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Fibre broadband is a type of broadband technology that offers a quicker speed and more reliable internet connection than standard broadband. Its name is based on its plastic or glass cables, which allow for faster data transfer than copper wires.
There are three types of broadband available. You can narrow down your decision by finding out what speeds you need and what connection you have. As this can be tricky, an easy way to do it is to select a package and see if it’s available in your area.
There are two types of fibre broadband connections – fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) and fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP):
Advertised speeds usually start at 38 Mbps, but some broadband providers now offer packages with much faster download speeds, up to 350 Mbps.
Take a look at some of the fastest broadband deals available at the moment.
The ‘up to’ speed is usually the maximum speed you’ll be able to achieve. But bear in mind that sometimes your internet will be slower than this.
From May 23 2018, broadband providers can no longer advertise ‘up to speeds’, which may only be available to 10% of customers. They must now ensure speed claims are based on the download speed available to at least half of customers at peak times and describe them as ‘average’.
As ADSL is delivered along copper wire, the speed can vary dramatically depending on how far from the telephone exchange you live.
With fibre broadband the speed shouldn’t deviate so much, particularly if you have FTTP broadband.
Find out more about broadband speeds.
If you have multiple internet users or devices, or you want to use any sort of streaming service, such as movies, music or TV, or you play games online, fibre broadband can improve the quality.
Because fibre broadband is made of ‘glass’, there’s no electricity involved.
This means it’s protected against interference from power lines or high-voltage electrical equipment, plus it’s immune to corrosion.
As a result, you can expect clearer and more reliable communications.
Most areas of the UK already have access to super-fast fibre broadband. The government and BT have proposed a deal that could see a new Universal Service Obligation (USO), with the aim of ensuring that everyone can request a broadband download speed of at least 10 Mbps by 2020.
Find out more about broadband in rural areas.
There are only two ways to be sure. You can check directly with the provider you’re interested in, or you can select a deal on our site and, when you fill out your full address, you can find out what broadband service is available from that provider.
An online broadband checker where you type in your postcode will only compare packages so isn’t accurate.
You can also see what deals are available to you by comparing broadband with us.
When you compare broadband offers, think carefully about what you want from your superfast connection.
You might want to consider:
Unlimited broadband data means that you can use as much data as you like each month without being charged extra.
The advantage of a limit on a capped deal is that it will usually be cheaper. However, only opt for this if you’re sure that you will stay within the limit. Exceeding it could see you hit with additional charges or your speed reduced to a crawl.
To help work out how much data you need, take a look at a few things you might do online and how much data they use.
Cancellation fees usually apply if you want to switch early – and they can be high. When choosing a broadband package it’s important to be comfortable with the overall contract period.
There’s a really simple way to compare deals and the good news is, you’re in the right place. Start a quote with us and we’ll help to make comparing fibre broadband deals easy. All you need to do is tell us your postcode and we’ll show you all the deals you can take advantage of. Try it today to see what you could save.
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