Best Broadband Dublin: Find the Right Deal for You

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Picking the right broadband plan for your home has never been more important. Find out what to look for in Dublin broadband deals, available packages, and who has the best broadband Dublin can offer in this simple guide.

What to Consider Before Choosing Your Dublin Broadband Provider

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We all ideally want as much as possible, for as little as possible, but the reality is that we can’t have it all, and so we need to consider what is important to ourselves and refine our criteria before launching into a search.

Broadband is no different to energy, mobiles or insurance, in that there are many different types, prices, contracts and features that can add up to not only a high price but also pretty mind-boggling terminology at times, making the whole process more complicated. To help streamline things, here are the main criteria to consider when setting out to compare broadband providers, and find the best broadband Dublin can offer.

  • Affordability
    Plan your budget in advance, what can you realistically afford, and do you actually need a package full of special and expensive features?
  • Broadband Speed
    What do you use your internet for, working from home, gaming, casual browsing? Heavy users will need broadband speeds of at least 10 Mbps, ideally more.
  • Bundles & Deals
    Will it be cheaper for you to combine multiple services like TV, broadband, and mobile, or is a single service more suitable for you?
  • Reputation & Trustworthiness
    How do other people feel about their experiences with a provider, and how do they rate? Check review sites such as Trustpilot before committing to make sure that they are a good company.
  • Coverage Areas
    Broadband providers and their networks often have better coverage in different areas, and some areas can’t access certain broadband types. Check that the supplier can provide the service you want before committing.

There are, of course, many other criteria that could be considered, however, we find that the above are the main concerns of the public when setting out on a search.

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What Broadband Types Are Available in Dublin?

Gone are the days of having only ADSL to choose from. With the advancement of broadband technologies and the widening of networks, consumers have more choice than ever in what type of broadband they choose for their homes. The primary types available to Dublin residents are:

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  • ADSL - Using copper cables to bring you speeds of up to 24 Mbps
  • Fibre - Uses fibre or part-fibre cables to deliver speeds of up to 1 Gbps
  • SIRO - A form of full-fibre brought directly to your home with speeds up to 1 Gbps
  • Satellite Broadband - Picks up signals emitted from satellites, speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Mobile Broadband - Uses 4G and 5G signals, which are re-emitted as WiFi. Speeds up to 1 Gbps in 5G areas.

While most areas within Dublin can now avail of ADSL, Fibre and (in some cases) SIRO, if you find that your property cannot access fixed-line networks, then satellite broadband or mobile broadband are the right choices for you. Satellite broadband requires the installation of a dish on the side of your home through which it picks up signals, and mobile broadband uses mobile network signals, both of which negate the need for fixed lines.

Unsure what your broadband speed is? Try our free internet speed test to find out if you are getting what you are paying for.

Which Providers Operate Within Dublin?

Although the Irish broadband market may not have quite as many options as our mainland European neighbours, if you are looking for broadband in Dublin, you will still have several reputable brands to choose from. The largest and most popular of which are:

  1. Digiweb
  2. Eir
  3. Pure Telecom
  4. Sky
  5. Virgin Media
  6. Vodafone

Once again, you may not necessarily have access to each of these providers for your Dublin property. To find out what they can offer for your home, and if they can service your location at all, head over to the website of your preferred broadband company and input your Eircode and address information into their portal to access their offerings.

Who Offers the Fastest Internet Speeds in Dublin?

Considering how our society is increasingly digitalized, and with the large-scale of implementation of working-from-home business models throughout the pandemic, accessing reliable and fast speeds has become crucial for Irish homes. In the below table, we will take a look at which providers offer the fastest broadband speeds combined with the lowest prices currently available in Dublin.

Fastest Broadband - Dublin
Provider Broadband Speed Up To Broadband Type Contract Length Monthly Price
Digiweb - SIRO Broadband 1000 1 Gbps SIRO 12 Months €44.95
Eir - Home Broadband and Landline (1Gb) 1 Gbps Fibre 12 Months €49.99
Pure Telecom - Premium Speed 500 Mbps SIRO 12 Months €35
Sky - Ultrafast Max Broadband 1 Gbps Fibre 12 Months €45
Virgin Media - 1 Gb 1 Gbps Fibre 12 Months €59
Vodafone - 1000 Mbps 1 Gbps Fibre 12 Months €45

Prices correct at date of publication 15/07/2022

A further point to bear in mind is that these speeds are up to. This means that in the ideal conditions you could receive speeds of up to the prescribed speed of each package, however depending on your location, how developed the local network is, network traffic etc, you will likely receive speeds that are lower than the advertised maximum.

Who Has the Cheapest…

While cheapest does not mean best, sometimes budgeting is more important than splashing out on all singing and dancing packages. For that reason, the next two sections focus on the lowest currently available prices from the above providers for both broadband only, and combined broadband and TV packages.

Cheapest Dublin Broadband Only

It can be tricky to find true broadband-only deals with broadband providers. For that reason some of the offers we have listed also include landline. Where these appear, no solo-broadband option was available to choose from.

