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Post Office
  • Up to 8Mb broadband
  • Unlimited download allowance
  • Inclusive weekend calls
  • 18 month contract
8Mb
speed
(up to)
Unlimited
monthly usage
Free
upfront
cost
Plusnet
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited usage allowance
  • Pay only for the calls you make
  • 18 month contract
17Mb
speed
(up to)
Unlimited
monthly usage
(traffic managed)
£6.99
upfront
cost
Origin Broadband
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Totally unlimited usage
  • Pay only for the calls you make
  • 12 month contract
17Mb
speed
(up to)
Unlimited
monthly usage
(truly unlimited)
Free
upfront
cost
EE
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited download usage
  • Inclusive weekend calls
  • 18 month contract
17Mb
speed
(up to)
Unlimited
monthly usage
(traffic managed)
£7
upfront
cost
TenTel
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited monthly usage
  • No calls included, pay for what you use
  • 18 month contract
17Mb
speed
(up to)
Unlimited
monthly usage
(truly unlimited)
Free
upfront
cost
Plusnet
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited usage allowance
  • Pay only for the calls you make
  • 12 month contract
17Mb
speed
(up to)
Unlimited
monthly usage
(traffic managed)
£6.99
upfront
cost
BT
  • Up to 17Mbps broadband
  • 12GB usage, 5GB BT Cloud
  • Inclusive weekend calls
  • 12 month contract
17Mb
speed
(up to)
12GB
monthly
usage
£7.95
upfront
cost
John Lewis
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited monthly usage
  • Inclusive evening & weekend calls
  • 12 month contract
17Mb
speed
(up to)
Unlimited
monthly usage
(traffic managed)
Free
upfront
cost
17Mb
speed
(up to)
Unlimited
monthly usage
(truly unlimited)
£6.75
upfront
cost
BT
  • Up to 17Mbps broadband
  • Unlimited usage, 100GB BT Cloud
  • Inclusive weekend calls
  • 12 month contract
17Mb
speed
(up to)
Unlimited
monthly usage
(truly unlimited)
£7.95
upfront
cost
Direct Save Telecom
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited monthly usage
  • Evening & weekend calls
  • 12 month contract
    17Mb
    speed
    (up to)
    Unlimited
    monthly usage
    (truly unlimited)
    £33.90
    upfront
    cost
    Plusnet
    • Up to 17Mb broadband
    • Unlimited usage allowance
    • Inclusive anytime calls
    • 18 month contract
    17Mb
    speed
    (up to)
    Unlimited
    monthly usage
    (traffic managed)
    £6.99
    upfront
    cost
    Plusnet
    • Up to 38Mb fibre broadband
    • Unlimited usage allowance
    • Pay only for the calls you make
    • 18 month contract
    38Mb
    speed
    (up to)
    Unlimited
    monthly usage
    (traffic managed)
    £6.99
    upfront
    cost
    EE
    • Up to 17Mb broadband
    • Unlimited download usage
    • UK landline & mobile calls
    • 12 month contract
    17Mb
    speed
    (up to)
    Unlimited
    monthly usage
    (traffic managed)
    £7
    upfront
    cost
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    What you need to know

    • Prices last checked and verified 18th July 2016
    • 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
    • The line rental prices shown are for payment on a monthly basis. Some providers offer reduced prices on line rental when an upfront payment is made for 12 months

    Broadband in Scotland

    Broadband in Scotland is available in a number of different types. The availability of the fastest broadband packages in Scotland, especially fibre optic broadband, can suffer as a result of the large area that Scotland covers, and how sparsely populated many areas of the country are.

    Broadband providers in Scotland

    There are several different providers that operate in Scotland, with some being more active in certain areas of the country than in others. Probably the most widely available broadband provider in Scotland is BT, as it is BT's phone network that has connected the towns and cities of Scotland for generations. In some areas of Scotland, broadband is also provided by many of the other big names in UK fixed line broadband including Sky, Virgin Media. TalkTalk, Plusnet, EE and many others.

    Broadband availability in Scotland

    To find out exactly which broadband providers operate in your area of Scotland you should use our postcode checker at the top of this page. Once you do we’ll show you a list of all the different broadband providers and packages that you have to choose from, and we’ll also be able to give you a good idea of the actual broadband speed you’ll be able to enjoy in your home.

    Broadband reach issues in Scotland

    One of the principal problems with providing broadband in Scotland is what is known as ‘broadband reach’. Simply put, homes that are more than a few miles from the local exchange aren’t able to receive traditional broadband that is transmitted along the existing telephone network. This is because as the length of the copper wire that connects the home to the exchange increases so the speed and reliability of the connection decreases.

    Residents in many rural areas of Scotland will often find that their homes suffer from broadband reach problems, and they will be unable to receive anything approaching a reliable broadband service over their phone line. Unfortunately as these areas are also, by their nature, sparsely populated, it is very unlikely that a fibre optic broadband will have reached them.

    Mobile Broadband in Scotland

    In some areas, Scottish broadband is only available at very low speeds while, in others, fixed line broadband is not available at all. These areas suffer from exactly the same issue with rural broadband that are experienced by village residents across the rest of the UK. As so many of Scotland's residents live in areas with broadband reach issues, and/or in such sparsely populated areas, consumers’ best option for Internet access may actually be mobile broadband.

    Users with a mobile broadband account use a mobile broadband dongle to access broadband via the mobile phone network. These dongles come in two basic forms. The first, and most well established type of dongle, is a plug-and-play device that slots into a computer’s USB port. The second, and newer, type of dongle doesn’t connect directly to the computer, instead creating a localised Wi-Fi “hotspot” within a few metres of the dongle. The great thing about this kind of mobile broadband receiver is that it can work with devices that don’t have USB sockets, such as some tablet computers including the iPad.

    Fibre optic broadband in Scotland

    In cities and larger towns in Scotland fibre optic broadband may be available from Virgin Media, BT or Plusnet. To find out if you can get fibre optic broadband from any of these providers where you live just enter your postcode into our availability checker at the top of this page and then select “Fibre Optic” under the broadband type on the left hand side of our package filter.

    As with the rest of the UK, more often than not, fibre optic broadband is only available in the most densely populated areas such as Glasgow and Edinburgh. As Scotland has such a large surface area this means that the majority of Scottish residents cannot receive fibre optic broadband from any provider. One of the main exceptions to this is an area of western Scotland. In Dreghorn, Irvine, Kilmarnock and Troon a regional cable company called Smallworld, which is now owned by Virgin Media, offers fibre optic broadband along with cable TV and home phone services.