6 of the fastest broadband deals in Ireland
Rob Flynn
Staff Writer

Have a need for speed? Maybe it's time to upgrade to a faster broadband connection!

It goes without saying that broadband is now one of the most in-demand modern utilities, and nary a day goes by when broadband is not central to the functioning of our society.

And with the increased strain on networks caused by people working from home, it's quite clear that a reliable and quick broadband connection is more important than ever before.

So, if you’re considering upgrading your broadband connection in order to get a much faster speed, make sure to check out below six of the fastest broadband deals that are currently available.

But first, a note about how to get the best speeds...

Fibre-to-the-home connection

One important thing to bear in mind is that to get the fastest speeds you'll need access to a pure fibre or fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connection. With pure fibre, a high-speed fibre optic cable runs all the way into your home and doesn't rely on old, copper telephone lines for any of the connection. This makes your broadband connection faster and more reliable.

Virgin Media can provide speeds of up to 1,000Mbps (1Gbps) to almost one million premises nationwide with its own network while SIRO, a joint venture between the ESB and Vodafone, is also able to offer speeds of up to 1Gbps in select communities and towns nationwide thanks to its FTTH network rollout. Currently almost 500,000 homes and premises around Ireland have access to a SIRO-powered connection. 

Meanwhile, Eir is also upgrading its own network to offer pure fibre broadband to more homes than ever before.  

To check the speeds available in your area, all you need to do is visit our broadband comparison page and enter your address or eircode. If a top-speed, FTTH broadband package is available in your area, it will appear in your results. 

Vodafone - Gigabit 1000Mbps

What’s included?

Vodafone is the first up on our list and is offering new customers a super fast broadband connection with speeds of up to 1000Mbps, all on a 12-month contract.

How much is it?

This fibre-powered broadband package comes in at only €40 a month for the first 12 months and €70 per month thereafter.

This deal is subject to a 12-month contract which means you’ll have access to super fast, FTTH broadband for the small cost of only €480 for the first year!

What’s special about this plan?

The super fast, pure-fibre broadband connection is powered by SIRO, the joint venture between Vodafone and the ESB, which aims to bring high-speed, fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband access to homes across Ireland. 

If that weren’t enough to tempt you to switch, Vodafone is also offering free setup and installation of your new home broadband. However, depending on your geographic location a €50 installation fee may apply.

With its unlimited download allowance this deal is perfect for gaming and multi-device streaming, not to mention providing a reliable and fast connection for all your working-from-home needs.

To sign up with Vodafone just click here.

Virgin Media - 1G Broadband

What’s included?

Virgin Media is next on the list with its fastest broadband deal offering speeds of up to 1Gbps, making it one for families with high internet usage to consider. 

What does it cost?

This deal comes in at the slightly higher price of €70 per month for the first 12 months, reverting to €85 per month thereafter.

The total cost for the first year, taking into account the introductory discounts as well as a €30 set-up cost, comes to €870.

What’s special about this plan?

All broadband customers who sign up with Virgin Media will receive the Virgin Media TV Anywhere Sports App for free with their plan, which gives customers free access to Virgin Media Sport on their phone or tablet.

Broadband customers can watch live sports channels on their mobile device by simply downloading the app and signing in using their Virgin Media login details. 

An added bonus of having your WiFi supplied by Virgin Media is that its broadband uses what’s called Smart Wifi, an advanced technology that offers customers 'Channel Optimisation' and 'Airtime Fairness' which ensures you’re always getting the best and fastest speeds available.

Virgin Media was also named Ireland’s fastest broadband and Wi-Fi provider for the fourth consecutive year in 2020 so you know you're in good hands! 

To sign up with Virgin Media just click here.

Digiweb - SIRO Gigabit Broadband & Talk Off-peak

What's included?

Digiweb is offering new customers its lightning-quick, 1Gbps broadband deal, and all for a very reasonable discounted price.

