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Household Internet Connectivity

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In 2020, 92% of households have an internet connection, an increase of one percentage point since 2019. Data for 2020 indicates that fixed broadband is the most common type of internet access in the household (85% compared with 42% using mobile broadband). Note that more than one type of internet connection may be used in households. See Tables 12.1 and 12.2.

In 2020, almost all households with dependent children have internet access. This compares with just 79% of households comprised of one adult with no dependent children. See Table 12.1 and Figure 12.1.

Table 12.1 Percentage of households with internet access, 2019 and 2020

Household composition20192020
1 adult no dependent children7779
2 adults no dependent children9192
3 or more adults no dependent children9593
1 adult with dependent children9897
2 adults with dependent children9999
3 or more adults with dependent children9798
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Fixed broadband connection is highest in the Dublin region at 92%, compared with the West and Border regions, at 79% and 73% respectively. See Table 12.2 and Figure 12.2.

There are differences in fixed broadband connection between deprivation quintiles. Fixed broadband connection is most common for households in the Fifth quintile – very affluent deprivation quintile at 92%. For households in the First quintile - very disadvantaged deprivation quintile, 82% have fixed broadband connection, and eight in every ten (80%) of households in the Second quintile – disadvantaged deprivation quintile have a fixed broadband connection in their home. See Table 12.2.

Mobile broadband internet connection was most common in households made up of just one adult with no dependent children, at 46% of these households while fixed broadband connectivity had 76% penetration for these households. See Table 12.2.

Table 12.2 Households with internet access classified by type of internet access, 2020

X-axis labelFixed broadbandMobile broadbandNarrowband connection
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In 2020, of the 9% of households with no internet access, 55% of these households reported that the reason for no access was that they Do not need internet. Just over three in every ten (32%) reported Lack of skills as a reason for not having household internet access. Equipment costs too high and Access costs too high were cited by 19% and 18% of households respectively as the reason for not having a household internet connection, while 7% stated Privacy/security concerns. Nearly one in ten (9%) of these households reported Broadband internet not available in the area. Note that more than one reason may have been selected by respondents. See Table 12.3 and Figure 12.3.

Table 12.3 Percentage of households without internet access classified by reasons for not having household internet access, 2020

Didnt know such devices or systems existHave no need to use those connected devices or systemsCosts too highLack of compatibility with other devices or systemsLack of skill to use those devices or systemsConcerns about the privacy and protection of data about me generated by those devices or systemsConcerns about security (e.g. that the device or system will be hacked)Concerns about safety or health
Reasons for not having household internet access1444191221262517

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