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Dublin has best airport Wi-Fi in Europe, global study reveals

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Published 10/06/2015 | 11:37

Emma Marshall and Shane O’Sullivan launching the Summer schedule at Dublin Airport. The airport has the fastest Wi-Fi in Europe, a new study reveals.
Emma Marshall and Shane O’Sullivan launching the Summer schedule at Dublin Airport. The airport has the fastest Wi-Fi in Europe, a new study reveals.

Passengers at Dublin Airport can avail of the fastest airport Wi-Fi in Europe, according to a major new survey.

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The survey, conducted by the Rotten Wi-Fi speed-checking app and website, tested and evaluated the quality of Wi-Fi in more than 130 airports in 53 countries.

It found that Dublin Airport had the fastest Wi-Fi download speeds of any European airport (19.45Mbps), and the third fastest in the world behind Suvarnabhumi Airport in Thailand (41.45Mbps) and Chattanooga Airport in the US (30.98Mbps).

Dublin Airport has offered its customers unlimited free Wi-Fi since September 2012, and was one of the first major European airports with free Wi-Fi.

Vincent Harrison, the airport's Managing Director, welcomed the survey.

“Unlike many free Wi-Fi locations, Dublin Airport does not require a sign-up or login process and this makes our Wi-Fi easy to use and hugely convenient for our customers,” he said.

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Dublin Airport provides free WiFi in partnership with eircom.

“Travellers have a lot of time to kill while waiting for flights, even if they are on schedule,” said Lina Zaliauskiene of Rotten Wi-Fi. “In such situations, public Wi-Fi service could save the day, if it is fast, good quality and, of course, secure."

A previous survey by the company, conducted in December 2014, found Ireland tyo have the fourth-best public Wi-Fi in the world, behind Lithuania, Croatia and Estonia.

Dublin Airport recently announced record passenger numbers for May, with figures up by 13pc over the same month last year to 2.2 million.

Traffic is now growing at three times the European average, Harrison said.

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