What's the cheapest Irish broadband by area?

It's no secret that the quality in the Irish broadband sector is severely lacking. The infrastructure just isn't in place to allow everyone in the country to have access to high speed internet, which is far from ideal in a country that is supposedly among the most technologically advanced in the world.

Anyone living in Dublin or the surrounding areas, or even within close proximity to Cork, Kilkenny or Galway cities should have as easy a time as those in Dublin when it comes to finding well priced, good quality internet. For everyone else it's a nightmare.

Despite the fact that the government spent millions in setting up a sub committee whose job it was to come up with a solution to bring broadband to the masses a few years back, the problem is still very much in existence, and major cities are by far the cheapest broadband area.

Eircom are currently the most reliable choice for anyone outside the most densely populated areas, with packages that start at €39.99 per month for the first 6 months and €46.79 per month thereafter, rising as high as €65.19 per month for the first 6 months and €69.99 thereafter. These packages offer up to 1MB and up to 24MB line speeds respectively, but the former has a monthly usage allowance of a mere 10GB when compared to the unlimited bandwidth that comes with the latter. There are a number of packages available in between those two, and you can check out www.eircom.net/broadband/products for more information.

Digiweb claim to have 100% coverage in Ireland, which means that they should be able to provide you with broadband whatever your location in relation to the major cities. They offer regular broadband (starting at €29.99 per month), wireless broadband (starting at €34.95 per month) and satellite broadband which is available from anywhere in Ireland and starts at €34.99 per month.

In order to find out which one of the above service providers, and indeed services, is for you, we recommend you give them a call and they'll be able to let you know what's best suited to your location and budget.

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