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100Mb Broadband and Inclusive Weekend Calls
Virgin Media
  • Up to 100Mb unlimited broadband
  • Unlimited weekend calls
  • Virgin Media Super Hub
  • Exclusive £5 for the first 3 months
  • Free Installation

Exclusive £5 for the first 3 months & Free Installation

100Mb
up to
Unlimited
fair use policy
6Mb
up to
Free
save £49.95
£5
£20.50 after 3 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: Free
  • Average monthly: £33.91
  • First year cost: £391.38
  • Lifetime cost: £610.32
  • Contract length: 18
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Fibre Broadband Unlimited with Weekend Calls
Sky
  • Up to 38Mb broadband
  • Truly unlimited monthly usage
  • Inclusive weekend calls
  • £12.50 off for 6 Months
  • £25 M&S Voucher
  • Free Installation

£12.50 off for 6 Months, £25 M&S Voucher & Free Installation

38Mb
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Unlimited
truly unlimited
10Mb
up to
£6.95
save £50
£7.50
£20 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.40 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £6.95
  • Average monthly: £31.62
  • First year cost: £356.75
  • Lifetime cost: £569.15
  • Contract length: 18
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Fibre Broadband Unlimited & Talk Upgrade
Sky
  • Existing Sky TV customers only
  • Up to 38Mb fibre broadband
  • Inclusive weekend calls
  • £12.50 off for 6 Months
  • £25 M&S Voucher
  • Free Installation

£12.50 off for 6 Months, £25 M&S Voucher & Free Installation

38Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
10Mb
up to
£6.95
save £50
£7.50
£20 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.40 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £6.95
  • Average monthly: £31.62
  • First year cost: £356.75
  • Lifetime cost: £569.15
  • Contract length: 18
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50Mb Broadband & Inclusive Weekend Calls
Virgin Media
  • Up to 50Mb fibre optic broadband
  • Unlimited download allowance
  • Free weekend calls
  • 12 months half price broadband
  • Free Installation

12 months half price broadband & Free Installation

50Mb
up to
Unlimited
fair use policy
3Mb
up to
Free
save £49.95
£7.75
£15.50 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: Free
  • Average monthly: £26.32
  • First year cost: £284.88
  • Lifetime cost: £473.82
  • Contract length: 18
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Fibre Broadband Unlimited & Weekend Calls
EE
  • Up to 38Mb fibre broadband
  • Unlimited monthly download usage
  • Inclusive weekend calls
  • 6 Months Half Price
  • Half price installation

6 Months Half Price & Half price installation

38Mb
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Unlimited
truly unlimited
10Mb
up to
£25
save £25
£8
£16 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.40 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £25
  • Average monthly: £30.12
  • First year cost: £353.80
  • Lifetime cost: £542.20
  • Contract length: 18
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Infinity Extra Broadband with Weekend Calls
BT
  • BT Sport app and online player
  • Up to 38Mb fibre broadband, 40GB usage
  • 2GB BT Cloud, weekend calls, BT NetProtect Plus
  • £50 Sainsbury's Gift Card
  • 6 Months Half Price Broadband

£50 Sainsbury's Gift Card & 6 Months Half Price Broadband

38Mb
up to
40GB
usage limit
9.5Mb
up to
£30
one-off-fee
£8
£16 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £30
  • Average monthly: £30.99
  • First year cost: £365.88
  • Lifetime cost: £557.82
  • Contract length: 18
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38Mb Fibre Broadband with Evening & Weekend Calls
Primus Saver
  • Up to 38Mb broadband
  • Unlimited download allowance
  • Evening & weekend calls
  • 3 Months Half Price Broadband
  • £20 Credit on your first bill

3 Months Half Price Broadband & £20 Credit on your first bill

38Mb
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Unlimited
truly unlimited
10Mb
up to
£27.95
one-off-fee
£8
£16 after 3 mthsprice details+ £14.90 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £27.95
  • Average monthly: £30.01
  • First year cost: £354.75
  • Lifetime cost: £540.15
  • Contract length: 18
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Plus Fibre Medium Upgrade
TalkTalk
  • Existing TalkTalk Plus customers only
  • Price excludes any existing TalkTalk costs
  • Up to 38Mb broadband
  • Totally unlimited monthly usage
  • Free Install

