Wondering what your broadband options are in Northern Ireland? Our page goes through the types of broadband you can get, as well as the top providers in the country.
Compare broadband in Northern Ireland
You can get several types of broadband in Northern Ireland, although your options depend on where you live. In general, most homes in Northern Ireland will have access to standard ADSL broadband, as well as fibre optic broadband.
ADSL broadband is the most common, though it’s the slowest option – download speeds are usually around 10-11Mbps. If you can get fibre broadband, that’s much faster.
Fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) broadband is widely available, averaging speeds around 36-68Mbps. If you’re lucky to be living in an area with access to fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband, you can get ultrafast speeds ranging anywhere between 100Mbps to over 1,000Mbps (1Gbps). Our page on FTTP vs FTTC broadband explains more.
As with the rest of the UK, urban areas have the most choice. City dwellers are likely able to get FTTC and FTTP broadband from any provider, while people living rurally might only have access to FTTC.
Best internet providers in Northern Ireland
All the major providers operate in Northern Ireland, including:
Of course, the best one for you depends on what you’re looking for in a broadband deal, as well as what’s available at your address.
The fastest broadband in Northern Ireland is supplied by Virgin Media. If Virgin Media isn’t available in your area, however, you should be able to get fast fibre broadband with any provider that uses BT’s Openreach network. This includes the likes of Sky, EE, Plusnet, TalkTalk, and – of course – BT.