The jewel in Sky’s broadband crown is its ‘Sky Fibre Unlimited’ package. With no usage cap, you can download all the movies, music and photos you like. Its cheapest fibre broadband package, ‘Sky Fibre’, is basically the same, but with a 25GB monthly usage allowance.
As the name suggests, Fibre broadband works through fibre-optic cables. Sky advertises high download speeds of up to 38Mbit/s.
But a word of caution. The speed you get with any home broadband provider may be very different from the speed in the headlines. You can enter your postcode and a landline number into a broadband speed checker to see what speed you’ll actually get in your home.
That said, you should be on pretty safe ground with Sky. Ofcom research shows that nearly all Sky Fibre customers received 90% or more of their connection’s maximum speed during peak times – the best result of any provider tested.
If you don’t need superfast broadband, you could opt for a standard ADSL connection. In case you’re not up on your acronyms, that’s an Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line. It’s the most common type of connection in the UK, and works through the copper wires of your existing phone line. Unfortunately for some, the further away you are from your local telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
Sky offers a ‘Sky Broadband’ and ‘Sky Broadband Unlimited’ package. Having improved reliability and speed on its ADSL services, Sky now advertises download speeds of up to 17Mbit/s, and upload speeds of up to 1.3Mb/s.
With a Sky TV subscription, you can get the free Sky Broadband Everyday Lite broadband, which has a 2GB monthly download allowance.
If you live outside of a Sky network area, you’re limited to a Sky Connect package, which can be a more expensive and has a 40GB monthly usage allowance.