Free Install

38Mb
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Unlimited
truly unlimited
10Mb
up to
Free
save £30
£10
per monthprice details+ £15.95 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: Free
  • Average monthly: £25.95
  • First year cost: £311.40
  • Lifetime cost: £467.10
  • Contract length: 18
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Essentials Fibre Medium Upgrade
TalkTalk
  • Existing TalkTalk Essentials customers only
  • Price excludes any existing TalkTalk costs
  • Up to 38Mb broadband
  • Totally unlimited monthly usage
  • Free Install

Free Install

38Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
10Mb
up to
Free
save £30
£10
per monthprice details+ £15.95 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: Free
  • Average monthly: £25.95
  • First year cost: £311.40
  • Lifetime cost: £467.10
  • Contract length: 18
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Infinity Broadband with Weekend Calls
BT
  • BT Sport app and online player
  • Up to 38Mb fibre broadband, 20GB usage
  • 2GB BT Cloud, weekend calls
  • £50 Sainsbury's Gift Card
  • £5 off for 6 Months

£50 Sainsbury's Gift Card & £5 off for 6 Months

38Mb
up to
20GB
usage limit
9.5Mb
up to
£30
one-off-fee
£10
£15 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £30
  • Average monthly: £30.99
  • First year cost: £371.88
  • Lifetime cost: £557.82
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
76Mb Fibre Broadband with Evening & Weekend Calls
Primus Saver
  • Up to 76Mb broadband
  • Unlimited download allowance
  • Evening & weekend calls
  • 3 Months Half Price Broadband
  • £20 Credit on your first bill

3 Months Half Price Broadband & £20 Credit on your first bill

76Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
19Mb
up to
£20
one-off-fee
£10
£20 after 3 mthsprice details+ £14.90 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £20
  • Average monthly: £33.23
  • First year cost: £388.80
  • Lifetime cost: £598.20
  • Contract length: 18
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Fibre Broadband Unlimited & Anytime Mobile
EE
  • Up to 38Mb fibre broadband
  • Unlimited monthly download usage
  • UK landline & mobile calls
  • 6 Months Half Price
  • Half price installation

6 Months Half Price & Half price installation

38Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
10Mb
up to
£25
save £25
£10.50
£21 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.40 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £25
  • Average monthly: £34.29
  • First year cost: £398.80
  • Lifetime cost: £617.20
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
Infinity Broadband with Evening & Weekend Calls
BT
  • BT Sport app and online player
  • Up to 38Mb fibre broadband, 20GB usage
  • 2GB BT Cloud, off peak calls
  • £50 Sainsbury's Gift Card
  • £5 off for 6 Months

£50 Sainsbury's Gift Card & £5 off for 6 Months

38Mb
up to
20GB
usage limit
9.5Mb
up to
£30
one-off-fee
£12
£17 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £30
  • Average monthly: £32.99
  • First year cost: £395.88
  • Lifetime cost: £593.82
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
50Mb Broadband and Evening/Weekend Calls
Virgin Media
  • Up to 50Mb fibre optic broadband
  • Unlimited download allowance
  • Evening & weekend calls
  • £8 off for 6 months
  • Free Installation

£8 off for 6 months & Free Installation

50Mb
up to
Unlimited
fair use policy
3Mb
up to
Free
save £49.95
£12.10
£20.10 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: Free
  • Average monthly: £33.42
  • First year cost: £385.08
  • Lifetime cost: £601.62
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
Fibre Broadband Unlimited & Talk Anytime UK Upgrade
Sky
  • Existing Sky TV customers only
  • Up to 40Mb fibre broadband
  • Inclusive anytime calls
  • £12.50 off for 6 Months
  • £25 M&S Voucher
  • Free Installation

£12.50 off for 6 Months, £25 M&S Voucher & Free Installation

38Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
10Mb
up to
£6.95
save £50
£12.50
£25 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.40 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £6.95
  • Average monthly: £36.62
  • First year cost: £416.75
  • Lifetime cost: £659.15
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
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  • Prices last checked and verified 11th April 2014
  • Broadband speeds may vary
  • Monthly costs exclude line rental unless indicated
  • All prices are inclusive of VAT except business packages
  • You should have the right to cancel without penalty if your provider increases charges during the minimum term of your contract

Buyers guide to fibre optic broadband

Fibre optic broadband is transforming the telecommunications industry to deliver faster internet access than ever before. It’s the biggest innovation since the launch of broadband and is changing how we enjoy everything that the internet has to offer.

