What is Cable broadband?

Cable broadband is another name for fibre broadband, meaning it delivers broadband to your home using fibre-optic cables. This is the fastest type of broadband available in Ireland.

How does cable broadband work?

Cable broadband uses fibre-optic cables to deliver broadband to your home. There are two different types of cable broadband:

  • Fibre-to the-Home (FTTH)/ Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband is the fastest type of fibre connection, as it delivers fibre directly into your home. Speeds of up to 1,000Mbps are now available in Ireland through FTTH/FTTP.
  • Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) is more common throughout Ireland - the fibre connection is delivered to your nearest cabinet or exchange, and the connection to your home is brought from there by older copper cables. This type of broadband can still offer speeds up to 500Mbps - through Virgin Media - but the actual speed you get will depend on your distance from the exchange.

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Who provides cable broadband?

Cable broadband is available from many providers in Ireland, including:

The likes of eir, enet, SIRO and Virgin Media are continually working to roll out superfast speeds across Ireland, which means it’s getting easier and cheaper than ever to access high-speed internet.

What’s the best cable broadband deal?

The cheapest cable broadband package on the market at the moment is the Simply Broadband + Home Essentials package from Vodafone.

Is cable broadband right for me?

Fast, reliable broadband is a necessity for many of us these days, and cable broadband is the fastest type of connection available in Ireland. It will be the best option for you if you:

  • Live in a large household, where many devices are connected to the internet;
  • stream a lot of content, like Netflix, NOW TV, or Spotify;
  • need to make video or WiFi calls;
  • want to download movies in minutes;
  • play online games and want to reduce the likelihood of lag; and/or
  • work from home and need a reliable internet connection for your job.

How fast is cable broadband?

The fastest cable broadband in Ireland is up to 1,000Mbps, however this is not yet widely available. Speeds of up to 500Mbps are available from Virgin Media, and the majority of providers will offer cable broadband with speeds up to 100Mbps.

Can I get Cable broadband in my area?

Cable broadband isn’t available everywhere throughout the country yet, so whether or not you can get it will depend on where you live. Take a look at our cable broadband comparison, and enter the town where you live to see what options you have in your area.

Alternatives to Cable Broadband

If cable or fibre broadband is not currently available in your area, there are some good alternatives out there:

  • ADSL broadband provides a reliable connection, with speeds up to 24Mbps, via your phone line.
  • Satellite broadband, which is set up in a household through the installation of a satellite dish; and
  • Mobile Broadband, which provides internet access through a mobile phone signal via mobile dongles and 4G SIMs.

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