Gabriel Vanca | February 16th, 2024
Vodafone is known for offering high-quality broadband at affordable rates, and Vodafone Fibre 1 (aka Superfast 1) is its lowest-speed package, delivering an average speed of 38Mbps.
Here’s a quick rundown of Vodafone’s Broadband Fibre 1 package:
|£25 per month
|Fibre to the cabinet (FTTC)
|Line rental included
|Vodafone Secure Net, Norton Premium 360
|Vodafone WiFi Hub
|Broadband & phone, Broadband & phone & TV, Broadband & phone & mobile
If you’re an existing Vodafone mobile customer, you’ll get a small monthly discount on your home broadband.
Vodafone Fibre 1 is Vodafone’s cheapest fibre broadband package, delivering an average download speed of 38Mbps and an average upload speed of 10Mbps. This is similar to what other Openreach providers (everyone except Virgin Media) are offering at their lowest fibre tier. This is very definitely a budget package from a price-conscious provider, but it is still going to be suitable for most of the online needs of a small household.
The speed of this package will cover just about everything you need it to. But, as the lowest-speed option from Vodafone, if you're watching high-quality 4K content there won't be a whole lot of bandwidth (speed) left over to share around other members of the household who may want to do their own online stuff.
Here’s a quick rundown of who Vodafone Broadband Fibre 1 is for:
Vodafone offers four speed tiers delivered by a few different broadband technologies: The older and slower FTTC (fast fibre cable up to a cabinet on your street, followed by a slower copper cable to your home), the newer lighting-fast FTTP (fast fibre cable all the way to your home), home mobile broadband (which relies on 4G/5G mobile data rather than on cables), and on-the-go mobile broadband (also relies on 4G/5G mobile data, but the routers are on battery and therefore portable).
The main difference between these technologies, aside from speed, is availability. While FTTC and Vodafone 4G are available to over of 95% of the population, FTTP is available to a fraction of that. Also, Vodafone’s mobile broadband packages come with data caps and cost significantly more, so for many FTTC will be the best option.
Fibre 1 is the cheapest (and slowest) FTTC package that Vodafone is offering, but it is sufficient for a small household, very well priced, and it does not come will any data caps or restrictions.
Let’s take a quick look at how Vodafone Broadband Fibre 1 compares to the other Vodafone fibre packages:
|Fibre 1 Fibre
|Fibre 2 Fibre
|Full Fibre 200 Broadband
|Full Fibre 500 Broadband
|Full Fibre 900 Broadband
The package comes with the Vodafone WiFi Hub, a high spec router with seven antennae that provides rich wireless coverage throughout medium to large homes and low latency.
The Hub also includes the free Secure Net functionality, a set of anti-malware and anti-phishing (scam) website filters with customisable parental control tools.
Finally, the free Vodafone Broadband App can be used to manage the router in a user-friendly manner, adjust the parental control and web filters and change the wifi settings.
For a small price increase, you can opt for the Pro Fibre 1 package which offers the same speed, but as part of Vodafone’s WiFi Guarantee comes with the Super WiFi Plus, a wifi booster that extends your wireless coverage (it also has Alexa built-in). The Pro package also comes with a mobile Broadband Back-up, a 4G USB dongle that enables you to use Vodafone’s 4G mobile broadband through your Vodafone WiFi Hub if the internet connection ever goes down.
The Pro package further brings you 12 months of free Norton 360 Premium, which provides antivirus protection as well as parental control on up to ten devices. Finally, you get access to WiFi Xperts, a dedicated IT team that will help you with wifi issues, 4G Dongle support and can provide two additional free wifi boosters if needed.
The Vodafone Fibre 1 is a very well priced entry-level broadband package that will be sufficient for most online activities. But, as expected with a budget package, there will be some areas where this speed won't offer a great experience. Nonetheless, Vodafone bundles a great router and the Plus package is a highly attractive option for those who are more concerned about wireless coverage and continuous connectivity rather than sheer speed. This package comes therefore highly recommended for smaller households.