Kildare near top of broadband league

KILDARE does quite well when it comes to broadband use among computer owners, results from the 2011 Census show.Of the county’s 70,504 households, 56,099 (79.57%) own a computer with just 13,117 (18.6%) of households who answered the question, stating they had no computer.

KILDARE does quite well when it comes to broadband use among computer owners, results from the 2011 Census show.Of the county’s 70,504 households, 56,099 (79.57%) own a computer with just 13,117 (18.6%) of households who answered the question, stating they had no computer.

That compares well with Fingal where 13.35% have no computer and at the other end of the scale, Leitrim, 33.42% of households do not have one.

In Kildare, 50,093 households (71.05% of all households) said they had broadband access while just 5,562 had Internet access but no broadband.

Of Kildare’s computer owners, 89.29% said they had broadband, just ahead of the State figure ( 87.71%).

There are 13,480 (19.12%) housholds in the county with no Internet access.

Overall 78.94% of Kildare households have access to the Internet, via broadband or otherwise.

As a proportion of all households, without or without computers, 63% of the households in the State have broadband access but in Kildare, this rises to 71.05% and only five local authority areas had a higher proportion with Fingal on top of the pile with 79.47%.

The figures for Wicklow and Meath, respectively, were 68.74% and 67.85%.

- Henry Bauress