Internet Service Providers in Hawaii
During these unprecedented times, can you imagine not being able to "Netflix and chill" or get real-time information on the coronavirus? The Internet: it's an invaluable innovation that enables us to connect worldwide – to work, shop, play games, watch movies, research, view photos, and more.
When buying or renting a home in Hawaii, there are a number of reliable internet service providers that can easily connect you to the worldwide web.
On Oahu, internet can be provided in these technology types by a range of companies:
- DSL. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) is up to ten times faster than dial-up service and uses phone cables to provide internet service.
- Cable. Cable provides faster internet speeds than DSL and uses the same cables that are used for TV. A lot of Honolulu internet providers provide package options.
- Satellite. Satellite is available almost anywhere, even in the deep mountains of Oahu. But satellite internet is often slower because of the far-traveling signal.
- Fiber. Fiber optic internet uses glass strands to relay digital codes to make the Internet work. Fiber optic internet is available in Hawaii and is often much faster than both DSL and cable.
While Hawaii has a limited number of Internet providers, here are the top five to get Internet service on Oahu, with the top three providing the latest fiber optic internet technology:
Hawaiian Telcom. One of the largest Internet providers in Hawaii, Hawaiian Telcom offers several home and business internet packages with ongoing servicing options.
- Fiber 300. This package offers fast fiber internet with download speeds up to 300 megabytes per second (mbps) and upload speeds up to 300 mbps. The package comes with Google Wifi, which provides reliable coverage throughout the home. Google's technology creates a network of high-powered connections with other monitoring software to clear channels to ensure all your devices are working quickly. Hawaiian Telcom provides premium technical support, often for free for many months.
- Fiber 500. Enjoy download speeds up to 500 mbps and upload speeds up to 300 mbps.
- Fiber 1 Gig. Enjoy download speeds up to 1 gigabyte per second and upload speeds up to 300 mbps.
In addition to fiber packages, which are the most popular due to their speed, Hawaiian Telecom also offers DSL and cable internet service in addition to home phones, wireless, and TV technology.
Spectrum. Offering fast internet along with free modems, antivirus software, and unlimited data, Spectrum allows you to have WiFi in your Hawaii home while staying connected with multiple devices. Speeds start at 100 mbps, and you can upgrade for even faster speeds. Spectrum was once known as Oceanic Time Warner Cable but merged with Spectrum in 2017.
Spectrum has WiFi hotspots across Oahu, allowing Spectrum in-home internet users to access the net at popular places across the island. Spectrum also has business packages as well as bundles to get access to internet, cable TV, home phones, and mobile devices.
Hawaii Dialogix Telecom. Catering more to businesses, this fast-growing internet service provider on Hawaii offers fiber-based (“hyperfiber”) services with speeds up to 1 gbps. They also offer fixed wireless for customers in hard-to-reach areas, offering Ethernet based services with speeds up to 1 gbps. Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) is another internet solution they offer for customers on Oahu, providing a cost-effective, high-speed Internet connection.
Boost Mobile. Offering WiFi Hotspot plans, you can share high speed 4G LTE data with up to 10 wireless devices, like laptops, tablets, gaming consoles, cameras, and more. The amount of data is limited each month, with the beginning package being 50 GB for $50 per month. You must have a hotspot device, which is sold separately and can connect to fast internet anywhere a Boost mobile signal is found – whether in your home, car, or office.
Verizon. Offering 4G and 5G mobile hotspots, Verizon offers Jetpack devices that enable multiple devices to access a hotspot. They offer a variety of data plans, and you will also have to pay for the device, which can connect to tablets, smartphones, laptops, cameras, gaming devices and more. Unlike a home Wi-Fi router, a Jetpack is portable, so you can access the internet in your Hawaii home – or in your car, on the beach, at a café, or more.
While Hawaii does not have as many internet service providers as some places in the Mainland, we do have two top companies – Hawaiian Telecom and Spectrum – that offer fast internet at a reasonable price with average service. Different Oahu internet providers often compete against each other, so do your research on the company, know what your internet need is, compare prices, and ask about ongoing support.