Thursday 24 August 2017

Today is the internet's 25th anniversary in Ireland

There are lots of things Ireland could do to speed up its rural broadband rollout. But no one seems to be in charge of making them happen.
There are lots of things Ireland could do to speed up its rural broadband rollout. But no one seems to be in charge of making them happen.
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Shell is wiring 132km of fibre optic cable along the pipeline used to transport natural gas from the controversial Corrib gas field under the sea off the Mayo coast
Broadband is an economic necessity for rural businesses Stock photo: PA
Independent.ie Business Desk

On this day in 1991, Trinity College connected to the internet becoming the first organisation to do so in Ireland..

The connection was made using a shared 19.2 Kbps telecoms link with TCD  start-up IEunet - it was set up by Cormac Callanan and Michael Nowlan.

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The then Telecom Eireann, which is now known as Eir, made the connection.

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Nowadays, despite difficult access to broadband in parts of the country, 85pc of Irish homes have access to the internet.

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However, a further 16pc of Irish people say they have never used the internet.

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