IrelandOffline publishes ‘Can I get broadband’ interactive map

6 Aug 2013

Broadband lobby group IrelandOffline has produced a new ‘Can I get broadband’ website with an interactive map of Ireland showing home owners what kind of connectivity they can get in their area and whether they are included in the National Broadband Strategy to fill the gaps.

The website shows what broadband options are available around an area and what each provider can supply.

The interactive map also allows users to calculate how far they are from each exchange or cell site.

“This ability to measure distance gives a broadband seeker a fair idea of what speeds they are likely to receive from their provider,” said Eamonn Wallace, chairman of IrelandOffline.

“We hope consumers will find the information useful. We will be expanding on our information base over the next few weeks and have lots of plans for the website. Over time, the site will evolve into a central resource for all broadband seekers.

“Not all providers have supplied us with information, some were extremely helpful some just plain refused to provide any information. We would like to publically thank those providers that have given us the necessary data to plot their coverage in detail.”

However, Wallace intimated that not all operators were willing to co-operate with the research to compile the interactive map.

“Those that refused to provide any information clearly demonstrate how these providers hold their consumers in contempt as they are not willing to provide clear and necessary information to those consumers to allow the consumer to make an informed choice.”

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years