Areas of Cork among slowest for broadband

New data this week revealed the Cork has some of the worst areas in the country for broadband speeds.

Of the20 slowest areas in the country, four are in Cork, with Dromahane is county Cork among the five worst in the country.

The speed test data collected by Switcher.ie, the independent price comparison website and switching service, found that parts of the country experience broadband speeds up to 36 times slower than others.

The data also suggests that as few as a quarter of households could be receiving speeds of 30Mbps or more, the minimum target set out in the National Broadband Plan.

The data, based on almost 27,000 consumer speed tests run by broadband users between 1 August 2015 and 31 July 2016, shows that Legan in Longford is officials the slowest area, with average speeds that are 36 times slower than Drimnagh in Dublin 12 – the fastest area- and almost 12 times slower than the national average.

In terms of county-by-county results, Dublin has the highest average speed, followed by Waterford, Kildare, Meath and Westmeath. The county with the slowest average speed is Longford, with Leitrim, Roscommon, Monaghan and Mayo making up the bottom five.

The National Broadband Plan sets out that, at a minimum, broadband with speeds of up to 30Mbps should be available to all. The data shows that, of all tests collected throughout the period, only 25 per cent of tests had speeds of 30Mbps or more.

Eoin Clarke, Managing Director of Switcher.ie, said: “The results from the speed test data highlight the digital divide in Ireland. We’re seeing lightning speeds in certain areas, largely where there has already been investment made in fibre to the home networks. However, in many areas we are still a long way off these kinds of speeds.

“In practical terms, it would have taken someone living in Legan in Longford over three and-a-half hours to download a two hour HD movie, while people in Drimnagh in Dublin 12 can do this in just under six minutes.

“This is a stark difference that could have a real impact on quality of life for people in areas with sluggish speeds. And it can have an impact on house prices, education and local businesses, too.

“Obviously, investment from commercial providers and rollout of the National Broadband Plan is needed in order to bring every premises onto a level playing field.”

The highest speed out of all the tests was 989.15Mbps, which was recorded in Ballon in Carlow.

Aside from the type of connection you have and where you live, there are a number of other factors that can affect the speeds you can achieve. For example, distance from the exchange, where the router is placed within your home and even the time of day you use the internet. Whether or not you’re connected directly to the router or using WiFi will also have an impact, as will the device you’re using.

Catch the full article in the Cork Independant

Article by Brian Hayes Curtin