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Fibre broadband packages

Looking for fibre broadband? Compare prices from top providers and get a great deal

Fibre broadband provides very fast internet speeds and a reliable connection, meaning you can get some of the best broadband deals around if you opt for a fibre package.

Independent Advisor’s top fibre broadband deal

We’ve chosen this deal because it offers a balance of speed and affordability for the everyday user, with no upfront cost.

Plusnet – Full Fibre 145
Monthly Cost
£27.99
Average speed
145 Mb
Contract term
24 months

Price could rise by CPI+3.9% next April

Compare the best fibre broadband offers
Virgin Media M125
Monthly Cost
£25.00
Average speed
132 Mb
Contract length
18 months
Upfront Cost
No
Sky Broadband Ultrafast
Monthly Cost
£29.00
Average speed
145 Mb
Contract length
18 months
Upfront Cost
£5.00
£50 Gift Card
Plusnet Full Fibre 145
Monthly Cost
£27.99
Average speed
145 Mb
Contract length
24 months
Upfront Cost
No
Community Fibre 1Gbps
Monthly Cost
£32.00
Average speed
920 Mb
Contract length
12 months
Upfront Cost
No

Monthly cost may rise during contract

What is fibre broadband?

Fibre broadband is faster and more reliable than standard broadband. Openreach claims that it is 70 to 80 per cent more stable than older internet networks[1], and it can reach speeds of up to 70Mbps, much higher than the maximum speed of 24Mbps for a standard connection. 

Before the introduction of fibre optic cables, the UK’s broadband network was based on copper cables. These same lines provide a landline service into your home, meaning that to access standard broadband, you also need a landline connection. Copper networks still exist in the UK, and some residents still require a broadband and phone package to secure a stable internet connection.

The majority of broadband providers use Openreach’s network, which allows more people to access fibre broadband and thus, faster speeds. Openreach is aiming to roll out ultrafast full fibre broadband to 25 million homes by the end of 2026[2] to help more people access more reliable broadband. Virgin Media is the most noteworthy outlier, as the provider uses its own network.

We surveyed over 2,000 broadband customers* in the UK to better understand their habits. We found that full fibre is the most popular type of broadband connection at 46 per cent, followed by fibre at 31 per cent. Satellite broadband and mobile broadband were the least common at 3 and 7 per cent, respectively.

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There are two main types of fibre broadband: full fibre, also known as fibre-to-the-premises, and fibre, also called fibre-to-the-cabinet. Other options include standard broadband (ADSL), mobile broadband and satellite broadband

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1. Full fibre broadband

Full fibre broadband exclusively uses fibre optic cables to deliver an internet connection directly to your home from the broadband exchange.

  • Average download speed: mid-range contracts range between 100 and 150Mbps
  • Maximum download speed: 1,000Mbps (for most major providers)
  • Phone line needed: no
  • Availability in the UK: 57 per cent of homes[3]
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2. Fibre broadband

With fibre broadband, fibre optic cables run to the cabinet in your street. From there, copper cables connect from the cabinet to your home via a phone line. Due to the upcoming PSTN switch off, some broadband offers come with a digital phone service instead of a traditional landline.

  • Average download speed: around 30-70Mbps
  • Maximum download speed: up to 80Mbps
  • Phone line needed: yes
  • Availability in the UK: 97 per cent of homes
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3. Basic broadband

Basic broadband uses only copper wires to connect your home; this is the slowest of any other broadband connection. 

  • Average download speed: around 10-11Mbps
  • Maximum download speed: up to 11Mbps
  • Phone line needed: yes
  • Availability in the UK: 99 per cent
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4. Mobile broadband

Instead of using traditional infrastructure, mobile broadband sends data over a wireless network. This allows it to be used by people living in remote areas of the country and can come in the form of a mobile broadband SIM, a dongle, a portable hotspot or a mobile router. 

  • Average download speed: around 32-133Mbps
  • Maximum download speed: up to 200Mbps
  • Phone line needed: no
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5. Satellite broadband

Satellite broadband also opted out of using copper or fibre optic wires, instead sending signals through communication satellites, in the same vein as a satellite TV. This is another great alternative for people living in areas without access to traditional broadband.  

  • Average download speed: around 30-220Mbps
  • Maximum download speed: up to 250Mbps 
  • Phone line needed: no

How much does fibre broadband cost?

