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Tuesday 25 October 2016

broadband Coverage in the Midlands

Published 30/05/2016 | 02:30


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ALMOST 13,000 homes and 3,300 businesses need broadband in Co Laois.

While large towns including Portlaoise, Abbeyleix and Mountmellick will have a service provided by the private sector by the end of this year, some built-up areas require intervention by the State.

There are 1,278 properties in Kilminchy, and 99pc will be served by a commercial operator. However, 13 of these - or 1pc - form part of the intervention area, meaning the State will have to step in. Another 25 in Cooltederry (of 2,411) are also not covered by commercial operators.

The largest area that is wholly reliant on State intervention is Ballyroan, which has 300 premises. Some 470 townlands to be served have 10 or fewer properties.


More than 13,800 homes and 3,306 businesses in Offaly need a broadband connection.

The big towns of Tullamore, Edenderry and Birr will be addressed by the private operators, but the State needs to intervene and provide a service to pockets of other built-up areas including Kilmalogue, Cloncollog and Clara.

All 208 premises in Moneygall will require State support, the largest area not to be served by the private sector.

Services are needed across 1,061 townlands. Almost 480 of these are areas with 10 or less properties.


THERE are just over 41,200 properties across Tipperary without broadband. Of these, almost 33,000 are homes and the remainder are businesses.

Tipperary has a widely scattered population, with fewer than 37 people per square kilometre of population - well below the national population density of 67. This is borne out by the number of townlands that require a service - the 41,200 properties in need of broadband are across 2,975 townlands, of which 1,457 have 10 or fewer homes or businesses without a service.

Larger towns including Clonmel, Thurles, Nenagh, Tipperary and Templemore will be served by commercial operators, but again the State will have to step in and serve other parts.

They include parts of Fethard, Bohercrow, Ballina and Parkmore. Townfields, with 316 properties, is the largest area in need of State intervention.


JUST over 17,800 properties across Westmeath need a broadband service. Of these, almost 80pc or 14,250 are homes and the remaining 3,550 are businesses.

There are few built-up areas which will not receive a commercial service. The largest area where the State must step in and provide the infrastructure is Collinstown, with 174 homes and businesses.

Just over 1,200 townlands need a service. Of these, 516 have 10 properties or less. The main towns of Mullingar and Athlone can expect to have a full service by the end of this year, provided by the commercial sector.

State intervention is required in parts of Kinnegad, Kilbeggan, Irishtown and Moategranoge.


ALMOST 12,000 properties across Longford do not have broadband.

The bulk of these are houses (9,574), with some 2,116 businesses also without a service.

They are scattered across 836 townlands, of which almost half - or 396 - have 10 or fewer properties. In all, 2,127 connections are required in these areas.

No intervention is required in Longford or Granard. In Edgesworthstown, some 15 of the 747 properties will be served by the State with the remainder to be equipped by the private sector.

The largest area wholly reliant on State intervention is Keenagh, with 258 premises, none of which will be served by commercial operators.

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