Waiting For Broadband



Many rural dwellers are lucky to get 3G.

In fact, If you can get 4G in a rural area like the Sally Gap [Wicklow mountains], small pigs might fly.

Tony Geraghty writes:

Thought your readers/dossers might appreciate this…despite claims from some Mobile phone Companies, Rural Ireland gets a raw deal when it comes to Fixed Line or Mobile Broadband. Cop On ComReg, Rural Ireland Deserves Better!

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46 thoughts on “Waiting For Broadband

  1. Neilo

    Tony’s right. I live seven miles from the nearest sizable town on the East Coast – so I’m a bit out, but hardly in the boonies – which has just gone live with 1GB broadband after three years of 100MB. 1.5 MB where I’m based with no change likely before 2017 at the earliest. No 3G, no 4G, 1 bar’s reception on mobile no matter the carrier.

  2. Custo

    This is precisely why Google maps is pointless on irish mobiles.

    The amount of weddings I’ve nearly missed because it goes offline once you get past Naas

    1. Supercrazyprices

      In fairness now, you should some idea of how to get to most places in Ireland and you should also have an ACTUAL map in your car. Reliance on internet maps is a bit lame.

    2. Mikeyfex

      Google maps also allows you to download a section of map, with detail, for use offline – and your GPS should still work with that. This demands the same forward planning as reading a map and working out the roads to take though

    3. LW

      If you’ve the route entered it no longer relies on data, but on GPS, so going out of coverage doesn’t affect it. If you’re trying to browse as you go, certainly lack of coverage will affect you

      1. ahyeah

        He may mean the amount of each wedding he’s missed – arriving, for example, after the ‘I do’ bit.

    4. Gaoithe

      Past Naas? Try and get coverage – even phone coverage, never mind broadband – in Glencree or Gleann na Smól. Phone type people tell me the companies can’t afford to put up new masts, which is why the coverage in the mountains is so patchy/lousy.

  3. Sam

    Nicely done.

    If LeatherJacketMan tried his hand at this type of thing instead of the diddly-eye $hite he might have an audience.

  4. Clampers Outside!

    What? you can’t get 3G in the Sally Gap… Bangladesh has 3G everywhere according to someone on here yesterday, and we can’t get it 7 miles outside the capital.

    We’re so backward…. or maybe the Bangladesh thing wasn’t true….

    1. DubLoony

      Rural Italy is a lot more populated than rural Ireland.
      They also live in villages and not spread out all over the place.

  5. Bingo

    Irish people build houses in very odd places.
    Want to live in the sticks and enjoy the peace & tranquility?
    Comes at a cost…..

      1. Neilo

        There’s a good number of SMEs based in rural Ireland and that’s one of the key sectors that may deliver jobs growth. At least, get these companies off glorified dial-in.

    1. Dong

      Exactly! They don’t deserve modern luxuries like being connected to the outside world. They should be thankful they have running water. Daft muckers

  6. Funster Fionnanánn

    It all seems like a small problem when your own broadband just works. And your 4G never drops.

    But thousands, hundreds of thousands don’t know that luxury. It might seem that it should be far down the list of problems. But it shouldn’t be. The island is tiny. People are more often then not stuck living where they are living.

    I am about 5 miles outside Killarney in Kerry. My 3G is patchy and has a speed about 2 down and 0.2 up. My sky broadband is 3.5 down and 0.2 up.

    I feel like I’m a second class citizen. Like its my fault I can’t access normal broadband speeds. I only have to wait until 2020 to join the future.

    I’ve given up on the dream of HD steaming. Or uploading video.

    Might seem stupid to some but I’m sure their internet speed is fast enough to never think about, what a luxury.

    Broadband should be seen as important as a water or electricity connection.

    Short sighted investment will be looked back as a crime against rural dwellers.

    1. scottser

      Broadband should be seen as important as a water or electricity connection


    2. scottser

      Broadband should be seen as important as a water or electricity connection


      1. Anne

        In fairness you can’t do fupp all with the internets these days.
        I couldn’t even be saying that right there if it wasn’t for it like.

        I also couldn’t do my banking, buy stuff, listen to music, watch movies, get a job, eh find a boyfriend, uh find another more normal boyfriend.. things like that.

  7. Optimus Grime

    I live 2kms from Drogheda town centre. I live between two fibre enabled cabinets, 700 metres to my right and 1400 metres to my left. Guess what I cannot get fibre to my house. If I lived way out I would understand but I live close to a large town with areas surrounding me getting the service. I get 1.3 down and 0.4 down.

    1. Anne

      I’ll save you the bother of thinking you’re gonna get any sympathy around here…
      It’s not their fault you can’t afford to part with a kidney or two for an apartment in Dublin, you muck dwelling culchie.

    2. Neilo

      @Optimus: that’s brutal! Ye might be on the list in Drawda for SIRO which is rolling out in Gundalk at the minute.

  8. Kieran NYC

    And in a TOTALLY unrelated note, rural-dwellers recently lost their poo at plans to build pylons to bring electricity to them.

    If there were plans announced tomorrow to bring 4G signal masts to every single rural spot in the country, you’d get thousands of objections and requests that it be ‘put underground’.

    1. Neilo

      You’d be surprised, Kieran: we country mice love our mobiles and broadband just as much the town mice.

  9. Ciarán

    Sally Gap is an unfortunate example given that literally nobody lives there. On the Bangladesh point it’s twice the size of Ireland with… wait for it….. 145 million people. Point being it does make economic sense to have high-speed broadband in Bangladesh but not everywhere in Ireland.

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