Do you wish to subscribe to an internet connection in Ireland? Here is an overview of the different options which are available.
Nowadays, being connected is almost considered to be a basic need. So if you are moving to Ireland, you will definitely wish to get connected to the web, whether to carry out your research work or to keep in touch with your family and friends in the country and abroad. Ireland has an extensive telecommunications network consisting of easy access to telephony and Internet service providers offering attractive packages for all tastes.
But before proceeding, check if your home already has a previous connection. In this case, you can simply reactivate your connection access. Otherwise, you will have to subscribe with one of the Irish internet service providers.
Good to know:
Internet is widespread in almost the whole country except in some remote regions where it can be particularly slow or unavailable.
To subscribe for an internet connection, visit any branch of your preferred service provider with your identification documents: identity card or passport, proof of address. High-speed internet, that is ADSL, cable and wireless broadband are the most popular types of connection in Ireland. These will allow you to surf the internet at high speed and download unlimited numbers of files with certain suppliers. But you can also choose the narrow-band connection which will be quite limited.
Make sure to choose according to your needs and your budget. You should also inquire on its availability in your region.
3G service is also very widespread in Ireland through the USB keys; it allows you to connect anywhere if you have a laptop. Monthly rates generally range between € 15 and 80.
If you have a laptop, tablet or smart phone, you can also enjoy free Wi-Fi services in several places, namely restaurants, hotels, B&Bs, airports, bus and subway stations, cafes, pubs, etc. You can spot them by "Free Wi-Fi" signs which are displayed at the entrance. Libraries and hostels, on the other hand, have paying access points.
Dublin, in particular, has some 12 paying access point. These are marked by mosaic "Wi-Fi” signs.
If you do not have a computer, smart phone or tablet, you can still access the internet in an internet cafe. You will find these in most Irish cities and villages. Some electronics and computer accessories shops also provide internet connection services. Internet connection is also available in most Irish airports.