Satellite broadband is pretty ‘ronseal’ in that it is what it says on the tin - broadband that comes through a satellite dish.
You may be familiar with fibre-powered broadband, which is broadband that’s delivered either to your home (fibre-to-the-home) or to a distribution cabinet near your home (fibre-to-the-cabinet). However installing fibre is an expensive and time-consuming process, which costs a lot of time and money, as the ground needs to be dug up and fibre-optic cables laid. This doesn't apply to satellite broadband which is quick and easy to install as long as you have the right equipment.
Satellite broadband doesn't rely on fibre-optic cables, which means almost everyone in Ireland can get it as long as you install the necessary equipment.
So if you live in an area where there's no high-speed broadband available then satellite broadband could be the right option for you.
The satellite broadband services available on bonkers.ie can deliver speeds of up to 50Mb/s, which is faster than some people’s wired broadband speeds. However it is still some distance off the 1Gb/s or 1,000Mb/s speeds available with ‘pure fibre’ or fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) from companies such as SIRO or OpenEir.
You can do it yourself or pay to have it installed by your provider. With Bigblu, a company that offers satellite broadband through bonkers.ie, there’s a one-off fee of €49 to have the pros do it. You then rent your equipment for a small monthly fee, meaning there’s no large up-front costs for getting set up.
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