What is considered fast broadband?
Fast or high-speed broadband is a broadband connection that exceeds download speeds above 30Mbps.
The majority of broadband connections in Ireland range from 24Mbps to 100Mbps. But the broadband speed you get will depend on where you live and the availabilty of broadband in your area.
What is superfast broadband?
Superfast broadband is usually a connection speed of 100Mbps and over. Both fibre broadband and SIRO broadband are able to achieve these speeds.
Broadband providers offering speeds up to 1Gb with SIRO powered broadband are:
Check if SIRO Broadband is available in your area with our free broadband checker.
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Virgin Media also offer speeds from 250Mbps up to 1000Mbps (1Gb) via their own fibre network.
Why choose superfast broadband?
You may want to consider superfast broadband if you:
- have a large household with many devices connected at the same time
stream movies & TV or use catch-up services
- work from home and need reliable, fast access to the internet
- play online games
Who is Ireland’s fastest broadband provider?
There are several broadband providers who offer speeds of up to 1Gb, but the speeds in your area will depend on what types of broadband available where you live and what providers are operating.
It’s likely you’ll get one or more of these options:
ADSL: uses existing copper telephone wires and connects via your landline.
Fibre and Part Fibre: uses fibre optic cables and no phone line is needed.
Satellite: connects you via a satellite dish at your home, no phone line is needed.
Mobile: connects you to the internet via a USB dongle or modem plugged into your device.
How to get faster broadband
A slow internet connection can occur for a variety of reasons. The type of broadband connection can be a big factor, but if you’re signed up to a plan with decent advertised speeds and your phone line is fine, then it may be something you can solve yourself.
Try these things:
- move the modem away from devices that could interfere with it, like microwaves, baby monitors or cordless phones
- make sure your router is not encased in a cabinet or too close to things that may block the signal
- move the router into the room where you use the internet most
- update your equipment or use a WiFi extender
- disconnect all your wireless devices one by one to isolate the problem
- try our tips on how to speed up slow broadband
If your internet is still slower than expected, contact your provider for support. If they can’t help either, you may want to consider switching to a better broadband deal.
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Alternatives to superfast broadband
In certain areas, particularly in rural areas, fibre or superfast broadband deals are not available.
This is often because of the distance between your house and the nearest cabinet or exchange.
If you’re not in a fibre-enabled area, you may still be able to get a fast broadband connection via wireless, satellite or 5G broadband.
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