Wondering what fibre broadband to get? Check out our guide to fibre broadband.
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. This is because the fibre lines from the provider run only to the telephone network junction box. The same lines must then 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.
A Guide to Fibre Broadband – What To Look Out For
How Can I Get The Fastest Broadband Speeds?
Society has become increasingly reliant on reliable, super-fast broadband for things such as streaming. Therefore, broadband providers must ensure they do their best to provide customers with the fastest speeds possible.
Fastcom offers Fibre Essential (FTTC) and Fibre Pro (FTTH) starting from €35 per month*. All our packages include a free router and offer a lifetime promise of no price increases during your contract period.
Make Sure To Get Unlimited Broadband
Many other broadband providers put a cap on how much data you can download in a month – this is often flagged as a fair usage policy. Limiting your data means limiting how you download information. For example, this includes sending an email or steaming a movie. Unlimited broadband is always the best option, as this allows the user to download as much content as they wish.
Fastcom ensures its customer’s 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 can’t be reached by current broadband rollout schemes.
The fate of 537,587 rural homes and businesses 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 provides wireless connections throughout the Northwest of Ireland where fibre broadband is still not, and will not be an option for years to come.
How Do I Get The Best Fibre Broadband in Ireland?
Before you decide to purchase broadband or sign up for 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 telecom 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 telecom providers introduced price hikes to their broadband plans. Read your contract letter thoroughly. This may help you 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 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.
We hope you found this guide to fibre broadband helpful. Don’t forget to check out our fibre broadband deals here. Better still, contact the Fastcom team by email or request a callback to check whether fibre is available at your address and discuss your fibre broadband options.
*Package prices are subject to change, however, the lifetime price promise remains.
Michelle Gilmartin – Author