The broadband connection types available where you live will affect the speeds you can get. Find out about what’s available in your area and what it means for your online experience.
Broadband is a high-speed internet connection. Most broadband services come into your home via fixed lines such as phone lines, cable or fibre-optic networks.
Broadband doesn’t always require a fixed-line; you can also get broadband via mobile phone networks, satellite internet and long-range wi-fi transmission.
The broadband connection you can get will depend on where you live, and what providers are operating in your area.
The main types of broadband connections available in Ireland are:
Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) broadband uses an existing home phone line to provide an internet connection of up to 24Mbps.
Providers of ADSL broadband include Digiweb, eir, Pure Telecom, Sky, and Vodafone, and introductory prices start at around €25 per month. This type of broadband is generally good for those in rural areas as anyone with a phone line can get it.
Cable broadband connects your home via fibre-optic and coaxial cables.
Fibre-optic cables run from the exchange to a street cabinet in your area and then coaxial cables connect from the cabinet to your home.
Cable broadband is available from Virgin Media. The Virgin Media network reaches around one million households in Ireland.
Fibre broadband, also known as Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) or Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP), is delivered to your home using fibre-optic cables and offers the fastest connection speeds of up to 1,000Mbps.
Part Fibre also called Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC), delivers fibre to your nearest street cabinet and uses copper cables to bring the connection to your home.
The fastest type of broadband connection is Fibre-to-the-Home, but Part Fibre (Fibre-to-the-Cabinet) can still offer very good connection speeds.
Use our broadband checker to compare fibre deals where you live.
Fibre optic cables are being rapidly installed across Ireland, which means it’s getting easier and cheaper than ever to access high-speed internet.
However, in some rural areas, fibre broadband packages are still not available. If this is the case where you live, you’ll need to choose another type of broadband like ADSL or satellite broadband.
Mobile broadband is provided through your mobile phone signal. It can be useful for people who need access to the internet on the move.
If you opt for a mobile broadband plan, monitor your data usage because the charges for going over your data limit tend to be steep.
You can find out more about 5G mobile broadband in our guide.
Satellite broadband is set up in a household through the installation of a satellite dish and provides speeds of up to 50Mbps.
The main provider of satellite broadband in Ireland is Konnect.
While most broadband is delivered through copper or fibre optic cables, wireless reaches your home via radio waves, like a mobile phone signal or a wide-ranging Wi-Fi hotspot.
If you take out a wireless broadband package, you’ll get sent a router that picks up on the signal from the provider’s masts in your area. This will transmit to your home and connect your devices to the internet.
The broadband options you have will depend on the providers operating in your area and if it has the infrastructure for part fibre or fibre.
If you’d like to find out about broadband availability where you live, our broadband comparison tool displays all of the broadband providers and plans in your area. Here’s how to check broadband availability near you.
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