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What is "fibre-optic" broadband?

You’ll probably have heard of “fibre-optic” broadband. It’s the latest development in broadband technology. Simply put, fibre-optic provides super-fast speeds for all of your internet usage.

The term “fibre-optic” refers to the types of cable used to send the information needed to get you onto the internet. The flexible ‘fibres’ have a glass core inside them, allowing light signals to be sent. Each fibre is roughly the diameter of a human hair!

The UK’s telephone lines are owned and operated by Openreach. For a number of years, Openreach have been upgrading the as much of the network as possible form the old, less efficient, copper lines, to shiny new fibre optic lines. Over 26.5 million UK premises already have access to fibre broadband, and this number is growing weekly by around 17,000.

Compare the best fibre broadband deals

*Average speeds are based on speed available to at least 50% of customers at peak time (8-10pm). Speeds vary according to factors like location, and the speed you receive may differ from the figure in our comparison. Most providers will give a customised estimate based on your address.

Can I get fibre-optic in my area?

About 80% of the UK has access to fibre optic currently, but it is still something of a postcode lottery. Here’s a list of fibre-optic broadband providers:

  • Virgin Media
  • Hyperoptic
  • Vodafone
  • EE
  • Now TV
  • Origin
  • Pop Telecom
  • Plusnet
  • SSE
  • TalkTalk
  • XLN Telecom
  • Zen Broadband
  • Sky
  • John Lewis
  • BT (BT’s fibre-optic packages are called ‘BT Infinity’)

How do I compare broadband tariffs?

So, now that that’s all cleared up… how do you begin to go about comparing broadband providers? To keep things simple, this section will deal only with ADSL and Fibre-optic comparisons. The sort of broadband you’ll have inside your home.

There are four key considerations when comparing broadband providers, some of which we’ve already mentioned. They are:

  1. Availability (you need to find out what’s available at your address before anything else)
  2. Speed (this is the most common sales pitch you’ll come across, but as speed goes up so does the price!)
  3. Price (the price will be a one-off installation fee, a potential fee for switching providers, and then a monthly price)
  4. Added extras (most providers throw in added extras such as basic TV packages, cloud-based storage, and anti-virus software – so this is something to keep in mind when comparing).
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