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With more and more broadband providers to choose from, it can be hard to find the right type of package you need, at the right price. There’s also the offer of broadband and TV bundles from providers, which can save you money but leave you with a smaller pool to choose from. 
 
Here you’ll find information on broadband providers, big and small, who offer a variety of service types and packages, meaning you can find the right broadband type for you.  

BT

The UK’s largest internet provider has a variety of broadband offerings, ranging from an average download speed of 36Mbps all the way up to full fibre 900Mbps.

BT also offers a ‘complete’ WiFi guarantee, with WiFi discs extending your hub’s reach to ensure your entire home is covered.

Online security is included with every broadband package, and you can choose from a range of flexible TV plans to add to your existing broadband package.

Community Fibre

Community Fibre is a London-based broadband provider offering speeds of up to 3,000Mbps in 32 London boroughs.

Using its own pure fibre network, Community Fibre exclusively supplies Fibre-to-the-Property (FTTP) broadband, which is when the fibre-optic cables run all the way to your home, and claims to be the fastest fibre broadband supplier in London.

TV and calls bundles are available, as well as a guaranteed ‘WiFi in Every Room’ service.

Cuckoo

Cuckoo offers simple, fuss-free full fibre deals and, in its own words, ‘the best customer service you’ve ever had’.

No long sign-ups here – you can get a 12-month deal or a monthly rolling contract. Speeds offered average 67Mbps, 98Mbps and 900Mbps. And while you shouldn’t expect freebies, vouchers and other extras, Cuckoo donates 1% of your monthly bill to charity.

EE

EE offers unlimited broadband packages, from basic broadband with an average download speed of 10Mbps, up to its new Fibre Max 300 plan that promises an average download speed of up to 300Mbps.

The EE Smart Hub is included in fibre plans, and all plans include monthly line rental. EE’s mobile broadband also offers potential access to greater speeds for those in areas where traditional fibre broadband isn’t available.

Hyperoptic 

Hyperoptic boasts an exclusively full fibre service. This means fibre to the premises (FTTP), delivering the fastest speeds available.

All plans are available on a 24-month basis. Speeds range from 50Mbps up to the ‘Hyperfast’ 1Gb package, which boasts of being 18 x faster than the UK’s average broadband speed.

NOW Broadband

NOW Broadband offers a choice of no-contract broadband or three ‘saver’ 12-month-contract broadband packages, covering a range of speeds, bundled with a choice of three call plans.

Once you’ve signed up to a NOW Broadband package, you’ll have access to a range of TV membership types, which you can cancel and restart whenever you want.

Onestream 

A relatively new broadband provider, having launched in 2018, Onestream offers a variety of packages to suit your needs: from basic packages for casual users, up to 800Mbps ‘Hyperstream’ fibre for heavy downloads and streaming. Onestream also offers line protection for engineering call-outs.

Plusnet 

Plusnet has a range of unlimited broadband deals, some of which include phone and/or TV. Plusnet’s unlimited broadband packages range from basic 10Mbps up to full fibre 500 Mbps. Some offers also include cashback and gift card rewards, while extras include online security packages and exclusive BT Sport deals. Plusnet also boasts award-winning customer service.

Shell Energy Broadband 

Having expanded its utilities range to broadband, Shell Energy Broadband offers fast and simple, unlimited broadband and full fibre packages. Competitive prices, unlimited usage with packages to suit your needs, are just some of the benefits you’ll enjoy when you switch to a Shell Energy Broadband package.

Sky

Sky offers a range of packages with different speeds, phone and TV options. The jewel in the crown is Sky’s Gigafast Broadband, with an average speed of 900Mbps. Fibre broadband packages also include advanced built-in security and wall-to-wall WiFi in every room of your house at no extra cost.

TalkTalk

Customers get a fixed-price guarantee for the duration of their contracts with TalkTalk. There’s a choice of six broadband packages, with full fibre broadband offering average speeds of up to 944Mbps, depending on your location.

A home phone service is included, and there are also TV and broadband packages available.

Customers can also enjoy reward cards and an award-winning Amazon eero router included in all full fibre plans.

Three Broadband 

Three Broadband provides wireless broadband over its dedicated 4G and super-fast 5G networks, so there’s no need for a landline if you don’t want one. Three’s 5G Home Broadband is currently available in 486 UK locations, while 4G covers over 99% of the UK’s population. Deals come with truly unlimited data and are also offered on monthly rolling contracts.

