Tuesday 17 January 2017

Rural broadband coverage

Published 03/06/2016 | 02:30

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Dublin

DUBLIN has the fewest number of premises in the State without broadband. Some 6,602 households and 1,700 businesses require a service.

Pockets of the county – around 1pc of all premises – are in need of intervention.

The north of the county, areas around the Dublin Mountains and pockets of the west will be targeted.

Some 30 properties in Malahide, and a similar number in Rush, Lusk and Saggart will fall under the National Broadband Plan. Of the 889 townlands in need of a service, just 218 have 10 properties or less.

Kildare

SOME 17,291 households and 3,244 businesses in Kildare need a broadband service.

While bigger towns, including Naas, Athy, Celbridge, Maynooth and Leixlip, are largely served by the private sector, many built-up areas require State support. Some 77pc of properties in the county will have broadband by the end of this year.

Pockets of Clane, Osberstown and Confey near Leixlip fall under the plan. The largest area requiring support is Allenwood South, which has 209 properties and will not be served by private operators. Of the 1,212 townlands in need of a service, just 384 have 10  properties or less.

Meath

Almost 24,900 households and 6,300 businesses in Meath have no broadband.

Some 38pc of all premises in the county will be covered by the National Broadband Plan, including parts of commuter towns including Bettystown, Dunboyne and Dunshauglin.

The two biggest areas that will not be served by commercial operators are Kilmessan, which has 341 properties without a service, and Mosney, where 328 homes and businesses are relying on the State to provide a connection.

Of the 1,604 townlands in need of a service, just 520 have 10 properties or less.

Wicklow

A total of 16,574 properties across Wicklow have no broadband. They include 13,590 households and 2,983 businesses.

Around one in four premises will be served by the National Broadband Plan, with commercial operators providing the service in larger towns including Bray, Arklow, Kilcoole and Delgany.

But pockets of some built-up areas require intervention, including Carnew, Kilruddery, Rathdrum and Dunlavin. The largest area with no private sector involvement is Ballynacarrig, which has just 131 properties.

Of the 1,360 townlands assessed, 563 have 10 properties or less.

Kilkenny

Some 17,785 households and 4,670 businesses have no high-speed internet connection in Kilkenny.

Almost half, or 47pc, of all properties without a service fall under the National Broadband Plan.

They include households and businesses in Ballyragget, Graiguenamanagh and Urlingford.

The largest built-up area with no private sector investment is Cotterellsbooly, which has 149 properties. It depends on the State to provide a connection.

Of the 1,578 townlands in need of a service across the county, 632 have 10 properties or less.

Carlow

A TOTAL  of 10,555 properties across Carlow have no access to broadband. They include 8,549 households and 2,005 businesses. After Dublin, the county has the lowest number of properties in the State which need broadband.

Around 39pc of premises across Carlow fall under the National Broadband Plan. They include parts of large, built-up areas including Tullowphelim, Borris, Kernanstown and Kilcarrig.

With 181 properties, Ballinabrannagh is the largest area which is entirely reliant on the State to provide a service. Of the 560 townlands in need of a service, 188 have 10 properties or less.

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