11% of households in the west don’t have internet access – CSO

It is estimated that 11% of households in the west of Ireland do not have internet access, figures from the Central Statistics (CSO) show.

The 11% said that the reason for not having household internet access was that it is ‘not available in the area‘.

Following the west with internet not being available in the area was the midlands (9%), the southeast (7%).

Dublin was the only area where internet access was not a problem.

The west had the lowest rate of fixed broadband at 52% and it had the highest rate of mobile broadband at 50%, the figures show.

It is estimated 85% of households had access to the internet at home in 2015, according to the CSO, which represented an increase of 3% points when compared to 2014.

Looking at the rest of Ireland, Dublin has the highest level of fixed broadband with 91% of the county connected.

The mid-east (80%), border (76%), south-west (76%) and south-east (72%) had the next highest rates of fixed broadband.

Mobile broadband is on the rise, the figures show, with the west (50%) having the highest percentage of mobile broadband in the country.

The west was followed by the mideast (44%), midwest (42%), southeast (41%), midlands (41%) and the border region (36%), according to the CSO.

The CSO data for 2015 indicates that fixed broadband was the most common type of internet access in the household (77% compared with 38% using mobile broadband).

The most common activities of individuals who accessed the internet in the last three months were email (84%), social networking (66%), internet banking (64%) and services related to travel (53%), the figures show.

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