Claire Nottage | February 8th, 2024
If you are looking for a solid fibre speed that will do the job when it comes to keeping everything connected, BT Fibre 1 is a good choice. The middle sibling of BT’s three fibre speeds (the other being Fibre Essentials and Fibre 2), Fibre 1 is a popular choice for many households.
BT’s fibre packages are available almost everywhere across the UK. Fibre cables carry the connection as far as your local street cabinet; from there to your house, copper cables are used. This means that if you live a long way from your local cabinet your speeds may suffer. However, this is largely not the case for most people, and most people should receive around 45Mbps with a Fibre 1 connection.
But with the 76Mbps of Fibre 2 also available, as well as the ultrafast full fibre services that now offer up to 900Mbps, you might be asking yourself if 50Mbps is really enough? We take a look at what sort of homes a 50Mbps internet connection can support and what else you get for your money when you sign up to BT Fibre 1.
Here’s a rundown of what you can expect to find with BT’s Fibre 1.
|£32.99 per month
|Fibre to the cabinet (FTTC)
|None, Evening & Weekends, Anytime
|Smart Hub 2
|Broadband only, Broadband & phone, Broadband & TV
BT Fibre 1 is a mid-range fibre service averaging 45-50Mbps, offering considerably more speed than a standard ADSL service or even an entry-level fibre service of 36Mbps.
Here’s a brief outline of what activities and which households BT Fibre 1 can support:
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|£29.99 per month
|BT Fibre 1
|£32.99 per month
|£27.99 per month
|BT Fibre 2
|£35.99 per month
|BT Full Fibre 100
|£29.99 per month
|BT Full Fibre 500
|£34.99 per month
|BT Full Fibre 900
|£57.99 per month
Like most broadband packages, BT Fibre 1 is fully unlimited, with no limits on how much you can download or upload, nor any traffic management where your connection is slowed at certain times of day or for certain activities.
BT Fibre 1 customers will receive the BT Smart Hub router, unless you choose to subscribe to BT Hybrid Connect or BT Halo, in which case you will be upgraded to the Smart Hub 2 router. The original Smart Hub is a decent router and will cope admirably with a 50Mbps service.
All BT Fibre 1 customers will receive BT Web Protect as standard with their broadband package. This software protects your devices at network level, so anything you have connected to your router will be protected from viruses, phishing and various other internet nasties. It also flashes up a warning before you visit a website it deems to be potentially harmful. Web Protect also blocks pop-ups and keeps an eye on your email for lurking viruses and spyware.
In addition, customers receive BT Virus Protect, which is designed for use on individual devices. Powered by Norton, it provides an additional layer of protection from viruses and will block any unauthorised traffic to your device, ensuring your personal information is kept safe. As a bonus, customers can choose to download Norton Password Manager, which will help you create and securely store complex passwords in one place, along with your credit card information (should you wish), keeping online purchases safe and secure. BT Fibre 1 customers receive two free licences for BT Virus Protect that can be used on two separate devices, but if you want to cover other devices, you can choose to pay extra to get up to 15 licences.
BT includes its parental controls with all its broadband packages as standard. Operating at router level, the controls apply to every device connected. There are three preset levels to choose from that can be adapted to your own preferences: Light, Moderate and Strict.
BT has over five million WiFi hotspots that all BT customers can use for free when they are out, rather than using their mobile data. The BT Wifi app will automatically connect to a hotspot once you are in reach. Just download the app and log in to benefit from this free connectivity. The hotspots are available in numerous cafes, shopping malls, restaurants, airports and train stations around the country.
BT Fibre 1 offers a decent, yet modest speed ideal for most homes that do not have huge numbers of devices to keep online and it comes with a solid package of security software to keep your devices safe and your personal information protected. You can choose to take Fibre 1 on its own or bundle it up with BT TV, which offers good value and comes with NOW TV Entertainment and Netflix as standard.
However, it does require a relatively long 24-month contract, and the Smart Hub is not the most up-to-date router available. Customers with more than a few devices that do a lot of streaming or downloading will benefit from a faster broadband package, such as BT Fibre 2.