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How fast are Irish internet service providers? Here's what Netflix says

The online movie and TV series streaming service has published data on Irish ISPs and how they rank according to streaming speeds for Netflix content.

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THE ONLINE MOVIE and TV series streaming service, Netflix, has published new statistics which rank the fastest internet service providers in the country based on how quickly they stream Netflix content.

The company, which claims to have 30 million members worldwide, has published details of ISP speeds in both the UK and Ireland and how they ranked based on their performance across all Netflix streams in November.

UPC tops the list averaging speeds for Netflix streams of 2.22 megabits per second (Mbps) followed by Magnet on 2 Mbps. Imagine broadband, Eircom, Digiweb and Vodafone all follow with speeds under 1.7 Mbps.

The data also includes streaming speeds for mobile providers including Vodafone, Meteor, O2 and 3:

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Compared to speeds in the UK, Irish ISPs do not come out well with all UK ISPs faster than most Irish ISPs when it comes to streaming Netflix content:

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According to Greg Peters, Netflix’s vice president of product development, the average performance in Ireland and the UK is “well below” the peak performance.

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He says this is due to number of factors including “home Wi-Fi, a wide variety of devices with different capabilities, and a variety of encodes that Netflix uses for streaming TV shows and movies”.

“The relative ranking, however, is an accurate indicator of the quality and consistency of internet access typically experienced across all users, homes, and applications,” he adds in a blog posted to Netflix’s website.

Netflix launched in Ireland at the beginning of this year having, at that stage, already attracted over 23 million customers worldwide with it offering a range of films and television shows for download and streaming for a monthly subscription fee.

In September it claimed to have a user base of over one million people in the UK and Ireland.

Read: Netflix launches in Ireland: but how does it compare?

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