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Best fibre broadband deals for July 2017

Package Broadband Calls Offer Cost More
Details
Virgin Media VIVID 50
Virgin Media
up to 100Mb speed
Unlimited downloads
No Phone line needed £26 p/m
12 month contract
Total contract cost £312
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BT Infinity Unlimited & Calls
BT
up to 52Mb speed
Unlimited downloads
Weekend
calls
Ends 27 July £29.99 p/m
12 month contract
Total contract cost £394.87
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Plusnet Fibre Unlimited
Plusnet Broadband
up to 38Mb speed
Unlimited downloads
PAYG
calls
Free connection £24.99 p/m
18 month contract
Total contract cost £449.82
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TalkTalk Faster Fibre
TalkTalk broadband
up to 38Mb speed
Unlimited downloads
PAYG
calls
Free connection £26.50 p/m
18 month contract
Total contract cost £477
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Origin Broadband
Origin broadband
up to 38Mb speed
Unlimited downloads
PAYG
calls
Save 15% £23.61 p/m
18 month contract
Total contract cost £424.99
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Virgin Media VIVID 50 & Calls
Virgin Media
up to 50Mb speed
Unlimited downloads
Weekend
calls
£29 p/m
12 month contract
Total contract cost £368
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EE Fibre & Calls
EE
up to 38Mb speed
Unlimited downloads
Weekend
calls
EE broadband offer £28.50 p/m
18 month contract
Total contract cost £545
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Virgin Media VIVID 100 & Calls
Virgin Media
up to 100Mb speed
Unlimited downloads
Weekend
calls
£32 p/m
12 month contract
Total contract cost £404
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Sky Fibre
Sky broadband and TV
up to 38Mb speed
25GB p/m
PAYG
calls
Totally unlimited £28.99 p/m
18 month contract
Total contract cost £581.77
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Plusnet Fibre Unlimited Extra
Plusnet Broadband
up to 76Mb speed
Unlimited downloads
PAYG
calls
Free connection £29.99 p/m
18 month contract
Total contract cost £564.82
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TalkTalk Faster Fibre upto 76Mb
TalkTalk broadband
up to 76Mb speed
Unlimited downloads
PAYG
calls
Free connection £31.50 p/m
18 month contract
Total contract cost £567
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Fibre Broadband & Calls
John Lewis Broadband
up to 38Mb speed
Unlimited downloads
Evening & weekend
calls
Unlimited usage £32.50 p/m
12 month contract
Total contract cost: £390
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BT Infinity 2 & Calls
BT
up to 76Mb speed
Unlimited downloads
Weekend
calls
Ends 27 July £44.99 p/m
12 month contract
Total contract cost £574.87
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Sky Fibre Unlimited
Sky broadband and TV
up to 38Mb speed
Unlimited downloads
PAYG
calls
Totally unlimited £38.99 p/m
18 month contract
Total contract cost £761.77
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Virgin Media VIVID 200 & Calls
Virgin Media
up to 200Mb speed
Unlimited downloads
Weekend
calls
£37 p/m
12 month contract
Total contract cost £464
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fibre optics used in superfast broadbandDespite the expensive monthly plans and additional initial cost, fibre optic broadband sees increase in uptake by homes and businesses due to the promise of its faster speeds and reliable connectivity.

Compared to ADSL 2+ copper lines which offer maximum speeds of up to 17Mbps, fibre broadband can offer 5 – 8 times faster speeds and also ensures that you can get speeds much closer to the advertised speeds.

With the currently available 38Mbps/76Mbps/100Mbps/200Mbps over fibre lines, you can enjoy real-time, bandwidth-rich applications like IPTV and online gaming much better.

Fibre Broadband Availability

However, you can get fibre broadband only in those areas which are served by exchanges where the new technology is deployed and from the providers that offer the new service. With major ISPs BT, Plusnet, TalkTalk, Sky and virgin Media offering various fibre packages, you can find them along with latest price details using this postcode checker.

Fibre broadband now covers 15 million UK premises via BT’s fibre to the cabinet (fttc) network. Virgin Media’s fibre based, cable network separately covers 13 million UK homes. We also have small operators which offer location-specific fibre broadband in the UK. By 2016, more than 90% of properties in the UK will be able to access fibre optic broadband, with government sponsored rollouts setting to extend the coverage to rural and remote areas. By 2020, all exchanges in the UK are expected to be upgraded to fibre optic technology.

Fibre optic broadband explained

Fibre broadband uses the next generation technology of connecting homes to exchanges with fibre optic cables which are ideal for faster transmission of data over long distances.Due to the expensive nature of the technology, service providers often use fibre optic cables only up to street cabinets from where the connections come to homes via copper wires. This type of installation is called Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) which is mostly used for residential connections in the UK. You can get maxium download speed of 80Mbps and upload speed of 20Mbps over FTTC lines.

Both BT and Virgin Media use FTTC, however, Virgin cable broadband uses coaxial cable between the cabinet and homes, instead of copper which BT uses. The better quality of coaxial enables Virgin Media to deliver faster speeds than what BT offers over its FTTC lines.

The second type, Fibre to the Home / Premises (FTTH or FTTP) use fibre for the entire installation of the line, right from the exchange up to the users’ premises. BT’s FTTP service which is currently available in selected areas offer download speed of 100Mbps/110mbps/330Mbps. The service also requires you to pay one-off installation fee.

Fibre Optic Broadband Vs ADSL Broadband

Maximum speed that you can theoretically expect from fibre broadband is 1Gbps or 1000Mbps or even more. However, headline speed over ADSL broadband lines is limited to just 24Mbps which can reduce to 7 to 10Mbps at homes as the speeds of copper networks (ADSL) generally degrade with the distance between users and the exchange. Distance, the quality of wire, number of users and interference have biggest impacts on ADSL which becomes unreliable at times, at some locations.

Fibre broadband is not affected by these factors so its headline speeds, whether 30Mbps or 76Mbps or 100Mbps, only marginally decrease at the premises. Upstream traffic over fibre optic lines is also 15 times+ faster when compared to upload speeds via standard, ADSL 2+ lines.

Package Advertised speed Actual Speed
(average during 24 hours)
BT up to 38Mbps up to 38Mbps 34.4Mbps
Plusnet up to 38Mbps up to 38Mbps 34.2Mbps
Sky up to 38Mbps up to 38Mbps 36.4Mbps
EE up to 38Mbps up to 38Mbps 31.5Mbps
Virgin Media up to 50Mbps up to 50Mbps 53.3Mbps
BT up to 76Mbps up to 76Mbps 63.1Mbps
Plusnet up to 76Mbps up to 76Mbps 60.5Mbps
Virgin Media up to 100Mbps up to 100Mbps 99.5Mbps
Virgin Media up to 152Mbps up to 152Mbps 135.8Mbps

This ensures the reliability of fibre broadband while its five times faster speeds also decrease the download time of files, music tracks and DVD films in the same ratio.

Fibre broadband is better option when your internet activities include watching online videos & TV shows, downloading large files and playing online games. It is ideal to have fibre connection rather than ADSL at your home when there is heavy use of internet or multiple users go online simultaneously.

Fibre Optic broadband Speed comparison with ADSL

You can search all the fibre optic broadband deals available in your area, using UK postcode checker.

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