Broadband Speeds Explained

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Broadband speeds are measured in Mbps (megabits per second)

Download Speed:  this is the speed with which you can receive content from the Internet. How quickly you can download a song, view a movie on Netflix, etc.

Upload Speeds:  this is the speed with which you can send content. This could be sending an email, uploading photos to a website.

Most people download much more than they upload, therefore Broadband download speeds are always set to be faster than upload speeds.

What are “up to” speeds and why do we use this term?

Providers use the term ‘up to’ when selling certain broadband products, we do this because the broadband speeds your line can receive to your door will depend and a number of factors, for example how far are you from your local exchange – the closer to the exchange you are, the higher the speeds you will receive and likewise the further you are away from the exchange the lower the speeds you will receive.

How do I know what speeds I will receive?

There are two factor which will influence the speeds you will receive in your home:

  1. Your line speeds, this is the actual speeds that are coming down the cable to your home from outside.
  2. The wireless/Wi-Fi signal within your house

Your line speed is determined by the type of broadband that is in your area. With Fibre to the Cabinet, NextGen or DSL broadband, the distance your house is from your local telephone exchange and local cabinet can be a speed factor. This is NOT a factor when connected via Electric Broadband (SIRO) or Ultrafast (FTTH) as these are 100% optical fibre from Digiweb’s exchange all the way to the home, thereby replacing existing copper infrastructure such as telephone wires and coaxial cable.

When you contact our sales team directly they will be able to provide you with the actual speeds your line is capable of, all we will need is your Eircode or existing landline or UAN number.

When ordering one of our Metro wireless or Satellite broadband services we can only advise of the up to speeds as we cannot determine what your actual speeds will be until installation.  Metro products offer speeds up to 30Mbps. Satellite products offer speeds up to 20Mbps.

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