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Ireland slips in global pubic Wi-Fi hotspot ranking

Emma Clark

Published 03/12/2015 | 10:04

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Ireland has fallen to eighth in a ranking of public Wi-Fi hotspots, though the average download speed has remained consistent in the past year.

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Ireland now sits eighth in a global ranking of countries’ public Wi-Fi hotspot offerings, a fall of four places over the past twelve months.

Rotten Wi-Fi’s rankings are based on the speed and quality of public hotspots in 184 countries. Irish hotspots boast an average download speed of 11.5 Mbps. This puts us slightly ahead of Belguim (11.3 Mbps) and Romania (11.2 Mbps) and on a par with Denmark. Ireland lags slightly behind the U.K. (11.7 Mbps) and the Netherlands (11.9 Mbps).

Lithuania sits top of the charts with an average download speed of 16.1 Mbps, ahead of Estonia (14.8 Mbps) and Singapore (13.1 Mbps).

It’s worth noting that Ireland’s slide down the rankings comes as a result of a failure to improve its public Wi-Fi. In saying that, it could be much worse. Last year, Croatia was ranked second with an average download speed of 14.05Mbps, but fell to 17th after its average download speed dipped to 9.7Mbps.

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