Rural broadband options in Ireland

If you live in a rural part of Ireland getting a fast, reliable broadband connection can be more difficult. We explain what your broadband options are and how to get the best rural WiFi deals.

What is rural broadband?

Rural broadband is broadband that’s available in rural parts of the country.

It can be difficult to get a reliable, fast internet service if you live in a remote area of Ireland compared with a large urban area.

Broadband deals available where you live

Your broadband options will depend on your location, for example fibre broadband is readily available in most major cities across Ireland, but not all rural areas.

Our broadband comparison is a good place to start searching for deals in your area.

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When is faster broadband being rolled out?

If you want to see when faster broadband is on its way to you, check out the High Speed Broadband Map on the Gov.ie website.

It’s part of The National Broadband Plan that aims to deliver ‘quality, affordable high-speed broadband to all parts of Ireland where such services are not available commercially.’

What is SIRO?

SIRO is a type of broadband that uses 100% fibre technology, known as Fibre-to-the-Home. It can deliver speeds of up to 1,000Mbps, and it’s suitable for use in rural areas.

Find out more about how SIRO works and when it might be rolled out at your location.

What broadband can you get in rural Ireland?

If fibre or part fibre broadband are not yet available where you live, your options are likely to be:

  • ADSL broadband: which uses an existing home phone line to provide an internet connection.
  • Satellite broadband: which is set up in a household through the installation of a satellite dish.
  • Mobile broadband: which is provided to customers through a mobile phone signal.

Who provides broadband in rural Ireland?

The most widely-available broadband in rural Ireland is ADSL broadband which is provided by:

Best rural broadband deals

The best broadband package for you will depend on what features you’re looking for. If you want a reliable connection, with unlimited usage, an ADSL plan is a good place to start.

This plan from Vodafone is a popular broadband-only deal, which means you have the option of streaming TV or going for a traditional digital TV package from another provider.

Satellite broadband is great for people in remote areas as it can provide a connection to any home. However, you’ll find there are strict download limits, so if you’re a heavy user, or you have a busy household, this probably won’t suit.

Likewise, mobile broadband could be a good option, but you’ll need to make sure you have a strong mobile phone signal where you live, to ensure you’ll have a reliable connection.

What broadband speed can you get?

The speeds you can get will depend on which kind of plan you’re signed up to. If you go for an ADSL plan, you’ll get speeds of up to 24Mb.

How to improve slow broadband

If you’re having issues with your broadband and you haven’t switched recently, it’s well worth thinking about. As well as the potential to improve the speed of your broadband, you may also benefit from a new customer incentive and save money too.

If you’ve recently switched, or you can’t get a faster plan where you live, try our tips on improving slow broadband, which could make a big difference.

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