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Continued increase in broadband speeds welcomed by Minister for Communications Denis Naughten TD

 

16 March 2018

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten TD welcomes the publication by the independent telecommunications regulator ComReg of its Q4 2017 quarterly report which shows continuing growth in high speed broadband services.

 

72.1% of all fixed broadband subscriptions are now a high speed service, up from 64.9% in the previous 12 months.

 

Connections to a pure fibre service saw a quarterly growth of 39% from Q3 2017.

 

Irish household (fixed and mobile) broadband penetration rate at the end of Q4 was the 8th highest of the 28 EU member states at 88%. EU average is 85%.

 

WiFi access continues to increase, with an estimated 3,830 WiFi access points throughout the country, up 18% in the previous 12 months.

 

Welcoming ComReg's publication, Minister Naughten said "Delivering high speed broadband to every premises in Ireland remains a firm commitment of mine and this Government.  This independent report shows the continuing upward trend in the provision and connection of this vital service. My Department is actively pursuing this goal via the National Broadband Plan and, in close co-operation with other Government bodies and industry, through the work of the Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce".

 

Note to Editors: 

The Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) compiles a quarterly report of key data on the Irish Communications Market. The full publication is available at the following link: https://www.comreg.ie/publications/

 

Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) broadband subscriptions in Q4 2016 were 7,623 and Q4 2017 were 39,612.

 

Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce: www.dccae.gov.ie/mobilephoneandbroadbandtaskforce

 

National Broadband Plan: https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/communications/topics/Broadband/national-broadband-plan

 

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