ADSL and cable (fibre-optic) are both the most common and accessible forms of home broadband in Ireland. The main difference between these two types is that cable can only be utilised in some areas, while ADSL / ADSL2+ is pretty much universal. Our broadband location checker will help you to decide on broadband packages.
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ADSL / ADSL2+
Because an ADSL / ADSL2+ broadband package is offered by nearly all broadband providers in Ireland, it’s the most popular type of connection. It’s a type of connection that can be easily set up, because it makes use of phone lines that are already in place. This means it has the potential to reach around 99% of Irish households. Telephone exchanges are used for the transportation of data, which goes through copper telephone lines to customers homes. Frequency differences also mean that you will be able to use the internet and the phone at the same time and on the same line.
Telephone and the internet are automatically part of ADSL / ADSL2+ broadband packages. Some broadband providers can also supply TV services as part of broadband bundle deals or for an additional fee.
If you are interested in setting up an ADSL / ADSL2+ broadband connection check out our top ADSL broadband packages.
Compared to ADSL / ADSL2+, cable connections can transport a great deal more data, including being able to provide television, telephone and broadband by way of one fibre-optic connection.
In most cases customers will have a FTTC (fibre to the cabinet) connection. A phone cabinet in the street will receive information from the fibre cable, but then the information will go through copper phone lines to your home. Speeds of up to 100Mb can be expected through this type of fibre broadband technology. eir provides this form of connection, as well as other providers who make use of eir’s fibre optic network infrastructure. These include the likes of Vodafone and Digiweb.
There will be some fortunate broadband customers with a FTTH (fibre to the home) already. FTTH can ensure even faster broadband speeds, which can go up to 1000Mb. Currently, in Ireland, FTTH connections are only available through Virgin Media, Magnet, and eir’s fibre broadband networks.
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