There are a few main types of Broadband to cover most people’s needs, they all have diffent features and limitations, so they need to be considered carefully before choosing a supplier.

DSL (Digital Subscriber Line)

Also known as ADSL or SDSL, this is the most common type of broadband connection and is delivered through your existing phone line. Unfortunately it requires a good quality phone line, a local exchange to be ‘enabled’ and you need to be located within a certain distance from the exchange. This makes it quite limited and is not really an effective solution for much of rural Ireland.


If you already have cable TV then you live in an area served by a cable operator. You will need a special modem to run alongside your TV box, and the operator will often bundle the cost of the TV and Broadband connections together in a cost effective package.

Like the DSL connection, this is more common in towns, and is not an option if you live outside the network area.


Satellite is generally considered to be the last resort for people living in remote areas. It requires the installation of a special satellite dish and modem, and the equipment and line rentals are often extremely expensive.


Wireless Broadband is the choice of  Rural Broadband, it provides a high speed and robust connection across rural areas and does not require a telephone line of any kind.