Unlike Northern Ireland which became the first region in Europe to have 100% access to high speed internet, broadband coverage in Ireland still has a long way to go.
In recent years the availability of broadband services in urban and rural areas has increased significantly.
The National Broadband Scheme (NBS) was a government sponsored initiative that aimed to address a lack of services to rural areas and has resulted in a bigger, better and faster national network. Further information is available on the website of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: National Broadband Scheme
As with any service it is recommended that you shop around before you commit to a contract. The information available on the COMREG website can help guide you before making a decision. Information available includes:
- What are the benefits?
- Where can I check if Broadband is available in my area?
- Wireless Broadband
- Broadband Speeds and Tests external website
For further information please visit the COMREG website – Accessing the Internet
Cross border issues
As border region tends to be rural, broadband services are usually not as fast as those found in towns and cities. It is therefore important to check that expected broadband speeds will meet your needs before you sign a contract.
Page last checked: July 2016
This webpage is for general information purposes only and while we endeavour to keep it up-to-date, errors may occur. It is very important that you check with the relevant body to ensure the information is current and is applicable to your situation: – North / South
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