan that might suit you better available where you live?

On top of getting better speeds, switching could also save you hundreds of euro, because many plans have huge discounts for new customers.

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