Broadband, Phone & TV

Ireland ranks 36th in global broadband speed test

Robyn Hamilton

Robyn Hamilton

Staff Writer

New research reveals Ireland lags behind the rest of the world in terms of broadband speed rankings, coming in at a lacklustre 36th place.

A new study from extracted data from over 63m broadband speed tests worldwide and has revealed that Ireland’s speeds are behind 35 other countries.

With an average download speed of 13.92 Mbps, Ireland lags behind 25 European countries but comes ahead of 153 other countries including Italy, France and Australia.

The results in detail

Singapore ranks as the world’s fastest country for broadband with average speeds of 55.13Mbps, with war-torn Yemen coming in last with an average speed of just 0.34Mbps.

The data was collected across the 12 months up to 10 May this year by M-Lab, a partnership between New America's Open Technology Institute, Google Open Source Research, Princeton University's PlanetLab, and other supporting partners, and compiled by

The five fastest countries have download speeds around 40 times faster than the five slowest. Singapore tops the table at 55.13Mbps, compared to Yemen, which is more than 162 times slower at just 0.34Mbps.

20 of the top 30 fastest-performing countries are located in Europe, with 7 in Asia, 2 in North America and 1 in Oceania. By contrast, 17 of the 30 slowest-performing countries are located in Africa, with 7 in Asia, 6 in South America and 1 in Oceania.

A huge 139 countries failed to achieve average speeds above 10Mbps, a speed deemed by telecoms watchdog Ofcom to be the minimum required to cope with the needs of a typical family or small business.

The bad news

Coming in at 36th doesn’t sound too terrible globally speaking but when you consider that just two years ago we ranked 7th, the fall reflects our country’s failure to keep developing at a competitive pace.  

Last month it was announced that the National Broadband Plan, which was first promised five years ago in 2012, is to be delayed by at least another year. The plan to equip 542,000 rural homes and businesses with high-speed broadband has been beset with problems and delays since its inception, much to the frustration and consternation of thousands of residents across the country.   

The good news

It’s not all doom and gloom! Though the National Broadband Plan might have descended into a fiasco; the good news is that various broadband providers have been stepping in to take up the slack.

For instance, on April 4th, it was announced that 300,000 homes which were originally targeted under the National Broadband Plan, will instead by connected by eir. Since its rebrand in September 2015, eir has been rolling out its superfast fibre-to-the-home broadband and has set itself the ambitious target of connecting 1.9 million homes by 2020.

Similarly, SIRO, the joint venture between ESB and Vodafone, is committed to making its 1,000 Mbps broadband available across Ireland over the coming years, with the likes of Carrigaline, Cavan, Drogheda, Dundalk, Ennis, Letterkenny, Mullingar, Skibbereen, Sligo, Tralee and Wexford already with access.

It’s also worth noting that in the areas where broadband coverage is good, it’s very good! In fact, some providers have even faster speeds than the UK which ranks 31st on the global scale. For example, the top speed that Virgin Media provides in Ireland is 360Mb compared to the UK where the fastest offering is 300Mb from the same provider.

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