Claire Nottage | May 12th, 2023
In addition to its standard fibre speeds, BT has now broken into the ultrafast market with its introduction of full fibre broadband packages. With speeds that range from 100Mbps to 900Mbps, BT is now a serious rival to Virgin Media when it comes to speed.
BT’s Full Fibre packages use fibre cabling all the way to your property, rather than connecting the last stretch from your local street cabinet to your home by copper wiring, which is what is used for standard fibre connections. This means Full Fibre can offer even faster speeds with none of the slowdown caused by copper cabling.
BT Full Fibre 100 is the lowest full fibre speed on offer from BT, but, averaging 145Mbps, is still double the speed of BT’s Fibre 2 package, which offers an average of just 62Mbps. In this guide we take a look at who should think about getting BT Full Fibre 100 and what you can do with this kind of speed.
Here’s a quick summary of what you can expect to find with BT’s Full Fibre 100.
|£38.99 per month
|Fibre to the premises (FTTP)
|None, Evening & Weekends, Anytime
|Smart Hub 2
|Broadband only, Broadband & phone, Broadband & TV
BT Full Fibre 100 offers a good chunk of extra speed for anyone who is finding a top-end fibre package of around 76Mbps not quite enough. It is BT’s entry-level full fibre product and comes with an average download speed of 145Mbps – somewhat more than the advertised name would suggest, which means an even bigger jump in speed.
Here’s a brief overview of the kind of household or individual who would benefit from getting BT Full Fibre 100:
|£29.99 per month
|BT Fibre 1
|£29.99 per month
|£33.99 per month
|BT Fibre 2
|£30.99 per month
|BT Full Fibre 100
|£38.99 per month
|BT Full Fibre 500
|£49.99 per month
|BT Full Fibre 900
|£59.99 per month
BT Full Fibre 100 is fully unlimited, with no constrictions on either downloads or uploads.
The BT Smart Hub 2 is BT’s most recent router and is supplied as standard with all the BT Full Fibre packages. An extremely capable piece of kit, the BT Smart Hub 2 will easily support all your devices on a 100Mbps connection.
BT offers a solid array of security software at no extra cost with all its broadband services. BT Web Protect operates at router level and protects any device connected to your Smart Hub 2 from viruses, phishing attacks and other scams that lurk online by warning you before you visit a potentially harmful website. It scans your emails for viruses, blocks spam, scans for spyware and blocks pop-ups.
BT Virus Protect, powered by Norton, offers specific virus protection for each device that you use and also comes with Norton Password Manager to help you create and store complex passwords, to keep your data safe.
BT Parental Controls are included for free with all BT Broadband packages and apply at router level, so whichever settings you choose will work across all devices connected in your home. There are three basic filter settings: Light, Moderate and Strict, all of which you can adapt according to your own requirements.
All BT Broadband customers get free access to BT WiFi when they are out and about. Simply download the BT Wifi app, log in, and you will automatically be connected to a BT Wifi hotspot whenever you are in reach of a signal. There are over five million BT Wifi hotspots around the UK, located in shops, cafes, motorway services, airports and hotels.
BT Full Fibre is now rolling out across the country and, for those who can get it, it presents a great alternative to Virgin Media. Full Fibre 100 is an ideal speed for many households, although large households or those that do a lot of streaming may benefit from a higher Full Fibre speed. All BT broadband packages can be bundled with BT TV, which comes with NOW TV Entertainment and Netflix as standard, and sports fans can add on BT Sport and Sky Sports too.
On the downside, BT Full Fibre contracts tie you in for 24 months, which is considerably longer than the 18-month contracts available from Virgin Media and Sky. Plus, BT Full Fibre is not yet available everywhere, so you may not be able to get it at your property yet. However, you can ask BT to keep you notified as to when Full Fibre will be arriving in your area so you can switch as soon as it becomes available.