REVEALED: The counties with the best and worst access to broadband in Ireland 3 years ago

REVEALED: The counties with the best and worst access to broadband in Ireland

It doesn’t make good reading for people living in the west of Ireland.

Just 36% of premises in the county of Roscommon had access to high-speed broadband in 2016, the worst of any county in Ireland.

That figure was revealed in a report by Ibec highlighting the need to address the infrastructure imbalance in Ireland and calling for the speeding up of National Planning Framework to address imbalances across the country.

The report found that just 36% of premises in Roscommon had access to high-speed broadband in 2016, a slightly lower percentage than the figures from Leitrim and Mayo (both 40%).

At the other end of the scale, meanwhile, counties in Leinster – Dublin, Kildare, Louth and Wicklow – were found to have the best access to high-speed broadband, well above the national average of 57%.

The counties with the worst access to high-speed broadband have the highest percentage of premises in the intervention area in the Government’s National Broadband Plan, which aims to roll out high-speed broadband across the country by 2020.

Elsewhere, the report found that businesses and households in the Border, Midlands, West (BMW) region are comparatively disadvantaged to the rest of the country due to poorer access to transport and broadband infrastructure.

The West, meanwhile, ranks first nationally for overseas tourism revenue on a per capita basis. However, Dublin and Cork generated more revenue than all other local authorities combined.

You can read the report in full here.