What is Fibre Broadband?
Fibre broadband refers to networks of fibre cables that transmit broadband at faster speeds than any other type of network. There are two types of fibre access in Ireland:
1) Fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC)
Where FTTC broadband is available, fibre is transmitted through a local exchange, or cabinet. Speed connections may be limited to speeds of up to 100Mbps because the fibre lines from the provider run only to the telephone network junction box, after which it has to run through regular cables to get to your home. If you are unsure whether your home is connected to your nearest cabinet, your chosen broadband company will be able to find this out for you.
2) Fibre to- the-home (FTTH)?
FFTH provides you with fibre cabling that runs directly to your household. FTTH connection usually has no limits with unlimited broadband and speeds of up to 1Gbps available.
How can I get the fastest broadband speeds?
As society becomes increasingly more reliant on reliable, super-fast broadband for such things as TV streaming, broadband providers must ensure that are doing their best to provide their customers with the fastest speeds possible.
Fastcom offers Fibre Essential (FTTC) and Fibre Pro (FTTH) starting from €35 per month* for the first three months. Fastcom will provide you with a free router and offer a price promise of no price increases to your chosen package throughout the length of your contract.
Make sure to get unlimited broadband
Many other broadband providers put a cap on how much data you can download in a month – and this is often flagged as a fair usage policy. Limiting your data, limits how you download information. For example, this includes sending an email to streaming a movie. Unlimited broadband is always the best option, as this allows the user to download as much content as they wish.
Fastcom ensures their customers data is totally unlimited on both its FTTC and FTTH plans.
Tell me about the National Broadband Plan?
Not all residential homes or business premises in Ireland have access to fibre broadband. Many places in rural Ireland are still without the internet. The Government’s National Broadband Plan aims to change that by contracting wholesale providers in Ireland to deliver high-speed broadband to the areas that won’t be reached by current broadband rollout schemes.
The fate of 537,587 rural homes and business has still to be determined, with the tender process of the NBP now at an advanced stage.
Communications Minister Denis Naughten recently confirmed that the network rollout will take 3-5 years following contract award under the National Broadband Plan. This means that it will take up until 2023 to connect over half a million homes and businesses covered by State intervention. Fastcom also provide wireless connections throughout the North West of Ireland where fibre broadband is still, and will not be an option for years to come.
How do I get the best broadband in Ireland?
Before you decide to purchase broadband or sign up to a bundle including a broadband connection, make sure it is available in your area and check what speeds you can get by calling your local telecoms provider.
Make sure to do your homework and compare providers. Very often, bundled packages can end up costing you more in the long run, rather than just getting a package for broadband alone.
Also, read the fine print. 2017 was a year where many of the large telecoms providers introduced price hikes to their broadband plans. Ensure that you read your contract letter start to end to try and avoid being hit with such increases down the road.
Fastcom’s Price Promise ensures this is something our customers will never have to deal with.
If you are thinking about changing your phone and broadband service providers, firstly check your contract to see how long it is for and if there is a fee for breaking the contract. Tell your service provider that you are planning to switch and tell them why – you may find they offer you a much better package and rate.
Michelle Gilmartin – Author