Sky Broadband in Ireland
If you’re thinking of switching to Sky broadband, this guide is a great place to start, with all of the information you’ll need on speeds, packages and prices.
Sky Ireland offers a variety of broadband packages and plans with speeds of up to 100Mb, starting from just €27.50 per month.
Sky generally offers a large introductory discount on its plans, which means you can usually make significant savings in year one, and all of its plans are available on 12-month contracts.
What packages can you get with Sky?
Sky broadband/fibre and phone
If you’re happy with a broadband and phone plan, and don’t need TV, Sky has a number of broadband and phone plans which could work for you. Prices for these start at just €27.50 per month and you’ll get broadband with speeds of up to 100Mbps, as well as a calls package to suit you.
Sky broadband, TV and phone
If you’d prefer to get TV along with your broadband and phone package, Sky also has several broadband, TV and phone packages. These can be convenient if you only want to deal with one provider for all of your services.
Prices for Sky’s triple-play plans start from €41.50 per month.
Sky’s TV-only plans
If you don’t want to opt for broadband and phone with Sky, but you do want to avail of their great TV offers, consider one of their TV-only plans. Sky’s TV packages have something to suit every kind of viewer, whether you’re into Sky Cinema, Sky Sports, or want access to Sky BoxSets and HD channels.
Sky Entertainment is Sky’s most basic TV package. It comes with on-demand and catch-up TV, the ability to pause, rewind and record and access to Sky Go, which allows you to watch TV on the move via your smartphone, tablet or laptop, as well as 90 channels. On top of the basic Sky Entertainment TV pack, you can also add any combination from a range of add-ons in order to customise your TV bundle. These add-ons include Sky Box Sets, Sky Kids, Sky Cinema, Sky Sports, Sports Extra and Sky HD.
The next generation Sky Q box with 1TB storage also comes as standard with all Sky TV plans.
What do I get when I sign up to Sky broadband? Does it come with any extras?
When you sign up to a Sky broadband package, you’ll get the Sky Q Hub router, which is Sky’s best ever wireless router, so you’ll always have the best signal available.
If you don’t opt for a TV plan, you’ll pay €50 for your Sky Hub, but otherwise it’s free. If you go for a plan that includes TV, you’ll pay €30 for the TV installation.
Sky doesn’t apply any fair usage limits or traffic management to its Fibre broadband products, which means you never need to worry about payments for going over these.
Sky’s best deals
Sky’s cheapest deal is the Sky Fibre Unlimited & Talk Freetime package, which costs €27.50 for the first 6 months, and €55 thereafter.
However, if you’d prefer your broadband, TV and phone in one plan, you could consider the Sky Entertainment + Sky Fibre Unlimited & Talk Freetime plan. Meanwhile if you’re looking for a TV-only deal, the Sky Entertainment plan might work for you.
Remember, if you opt for a bundle that includes TV, you can always add-on the likes of Sky Sports, Sports Extra, Sky Cinema for an additional monthly charge.
What broadband speed does Sky offer?
At the moment, Sky offers broadband plans with speeds of up to 100Mbps, but the speed you get will depend on your type of connection - if you can’t get access to fibre, it’s likely you’ll have to opt for an ADSL plan, which will have speeds of up to 24Mbps.
Sky has recently announced a partnership with SIRO, which means it will soon be starting to offer lightning speed broadband - up to 1,000Mbps.
Why choose Sky?
Sky has a range of TV-only, broadband and TV, and broadband, TV and phone plans, so you’re sure to find something to suit you. Sky’s TV service is considered best-in-class - the provider has won the ‘Best TV Provider’ award at the Switcher.ie Awards for the last 4 years.
Things to be aware of before choosing Sky
Before you sign up to any Sky plan, make sure you fully review all packages and options. It’s worth noting that many of Sky’s plans have 12-month discounts, and 12-month contracts, but be sure to check the discount period - and the price after this ends - before signing up.
I am an existing customer - are there any Sky upgrade deals?
Yes, upgrading your Sky plan is actually really straightforward. If you’re a Sky TV customer, you can add extra channels or even add on Sky Fibre. Our dedicated guide on Sky’s existing customer offers has all of the information you need.
Remember, if you’re with Sky you should be sure to sign up for its Sky VIP loyalty programme, which offers benefits to Sky customers based on how long they’ve been with the provider.
Sky broadband v eir, Virgin Media and Vodafone
When you’re shopping around for broadband, you might be wondering what the difference between the major providers is. Well, Sky operates off the eir wholesale broadband network, so the broadband service is similar to what you’d get from eir or Vodafone. At the moment, Virgin Media offers faster broadband speeds - with plans going up to 500Mbps - but bear in mind that Sky has signed an agreement with SIRO to offer plans with speeds of up to 1,000Mbps in the near future.
In terms of TV, the general consensus is that Sky’s service is best-in-class, with the Sky Q Hub, on-demand content and selection of channels being particular hits with customers.
How do I switch to Sky?
Switching to Sky is quick and easy. All you need to do is choose which plan you’re interested in and fill in a few details, including your address and bank details. Sky will also look for your Universal Account Number, or UAN, which is an eight digit number which is used by telecom providers to identify phone lines.
Make sure you contact your current provider to ensure you’re free to switch, and give them the required notice so that you’re not charged after you’ve switched. You’ll be able to arrange a cut-off date with them for service and then you can confirm an installation date with Sky so you experience as little downtime as possible. Once the switch happens, you can then cancel any Direct Debits with your current provider.