According to our survey*, fibre broadband packages cost an average of £48 per month, with full fibre offers averaging out at £54 per month. These costs are dependent on a few factors, including which provider you’re working with and what speeds you want. 

Generally speaking, full fibre packages that offer speeds over 1,000Mbps will be more expensive than a 500Mbps offer. You can see a breakdown of the average cost of different types of broadband in the UK below.

Package deals vary even further; TV services, such as streaming platform subscriptions or additional TV channels, can also inflate the price, although this will depend on your provider. Phone services, on the other hand, will not have as large an impact on your monthly bill. 

Remember that the cost of fibre broadband can vary greatly depending on:

  • Whether you’re getting partial or full fibre
  • The download speeds you require
  • Whether it’s part of a package with TV or phone services

You can also look towards social tariff broadband offers; these offers are available for households who receive Universal Credit, Pension Credit and other benefits and are more affordable than other packages on the market. 

What speeds are available with fibre broadband?

Fibre broadband speeds are usually broken down into three categories:

Superfast broadband 

Superfast broadband offers download speeds of up to 30Mbps[4]. Superfast broadband can either be delivered via fibre or full fibre broadband, depending on the package, and is available to most households in the UK.  

Ultrafast broadband 

Ultrafast broadband is 10 times faster than superfast broadband, providing download speeds of at least 300Mbps. Due to this, ultrafast broadband always requires a full fibre connection. 

Gigabit fibre

Gigabit broadband delivers speeds up to 1,000Mbps (1Gbps), making it the fastest type of broadband in the UK. To help more people access gigabit broadband, the UK government has signed £1 billion in contracts to upgrade broadband infrastructure in rural communities[5], aiming to connect 85 per cent of properties by 2025. 

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Our Home Tech Expert Gemma Ryles’ recommended full fibre offer

If you want to experience faster speeds without breaking the bank, take a look at this deal from TalkTalk; this 24 month contract offers speeds up to 944Mbps for £45 per month with a £4.95 set up fee. 

TalkTalk – Full Fibre 900
Monthly Cost
£49.00
Average speed
944 Mb
Contract term
18 months

No upfront cost , Price could rise by CPI+3.7% next April

Do I need fibre broadband?

Fibre broadband is best suited for busy households with heavy usage internet habits. If you want to upgrade your broadband speed, fibre and full fibre deals are the best solution. 

Our survey showed that 93 per cent of respondents felt that speed was an important factor when picking a new broadband deal, meaning it is a high priority for many households.

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Is fibre broadband worth it? A word from our Home Tech Expert Gemma Ryles

Fibre broadband is worth it if you want faster speeds or live with multiple people. Fibre broadband allows for faster response times when browsing the web and opens the door to online gaming, seamless video conferencing and multiple devices streaming video content.

 

If you’re unsure if fibre is worth it, consider investing in a fibre deal, rather than full fibre, which is generally more expensive. Use our postcode checker to find the fastest speeds available in your area.

Why compare fibre broadband deals with us?

Shows full fibre eligibility

Using our postcode checker gives you instant access to all the best deals in your area and will inform you if your home is suitable for partial or full fibre

Filter to your needs

Filter your results by monthly costs, download speeds, contract lengths and more, so you can tailor the best fibre broadband deal for your household

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Our guides will equip you with everything you need to know about comparing fibre broadband deals, so by the time you have picked a new deal, you will know that it’s the right package for you

Why should I get fibre broadband?

Pros
Fibre broadband is much faster than standard broadband
It does not suffer from signal degradation
Full fibre broadband is more reliable than broadband from networks that still use copper wires
FTTC is still not available in some harder-to-reach areas (typically rural ones)
Fibre cables are more environmentally-friendly than copper ones (see more below)
Cons
It is not yet available in every part of the UK
Full fibre broadband is generally more expensive

Fibre broadband is a better option for environmentally-conscious customers: fibre cables are more efficient, easier to recycle, and less energy-intensive to produce. The image below shows the environmental impact of fibre versus copper cables. 

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How do I know if I can get fibre broadband in my area?

