Economic development in rural Kerry remains hobbled by shockingly poor broadband speeds which are the slowest in the entire province, a new survey of average internet connection speeds in Ireland has shown.
The survey conducted among 27,000 internet users nationally by website Switcher.ie shows that people living on rural Kerry are forced to contend with some of the slowest broadband download speeds in the entire country when trying to conduct business or use the internet for leisure.
Kerry is ranked the tenth slowest county in the Republic. The findings of the survey echo a study conducted by The Kerryman in June which found that most of the townlands in Kerry – outside of the main urban centres of Tralee, Killarney, Listowel and Dingle – are struggling on broadband that is far slower than the minimum target speed per household under the Government’s National Broadband Plan; the realisation of which has now been delayed until 2022 at the earliest, following an initial deadline of 2020.
Only Monaghan and Wexford were faring worse than Kerry in our July survey of internet speed, which found an average download speed of 8.6 megabits per second (Mbs) across the county.
Switcher.ie’s survey published this week found Kerry’s average broadband speed, taking the large urban centres into consideration, is at 14.02Mbs.
One politician here blasted the provision:
“It’s simply not acceptable that homeowners and business owners in Kerry are being forced to work with speeds averaging 14Mbps,” Fianna Fáil Kerry Deputy John Brassil told the Kerryman on Tuesday.
“Let’s be quite clear – businesses in Kerry are competing, not only with their neighbours in Limerick, but with companies in Dublin, where the average speed was recorded at 45mbps.”
“The speeds being made available to communities in Kerry are 53% less than the commitments made by the current Government that everywhere in the country will be able to access broadband at 30mbps at a minimum,” Deputy Brassil added.