Cheapest Broadband Dublin - Broadband Only
Provider Broadband Speed Broadband Type Contract Length Monthly Price
Digiweb - SIRO Broadband 500 500 Mbps SIRO 12 Months €34.95
Eir - Home Broadband and Landline 500 Mbps Fibre 12 Months €34.99
Pure Telecom - Broadband Only 100 Mbps Fibre/Part-Fibre 12 Months €35
Sky - Superfast Broadband 100 Mbps Fibre/Part-Fibre 12 Months €35
Virgin Media - 250 Mb 250 Mbps Fibre/Part-Fibre 12 Months €45
Vodafone - 100 Mbps 100 Mbps Fibre/Part-Fibre 12 Months €35

Prices correct at date of publication 15/07/2022

From the above packages, we can see that with the exception of Virgin Media, there is generally quite little separating each provider's offers in terms of pricing. However, for a true broadband-only deal, Digiweb comes away as the champion due to its fast 500 Mbps speed, and marginally lower monthly price.

Dublin Broadband & TV Packages

If we have learned nothing else through the pandemic, we have certainly discovered the importance of keeping entertained at home. Many broadband providers (with the exception of Digiweb) offer bundled services including broadband and TV, streamlining your bills, and providing one go-to place for any queries. Let’s take a look at what each provider has on offer.

Cheapest Broadband Dublin - Broadband & TV
Provider Broadband Speed Up To TV Channels Contract Length Monthly Price
Eir - Upto 500 Mb Fibre 500 Mbps 50+ 12 Months €44.98
Pure Telecom - TV & Broadband 500 Mbps 100+ 12 Months €50
Sky - Sky TV & Broadband 500 Mbps 100+ 12 Months €50
Virgin Media - 500 Mb & Big TV 500 Mbps 50+ 12 Months €59
Vodafone - 500 Fibre Broadband & TV 500 Mbps 80+ 12 Months €55

Prices correct at date of publication 15/07/2022

Out of these packages, it appears that Sky and Pure Telecom have an identical offering, however, we would still give the edge to Sky due to how customizable their tv packages are. Sky has in excess of four add-on packages that can be taken out to boost their base-channel offerings, while also occasionally offering new customers deals that include perks such as complimentary Netflix Amazon Prime subscriptions access. Not bad at all.

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Which Dublin Broadband Provider Has the Best Reviews?

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A final important thing to consider is how their customers rate them. Most companies claim to be dedicated to customer service and boast about their high standards, but as you will know, this isn’t necessarily always reality. Review websites such as Trustpilot can be an invaluable tool in discovering what exactly customers think of their providers whether good or bad and if they would recommend their services.

Before diving into their reviews, it is worth bearing in mind that on average people are more likely to voice complaints than praise, and as such, their scores can be disproportionately represented. Always assess the reviews for their validity, consider that they contain opinions (which vary between people), and the subjective scenarios involved.

Dublin Broadband Provider Reviews
Company Review Score Review Volume Claimed/Unclaimed
Digiweb 4.7 out of 5 3,995 Claimed
Eir (Eircom) 1.3 out of 5 490 Claimed
Pure Telecom 2.7 out of 5 285 Unclaimed
Sky 1.4 out of 5 269 Unclaimed
Virgin Media 1.2 out of 5 459 Unclaimed
Vodafone 1.3 out of 5 1,452 Unclaimed

Data correct at date of publication 15/07/2022

A claimed profile is a profile which the company directly owns and manages. Unclaimed profiles are profiles that the company does not have ownership of or are yet to validate its ownership of. Reviews should always be taken with a pinch of salt, but they do give an interesting oversight into the overall public experience. Take a read through our broadband reviews guide to learn more.

Who Is the Best Internet Provider Dublin Offers?

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Out of the four previous sections, it appears that Digiweb is the best internet provider Dublin residents can avail of, based on having the cheapest 1 Gbps fibre package (just), the cheapest broadband only package, and by far the best consumer reviews.

Though they are a smaller provider, we are finding increasingly that in the Irish market, smaller competitors such as Digiweb and Pure Telecom are given larger providers a run for their money, and could well be worth the investment. Their smaller size often gives them a greater degree of speed in which they can react to the market in terms of pricing and offerings, and tend to be more customer-focused; a good sign for any prospective client.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is the Minimum Dublin Broadband Contract Length?

Broadband contracts generally come in one-month, six months, twelve months, eighteen months or twenty-four-month contracts, with one-year contracts being the most common.

How Can I Find My Eircode?

You will need your Eircode in order to get location-specific results for your broadband. You can find your Eircode by entering your address into this free Eircode finder. Once you have this, you should be able to refine your Dublin broadband deals down to those that are compatible with your property.

Do I Need a Landline for Dublin Broadband?

No. While fixed-line networks tend to provide the fastest speeds and most reliable connection, many providers also offer WTTx, satellite or mobile broadband services, which do not require a landline.

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