However, it's still pretty early days for fibre broadband and networks currently span around half of the UK, with coverage steadily growing all the time. So how do fibre optic cables work, can you get this type of broadband in your area and most importantly, do you even need it? We answer all these questions and more in our buyers guide to help you understand the technology and choose the right service for you.

What is fibre broadband?

Fibre is the latest internet delivery method, following ADSL technology and traditional dial-up. Unlike its ancestors, which used copper telephone lines, fibre optic broadband takes its name from the cables it uses to transmit data.

The cables are made up of thousands of individual fibres of silica glass as thin as a human hair. These are individually coated in plastic and encased within a protective tube underground.

How does it work?

To get briefly techy for a moment, each fibre's signal (just light, in reality) is always reflected back to the fibre's centre. The big benefit for internet users, is that this leads to very little reduction in speed no matter the distance or any obstacles.

Why choose fibre broadband?

In one word: speed. It is at least five times faster than ADSL broadband, which allows you to do everything online at impressively high speeds. This means downloads will be quicker, videos will stream more smoothly and gamers will notice far fewer glitches where poor connection might normally cause them to temporarily drop out of the action.

It also presents a big benefit for households that spend a lot of time online using multiple devices at once. This simultaneous activity can put a strain on internet bandwidth, causing broadband speeds to slow. Not with fibre. It handles heavy internet use with ease, meaning you can watch catch-up TV, make a Skype call and use a games console with the same Wi-Fi connection at the same time. In large families, student households or small businesses, this means everyone is happy.

Who provides fibre broadband in the UK?

Most mainstream telecoms providers offer fibre optic broadband, including BT, EE, John Lewis, Plusnet, Primus Saver, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.

Is fibre available in my area?

The main factor in your decision to take fibre is whether the networks have reached your area yet, as they are still very much in the roll-out phase. If not, you’ll have to sit tight until the BT network (used by the majority of other providers as well) or Virgin Media’s separate cable service arrive in your neighbourhood. You can check coverage in the postcode checker at the top of the page.

What are my options?

After availability, your choice broadly comes down to just how fast you want your superfast fibre broadband to be. Currently, there are three speed bands (see below). The BT network offer two choices – up to 38Mbps and up to 76Mbps – which are matched by other providers that use the network, while Virgin Media offers up to 30Mbps, up to 60Mbps and up to 120Mbps in upgraded areas.

  • Up to 30 to 38Mbps
  • Up to 60 to 76Mbps
  • Up to 120Mbps

For those hankering after even faster fibre, BT is currently working on two new services, up to 200Mbps (Infinity 3) and up to 300Mbps (Infinity 4). You’ll notice that these aren’t listed in the table above because they are not widely available and we’re yet to find a postcode that can access either service.

Which package is right for me?

The right choice for you depends on what speed you can access in your area, coupled with what speed your household actually needs. There’s no point paying out for Virgin’s 120Mbps service for example, if you can only get up to 70Mbps in your area. The postcode checker at the top of the page comes in handy again here, as it will let you know what speed and services are available in your area.

So what speed does your family need? You’ll need to consider your internet habits, including how much time you’re online, what kind of activity you do and how many devices are connected at the same time. The heavier your household usage, the more you’ll benefit from a faster service.

Conversely, light to medium use households that browse, shop, check in social media and occasionally download or stream music or TV – but not incessantly – will find standard ADSL broadband adequate. But you might still like to upgrade to fibre anyway if your current internet ADSL connection isn’t fast enough.

Broadband data allowance: capped, unlimited or truly unlimited?

In addition to speed, you’ll need to think about how much content you download from the internet each month and pick a service to match. Internet use is measured in megabytes (MB) and gigabytes (GB), and you can choose from capped services with a set limit; unlimited or truly unlimited.

Truly unlimited fibre broadband providers the ultimate internet experience, as the chances are that if your household will benefit from superfast fibre, you’re probably eating though a lot of data each month as well. Read on for the lowdown on each level of usage to help you choose.

Capped

These services have a top download limit that you must stick to each month. Broadband with a capped allowance is ideal for those that don’t spend a huge amount of time online or do particularly data heavy stuff like downloading HD video and frequent gaming.

If you hit or exceed your limit, you could incur extra charges for further downloads, or be hit with penalties and see your internet speed slowed down until the next billing period.

Unlimited

You’d be forgiven for thinking that unlimited means you can download as much as you like, but that’s not always the case. There are often restrictions in the small print, such as a fair usage policies and traffic management policies to control network usage at peak times.

