Ireland has slipped four places in a global ranking of countries’ public wifi services having failed to improve the quality of available offerings over the past 12 months…
RESEARCH based on user experiences of the speed and quality of wifi provision at public hotspots across 184 countries shows Ireland has dropped from fourth in last year’s survey to eighth.
The average download speed of 11.5 Mbps recorded at Irish hotspots puts it slightly ahead of Belgium (11.2 Mbps) and on a par with Denmark.
Other European neighbours can boast faster speeds, however, with the UK (11.7 Mbps), Netherlands (11.9 Mbps) and Switzerland (12.8 Mbps) all better.
Eastern European countries come out on top in the survey compiled by Rotten WiFi, a UK headquartered startup established in 2014.
With download speeds of 16.1 Mbps Lithuania’s public wifi was the fastest recorded across the 184 countries while nearby Estonia took second place with an average speed of 14.8 Mbps.
A separate study published earlier this year by Forbes and Statista yielded similar results with Ireland in fourth place and Lithuania topping the pile.
Rotten WiFi works on a crowdsourcing basis using consumers worldwide to evaluate the standard of internet connections.
It has become a tradition to announce the top countries with the best public wifi.
“We are thankful for the users of our apps as they keep testing public wifi and sharing it with others,” said Rotten WiFi co-founder Arturas Jonkus.
Canada was the only North American country to make the website’s top 20, in 20th place, with Nordic countries such as Sweden and Denmark marginally better.