High-speed broadband in Ireland
We’ve got all of the information you need on high speed broadband, and how you can get the fastest broadband package to suit your needs.
What is high speed broadband?
It’s generally considered to be a reliable broadband connection with speeds at or above 30Mbps. This is also the minimum target speed as set out by the National Broadband Plan.
Reliable broadband with a speed of this kind allows users to carry out a range of activities online - like streaming content, downloading movies and uploading photos to social media - quickly and easily.
What is the fastest broadband in Ireland?
Currently Virgin Media has the fastest widely-available broadband plan on the market - its Naked 500 and World Unlimited Home Phone plan has speeds of up to 490Mb. This plan costs €59 for the first 6 months, and €74 thereafter.
Do I need high-speed broadband?
There’s probably very few of us who don’t need reliable, fast broadband these days. Choosing high speed broadband would be a particularly good option if:
- You have a large household with many devices connected to the internet at any one time.
- You stream content or use catch-up services frequently.
- You work from home and your job requires internet access.
- You want to quickly download and upload movies, photos and other files.
- You play games online and want to reduce lag.
- You use online calling services, like Skype.
Can I get high speed broadband in my area? Is fibre broadband available?
The broadband speed available in your area will depend on what types of connections are available and what providers are operating where you live. Most of us would like to be able to sign up to fibre broadband if possible, but unfortunately this is not yet available to every area of the country.
Our comparison tool can help you find out what packages are available where you live, and you can then compare things like price, speed and contract length to find the best plan for your needs.
How fast is my broadband?
If you want to see what broadband speed you actually have at home, all you need to do is carry out a speed test. The best bet would be to carry out the test a few times, at different times of day, to get a good idea of your average speed.
My broadband is slow - what can I do?
If you’re not happy with the performance of your broadband, or you find you’re getting lower speeds than you expected, the good news is that there are some really quick fixes that could make a big difference. Our guide to slow broadband has some easy tips on improving broadband speed to help you get started.
Alternatives to superfast broadband
In certain areas - particularly if you live somewhere rural - fibre & superfast broadband deals are not available. This is usually because the broadband providers can’t supply broadband services because of the distance between your house and the nearest cabinet or exchange.
If you’re not in a fibre-enabled area, never fear - you should still be able to get a fast broadband connection via:
- ADSL broadband, or
- satellite broadband.