There’s a wide variety of broadband options in Carlow, with several broadband providers offering a number of packages and bundles for the home.
However, it can be hard to know where to start when you’re looking for a broadband package. To make it easier for you to choose, we take a look at what’s available in your area and compare features such as price and speed to help you decide.
There are seven main broadband providers in Carlow.
There are seven providers that may offer fibre broadband in Carlow.
Home broadband speeds across Carlow vary depending on where exactly you live, and what type of connection you have. Find out whether your town has fibre broadband by using the dropdown filter at the top of the page.
SIRO and Virgin Media are both offering fibre plans in Carlow Town, with speeds of up to 1,000Mbps. However, even if you live outside of Carlow Town you may still be able to get part fibre broadband from another provider.
If you don’t have access to fibre or part fibre where you live, an ADSL connection could still offer a fast, reliable broadband connection.
Price is often a top priority when it comes to choosing a broadband package. Luckily, the Irish broadband market is very competitive at the moment, with many providers offering decent introductory discounts to new customers. This means that, if you’re signing up to a new broadband package, you may have some great deals to choose from.
However, before you choose the cheapest deal, make sure you look at all of the plan features so you can be confident it’s suitable for your needs.
There are numerous broadband plans available in the Irish market, and while not all these plans will be available across the whole county of Carlow, you will more than likely have lots of options to choose from.
If you don’t know where to start when you’re trying to choose a new broadband deal, our comparison will help you to easily compare deals across important areas like broadband speed and price. You may also want to take a look at the contract length, to make sure you’re happy with it.
If you decide that you want to bundle your TV and/or phone with your broadband, there are lots of packages you could choose from - and generally you will get the biggest savings by opting for a bundle. This also means that you only have to deal with one provider on any queries and for your bill.
TV & Broadband Packages
It will usually work out cheaper to get your broadband, TV and phone in one big package. If you would like to get them all from the same internet provider, we’ve got information on the best TV and broadband packages, so you can see if there’s one that suits you.
Home Phone & Broadband
If you don’t want to include TV, you can still opt for a broadband and phone deal. Before you decide on a plan, have a think about the type of call package you need - some will offer free calls to landlines, while others will also include calls to mobiles.
Best Broadband-Only Deals
Research shows that many people now watch the majority of their content online and use their mobiles for all calls. If this sounds like you, you could opt for a broadband-only plan. If you do want to get broadband without a phone line, the table above can show you the deals available.
Carlow has several different types of broadband available - the type of broadband you should opt for will depend on what your needs are.
What are the different broadband types?
Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) broadband uses an existing home phone line to provide an internet connection of up to 24Mbps.
As this technology uses the phone line in your home, you’ll need a home phone line installed in order to avail of it. It’s also important to note that your distance from the nearest telephone exchange and the quality of your phone connection could impact your speed.
Providers of ADSL broadband include Digiweb, eir, Pure Telecom, Sky, and Vodafone, and introductory prices start at €25 per month. This type of broadband is generally good for those in rural areas as anyone with a phone line can avail of it.
Cable broadband is another name for fibre broadband - with cable broadband, broadband is delivered to your home using fibre-optic cables. The fastest type of fibre connection is Fibre-to-the-Home, but Part Fibre (Fibre-to-the-Cabinet) is more common but can still offer decent connection speeds.
At present, cable broadband is available from many providers, such as eir, Digiweb, Magnet, Sky, Virgin Media, and Vodafone. The likes of SIRO, eir, enet and Virgin Media are continually working to roll out across Ireland, which means it’s getting easier and cheaper than ever to access high-speed internet.
However, in certain rural areas throughout the country, some fibre broadband packages still may not be available. If the broadband you want is not currently available in your area, consider the other types of broadband that are available - for example satellite broadband or ADSL - and see if one of these might work for you.
Fibre broadband is the quickest type of broadband connection, bit it can also be more expensive than the likes of ADSL broadband.
Fibre broadband, which is sometimes called Fibre-to-the-home or Fibre-to-the-premises, is delivered to your home using fibre-optic cables and offers the fastest connection speeds of up to 1,000Mbps.
Part Fibre, which is sometimes called Fibre-to-the-Cabinet, delivers fibre to your nearest cabinet and then usually uses copper cables to bring the connection to your home. The actual speed you’ll get from Part Fibre depends on your provider and your distance from the cabinet. Part Fibre is from the likes of eir, Sky, Virgin Media and Vodafone.
Fibre and Part Fibre suits consumers who require fast speeds, but want to get broadband without having a phone line installed.
Mobile broadband means mobile internet access which is provided to customers through a mobile phone signal.
As the technology used to provide mobile broadband is the same as the one that lets you use your mobile phone, many mobile network carriers offer mobile broadband via mobile dongles and 4G SIMs. Dongles can enable mobile broadband access on laptops and PCs, while 4G SIM cards can be used to gain access to the internet on a tablet.
Mobile broadband can be useful for people who need access to the internet on the move, however bear in mind that if your mobile phone signal is bad where you live, you’ll likely get poor mobile broadband signal, too.
You’ll also need to keep an eye on data allowances if you opt for a mobile broadband plan, as these can be quite low, and the charges for going above the limit tend to be steep.
Satellite broadband is set up in a household through the installation of a satellite dish, and provides speeds of up to 50Mbps.
Although it is slower than other types of broadband, satellite broadband is that it can provide an internet connection to any home - this can be particularly important in rural areas, where laying cables is not possible. Unlike other broadband, satellite packages will have a cap on downloads - at the moment, these range from 10-100GB per month.
Wireless broadband is a term that’s widely used - some people use it to refer to broadband that you can connect to via WiFi (so multiple devices can be connected at any one time), while others use it as another way to describe mobile broadband.
When we’re talking about broadband that you can connect to via WiFi, this works by using a wireless router, which converts an incoming signal and transmits it throughout your home. This signal is then picked up by any wireless-enabled devices within the transmission area, enabling them to connect to the wireless broadband.
The vast majority of broadband providers these days will provide a router to allow you to connect many devices to your home broadband via WiFi.
When you’re comparing broadband in Carlow, think about price, speed, download usage and length of contract.