What does it cost?

The fibre-powered broadband is priced at only €24.95 per month for the first four months, €54.95 per month for the next eight months, and €59.95 per month thereafter - all on a 12-month contract.

The deal includes a set-up cost of €49 for new customers, which means those who sign up can avail of this super fast, super reliable fibre broadband connection for only €588.40 in year one.

What's special about this plan?

This fibre broadband connection is also powered by SIRO which offers a 100% fibre optic connection straight into your home with the help of the existing electricity network.

SIRO cuts out buffering so is perfect for families who have parents working from home, as well kids who are looking to stream on multiple devices at once. Fibre broadband works just as it’s meant to – all of the time!

Customers can also add a home phone service to this bundle at no extra cost! This includes off-peak calls to all Irish landlines, 1,500 minutes per month to local, national and UK landlines at evenings and weekends, as well as 30 minutes per month to Irish and UK mobiles at evenings and weekends.

You can sign up with Digiweb here.

Pure Telecom - Premium Speed 1000MB + Home Phone

What’s included?

Our next broadband deal is yet another pure fibre-powered connection, this time from Pure Telecom, offering speeds of up to 1,000Mbps and delivered again through the SIRO network.

What does it cost?

The deal is on offer for a very reasonable €40 per month for the first 12 months, with the price reverting to €70 per month thereafter.

Pure Telecom's deal comes on a 12-month contract with the total first-year cost coming to just €480, including discounts amounting to €360.

What’s special about this plan?

In addition to providing a SIRO-powered broadband connection, and unlimited data, Pure Telecom is also offering prospective customers a home phone service, which includes free anytime calls to Irish landlines.

This deal also won Best Broadband at the 2021 bonkers.ie National Consumer Awards so you know it's good value! 

You can sign up with Pure Telecom here.

Eir - 1Gbps Fibre Broadband + Home Phone

What's included?

Eir is offering new customers gigabit broadband speeds with this deal, which also includes a landline package with unlimited off-peak calls to Irish landlines (local & national).

What does it cost?

The deal is on offer on a 24-month contract for 49.99 per month for the first two years and €85.99 per month thereafter. This means that customers would be paying only €599.88 per year for the first two years.

What's special about this plan?

As well as its home phone offering, Eir has included a number of worthwhile added extras for those who sign up to this deal.

In tandem with Eir's fibre-powered broadband, customers will receive an Amazon Prime Video subscription entirely free, for a whole year!

Customers can also enjoy Eir's fastest ever WiFi thanks to its new fibre box which allows customers to get the 'best ever coverage in those hard to reach places in the home.'

This plan also includes the Eir Sport pack for free. All in all, not too bad! 

Sign up to this deal from Eir here.

Eir - 500Mb Broadband & Home Phone

What’s included?

Last but not least, our sixth and final broadband deal also comes from Eir, which is offering a slightly cheaper deal with speeds of up to 500Mbps.

How much is it?

This deal from Eir also comes on a 24-month contract for a price of €39.99 per month for two years, and €75.99 per month thereafter, making a total first-year cost of only €479.88.

Furthermore, customers who sign up won't incur any setup or equipment costs and Eir has also waived any activation fee for this deal.

What's special about this plan?

As well as a very fast broadband connection customers will get unlimited off-peak national calls to Irish landlines. Off-peak times are from 7pm - 7am Monday to Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. 

With this plan you'll also get the Eir Sport pack for free as well as a year's free subscription to Amazon Prime Video - not too shabby. 

As well as that, Eir customers will receive a superior WiFi modem which includes free parental controls, an invaluable tool for parents and guardians when helping to mind their children online.

You can sign up to the Eir deal here.

Always compare

If you're looking to upgrade your current broadband package or simply switch providers remember to always compare the best broadband deals out there.

You can use our broadband comparison tool today to compare all broadband deals on the market, from price to speed.

Stay in touch

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