Connecting Aran islands

Aran Islands are not exactly the technological frontier of Ireland. Thinking about it, Aran Islands don’t seem to be at the forefront of… anything. The largest of the three rocky isles, Inishmore, is probably best known for its prehistoric fort of Dún Aonghasa. And yet, there are some 700 houses and people live there their lives and everyday issues and challenges.

One of such challenges is doubtlessly access to the Internet. For most of the people living there sending emails or watching YouTube videos is a simply unreachable dream. Netflix is a luxury. And it’s all down to the fact the community there is too small for any bigger broadband provider to care. It’s simply too costly to care. Probably.

It all has changed when Patrick Cotter, the CEO of Rural Wifi, decided to bring his installation crew to Inishmore and install his bespoke broadband solution in the first few houses earlier this month. People were skeptical. They have heard it all before. After all, bringing the Internet to the Aran Islands is a great PR story. And yet, the years are passing and people still have to rely on their mobile phones barely connecting to the network.

So how is Rural Wifi different from what was there before? First of all, says Patrick, we care. We don’t just send our equipment and forget. We did it in the past and it didn’t work. So we had to change our approach. Years ago, when I started fitting buses and trains with our Fleetconnect WiFi, we had to develop these high gain antenna to get a signal. So we did it again, this time for rural customers. Our installers traverse the country and install external antennas we developed. This is how we are able to fulfill the promise the government couldn’t.

Since the first installation, Rural Wifi started taking Aran Islands by storm. The crew is coming every two weeks to install more houses and businesses proving “impossible” is just a word. So the next time when you visit Inishmore and stay in one of their hostels or B&Bs, the wifi you use is very likely provided by Rural Wifi.

customer Testimonials

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March 2024

Very happy and highly recommend. Last month we were looking for a new internet provider and spent some time reading reviews of the providers in our area. After readig them and talking about our choices, my wife and I liked the reviews of Rural Wifi, they had lots of them and the comments were very positive. So after all our research, we made our decision and are very happy with it. They offer great service which is hard to find these days and they also have a wonderful and friendly customer service team when you need them

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February 2024

Good customer support. Easy to get a response by telephone. Prompt assistance and installation. Good broadband coverage, despite residing in a 'black spot'.

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February 2024

Amazing service! I’ve had Rural WiFi for the past 2 years and I would have been lost without it. Such a great service and amazing customer service too. Never had a days trouble with it at all.

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February 2024

Excellent, reliable company I have been with Rural WiFi for a number of years now. I have found them to be extremely reliable and reasonably priced. I live in the countryside and have forestry around my house. I tried a few companies before I found Rural WiFi, they are the only company that got us connected at a decent speed, even the landline speed was extremely slow (not fiberoptic) through eircom. Rural WiFi customer service is one of the best I've ever dealt with. They return a call or email when they say they will, they deal with the issue promptly and professionally. I recommend Rural WiFi 100%

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