Dublin Airport crashes out of global Wi-Fi table

9 Dec 2015

In the space of six months, Dublin Airport has fallen out of the top three Wi-Fi airports in the world, and is no longer even ranked in the top 10 in Europe.

A report into both download and upload speeds at airports all over the world has instead found that Thailand is a dominant force, with five of the top 10, and seven of the top 20, all located in the Asian country.

Rotten Wi-Fi’s latest gaze around the world found that Don Mueang International Airport sports download speeds of 42.22Mbps, taking over from Suvarnabhumi Airport (also Thailand), which topped the table back in June.

Indeed, it was in June that Dublin Airport (19.45Mbps) sat third, however, now it doesn’t even feature on a Europe-only top 10.

Tallinn Airport in Estonia (23.96Mbps) is an age ahead of its European competitors, with Geneva Airport (9.03Mbps) in 10th even bettering Dublin’s score.

Ireland as a whole has dropped from fourth to eighth in the world in terms of free Wi-Fi, in a separate report by Rotten Wi-Fi a few weeks back.

Hillary Clinton, eh?

Back to airports, though, and second on the global list is a small facility in the US, the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Arkansas (36.23Mbps), with Kuala Lumpur International (34.54Mbps), Chattanooga Metropolitan (34.19Mbps) and Chiang Mai International (32.80Mbps) rounding out the top five.

Back in October, the company also ranked the Wi-Fi in the world’s churches, finding St Cuthbert’s Church in Portsmouth, England, to be the best of the bunch.

“Our survey, based on the experiences of people travelling through airports around the world, shows that airports in some developed countries have a long way to go to catch up with that’s happening with Wi-Fi elsewhere,” said Rotten Wi-Fi co-founder Arturas Jonkus.

Dublin Airport image via Sophie James/ Shutterstock

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic