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All homes across the Republic of Ireland will have access to broadband within the next two years, it has been claimed.

Minister for Communications Eamon Ryan announced that the country's National Broadband Scheme has reached its completion and 99 per cent of properties are now hooked up to the network.

He explained that the remaining one per cent, which constitutes around 12,000 households, will receive broadband by 2012 through a rural internet initiative.

According to the Irish Times, mobile broadband provider 3 Ireland has played a key role in the success of the broadband rollout so far.

The internet service provider has a contract to provide nationwide web services until 2014.

In the UK, the government has pledged to make universal broadband available by 2015, recently announcing £830 million in funding for the project.

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