Fibre-optic broadband explained
Fibre Broadband offers much higher connection speeds than the likes of DSL, mobile, or satellite broadband - with Fibre-to-the-Home allowing speeds of up to 1,000Mb.
Speeds of up to 100Mb
The most common fibre broadband packages in Ireland offer Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC).
This is where fibre optic cables run from your local telephone exchange to the green cabinets you’ll have seen on/near your street - a short copper cable then runs from your nearest green cabinet into your home.
This plan from Vodafone offers FTTC broadband with speeds of up to 100Mb.
It comes with an unlimited broadband usage allowance, as well as a free modem and free installation - and it was voted ‘Best Value Home Broadband’ at the Switcher.ie Broadband Awards 2017.
Up to speeds of more than 100Mb
If you are lucky enough to have an FTTH (fibre to the home) connection, the fibre-optic cables run all the way into your house and provide much faster speeds - even up to 1000Mb - but most of us don’t have access to speeds like this just yet.
However, Virgin Media does offer fibre broadband with speeds up to 360Mb in various areas across the country, which will be fast enough for the vast majority of internet users to carry out all the tasks they want.
This plan has an unlimited broadband usage allowance and includes the Virgin Media Hub, which is a new modem with an additional antenna for even better Wi-Fi.
Problems with broadband speeds
If you have a fibre connection, but you’re not happy with your speeds, the first thing you should do is carry out a broadband speed test and see what speed you are actually getting.
Then, there are lots of changes you can make around the home to improve your broadband speed - especially if you’re using WiFi.
If these don’t work, the best bet would be to contact your provider and tell them about the issues - they may be able to provide you with new hardware, which can make a big difference.