Two-thirds of Irish households are getting broadband speeds lower than the minimum standard set by the Government, new research shows.

A survey of 1,000 people, conducted by the consumer association Switcher.ie, shows that 67pc of Irish households get less than 30Mbs, which is the cut-off point used by authorities in deciding whether broadband is good enough.

The 30Mbs limit is the level at which the Government decides if a premises is adequately served by providers or needs to be considered for state intervention via the National Broadband Plan.

However, the Switcher research data is based on wifi speeds in households, which are typically only about 60pc of the speed available directly from the wired connection.

The study found that while wireless speeds averaged 27Mbs, those on direct wired connections averaged 45Mbs.

Despite the modest speed levels, a separate poll by iReach claims that three in five Irish people say they are “satisfied” with their broadband. The online survey also claims that three-quarters of Irish consumers say their home broadband speeds are either “the same” or “worse” than they were this time last year.

And an urban-rural divide in broadband is still in evidence, according to the survey, with a third of those questioned in Connacht and Ulster unhappy with their home broadband speeds while only 16pc of Dublin-based broadband users expressed a similar sentiment.

Meanwhile, almost one in five people believe that the National Broadband Plan will have no effect on their broadband plight.