Trooli Broadband

For customers in the south of England, Kent-based broadband provider Trooli offers super-fast speed deals from 300Mbps up to 900Mbps.

Contracts are offered on an 18-month basis with unlimited downloads and a free, next-generation, WiFi 6 standard Trooli router thrown in.

Virgin Media

Virgin was one of the first providers to offer broadband, phone, TV and mobile in one package, and there’s now a wide range of packages to choose from.

Virgin’s Gig1 Fibre Broadband package is the fastest yet. With an average download speed of 1130Mbps, it’s available to twice as many premises as BT and Sky’s fastest deals.

Contracts last 18 or 24 months, but rolling 30-day contracts are available.

See more on Virgin broadband

Vodafone

Vodafone’s plans include full fibre broadband with speeds of up to 910Mbps, no set-up fees, landline included and unlimited broadband usage.

Combine a Vodafone mobile plan with a broadband plan, and Vodafone claims you could save up to £380 a year.

Vodafone’s Essentials offers affordable and flexible broadband plans, with average speeds of 38Mbps, exclusively for customers who receive certain government benefits.

Wightfibre

Wightfibre is an independent cable broadband provider serving homes and businesses on the Isle of Wight with full fibre broadband, TV and phone services.

Wightfibre offers five full fibre plans ranging from 50Mbps up to 900Mbps. Packages also include a ‘Plume’ adaptive WiFi device, which allows up to 45 separate devices to connect to the internet at the same time.

One-month contracts are available, and you can cancel at any time.

Zen 

Originally a business internet provider, Zen has extended its services to homes as well. Zen offers a variety of super-fast and ultra-fast broadband packages, with average speeds ranging from 10Mbps, all the way up to 300Mbps. Its lifetime price guarantee states that “as long as you stay with Zen, we’ll never increase your price”, meaning you don’t need to worry about price increases at the end of your contract.

Zen also offers 100% UK-based support and a static IP address that you can access no matter where you are in the world – ideal for gamers and remote workers.

How to choose the best broadband provider for you?

There’s quite a bit to consider when searching for the best broadband provider for you: 

  • Type of broadband – does the provider offer what you’re looking for? The main types are ADSL, fibre, cable and mobile.
  • Availability – is the type of broadband you’re looking for available in your area? 
  • Your usage – are there multiple users in the home? Do you stream a lot of music and video, or game online? 
  • Speed – will you need higher speeds to cope with your download usage? 
  • Price – how much are you willing to pay? Consider the value too. It’s not worth paying more for an ultra-fast cable broadband if you won’t need the speeds it offers. 
  • Contract length – how long are you tied in? Will the price increase after a specified number of months? 
  • Hardware – will you need any new hardware to get your connection up and running?

What should I look for when I compare broadband providers?

Before you compare broadband, think about what kind of package you want:

Also, have an idea of what broadband speed you’re looking for.

Not all broadband services are available everywhere, so we’ll ask you for your postcode, then show you the comparisons we offer in your area.

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Frequently asked questions

Which providers offer full fibre in my area?

Full fibre coverage isn’t available everywhere yet. According to Ofcom, 50% of the UK population should now be able to receive full fibre services in their area, compared to 42% in September 2022.  
 
To find out which providers offer full fibre in your area, use our broadband postcode checker. Just enter your postcode and we’ll show you the broadband deals available.  

How do I switch broadband providers?

Once you’ve found a deal in your area, your new provider should arrange the switch for you. They’ll also let your current provider know you’re switching.  
 
Both providers will call you to confirm the switch, along with the transfer date and if there are any outstanding charges to pay.  
 
Find out more in our guide to switching broadband providers.  

Can I switch broadband providers at any time?

You can switch whenever you like. However, if you’re mid-contract with your current deal, there may be an early exit fee to pay.  
 
According to Ofcom, you won’t need to pay the exit fee if you’re not getting the speeds your current provider promised. You’ll need to contact your provider first, though, and give them the chance to fix the problem. Also check your contract’s minimum speed terms and conditions.   

Which providers offer student broadband deals?

A few providers offer broadband deals specifically aimed at students. 
 
If you only want broadband for term-time, BT and Virgin Media both offer nine-month contracts for students – although these can sometimes work out more expensive than basic 12 to 18-month contracts.  
 
Find out more about student broadband deals.

Which providers offer business broadband deals?

At Comparethemarket you can compare business broadband deals from a range of well-known business broadband providers, including:

  • O2
  • BT
  • Vodafone
  • EE
  • Sky
  • Focus
  • TalkTalk.

Find out more about business broadband packages.  

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