Ireland Has the Highest Percentage of Slow Internet Connections in Europe

Ireland Has the Highest Percentage of Slow Internet Connections in Europe.

The quarterly speed survey released today by Akamai1, the company that actually delivers windows patches to your computer every month, has found that Ireland has:

1. The Highest percentage of SLOW connections in Europe at 3.4%2.
2. The 4th lowest percentage of FAST connections over 5mbits in Europe at 9.4%3

Commenting on the results IrelandOffline Chairman Eamonn Wallace said:

“This is utterly unsurprising to us given the sheer number of Dialup and Midband 3G mobile connections in Ireland.
The leading countries in this survey all have wide scale fibre deployed to the home, today.
Irish people are more likely to be looking for that mystical Blue Light on their 3G dongles while up in the attic getting that urgent email out before they go to bed.

The second tier countries with 20% of their population already on fast 5mbit+ connections all have plans to install fibre.
Ireland cannot be accused of Policy Failure because we simply do not have a policy. It would be fairer to say we have a Policy Vacuum.

Furthermore there has been no improvement in our relative and absolute connection speeds since the previous quarterly survey were released.

While we welcome the recent announcements of faster products from UPC and Eircom these will have no effect on the speeds experienced across 80% of the state where ADSL2 and Fast Cable Broadband are simply not available and shall not be available. Sadly there are no major plans to improve the deployment of fast 5mbit+ products beyond a few selected urban areas during 2010”

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Notes

1) http://www.akamai.com/dl/whitepapers/Akamai_State_Internet_Q3_2009.pdf?campaign_id=AANA-6M2S4U&curl=/dl/whitepapers/Akamai_State_Internet_Q3_2009.pdf&solcheck=1& See page 29 of 32
2) http://www.akamai.com/dl/whitepapers/Akamai_State_Internet_Q3_2009.pdf?campaign_id=AANA-6M2S4U&curl=/dl/whitepapers/Akamai_State_Internet_Q3_2009.pdf&solcheck=1& page 29 of 32 At 3.4% even Greece is better at 3% and the AVERAGE is 1.6%
3) http://www.akamai.com/dl/whitepapers/Akamai_State_Internet_Q3_2009.pdf?campaign_id=AANA-6M2S4U&curl=/dl/whitepapers/Akamai_State_Internet_Q3_2009.pdf&solcheck=1& page 29 of 32 At 9.4% we are ahead of only 3 countries in Europe where the average is 19%

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5 Responses

  1. Tommy M says:

    My internet jams up for hours every month when these patches come out.

    When will eircom provide ADSL in Collinamuck county Galway, less than 10 miles from the City?

  2. Cracked Pot says:

    Hmm. I wondered were problems like the one Tommy M has common in Ireland. Considering the huge updates and patches that have become a regular part of Internet browsing I would imagine that huge numbers of PCs in Ireland don’t have an up to date/secure browser due to the impossibility of downloading over a slow connection. This is bound to affect the rollout of E-commerce in the Republic as 10’s of thousands of unsecure users are out there.

  3. Rob Munnelly says:

    Should I upgrade from IE5?

    Nah. I see no need.

  4. Jack says:

    The scandalous cost of line rental is also a factor. I know about half a dozen people who have disconnected their landlines because it’s costing them so much. Instead they’re using their mobiles for phone calls and mobile internet for going online. Yes, it’s a backwards step to be going from DSL to mobile internet but if you’re looking at cutting costs, fifty-odd Euros a month vs twenty is a no-brainer

  5. Bruce says:

    My internet jams up for hours every month when these patches come out.

    When will eircom provide ADSL in Collinamuck county Galway, less than 10 miles from the City?

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