The easiest way to find out if fibre broadband is available in your area is to use our postcode checker at the top of this page. Use the Download Speeds filter to check whether you are eligible for fibre or full fibre offers, which will give you speeds above 24Mbps. If you are only finding offers below these numbers, it’s unlikely that your home is suitable for fibre broadband.

Since fibre optic broadband does not yet have the same coverage as standard broadband, you may find that your home is only eligible for standard broadband. If you live in a rural area, you will have less likelihood than urbanites of finding a fibre broadband package.

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Thinking about switching to a new broadband provider?

According to our survey*, the biggest deciders when switching to a new package are better prices (74 per cent) and faster speeds (34 per cent). 

 

You can achieve both by switching broadband providers. You may find that your current provider does not offer full fibre broadband while another provider does, or that another provider’s monthly bill is more affordable than what your current plan. Use our postcode checker to discover better deals and faster speeds in your area.

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No broadband package will be right for everyone. Use this guide to find out what type of broadband connection you need.

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Work with your budget

Before you start looking into packages, determine how much you can or want to spend on your broadband. Generally speaking, slower speeds are cheaper and faster packages are more expensive. Be aware of yearly price hikes, which usually occur in April and can raise the price of your broadband package by an additional 3 to 3.9 per cent.

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Understand your speeds

Knowing what speeds you’re currently getting can help determine if you need to invest in a faster deal; use our broadband speed test to find out what speeds you’re getting with your current contract. 

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Figure out what package you want

Many broadband providers offer broadband and TV or broadband and phone packages alongside a fibre connection. These are more expensive than broadband only packages, but combining these services can be easier to manage and work out cheaper in the long term. 

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Use our postcode checker

Now you have a better understanding of your overall broadband needs, you can start looking at offers. Using our postcode checker will provide you with instant access to all the best broadband options in your area with the option to filter the results to better match your needs. 

Which providers offer fibre broadband?

The majority of broadband providers offer fibre and full fibre broadband packages, giving you a lot of options when it comes to picking the right company for you. Our expert team has catalogued some of the best fibre packages available to make picking your next provider a lot more simple. 

Virgin Media

Virgin Media full fibre broadband starts with minimum download speeds of 66Mbps and goes all the way up to 565Mbps. The provider’s plans tend to be a bit more expensive than competitors, in part because it uses its own network rather than BT Openreach. One bonus is that you can get an 18-month contract for the M125, M500 and Gig1 plans, though in the case of the M125 package you’ll pay £2 more per month than you would for a 24-month contract.

Package namePrice per monthMinimum download speed*
M125 Fibre Broadband£25-2766Mbps
M250 Fibre Broadband£31132Mbps
M350 Fibre Broadband£38.50181Mbps
M500 Fibre Broadband£39258Mbps
Gig1 Fibre Broadband£45565Mbps

BT

BT offers a range of fibre broadband packages. From the Full Fibre 100 package onwards you can add BT TV Entertainment for an extra £20 a month, while Full Fibre 500 and 900 each come with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. As of 6 December 2023, BT users were migrated to the EE network and many of the company’s existing products have since been rebranded. Existing customers have the option to continue with their BT packages or move to EE if desired. 

Package namePrice per monthMinimum download speed*
Full Fibre Essentials£27.9918Mbps
Full Fibre 1£30.9925Mbps
Full Fibre 100£29.99100Mbps
Full Fibre 300£32.99150Mbps
Full Fibre 500£34.99425Mbps
Full Fibre 900£44.99700Mbps

TalkTalk

Aside from Full Fibre 65, all of TalkTalk’s full fibre options come with WiFi 6 and at least one Amazon eero 6 router.

Package namePrice per monthMinimum download speed*
Full Fibre 65£2855Mbps
Full Fibre 150£28120Mbps
Full Fibre 500£35440Mbps
Full Fibre 900£45725Mbps

Sky

The cost of your Sky Broadband package can vary dramatically depending on whether you customise it with the many TV add-ons it offers. Sky also offers 18-month contracts, which is quite rare in the world of broadband.

Package namePrice per monthMinimum download speed*
Full Fibre 100£28.5090Mbps
Ultrafast£30100Mbps
Ultrafast Plus£34400Mbps
Gigafast£44600Mbps

Vodafone

Vodafone has the most full fibre broadband offers of the major providers. Each package can be upgraded to ‘Pro II’, which comes with a WiFi 6E Ultra Hub, a super WiFi 6E booster, and automatic 4G broadband backup. You can also further upgrade by adding on Vodafone Xtra, which includes a free Apple TV 4K and 24 months of Apple TV+.

