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Can I get high speed broadband?

Wednesday, June 3rd 2015

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 70% 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.

Other fibre optic internet service providers

Although they are not mainstream providers, Hyperoptic and Gigaclear offer very high speed broadband of 1,000Mbps. However, they only install the service on a community case-by-case basis. Hyperoptic specialises in urban offices and apartment buildings, and Gigaclear supplies rural communities with a minimum of 400 properties. All enquiries must be posted on their respective websites.

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 Speed10Mb
    Monthly Usage25GB
    Home Phone
    Daytime Calls9.50ppm
    Evening Calls9.50ppm
    Weekend Calls9.50ppm
    Pricing & Contract
    Monthly CostFree
    (£10 after 12 mths)
    Upfront Cost£36.95
    Contract Length12 months
    Line Rental p/m£16.40
    Average Monthly£19.48
    First Year Cost£233.75
    Lifetime Cost
    0800 840 5394
  • Broadband
    Max Download Speed50Mb
    Max Upload Speed3Mb
    Monthly UsageUnlimited
    Home Phone
    Daytime Calls9.94ppm
    Evening Calls9.94ppm
    Weekend CallsInclusive
    Pricing & Contract
    Monthly Cost£5
    (£17.50 after 9 mths)
    Upfront CostFree
    Contract Length18 months
    Line Rental p/m£16.99
    Average Monthly£28.24
    First Year Cost£301.33
    Lifetime Cost
    0800 093 1662

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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