New data reflects frustration of users

Leitrim has second lowest broadband speed

Claire McGovern

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Claire McGovern

 Leitrim has second lowest broadband speed

Leitrim has the second lowest broadband speed in the country just coming in ahead of Longford which is bottom of the list.
According to new data Roscommon sits at number 24, just one ahead of Leitrim while Cavan is number 20, Donegal number 19 and Sligo coming in around the middle of the table at number 15 out of the 26 counties.

The new data out demonstrates that parts of the country experience broadband speeds up to 36 times slower than others and reveals the country’s broadband hot and not spots.
The data also suggests that as few as a quarter of households (25%) could be receiving speeds of 30Mbps or more, the minimum target set out in the National Broadband Plan:
The slowest broadband area is Legan in Longford, with an average download speed of 1.98Mbps, while the fastest area is Drimnagh in Dublin 12, with an average of 72.15Mbps.
In Leitrim the average speed in 8.94 Mbps, Longford, 7.25 Mbps, Cavan 13.03 Mbps, Donegal 13.44 Mbps and Sligo 14.71.
The National Broadband Plan sets out that, at a minimum, broadband with speeds of 30Mbps should be available to all. The data shows that, of all tests collected throughout the period, only 25% of tests had speeds of 30Mbps or more. This is based on almost 27,000 consumer speed tests run by broadband users between 1 August 2015 and 31 July 2016,
However, it’s not all bad news, as there were ‘lightning’ speeds recorded, too. The highest speed out of all the tests was 989.15Mbps, which was recorded in Ballon in Carlow. This clearly demonstrates the progress that has been made so far in terms of quality broadband access, and the potential impact once the National Broadband Plan is rolled-out.
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.
Commenting on the findings, 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 and slow broadband is a frustration that thousands of people in these places have to deal with every day.
“In practical terms, it would take someone living in Legan in Longford over three and a half hours to download a 2-hour HD movie, while people in Drimnagh in Dublin 12 can do this in just under 6 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 business, 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.”