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No fibre in your area? Here are your broadband options…

Even without fibre access, you could still get a decent internet connection.

The urban/rural divide in Ireland when it comes to broadband coverage is pretty stark.

So much so that the Government has had to step in with its National Broadband Plan, which aims to bring speeds of at least 30Mbps to everyone in the country by 2020.

But, in the meantime, if you still don’t have access to fibre broadband, you may be struggling to find an alternative. Read on to see the options that could be available to you…

ADSL/ADSL 2 broadband

Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) broadband uses an existing home phone line to provide an internet connection of up to 24Mbps.

As this technology uses the phone line in your home, you’ll need a home phone line installed in order to avail of it. It’s also important to note that your distance from the nearest telephone exchange and the quality of your phone connection could impact your speed.

Providers of ADSL broadband include Digiweb, eir, PureTelecom, Sky, and Vodafone, and introductory prices start at €29 per month.

Compare ADSL broadband deals

Satellite broadband

Satellite broadband is set up in a household through the installation of a satellite dish, and provides speeds of up to 20Mbps.

Although it is slower than other types of broadband, the major benefit of satellite broadband is that it can provide an internet connection to any home - this can be particularly important in rural areas, where laying cables is not possible.

Unlike other broadband, satellite packages will have a cap on downloads - at the moment, these range from 8-50GB per month.

One of the the main providers of satellite broadband in Ireland is Europasat, so why not compare satellite broadband deals and see if there’s one to suit you?

Mobile broadband

Mobile broadband means mobile internet access which is provided to customers through a mobile phone signal.

As the technology used to provide mobile broadband is the same as the one that lets you use your mobile phone, most mobile network carriers offer mobile broadband via mobile dongles and 4G SIMs. Dongles can enable mobile broadband access on laptops and PCs, while 4G SIM cards can be used to gain access to the internet on a tablet.

Mobile broadband can be really useful, especially for people who need access to the internet on the move, however bear in mind that if your mobile phone signal is bad where you live, you’ll likely get poor mobile broadband signal, too.

You’ll also need to keep an eye on data allowances if you opt for a mobile broadband plan, as these can be quite low, and the charges for going above the limit tend to be steep.