The use of fast broadband brings cutting edge technology into all our homes, we can watch or download a wide range of television shows, the latest films, our favourite music and much more.

In order to deliver a great picture and improved sound for every TV viewer, superfast broadband is becoming the norm. Some locations can now reach high speed broadband levels of up to 1Gb. With this kind of service you can expect a smooth, hassle-free and seamless streaming experience.

What is high speed broadband and why is it important?

During any interaction with the internet, users are obtaining information and often transferring it onto their devices. The term Mbps, refers to megabits per second, the speed at which information is transferred to a home computer, tablet, mobile phone or gaming platform. If you have a broadband speed of 100Mb, your device will be downloading information at a rate of up to 100 megabits per second, although the upload time may take longer.

At present, the fastest broadband service in Ireland is available with eir, which can provide superfast speeds up to 1000Mb with its state of the art fibre optic broadband network. While they’re currently expanding their services, the availability of this superfast broadband is limited, and dependant on your location.

Virgin Media, is the fastest wide-range provider in Ireland, as recognised by Ookla, with up to 360Mb fibre optic broadband speed available with their top range of packages and available to thousands of homes in Ireland.

This advanced level of superfast broadband can change the way you use the internet, songs can be downloaded in a few seconds and films will also only take a few seconds to arrive on your computer.

Magnet also provide fibre optic broadband to over 15,000 homes in Ireland, providing high speed broadband up to 100Mb in these locations. Other providers, such as eir, Vodafone, Pure Telecom and Digiweb, have also now introduced fibre optic broadband services.

Fast broadband speeds are also available to customers through other providers in Ireland who provide alternative types of broadband services. ADSL broadband services up to 100Mb are on offer from providers such as Sky, eir, Vodafone and Magnet. Digiweb also provide faster broadband packages capable of achieving impressive broadband speeds of up to 100Mb via their range of fibre broadband packages.

Varying degrees of broadband speeds

Many broadband customers can experience extremely low connection speeds, occasionally dropping to as little as 0.5Mb. Quite often these delays can be traced back to the use of conventional copper wiring, the same technology that carries home phone signals. If you are with a company that also provides your broadband through these ageing wires, your distance from the nearest telephone exchange will dictate your broadband speed.

Customers of eir experience ultrafast broadband. The Mbps speed is increased by the use of fibre optical cables, to provide the connection to customer's homes. Data flows faster and over greater distances using fibre optic technology, so the speed you sign up for is what you can expect, whenever you connect to the internet.

Other broadband providers may offer a connection delivered through a combination of copper wire and fibre optics. Although this may offer faster broadband speeds than standard ADSL services, the distance a signal must travel is still a factor and the service will suffer in the process.

The future of fast mobile broadband

At present, cables can produce a service which far outclasses mobile broadband speeds. However, since 4G arrived in Ireland and all you can eat data has become an option for customers, fast mobile broadband has become a genuinely workable alternative for many people to their existing home broadband.