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Fuel Broadband
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited monthly download
  • Evening & weekend calls
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited monthly download
  • Evening & weekend calls
Fuel Broadband
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited monthly download
  • Evening & weekend calls
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
fair use policy
12
months
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
fair use policy
12
months
Free
£5 after 6 mthsprice details
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0800 380 0064
SSE
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited download usage
  • Inclusive weekend calls
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited download usage
  • Inclusive weekend calls
SSE
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited download usage
  • Inclusive weekend calls
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
fair use policy
& traffic mgmt
18
months
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
fair use policy
& traffic mgmt
18
months
Free
£8 after 24 mthsprice details
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ONLINE ONLY
SSE
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited download usage
  • Inclusive anytime calls
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited download usage
  • Inclusive anytime calls
SSE
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited download usage
  • Inclusive anytime calls
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
fair use policy
& traffic mgmt
18
months
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
fair use policy
& traffic mgmt
18
months
Free
£8 after 24 mthsprice details
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ONLINE ONLY
Origin Broadband
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited monthly download
  • No calls included
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited monthly download
  • No calls included
Origin Broadband
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited monthly download
  • No calls included
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
12
months
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
12
months
Free
£9.99 after 12 mthsprice details
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0800 206 2322
Sky
  • Up to 17Mbps broadband
  • Truly unlimited monthly usage
  • Pay only for the calls you make
  • Up to 17Mbps broadband
  • Truly unlimited monthly usage
  • Pay only for the calls you make
Sky
  • Up to 17Mbps broadband
  • Truly unlimited monthly usage
  • Pay only for the calls you make
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
12
months
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
12
months
Free
£10 after 12 mthsprice details
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ONLINE ONLY
Sky
  • Up to 38Mb broadband
  • 25GB monthly usage
  • Pay only for the calls you make
  • Up to 38Mb broadband
  • 25GB monthly usage
  • Pay only for the calls you make
Sky
  • Up to 38Mb broadband
  • 25GB monthly usage
  • Pay only for the calls you make
38Mb
up to
25GB
usage limit
12
months
38Mb
up to
25GB
usage limit
12
months
Free
£10 after 12 mthsprice details
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0800 840 5394
John Lewis
  • Up to 16Mb broadband
  • 20GB monthly usage
  • Evening & weekend calls
  • Up to 16Mb broadband
  • 20GB monthly usage
  • Evening & weekend calls
John Lewis
  • Up to 16Mb broadband
  • 20GB monthly usage
  • Evening & weekend calls
16Mb
up to
20GB
usage limit
12
months
16Mb
up to
20GB
usage limit
12
months
Free
£11 after 6 mthsprice details
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ONLINE ONLY
Direct Save Telecom
  • Up to 38Mb broadband
  • Unlimited monthly usage
  • Inclusive weekend calls
  • Up to 38Mb broadband
  • Unlimited monthly usage
  • Inclusive weekend calls
Direct Save Telecom
  • Up to 38Mb broadband
  • Unlimited monthly usage
  • Inclusive weekend calls
38Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
18
months
38Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
18
months
Free
£14.75 after 3 mthsprice details
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0800 380 0064
Plusnet
  • Up to 38Mb fibre broadband
  • Unlimited usage allowance
  • Eve & weekend calls
  • Up to 38Mb fibre broadband
  • Unlimited usage allowance
  • Eve & weekend calls
Plusnet
  • Up to 38Mb fibre broadband
  • Unlimited usage allowance
  • Eve & weekend calls
38Mb
up to
Unlimited
traffic mgmt
18
months
38Mb
up to
Unlimited
traffic mgmt
18
months
Free
£14.99 after 6 mthsprice details
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0800 380 0064
Origin Broadband
  • Up to 38Mb fibre broadband
  • Unlimited monthly download
  • No calls included
  • Up to 38Mb fibre broadband
  • Unlimited monthly download
  • No calls included
Origin Broadband
  • Up to 38Mb fibre broadband
  • Unlimited monthly download
  • No calls included
38Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
18
months
38Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
18
months
Free
£14.99 after 6 mthsprice details
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0800 206 2322
John Lewis
  • Up to 16Mb broadband
  • Unlimited monthly usage
  • Evening & weekend calls
  • Up to 16Mb broadband
  • Unlimited monthly usage
  • Evening & weekend calls
John Lewis
  • Up to 16Mb broadband
  • Unlimited monthly usage
  • Evening & weekend calls
16Mb
up to
Unlimited
traffic mgmt
12
months
16Mb
up to
Unlimited
traffic mgmt
12
months
Free
£18 after 6 mthsprice details
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ONLINE ONLY
Origin Broadband
  • Up to 76Mb fibre broadband
  • Unlimited monthly download
  • No calls included
  • Up to 76Mb fibre broadband
  • Unlimited monthly download
  • No calls included
Origin Broadband
  • Up to 76Mb fibre broadband
  • Unlimited monthly download
  • No calls included
76Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
18
months
76Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
18
months
Free
£18.49 after 3 mthsprice details
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0800 206 2322
John Lewis
  • Up to 38Mb broadband
  • 100GB monthly usage
  • Evening & weekend calls
  • Up to 38Mb broadband
  • 100GB monthly usage
  • Evening & weekend calls
John Lewis
  • Up to 38Mb broadband
  • 100GB monthly usage
  • Evening & weekend calls
38Mb
up to
100GB
usage limit
12
months
38Mb
up to
100GB
usage limit
12
months
Free
£25 after 3 mthsprice details
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ONLINE ONLY
Direct Save Telecom
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited monthly usage
  • Evening & weekend calls
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited monthly usage
  • Evening & weekend calls
Direct Save Telecom
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited monthly usage
  • Evening & weekend calls
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
24
months
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
24
months
See DealMore
0800 380 0064
Plusnet
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited usage allowance
  • Inclusive weekend calls
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited usage allowance
  • Inclusive weekend calls
Plusnet
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited usage allowance
  • Inclusive weekend calls
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
traffic mgmt
12
months
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
traffic mgmt
12
months
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  • Broadband speeds may vary
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  • All prices are inclusive of VAT except business packages
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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.

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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.

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