[This is what happens when I over caffeinate]
This is a fluid post, I'll change it while edits are unlocked. Post is intended to be Ireland centric.
Fibre To The Home. This means the super mega fast and cool light signal goes all the way into your gaff before being transformed into copper/wifi signals. Nerdy bit: We're talking GPON here, google if you wanna know more.
Why do I want it?
Low latency (FaceTime, Skype, Games)
Less fault prone than copper
Increases property value
Same speed at 100m or 10km
FTTH Speeds (Down / Up)
With OpenEir as the wholesaler
With SIRO (ESB) as the wholesaler
"Electric Broadband" - Is it on the leccy wires?
No, its not, this is marketing bull****
Yes, everyone requires a new cable from the roadside to the house. No old cables can carry a stream of photons to speed up your teletubbies. Some will go aerial (pole to gable of your gaff) and some underground (up a duct)
Yes. Nearly everyone requires drilling of some degree. If you're Hyacinth Bucket(ignore that kids) then stick to your bogband.
Do I need to keep the landline?
Nope, but not having one won't magically save you money, the pricing is nearly identical. The router can provide you phone service and your phones won't be any the wiser.
Will I really get those speeds or is this an up to thing?
You'll get them. 150Mb will show as about 144Mb, 1000Mb will show as about 960Mb due to technical limitations.
1000Mb is cheap, might as well go for that right?
Not really. 1000Mb (called Gigabit) for 99.9% of rural households is like buying a Maserati to commute in and out of Galway city centre. Yes its flashy but you're getting 1MPG to get there just as fast as Dave in his Berlingo. Unless you have a need (B&B, traditional Catholic family of 25, 15 Polish lads in one house) go for 150Mb.
I still wanna get the 1000Mb just to be faster than the Jones'
Fine. Just be aware that most of your devices may be too slow to actually pull that much data. Yes that includes your €1000 iPhone. There are large villages sharing 150Mb between everyone, 1000Mb into your house is like having Ardnacrusha in your garden. Don't go moaning to tech support that you're only seeing 90Mb on speedtest. Please don't be that guy.
Is Virgin Media FTTH?
No, bar a small trial userbase, Virgin use a copper cable designed for TV signals. Its fast at 360Mb with more to give but its reaching the end of its life while optical systems are really only getting started. Virgin speeds will be similar but latency will never compete with FTTH so for gamers the change might be worthwhile.
Can I use my own equipment?
See post 2
Can I get it?
See Post 3
FUPS? - Fair Usage Policies or Usage Limits
- Airwire, Eir, Net1, Westnet: unlimited. (As in really!)
- Digiweb, Pure Telecom, Vodafone: 1 TB Fair use policy, but no charge for going over (risk of suspension, cancellation.)
NB: Can vary on old/new contracts, verify yourself at point of sale
Some guy came to my door....
Ideally call, online orders are a bit messy with many providers.
What about TV?
Yes, IPTV is available from Vodafone, Eir, Sky(Mixed delivery)
It DOESNT count against your monthly cap but DOES come over the internet connection. While in use you lose a little bit of speed but nobody will notice 136Mb instead of 144Mb.
More to come.