300,000 homes in Ireland had access to high speed broadband in 2011. That figure has now risen to 1.3 million in 2015.
“By the end of 2016, commercial providers will be delivering high-speed broadband to 1.6 million addresses. The Government will intervene directly to bring high-speed broadband to the rest,”. A pilot programme will be run in the village of Ratheniska in Co Laois, the home of this year’s Ploughing Championships. The scheme has been trialled in Sligo and Dundalk – but the government want to try to access more rural areas now.
“Broadband connectivity is as critical for families who wish to stay in touch with relatives overseas as it is for businesses who wish to grow their market share by trading online. In rural areas, it is even more important that online access is secured for homes and businesses to ensure that they are not at a disadvantage and are on an even keel compared to the rest of the country
“Therefore, the fact that over 750,000 addresses, 1.8 million citizens and 63,000 small businesses will benefit from the direct State intervention is a huge leap forward. The physical build of the network is on course to start next year and will be completed in 2020, with 85% of Irish premises getting high-speed broadband access by 2018,”.