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Can I get high speed broadband?

Thursday, July 3rd 2014

High speed fibre optic broadband is rolling out across the country and the availability checker below will show if it has arrived in your area yet.

Fibre optic broadband is available to around 60% of homes and businesses in the UK, delivering download speeds between 38Mbps to 152Mbps. The networks are growing all the time so if you can’t get fibre broadband now, there’s a chance it may reach you soon. To check your area...

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High speed broadband providers

There are two main fibre optic broadband networks in the UK, operated by BT and Virgin Media. The BT network is shared by other providers, including Sky, TalkTalk, Plusnet and EE, so high speed broadband availability and speeds are similar across them all. Virgin Media meanwhile, operates its own network that is not shared with any other provider, so it sets its own speeds and rolls out fibre broadband at a different rate to the rest of the market.

Fastest broadband

Virgin Media currently offers the fastest widely available broadband in the country with its up to 152Mbps service, which can be taken with and without a phone line. Elsewhere, fibre broadband speeds top 76Mbps on the BT Infinity network and the provider is developing even faster services up to 300Mbps.

Package comparison

Our comparison tool enables you to compare the many different fibre broadband options available. We’ve selected three packages from the three biggest players in the market – BT, Virgin and Sky – but you can select any of several different providers.

  • Broadband
    Max Download Speed38Mb
    Max Upload Speed9.5Mb
    Monthly Usage20GB
    Digital TV
    TV Channels-
    SD Channels-
    HD Channels-
    Home Phone
    Daytime Calls9ppm
    Evening Calls9ppm
    Weekend Calls9ppm
    Pricing & Contract
    Monthly Cost
    -
    £7.75
    Upfront Cost£36.95
    Contract Length12 months
    Line Rental p/m£16.99
    Average Monthly£27.82
    First Year Cost£333.83
    Lifetime Cost£333.83
    See deal →
  • Broadband
    Max Download Speed38Mb
    Max Upload Speed10Mb
    Monthly Usage25GB
    Digital TV
    TV Channels-
    SD Channels-
    HD Channels-
    Home Phone
    Daytime Calls7.95ppm
    Evening Calls7.95ppm
    Weekend CallsInclusive
    Pricing & Contract
    Monthly Cost
    -
    £10
    Upfront Cost£36.95
    Contract Length18 months
    Line Rental p/m£16.40
    Average Monthly£28.45
    First Year Cost£353.75
    Lifetime Cost£512.15
    See deal →
    or call 0800 840 5394
  • Broadband
    Max Download Speed50Mb
    Max Upload Speed3Mb
    Monthly UsageUnlimited
    Digital TV
    TV Channels-
    SD Channels-
    HD Channels-
    Home Phone
    Daytime Calls9.94ppm
    Evening Calls9.94ppm
    Weekend CallsInclusive
    Pricing & Contract
    Monthly Cost
    (£17.50 after 12 mths)
    £8.75
    Upfront CostFree
    Contract Length18 months
    Line Rental p/m£16.99
    Average Monthly£28.65
    First Year Cost£308.83
    Lifetime Cost£515.77
    See deal →
    or call 0808 168 4947

Alternatives to high speed broadband

Alternatively, you might like to check whether you can get 4G mobile broadband in your area, as this can often deliver download speeds that are faster than traditional broadband – and in some instances almost as fast as fibre broadband.

Finally, if you live in a remote location and our postcode checker tells you that you're unable to receive broadband at all then why not consider satellite broadband? It’s available right across the UK, even in the most isolated areas

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