Broadband in the world: in Ireland the promise of 30Mbps broadband speed for all

Ireland has announced a plan to put super-fast broadband within reach of every home and business in the country, and up to 100Mbps for half of the population

Broadband in the world: in Ireland the promise of 30Mbps broadband speed for all

Every home and business in Ireland is to get a 30Mbps broadband connection within the coming years.

Under a government plan announced by communications minister Pat Rabbitte on August 30th, the country is to spend €175m in the coming years on improving its broadband infrastructure.

The universal 30Mbps rollout, which should cover every home and business “no matter how rural or remote“, will be complete in the life of the current parliament – no later than April 2016.

The plan also sets out more ambitious targets for Ireland’s more populous areas: the government aims to have half of the population able to access between 70Mbps and 100Mbps before 2015, with the majority expected to get speeds at the higher end of the scale. Another 20 percent of the population, and potentially as much as 35 percent around smaller towns and villages, will be able to get 40Mbps.

The number of broadband subscription in Ireland has risen from 602,000 to nearly 1.7 million over the last five years, although less than 10 percent of business broadband subscriptions are currently over 10Mbps.

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