Broadband speed, price and the monthly data allowance are the three most important things to take into consideration when choosing a new broadband provider. The more people in your home, the higher your speed requirements, and if you all watch YouTube or Netflix, then you'll definitely need an unlimited data allowance.
But things like the customer service reputation of your provider and the contract length should be taken into account too.
When looking at price, try not get blindsided by any introductory deals for the first few months and instead look at the total first-year cost. This is the full amount you can expect to pay over the first 12 months of your contract and will include any other charges such as set-up costs or installation fees.
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The answer depends on two things: the number of devices that are using the connection and the kinds of tasks you’ll be undertaking on a regular basis.
As a rough guide, a household using one to two devices to browse the web, use email, social media and stream a moderate amount of video will need speeds that can reach around 25Mbps.
When you bring your device number up to three or four and you’re looking to do some online gaming or stream video in 4K resolution, you’ll need a connection that can consistently reach speeds of 50Mbps to 100Mbps.
If you have more than five devices in constant use in your household and you want to do all of the above, share large files on a regular basis and conduct live video streaming you’ll need a connection speed somewhere between 150Mbps and 200Mbps.
When looking at broadband deals remember that the advertised speeds only refer to the maximum speed possible with the plan, they are by no means a guarantee. In fact, in many cases, the speed you actually get will be much slower than what you might expect.
The fastest broadband deal available to you will depend on where you live, how far you are from your local telephone exchange, and whether you have access to a pure fibre broadband connection.
In Ireland pure fibre broadband that can reach speeds of up to 1,000Mbps is now available in select towns and regions nationwide through providers like Vodafone, Digiweb and Sky. Meanwhile Virgin Media offers speeds of up to 500Mbps to almost one million premises nationwide. However if you live in a rural area that doesn’t yet have access to fibre broadband then the maximum speed available to you will range from about 2Mbps to 24Mbps at most (the further you are from your telephone exchange the slower your connection will be).
Head over to our broadband comparison service, type in your address or eircode, and we’ll show you a list of all deals along with their average speeds that are available at your particular address.
The cost of broadband largely depends on the speed as well as whether your broadband connection is part fibre or pure fibre.
Pure fibre connections can reach speeds of up to 1,000Mbps and will usually be more expensive than part-fibre connections that can only reach speeds of 100Mpbs at most.
In general, you can expect to pay from €30 to €60 per month on average for broadband in Ireland. However some providers offer discounts for new customers which can reduce your cost for the first few months of service.