Irish Broadband prices are double the EU average
Prices for fixed broadband in Ireland are almost double the EU average, according to the latest Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) released by the European Commission. Ireland ranks 23 out of 28 EU Member States for fixed broadband value.
Ireland ranks 20th out 28 EU Member States for the digital skills of its population, with only 53 per cent of people having the required skills to operate effectively online. The supply of skilled ICT workers is not keeping pace with demand, and half of businesses who need to hire skilled ICT professionals report difficulty in doing so.
The figures show that 96 per cent of Irish households are covered by fixed broadband, and take-up of fixed broadband is at 62 per cent, below the EU average of 70 per cent. Ireland comes in at 19th in this category. Mobile broadband take up has increased from 67 per cent to 82 per cent between 2014 and 2015. Irish businesses rank 2nd in the EU for use of social media (31 per cent in Ireland as against 14 per cent in EU), and for e-commerce turnover (37 per cent in Ireland against EU 8.8 per cent). Irish SMEs also rank 5th in the EU for selling online, and for use of e-invoices.