Monday 26 September 2016

Ireland's rural broadband coverage

Published 01/06/2016 | 02:30

CAVAN: (Blue) Covered by commercial operators by end 2016; (Yellow) Covered by the National Broadband Plan
CAVAN: (Blue) Covered by commercial operators by end 2016; (Yellow) Covered by the National Broadband Plan
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Cavan

SOME 18,950 households and 5,250 businesses across Cavan need broadband. Most large towns, including Cavan, Cootehill and Bailieborough, will be serviced by the private sector by the end of this year, but pockets of the county with large populations will require intervention by the State.

They include Dunaree, where 791 premises are located. Around 24 will not be served by the private sector.

Other built-up areas where the private sector will not provide a high-speed internet link include parts of Drumalee, Mullagh and Virginia. The properties are across 1,990 townlands. Of these, 946 have 10 or fewer properties.

Donegal

A total of 52,004 premises across Donegal need broadband. Of these, 43,580 are households and the remainder are businesses.

Commercial operators will provide a service to around half of all homes and businesses in the county by the end of this year, but the map clearly shows that the Inishowen peninsula and much of the county will rely on the State.

DONEGAL: (Blue) Covered by commercial operators by end 2016; (Yellow) Covered by the National Broadband Plan
DONEGAL: (Blue) Covered by commercial operators by end 2016; (Yellow) Covered by the National Broadband Plan

Pockets of large towns, including Ardaravan, Magheracar, Ballymacarry and Ballynally, will not be served by the private sector. The largest area with no private investment is Brinlack, where 285 properties are located.

The properties are spread across 2,661 townlands. Of these, 859 have 10 or fewer properties.

Leitrim

THERE are 13,326 premises without broadband in Co Leitrim. This includes 10,800 households and 2,531 businesses.

Just 40pc of premises across the State’s least populated county will be served by commercial operators, which focus on the main towns of Carrick-on-Shannon, Manorhamilton, Ballinamore and Mohill. Among the larger areas with no commercial investment are Tullylannan, Drumod More, Gubacreeny and Stradermot.

LEITRIM: (Blue) Covered by commercial operators by end 2016; (Yellow) Covered by the National Broadband Plan
LEITRIM: (Blue) Covered by commercial operators by end 2016; (Yellow) Covered by the National Broadband Plan

Almost all of the 160 properties in Rinn will rely on State investment. Of the 1,490 townlands which require intervention, some 56pc – or 840 – have 10 properties or fewer.

Louth

THERE are 15,129 properties across Louth without broadband. Of these, 12,269 are households and the remaining 2,859 are businesses.

Given the fact that so much of the county is built-up, just 25pc of premises require the State to provide a connection.

The largest built-up area where the National Broadband Plan will provide a service is Newtownstalaban, where 1,600 properties need a connection. Just over 110 properties fall under the plan.

LOUTH: (Blue) Covered by commercial operators by end 2016; (Yellow) Covered by the National Broadband Plan
LOUTH: (Blue) Covered by commercial operators by end 2016; (Yellow) Covered by the National Broadband Plan

Parts of Carlingford, Mell, Callystown and Collon also fall under the plan.

There are 679 townlands where access is needed. Of these, 208 have 10 or fewer properties.

Monaghan

JUST over 40pc of all premises across Monaghan fall under the National Broadband Plan. A total of 19,551 connections are needed – of these, 14,194 are households and the remaining 5,256 are businesses.

Most built-up areas will be served by commercial operators, including Carrickmacross, Castleblaney, Clones and Monaghan town.

Of those which require State intervention, the largest is Liseggerton, which has 231 properties –  of these, just 28 are not served by the private sector.

MONAGHAN: (Blue) Covered by commercial operators by end 2016; (Yellow) Covered by the National Broadband Plan
MONAGHAN: (Blue) Covered by commercial operators by end 2016; (Yellow) Covered by the National Broadband Plan

There are 1,857 townlands which require a broadband connection. Almost half, or 928, have 10 or fewer properties.

Sligo

A total of 14,735 households and 3,869 businesses have no broadband connection in Sligo. Almost half of all premises will be covered by commercial operators, with relatively few built-up areas reliant on State intervention.

They include Tobercurry, which has 700 premises, of which all but 21 will be connected by private operators. Others are Ballydoogan, Rosses Upper and Kilboglashy. Around one in 10 properties in Strandhill falls under the National Broadband Plan.

There are 1,272 townlands which require a broadband connection. Almost half, or 544, have 10 or fewer properties.

* Maps supplied by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.

SLIGO: (Blue) Covered by commercial operators by end 2016; (Yellow) Covered by the National Broadband Plan
SLIGO: (Blue) Covered by commercial operators by end 2016; (Yellow) Covered by the National Broadband Plan

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