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Broadband charges in Ireland

It can be difficult to understand the full cost of switching broadband providers or packages. If you are considering switching your high-speed broadband service, comparing broadband packages and prices will help you make an informed decision. From data charges to set-up fees to rental charges, it is important to get an accurate picture of what switching will cost you.

The following guide provides practical and useful details to help you understand the costs of signing up to a broadband service in Ireland. Charges and services vary between each broadband package and ISP (internet service provider). Before signing up, take a close and careful look at terms and conditions to fully understand any one-off and monthly charges.

Broadband internet types

There are three main types of broadband technology commonly used in Ireland:

Common broadband charges

There are three main fees found in most broadband packages, regardless of whether they are ADSL, cable or mobile.

Connection charges: Certain broadband packages include a once off fee to activate the connection. This charge varies between service providers. If switching packages with the same ISP, the connection charge is generally waived.

Excess use charges: Most broadband packages include a monthly download limit. If this limit is exceeded, ISPs may limit bandwidth or charge excess usage fees. Typically, these fees are charged for each gigabyte over the maximum limit. To avoid charges, choose an unlimited download broadband package if you use the internet frequently for downloading large files, as well as for watching videos and gaming.

Cancellation fees: Although this fee is charged depending on individual contracts, a cancellation charge may be levied if you choose to terminate your service. The fee is generally applied when cancelling a service before the end of a term contract. The amount paid often depends on individual ISPs and how much time is left in a contract.

ADSL broadband fees

When subscribing to an ADSL broadband service, there are two main types of fees in addition to charges for the internet service itself.

Landline charges: Since ADSL broadband uses an existing telephone line, an active connection is needed. If an active landline is not available, a set-up charge is required to connect your residential line.

Wireless routers: In order to set up a wireless connection in your home or office, you will need a wireless router. This equipment is connected to your landline. While some service providers may include a free router with a broadband package, others charge an upfront fee or a monthly rental fee. Individual wireless routers may cost anywhere between €25 and €150, while rental fees vary depending on the ISP.

Visit our ADSL broadband page to find a package that is right for you.

Cable broadband fees

Unlike ADSL broadband, there are no landline charges when subscribing with a cable broadband service. This is because cable broadband uses fibre-optic cables rather than your landline. However, an installation fee may be charged if your ISP has to install a cable connection.

To compare top cable broadband packages, visit our cable broadband page for more details.

Mobile broadband fees

There are two common charges associated with mobile broadband.

Purchase cost: ISPs may charge a once - off fee to purchase a USB device, such as a USB dongle. A USB device is needed for your computer in order to access the service provider’s 3G or 4G network. This fee may be waived when subscribing to a monthly contract, especially for 3G and 4G services.

Roaming charges: Just like internet access with your mobile phone or tablet, service providers will charge fees when using mobile broadband outside of Ireland. While EU regulations make these fees relatively reasonable when travelling within Europe, expect high roaming charges elsewhere.

For details on packages and deals, visit our mobile broadband page.