Broadband options without a phone line
Don't have or don't want a phone line? Don't worry, you can still get decent broadband.
Currently, many homes in Ireland are serviced by ADSL connections - these use an existing home phone line to provide an internet connection of up to 24Mbps. However, if you don’t have a phone line, or you don’t want one, it’s still possible to access the internet - but the type of broadband you can get will depend on where you live.
Alternative options to ADSL
Cable or fibre broadband is delivered to your home using fibre-optic cables. The fastest type of fibre connection is Fibre-to-the-Home, which can offer speeds of up to 1,000Mbps, but Fibre-to-the-Cabinet is more common and generally offer speeds of up to 100Mbps, although Virgin Media’s plans have ‘up to’ speeds of 500Mbps.
At present, cable broadband is available from many providers, such as eir, Sky, and Virgin Media. Meanwhile, Digiweb and Vodafone offer fibre plans, as well as Fibre-to-the-home broadband, powered by SIRO - which has speeds of up to 1,000Mbps.
However, in certain rural areas throughout the country, some fibre & superfast broadband packages still may not be available.
Another alternative - if you don’t want a landline - is to opt for a Mobile Broadband plan.
The technology used to provide mobile broadband is the same as the one that lets you use your mobile phone, so many mobile networks offer mobile broadband via mobile dongles and 4G SIMs.
Mobile broadband can be really useful, especially if you need to access the internet on the move, but you’ll need to be sure that the coverage is decent, in order to get a reliable internet connection. Bear in mind that if your mobile phone signal is bad where you live, you’ll likely get poor mobile broadband signal, too.
If you can’t get fibre broadband where you live, and your mobile coverage isn’t good, you could opt for satellite broadband.
Although speeds through satellite broadband are generally slower - with maximum speeds of up to 50Mb - it is useful as it is available anywhere in Ireland and does not depend on cables or telephone lines. The main provider of satellite broadband in Ireland is bigblu - formerly known as Europasat.
What to think about if you’re getting broadband without a phone line
While you may not want the hassle of a phone line, remember that - if you don’t have fibre broadband available where you live - ADSL is probably the best bet in terms of getting a reliable connection and decent broadband speed.
Bear in mind that you can always go for a broadband-only ADSL plan, where the phone line is simply used to provide your broadband, but you don’t have to pay for a home phone element of your plan.