Broadband providers

The number of UK broadband providers continues to grow, so if you go for one of the big names or prefer the idea of a smaller, budget provider, there is plenty to choose from.

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As well as broadband and phone services, Sky offers TV packages that can be adapted with a variety of extra channels, such as Sky Cinema and Sky Sports. It also now offers Sky Mobile.

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BT offers home broadband, phone and TV packages in the UK, along with a mobile service. Its fibre optic services reach speeds up to 900Mbps. BT TV uses BT broadband to deliver programmes.

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Virgin Media provides the fastest widely available broadband in the UK – up to 1130Mbps – along with a range of TV packages to rival Sky. The Virgin Mobile service operates on the 4G EE network.

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TalkTalk supplies a range of well-priced fibre and standard broadband packages, available with a choice of TV and phone plans. TalkTalk TV is only available with TalkTalk broadband.

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Largely known as a mobile provider, EE also offers standard and fibre broadband, and EE TV, which is only available with EE broadband. The EE network offers the fastest 4G mobile connection in the UK.

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Multi-award winning Plusnet provides fibre and standard broadband at fair, competitive prices. Plusnet boasts high-quality customer service and has a good customer satisfaction record.

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John Lewis brings its trustworthy reputation to the broadband industry with three broadband and phone packages, no activation charges or usage caps, and an emphasis on value, simplicity and service.

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NOW Broadband is the ideal partner for NOW TV. Owned and operated by Sky, it offers competitively priced fibre and standard broadband deals on a 12-month contract.

Shell Energy broadband Logo

Shell Energy broadband is new to the broadband market, offering extremely well-priced, clear and straightforward broadband and fibre packages with no fuss or complicated extras.

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Vodafone is best known as a mobile network, offering phone and mobile broadband services. It now also offers home broadband, with fibre broadband speeds up to 910Mbps.

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SSE offers both standard and fibre broadband packages at low prices, with regular discounts for existing SSE energy customers. All its broadband packages are unlimited.

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Hyperoptic is part of a new wave of providers offering gigabit broadband. It does this using its own network and has a strong focus on apartment blocks in big cities.

Direct Save Logo

Direct Save Telecom might not be a household name, but it has been a broadband provider since 1999. It offers low-cost, no-frills broadband, framing itself as a budget provider.

Gigacear Logo

Gigaclear aims to bring some of the fastest broadband in the country to rural locations which have been let down by Openreach and Virgin Media in their network rollout plans.

Origin broadband Logo

Yorkshire-based Origin launched in 2011, and it’s one of many smaller broadband providers that are competing with the big players like BT and Virgin Media, chiefly by offering a cheaper alternative.

italk broadband Logo

It may not be the biggest name in the broadband market but Hove-based iTalk Telecom has been around for more than a decade .

Onestream broadband Logo

Onestream broadband launched in the summer of 2018, and it’s part of the Hampshire-based broadband specialist Onecom.

Broadband provider speeds and networks

Although broadband speeds by type are similar across the most popular UK broadband providers, there are some small differences - and a huge leap between Virgin Media’s average speeds and the competition.

Before comparing broadband deals through different UK internet providers, you should use our broadband speed checker to find out what speed you’re currently receiving. If you’re happy with this, you can filter your results by similar speeds. If not, we’ll help you search for a deal that gives you a faster connection.

Broadband Provider Standard Superfast Ultrafast Network Top Speed
BT ADSL FTTC Full Fibre Openreach 900Mbps
EE ADSL FTTC Full Fibre Openreach 900Mbps
Gigaclear - - Full Fibre Own network 900Mbps
Hyperoptic - - Full Fibre Own network 900Mbps
John Lewis ADSL FTTC - Openreach 66Mbps
NOW Broadband ADSL FTTC - Openreach 63Mbps
Plusnet ADSL FTTC - Openreach 66Mbps
Shell Energy broadband ADSL FTTC Full Fibre Openreach 920Mbps
Sky ADSL FTTC Full Fibre Openreach 900Mbps
SSE ADSL FTTC Full Fibre Openreach 900Mbps
TalkTalk ADSL FTTC Full Fibre Openreach 900Mbps
Virgin Media - Cable Cable Own network 1.1Gbps
Vodafone ADSL FTTC Full Fibre Openreach 910Mbps

If you’re not sure what internet speed you need, our Guide to broadband speed will help you work it out.

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How to choose a broadband provider

This page provides a basic overview of some of the UK’s biggest broadband providers: the services they provide, average speeds, special features, and how to compare deals from different providers.

As there are currently more than 150 providers in total, we’ve included only the biggest, most popular, and most affordable broadband companies who provide a range of services including standard broadband, fibre broadband, and mobile broadband.

Not all services are provided in areas of the UK. Our postcode checker can tell you what’s available where you live.

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Comparing providers

We help you compare great deals from the best broadband providers in the UK - both for stand alone broadband, and for broadband bundles that include TV, landline phone calls, or mobile phone service.

We’ll help you find the broadband deal that’s right for you, filtering with criteria that includes broadband type, broadband speed, size of household, additional services like TV and landline phone, provider, contract length, upfront charges, early-exit fees, and more.

It’s simple, really. All you have to do is enter your postcode and we’ll display a list of deals available in your area.

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Who is the best UK broadband provider?

Each broadband provider has their own strengths and their own range of deals, bundles, and special offers.

It’s also important to decide what factors matter most to you (e.g. speed, price, contract length, etc) and look for a deal that combines these features in a way that’s right for you.

All of our broadband providers come with plenty of broadband customer reviews, which is a great way to find out what it’s genuinely like to sign up for one of their deals.

It’s important to remember that not all types of broadband or provider are available to all areas of the UK. Before deciding what provider or deal you’d like, it’s worth using our postcode checker to make sure what you want is available in your area.

We’ve put together a shortlist of providers who are known for offering the best broadband packages by the following:

Speed – Virgin Media is the fastest widely available provider in the UK with speeds up to 500Mpbs.

Popularity – TalkTalk is our most popular provider – low prices with decent incentives.

Free gifts – BT is the king of vouchers and reward cards – and they regularly score highly for satisfied customers

Cheapest – Shell Energy broadband currently offer the cheapest standard and fibre broadband deals in the UK.

Packages and bundles – Sky’s TV and broadband offering provides you with a massive range of channels and great broadband options.

Broadband in London – Hyperoptic is only available in a few areas across the UK and offer some of the fastest broadband available.

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Contacting your broadband provider

If you experience an issue with your home broadband, or have questions about your contract or provision, you should contact your provider directly. Cable.co.uk do not have access to the customer records of any provider, and will be unable to assist you with your query.

Here are some contact numbers for the UK’s biggest broadband providers:

  • BT: 0800 800 150
  • Virgin Media: 0870 444 1820
  • Sky: 03442 411 653
  • TalkTalk: 0870 444 1820
  • Plusnet: 0800 432 0200
  • Post Office: 0345 600 3210
  • EE broadband: 0800 079 8586
  • Vodafone broadband: 08080 034 511
  • SSE: 0800 975 8292
  • John Lewis broadband: 0800 022 3300
  • Origin broadband: 01302 235060
  • Hyperoptic: 0333 332 1111
  • XLN: 0344 880 7777
  • Zen: 01706 902100
  • Direct Save Telecom: 0800 280 2228
  • Gigaclear: 01865 591 131

If you need to make a complaint to your broadband provider, read our guide.

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