These limitations are unlikely to hamper performance for most users, but those that want to make the most of fibre broadband and download at anytime without restriction should look out for truly unlimited broadband.

Truly unlimited

This is the one to look out for if you want unlimited broadband in the true sense of the word. It means there are no fair usage caps or traffic management polices to restrict activity at any time. However, while these services won’t actively slow you down, internet congestion is unavoidable at peak times, which means your fibre broadband may see dip in speed anyway.

Six essential questions before you buy

You're almost ready to start comparing, but before you do, take some time to consider these six essential questions:

  1. Is fibre broadband available in my area?
  2. What speed can I get in my area?
  3. How many devices are online in my house at one time?
  4. Are my family light, medium or heavy internet users?
  5. What is my monthly broadband budget?
  6. Is my current broadband fast enough?

How much does fibre broadband cost?

The speed of fibre comes with a higher price tag, so you should generally expect to pay more than standard ADSL broadband, although there’s always some great discounts on offer. Like ADSL, you’ll need to pay line rental on top of the broadband fee, which averages around £15.40 per month. The exception to this is Virgin Media, which gives the option to take broadband without a phone line.

How do I sign up?

If you’ve decided that fibre broadband is the choice move for you, you can either upgrade with your current ADSL provider or move to a new supplier. Follow the steps below to choose the right option and move with minimum of fuss.

  1. Check availability in your area with our checker at the top of the page.
  2. Compare the different packages in your area. Take into account all the factors we’ve covered in this guide, and keep an eye out for any special offers.
  3. When you’ve chosen a deal, contact your current provider to ask for your Migration Authorisation Code (commonly known as a MAC).
  4. The majority of providers (except Virgin Media) need a MAC to accept moving customers (although they’ll become obsolete from April 2014) and it’s a good opportunity to check the notice period for the cancellation as well. The standard term is 30 days.
  5. Once you have your MAC, click the See Deal button next to your chosen package above to visit individual providers website, where you can enter your details and sign up for the new fibre service.
  6. Your new provider will confirm a date for the switch to take place, at which point you can cancel your old account.

If you’ve got any questions or comments about our guide to fibre broadband - or anything else - why not email us?

Comments (176)

DeanMOD
2 days ago

Hi Col, you can pop your postcode into our broadband alert tool and when any changes or announcements are made to your exchange, you'll get an automatic email letting you know.

Dean - Cable.co.uk

DeanMOD
2 days ago

Hi Wajid, we've got a guide that could help you if you're looking for broadband without a phone line. Alternatively, you can check out our comparison page for the deals that are available near you.

Dean - Cable.co.uk

DeanMOD
2 days ago

Hi Andy,

popping your postcode in at availability checker at the top of this page will show you the broadband packages you can choose from. I'm unsure why your current provider would say they have no record of your account - if you're still paying for a service, then they must have your details.

Thanks

Dean - Cable.co.uk

DeanMOD
2 days ago

Sarah, we've a guide that could help you: our 'Business broadband in my area' page has general information on the different types of broadband you can choose from, along with a postcode checker to find out exactly what's available where you are. There's currently seven different business broadband providers in the LA23 3LG area. Hope this helps!

Dean - Cable.co.uk

Andy
3 days ago

Do you know if I have fibreoptic broadband in Hereford? My friends postcode starts with HR1 and he has fibre. My postcode is HR2 and BT have said its not available even though there is a green box about 80m up the road. Also my current broadband is with Tiscali (Talk Talk) but they are unable to provide me with a MAC because they have no record of my account so how do I move my broadband service?

Thanks Andy

sarah
5 days ago

I have a hotel in an area just linked to fibre optic. . What/who best to contact for business use/supply? Thank you. Postcode ref LA233LG

wajid
7 days ago

8 need broadband without phone line Thx

Miss Williams
8 days ago

Why am I only running at a speed of 1.2 when I am only o.1 miles from the local exchange?

Frustrated BT customer!

Col B
10 days ago

Hi! Could anyone tell me if there are any plans to upgrade Adlington (PR7 4JL) Exchange in the near future. We seem to have had cable all around our area for years now, but we seem to have been missed out in the middle of it all

10 days ago

Hi Stuart

If you pop your postcode in at the top of this page you'll be able to view the available deals.

Thanks

Hannah - Cable.co.uk

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