If the search for broadband leaves you utterly confused, you are not alone. As the network provider of 100% fibre broadband connectivity in Ireland, we receive many queries, especially around fibre technology.
Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) has been recognised as the gold standard of broadband and the only future-proofed solution, however there is a still a lot of confusion around what is 100% fibre, where you can get fibre, the difference between fibre and copper, to name but a few.
In this article, we aim to debunk some of the most common myths, so that you can be more informed in your broadband search.
- Myth 1: fibre offers the same speeds as copper.
If you have a fibre connection with speeds of up to 100Mbps, it is likely that your connection is not 100% fibre.
This is because speeds largely depend on the journey the signal has to take to and from your router. There are two main technologies used in fibre-optic broadband: Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) and Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH). In an FTTC connection, copper is used for the last few feet connecting the telephone exchange cabinet on the street and the router in your house. All the speed-of-light goodness of fibre optics is lost during this last stretch, and that’s why FTTC generally delivers speeds of up to 100Mbps.
On the other hand, SIRO FTTH network connects 100% fibre optic cables all the way to your home, delivering speeds up to 1000Mbps. Fibre is faster, more reliable, and superior to copper in many ways – you can connect as many devices as you like, play HD games, watch Netflix and download movies without slowing down your connection.
- Myth 2: I can only get fibre in urban centres (like Dublin)
A common misperception is that only residents of populated towns can get fibre. In reality, SIRO is working to bring FTTH connectivity to regional communities all over Ireland. We are already live in 32 towns, with tens of thousands of premises connected to the SIRO network – view our full roll-out map.
Recently we announced plans to connect 14,000 homes in Donegal and 21,000 homes in Meath, in addition to an ongoing roll-out of SIRO-powered broadband services to over 75,000 homes and businesses in Cork.
- Myth 3: fibre is expensive
Depending on your area, the pricing of fibre packages is very competitive compared to traditional copper packages. For example, Vodafone Ireland’s Gigabit Broadband plan starts at €20/month for the first 6 months for speeds of up to 1Gbps.
If Digiweb is available in your area, you can avail of their Electric Broadband Plan starting at €10/month. Sky Ireland has just rolled out their brand new 100% fibre offering Sky Fibre Ultra at €40/month.
To avail of these offers, search your address to see what retailers are available in your area.
- Myth 4: fibre requires troublesome installation
Since fibre is brought to your home using the electricity network, it is very simple to install and disruption is minimal. The technician responsible for the install will take time to discuss with you the process and agree on the most suitable entry point and route for the fibre optic cable inside your home. Learn about the full installation process.
- Myth 5: I need a phone line
This is a question we get asked repeatedly, and the definitive answer is that you do NOT need a phone line to avail of SIRO-powered fibre broadband. We deliver SIRO to your home via the ESB meter box – cables are inserted into ducts that already exist in the home.
The bottom line
In a nutshell, Fibre-to-the-Home is the fastest, most reliable broadband technology available. Getting a 100% fibre connection now also means you will future proof your home for years to come, as fibre cables are not prone to environmental damage and unlike copper will last for decades. Sounds exciting? Why not search your address to see if your home is connectable to SIRO.