Many of us know the struggles of having a decent internet connection in rural Ireland. Outside the central hubs, major providers and the government are still way behind in providing the service we both want and need. In this globalised world being without an internet connection can be a huge hindrance to our personal and professional lives. Thankfully, smaller dedicated providers have emerged to deal with Irelands broadband issues.

RuralWiFi is Irelands only dedicated internet service provider who specializes in the needs of the rural population in Ireland. While major hubs such as Dublin, Limerick and Cork have been serviced by big-name providers for years, those in more rural locations have been left wanting. In recent years, RuralWiFi has stepped in to assist those in Ireland who need a quality internet connection with professional customer service and a range of options for their customers to choose from. In this digital age, it is increasingly important to be able to connect with others, conduct business and still be in the comfort of your own home or office. Living rurally should not mean you deserve less quality than those in major hubs.

Rural WiFi provides you with a service that you are happy with and that gives you the results you desire. There are a whole host of reasons why rural populations require quality Wi-Fi and we are going to have a look at just a few ways in which Rural WiFi can help you, or others you may know. Let us see which category you fit into:

  • Connecting with others- For rural communities connecting with others is a major reason why a good broadband connection is vital. The elderly, the vulnerable, or those with family abroad struggle to stay in contact with family and the outside world due to bad internet connection and broadband issues and can often feel extremely isolated due to this. Stronger Wi-Fi connections mean people can check in with friends and family, contact services if required and be in more control of when they talk to others, reducing isolation and loneliness.
  • Business – Today, many businesses operate online. Living in a rural area should not impede your business no matter what it is and having a strong internet connection can do wonders for you. Rurally based clients can get in contact with you for your services, sales and other forms of commerce can take place online meaning you do not have to spend time away from home. With the advent of new farming technology, Wi-Fi connections allow for the use of apps and new forms of technology while on the farm.
  • Education – Students who previously would not have ventured home due to poor connection issues now can. They have the safety of knowing they can study and submit work just like those in more urban areas. Issues may arise and to know you have WiFi allows for some peace of mind when studying for exams, submitting work, and sitting in on online classes. 
  • Job creation – Better internet connections help boost the ability of rural populations to start a new business and create jobs. Programming, computer repair store, home-based jobs and e-commerce are all areas that can benefit from a strong internet connection and it helps reduce the number of people who migrate to urban areas when they have the possibility of conducting work from home or a nearby office.
  • Commerce – Rural areas often do not simply lack a good Wi-Fi connection but also access to other services such as stores, supermarkets, and a whole array of necessities. Broadband allows people to shop online and have items delivered to their door. This is great for stay-at-home parents, the elderly and those who simply live too far for trips to the store. Having the comforts of e-commerce available at your fingertips opens a host of options for those living in rural communities. 

Facts and Figures for Rural Ireland

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A 2018 report by the CSO showed that the most common types of goods or services online were clothes and sports goods, almost 50%. The next most common types of purchases were holidays and travel. This report helps to highlight the need for a great internet provider in rural Ireland.

Fixed broadband is highest in Dublin at almost 90%. The next closest regions enjoy 69% or less as of 2018, this is quite a big difference and shows a lack of motivation by bigger companies. 

Though these figures have changed slightly over the past two years, they are still far below what is expected of a country with some of the worlds largest tech firms based in the capital. It is not economical for bigger named internet providers to move into rural areas, that is Rural WiFi has taken on the challenge.

Offering three packages that serve the needs of the rural community, from personal use to the business, Rural WiFi understands the need of those in rural Ireland. With their different connection options and a dedicated team to provide you with the best service possible, Rural WiFi aims to bring your home and business into the modern age with fast download speeds and ease of use.