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Fibre optic broadband delivers superfast broadband to your home using a network of fibre-optic cables. It’s the fastest broadband connection available in Ireland, delivering speeds of up to 1,000Mbps.
There are 6 broadband providers in Ireland offering fibre broadband:
The best provider for you will depend on your needs, your budget, and where you live.
Fibre broadband uses fibre optic cables, which are run underground, to deliver superfast broadband to homes and businesses.
These fibre optic cables transmit data faster, hence the boost in broadband speed. There are two main types of Fibre broadband connections:
Fibre-to the-Home (FTTH)/ Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) is the fastest type of fibre connection. It delivers fibre directly into your home via fibre-optic cables giving speeds of up to 1,000Mbps.
Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC), or part-fibre is more common throughout Ireland. It delivers the fibre connection via fibre optic cables to your nearest cabinet or exchange, and from there to your home it’s delivered via older copper cables. This slows the connection down, meaning that FTTC connections are slower than FTTH.
Providers advertise ‘up to’ speeds, but the actual speed you get will depend on whether or not you have a FTTH or FTTC connection. Your distance from the exchange will also affect the upper speed you can get.
If you’re having problems with a slow connection, here are some ways to speed up slow broadband.
Yes, fibre optic broadband is faster and more reliable than standard broadband connections like ADSL internet as it uses fibre optic cables rather than a phone line.
There are other broadband connection types that may suit you better though. For example, if fibre isn’t available where you live due to a rural location, here are some rural broadband options in Ireland.
Currently, the fastest fibre plans in Ireland are 1,000Mbps or 1GB.
All of the fibre providers including Sky, Vodafone, Digiweb, Pure Telecom and eir offer superfast speeds of up to 1000Mbps but availability depends on where you live and whether SIRO has been rolled out in your area.
Speeds of up to 100Mbps are fast enough for the average user.
SIRO broadband is a joint venture from the ESB and Vodafone that’s bringing 100% fibre broadband to more homes in Ireland, using the existing electricity network.
SIRO is being rolled out to regional Ireland first, check where it’s already available and which counties are in the planned roll out.
Our guide: Should you choose SIRO broadband? explains more.
Getting fibre broadband depends on a number of factors, including:
Yes, fibre broadband can be more expensive than other broadband technology, but fibre connections will be much faster and more reliable.
Work out your budget and pick a plan that’s within it, both during the offer period and beyond.
Fibre broadband is not reliant on phone lines, so you won’t need one installed in order to get fibre installed in your home.
You can opt for a package that includes a home phone talk plan though if you want to make and receive calls on your landline.
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