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Understanding ADSL broadband

This is the most common broadband type in Ireland, but how does it work and is it reliable?

What is ADSL broadband?

Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) is a type of broadband that uses an existing home phone line to provide an internet connection of up to 24Mbps to your home.

How does ADSL broadband work?

This technology uses the phone line in your home to provide broadband to your home, so you’ll need a home phone line installed in order to avail of it.

Your distance from the nearest telephone exchange and the quality of your phone connection could impact your speed because the broadband technology involved is highly distance sensitive.

It’s important to remember that, although the connection is provided via a phone line, ADSL is different from dial-up internet as it can be used alongside your home telephone, if you have one.

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Who provides ADSL broadband?

There are many Irish providers offering ADSL broadband, including:

What’s the best ADSL broadband deal?

The cheapest ADSL broadband package on the market at the moment is the Online Special NGB Bundle plan from Pure Telecom, which comes in at €24 for the first 6 months, and €50 thereafter.

Is ADSL broadband right for me?

ADSL is the most widely-available type of broadband in Ireland, which makes it appealing, and if you have access to a phone line in your home, you should be able to get ADSL broadband without any issues.

You’ll have plenty of choice if you opt for an ADSL broadband plan, and you can also bundle ADSL broadband with TV, as well as using the phone line for your home phone service.

How fast is ADSL broadband?

The maximum speed you can currently get with this kind of broadband is up to 24Mb.

Bear in mind that this may not be fast enough if you are in a large household with people streaming content or playing online games, so if you do have faster options where you live, it might be better to go with one of these.

Can I get ADSL broadband in my area?

As already mentioned, ADSL broadband is widely available across Ireland - basically, if you have a phone line you should be able to get this kind of broadband no problem. Entering your county and town information on our comparison page will show you exactly what deals are available where you live.

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Alternatives to ADSL broabdand

Although widely available across Ireland, ADSL is still not available everywhere, and you won’t be able to get it if you don’t have or don’t want a phone line installed. If this is the case, there are plenty of alternatives:

  • Fibre broadband, which will generally give you the best speeds and performance, but has limited availability throughout the country.
  • Satellite broadband, which is set up in a household through the installation of a satellite dish and can generally be installed anywhere.
  • Mobile Broadband, which provides internet access through a mobile phone signal via mobile dongles and 4G SIMs.

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