The Switcher.ie Broadband Awards - now in its fifth year - is an annual event, designed to reward excellence in the broadband industry.

The awards are judged using a mix of in-depth consumer surveys, independent speed tests, customer ratings and an expert judging panel.

The aim of the awards is to help consumers make better-informed buying decisions, by giving them independent feedback on things like the value, speed and customer service available from providers.

The 2018 Nominees

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Best Broadband Provider

  • eir
  • Sky
  • Virgin Media
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Best Broadband, TV & Home Phone

  • Sky
  • Virgin Media
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Best Broadband Innovation

  • eir
  • Virgin Media
  • Vodafone
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Best Customer Benefits

  • Sky
  • Virgin Media
  • Vodafone
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Best Customer Rated Home Broadband

  • Sky
  • Virgin Media
  • Vodafone
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Best Customer Service

  • Sky
  • Virgin Media
  • Vodafone
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Fastest Home Broadband

  • eir
  • Virgin Media
  • Vodafone
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Best Technical Support

  • Sky
  • Virgin Media
  • Vodafone
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Best TV Content

  • Sky
  • Virgin Media
  • Vodafone
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Best TV Provider

  • Sky
  • Virgin Media
  • Vodafone
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Best Value Home Broadband

  • Sky
  • Virgin Media
  • Vodafone
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Best Broadband & TV Equipment

  • eir
  • Sky
  • Virgin Media
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Most Recommended Broadband

  • Sky
  • Virgin Media
  • Vodafone
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Best Rural Broadband Rollout

  • eir
  • Virgin Media
  • Vodafone
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Best Quad Play Provider

  • eir
  • Virgin Media

About the Awards

The Switcher.ie Awards is now in its fifth year.

The event is returning to The Marker Hotel in Dublin on 1 February 2018 to celebrate the best of Ireland’s Broadband, TV, Phone and Mobile providers.

The lead sponsor for the Awards is AWIN, the global affiliate network.

The Marker Hotel

Judges

Independent panel selected by Eoin Clarke, Managing Director of Switcher.ie

Ciara O’Brien

Ciara O’Brien

The Irish Times

Ciara O’Brien has been a technology writer since 2002, and joined The Irish Times in 2008. Ciara's a business journalist, specialising in consumer technology, and writes on everything from mobile phones and tablets to very expensive TVs and watches in a weekly column for the paper. She also contributes to the new Irish Times Tech & Innovation podcast.

Fiona Flynn

Fiona Flynn

TV Editor, Entertainment.ie

Fiona Flynn is TV Editor with Entertainment.ie, which involves watching, thinking and talking about a shedload of television, everything from Game of Thrones to Fair City. She contributes regularly to both national and regional radio, co-hosts a weekly TV podcast on Entertainment.ie, and has interviewed a wide range of famous faces from the world of television.

John Armstrong

John Armstrong

IrishTechNews.ie

John is the founder and the driving force behind the award winning IrishTechNews.ie. He loves technology in all its forms and is proud to be leading a dedicated team that is disrupting the status quo in media coverage.

While passionate about the Irish Start Up and SME sector, John has a particular interest in the Internet of Things and the connected world we now live in.

Paul Fingleton

Paul Fingleton

Editor, TechKnow Ireland

A veteran of many generations of personal and business computing, games consoles and mobile technology. Originally a programmer who survived the Y2K with his C, COBOL and RPG skills, Paul began as a writer and contributor at the online magazine TechKnow Ireland after working with several technology firms for over more than a decade. Now the editor of TechKnow Ireland, Paul has a passion for anything technology-related and loves to discover something new and share it with others.

Niall Kitson

Niall Kitson

TechCentral.ie

Niall Kitson is editor of online news resource TechCentral.ie. Previously editor of PC Live!, Niall has been tracking the roll-out of broadband in Ireland since 2006, when copper connections were considered state-of-the-art.

On top of his editing duties he manages to find time for the weekly TechRadio podcast and has contributed comment to local and national radio stations, newspapers and, occasionally, television.

Ray Walsh

Ray Walsh

TV Now

A self-confessed telly addict, Ray is Contributing Editor of TVNow magazine and is the magazine’s resident TV critic. He has concentrated on writing about broadcasting and entertainment for the past 13 years.

As well as editing the magazine, he appears regularly on Today FM and Sunshine 106.8 to talk about television and entertainment. He has been a journalist for 19 years, working in both the UK and Ireland on publications such as Prima, Good Housekeeping and The Independent.

Previous Years

Highlights from previous Switcher.ie Awards