Guide to satellite broadband in Ireland

Struggling to get fibre or ADSL broadband where you live? Satellite broadband could be the answer.

What is satellite broadband?

Satellite broadband is a type of broadband that is set up in your home through the installation of a satellite dish - the internet feed is then transmitted to the dish by a satellite. Because you don’t need a phone line or fibre connection, this can be a good option for people in rural areas.

Satellite broadband providers in Ireland

One of the main providers of satellite broadband in Ireland is bigblu, formerly known as Europasat.

Why do you need satellite broadband? What are the advantages and disadvantages?

The major benefit of satellite broadband is that - because laying cables is not necessary - it can provide an internet connection to any home. This means that it could be a good option for you if you’re living in a rural area and you don’t have access to fibre, and you don’t want to install a phone line.

The main disadvantage of satellite broadband is that the speeds you get won’t be as good as what you would achieve with fixed-line broadband. You’ll also have a cap on downloads, while many fixed-line plans now offer unlimited data.

Can I get satellite broadband in my area?

It’s possible to get satellite broadband in most areas where availability can be confirmed by your chosen provider.

Alternatives to satellite broadband

If you need faster broadband, it’s likely that satellite broadband won’t work for you. If this is the case, you could consider ADSL broadband or fibre broadband, if its available where you live.

Which satellite broadband plan should I choose?

Firstly, compare all of the satellite deals available with the below factors in mind:

  • Price, including any introductory discount and the follow-on costs.
  • The broadband speed you need.
  • Data limits, particularly if you like to stream music or video via the internet, as these use up a lot of data.
  • Any set-up costs.

If you already have broadband, make sure you contact your current provider and give them the relevant notice to cancel your account.