From looking for job opportunities to paying bills and video chatting with friends and family abroad, having reliable internet service is a must for any person moving to Ireland. Ireland has a range of internet providers to choose from, so take the time to explore what works best for you.
Broadband is available across Ireland. However, urban centers like Dublin and Cork have stronger coverage compared to rural areas. So, if you plan on working remotely or are self-employed, then you may need to bear this in mind when deciding on where to locate in Ireland.
A 2017 study from BDRC International and Cable.co.UK found that Ireland is the third most expensive country in the EU for broadband. Unfortunately, despite being ranked in the top three for broadband and internet provision costs, Ireland is 22nd in terms of broadband speed. The study also found that the average monthly cost of broadband in Ireland was €60.57. What’s more, 2017 also saw Ireland’s big four internet providers — Eir, Virgin Media, Sky and Vodafone — increase their prices, thereby further widening the disparity between rising costs and less than ideal speeds.
From a global perspective, Ireland is ranked 37th in the world for fixed download speeds with 35.63 Mbps, leaving it in between Thailand and Poland. When it comes to mobile download speeds, Ireland ranks even lower, 53rd in the world, with an average speed of 19.82 Mbps.
All that being said, recent census survey indicated that 89% of households in Ireland had internet access, placing Ireland nine percentage points above the EU average and in tenth position overall in the EU league table. What’s more, the relatively large number of internet providers in Ireland means that real choice exists. However, many internet providers seek 12-month contracts as a minimum, making it difficult for customers to switch providers.
Like any part of your move to Ireland, by investing time and energy into researching your internet options either in advance or after your move, you are giving yourself a better chance of securing a broadband package that works best for you and your family, if applicable.
How many internet providers are there in Ireland?
With eight broadband providers across Ireland currently, there is a wide range of options to choose from when it comes to choosing an internet package in Ireland. Along with these eight internet providers, there a number of others that offer a region-specific service. While this total is quite high, the reality is that some providers operate strictly in rural areas and are not available in all areas of the country. If you want to see which providers are in your local area, then simply put your address in here.
The eight main broadband providers in Ireland are: