ComReg, the Irish communications regulator, has issued its latest Q1 (Jan-Mar) quarterly report, and it shows that broadband connections in Ireland continue to show record growth.

According to the report, “Fixed broadband subscriber lines increased to 1.59 million, a 0.8% increase this quarter and an increase of 3.6% compared to Q1 2021. Of these, nearly 402k were fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) subscriber lines representing 25.3% of total fixed broadband subscriber lines in Q1 2022, up from 18.3% in Q1 2021.”

The rest of the data is fascinating too:

  • According to Eurostat, Ireland’s household broadband penetration rate (including fixed and mobile broadband) in 2021 was at 93%, which is higher than the EU average of 90%.
  • On a monthly basis an average fixed residential broadband subscriber line used 366.2 GB of data, a decrease of 8.5% since Q1 2021.
  • In Q1 2022, approximately 51.7% of broadband subscriber lines had purchased broadband with speeds equal to or greater than 100Mbps, with 22.2% of all fixed broadband subscriber lines with purchased broadband speeds equal to or greater than 500Mbps.

Irish consumers love broadband, and this data shows that if they have options available – they will pursue it, and fibre connections are growing. With the roll-out of NBI fibre broadband in rural Ireland, we expect these numbers to keep increasing as time goes on.

You can read the full report here if you’re interested.

We said it before, and we’ll say it again, the future of Ireland is online, and it’s great to see our fixed fibre and mobile data networks maturing and continuing to grow with consumers. There’s still more opportunity out there.

Which is a good reminder that Blacknight now offers Broadband nationwide, check your Eircode here to see what’s available.

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