A new survey has found that two-thirds of Irish consumers are still getting broadband speeds at home of under 30 megabits per second, despite claims of significant improvements to telecom infrastructure across the country.

The past number of years have seen a slew of announcements from Government and the telecoms sector about plans to improve broadband services here.

But a nationally representative online survey of 1,000 adults by iReach Insights for Switcher.ie has revealed there is much left to do.

Three in every five consumers are satisfied with their home broadband speeds - up from 44% last year.

But nevertheless, over three-quarters say their home broadband speeds are either the same or worse than they were this time last year.

The gulf in service between city and country remains, with one in three people in Connacht/Ulster unhappy with their broadband speeds, compared to just 16% in Dublin.

Overall two thirds of consumers say they continue to get speeds below the minimum of 30Mbps promised by the National Broadband Plan, and just 5% are achieving speeds over 100Mbps.

But for many the National Broadband Plan means little, with 18% not confident it will have any impact on them, and more than a third saying they know nothing about the plan.

The survey also found that a third of consumers here know nothing about the Government's National Broadband Plan, which aims to connect every premises to high-speed broadband.

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten said he expects a significant announcement on the bid for the national broadband scheme in the coming weeks.

Speaking in Roscrea, Mr Naughten said he had not seen the survey but was pleased to note that over two-thirds of those surveyed were satisfied with the speed of broadband available to them.

He said there were a variety of reasons why homeowners were experiencing difficulties, even in situations where there was high speed broadband available in their home.

The minister added that he was aware of issues surrounding routers and cases where there were multiple users of WiFi, which had affected speeds, but negotiations with the bidder for the new national broadband scheme were at an advanced stage.

Additional reporting Ciaran Mullooly