Over 1.5 Million BB users in Ireland now

Telecoms & Broadband | 18 Jun 2010 :
Communications Minister Eamon Ryan has welcomed the publication of ComReg’s latest quarterly report. For the first three months of 2010, total Internet subscriptions stood at 1,615,032, with broadband subscriptions at 1,509,934. This represents an increase of 19% on the same period in 2009.

Speaking from the Shanghai Expo, Minister Ryan said: “When I entered Government, around 600,000 people in Ireland had internet access – now, we have grown to a point where well over 1.5 million people in Ireland now subscribe to a service.

This success is down to progressive policy on the part of Government and significant investment by the private sector. In the last three years almost €1.5 billion of public and private monies has been invested in Irish broadband.

Almost every week, we hear of a new announcement of higher speeds and better services for Irish customers. The Government’s National Broadband Scheme will deliver broadband to every part of Ireland by autumn this year, 3 years ahead of the EU target. The cable operator is investing in 100Mb/s speeds, and in the last days, eircom announced that it is trialling speeds of 150Mb/s.

Broadband growth in Ireland continues apace – further schemes, and further investment will only serve to ramp up this success.”