Compare the best broadband deals in Longford to make sure you get the best broadband package.
There are a wide variety of broadband options in Longford, with several internet providers offering packages and bundles for the home, but it can sometimes be hard to know how to find the right one for you.
We take a look at what’s available and compare packages across areas like price and speed to help you decide.
How do I compare Longford broadband deals?
When you’re comparing deals and bundles there are a few things you should think about. Typically, price will be an important factor, and you’ll also want to consider broadband speed and contract length.
Currently there are loads of broadband plans available in the Irish market and, while not all these plans will be available in Longford, there are still plenty of options to choose from.
Broadband providers in Longford
There are many broadband providers offering broadband packages in Longford. All of these providers have a number of packages available, and some also have bundles, so you can add on a home phone or TV plan, too.
It’s just a case of choosing the right broadband package for you and your needs.
Broadband speeds in Longford
Research shows that, after price, speed is the most important thing to consumers when they’re choosing between broadband providers.
At the moment, SIRO and Virgin Media are not offering packages in Longford, so you won’t be able to get ‘gigabit’ broadband deals just yet. However, you may still be able to get fibre broadband from other providers in some areas of Longford, with speeds of up to 100Mbps.
If you’re not in a fibre-enabled area, you may still be able to get a high-speed broadband connection with an ADSL broadband connection.
Broadband prices in Longford
For most people, price will be the most important factor when it comes to choosing a broadband package. Competition in the Irish broadband market has driven prices down, leaving consumers with some very good deals to choose from - especially when they sign up to a new provider, as introductory offers tend to be really good.
Broadband availability in Longford
There are many home broadband options in Ireland.
What are the different types of broadband?
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 Fibre-to-the-Cabinet is more common and can still offer speeds up to 500Mbps.
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 superfast speeds 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 & superfast 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, and as a result it can be more expensive than the likes of ADSL broadband.
With fibre broadband, broadband is delivered to your home using fibre-optic cables. The fastest type of fibre connection is Fibre-to-the-Home, which brings the fibre cables directly into your home - this can currently deliver speeds of up to 1,000Mbps.
Other connections are known as Fibre-to-the-Cabinet, which delivers fibre to your nearest cabinet and then usually uses copper cables to bring the connection to your home. Speeds from up to 100Mbps up to 500Mbps are available through these types of connections from the likes of eir, Sky, Virgin Media and Vodafone. The actual speed you get will depend on your provider and your distance from the cabinet.
This type of broadband 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 shopping around for a new broadband deal, price, speed, download usage and length of contract are usually the main factors to consider when making your choice. The type of package to go for will depend on your needs and the needs of your household.
Best broadband bundles in Longford
Some people find that bundling products - i.e. getting phone, broadband and TV from the one provider - works out better for them, as they only have to deal with one provider for all of these services. It’s also possible to get decent discounts by opting to bundle. By bundling your TV, phone & broadband you may save hundreds of Euro by combining then all into one manageable bill.
Phone and Broadband Deals
When you’re comparing broadband and phone packages in Longford, think about whether you really need a landline, the number of free minutes you’ll get, and costs for calling mobile and landlines.
TV & Broadband Deals
Looking for the best TV and broadband packages? It’s almost always cheaper to get your broadband, TV and phone in one big package. Whether you are looking for sports, movies or a basic TV package, you’re sure to find a deal that suits you.
Broadband Only - No Phone Line
Lots of us are now opting for broadband-only deals and choosing to stream content instead of watching traditional TV packages - this could save you if you’re currently paying for a TV plan you don’t watch.