Package namePrice per monthMinimum download speed*
Full Fibre 2£25.5037Mbps
Pro II Full Fibre 2£38.5037Mbps
Full Fibre 100£2850Mbps
Pro II Full Fibre 100£4150Mbps
Full Fibre 200£29.50100Mbps
Pro II Full Fibre 200£39.50100Mbps
Full Fibre 500£32250Mbps
Pro II Full Fibre 500£42250Mbps
Full Fibre 900£38455Mbps
Pro II Full Fibre 900£48455Mbps

Plusnet

Every Plusnet full fibre broadband package comes with Plusnet Safeguard and Plusnet Protect. From the Full Fibre 145 package onwards, you may be able to claim a reward card worth at least £50 with your purchase.

Package namePrice per monthMinimum download speed*
Full Fibre 74£24.9940Mbps
Full Fibre 145£26.9980Mbps
Full Fibre 300£30.99165Mbps
Full Fibre 500£34.99275Mbps
Full Fibre 900£43.99500Mbps

EE

Every EE full fibre broadband option comes with SmartHub Plus, and Full Fibre 500 and Gigabit Full Works both include Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

Package namePrice per monthMinimum download speed*
Full Fibre 36 Essentials£27.9918Mbps
Full Fibre 50 Essentials£32.9925Mbps
Full Fibre 74 Essentials£35.9937Mbps
Full Fibre 150 Essentials£29.99100Mbps
Full Fibre 300 Essentials£37.99150Mbps
Full Fibre 500 Essentials£34.99425Mbps
Full Fibre Gigabit Essentials£57.99700Mbps
Busiest Home Bundle£69.991.3Gbps

*Minimum speeds may vary depending on postcode. All information and prices correct as of 24 May 2024

How we review fibre broadband offers

We’ve researched and compared more than 30 different broadband packages from 11 different broadband providers. We also surveyed over 2,000 UK broadband customers* to better understand the general public’s priorities when searching for a fibre broadband package. 

Some of the biggest factors we consider are:

  • Broadband speed
  • Reliability of the service 
  • Ease of contact 
  • Technical support 
  • Pricing transparency
  • Upfront costs 

We also update our offers regularly to ensure that you can access the most up to date information about various packages and providers.

Do I need a phone line to get fibre broadband?

Fibre broadband can require a landline, but full fibre does not. Fibre broadband deals use copper lines, which connect to a landline. Full fibre only uses fibre optic, meaning you don’t need a landline, although some companies offer a phone line as an additional service.

Due to the PSTN switch off, some providers offer a Digital Voice service with fibre deals, which allows you to make calls through an internet connection rather than a landline service

Should I get fibre broadband for my business?

Most business broadband packages offer fibre or full fibre so you can experience faster speeds while you work. Business broadband deals can be more expensive than home packages, but they usually have more features that make your browsing experience more seamless. These features include:

  • Faster speeds: if you are working online it’s important that you can upload and download relevant content without long loading times. 
  • Enhanced security: many business broadband deals come with anti-virus software and spyware services to help protect your business.
  • Higher capacity bandwidth router: since multiple people will use business broadband deals at once, they come with higher capacity broadband routers to allow everyone to access the internet without issue.

Our research on fibre broadband

We surveyed 2,003 broadband customers in the UK to better understand how people feel about their broadband services. We asked them over 20 questions regarding their current broadband provider, including how they felt about the speeds they receive, the pricing of their plan, value for money and their overall satisfaction. 

Survey methodology

*Survey of broadband customers aged between 24-64 conducted on Censuswide, 11-14 March 2024. Survey sample: 2,003 respondents, totalling Sky (489), BT Broadband (412), Virgin Media (396), EE (134), Vodafone (124), Other (102), Plusnet (66), NOW Broadband (45), Three (31), Hyperoptic (14), Community Fibre (8), Unsure (7). Respondents who selected Hyperoptic, Community Fibre, Other or Unsure were discarded from our review, however, the information gathered for Hyperoptic and Community Fibre was used in our Broadband Providers evaluation. Respondents were asked to rate each category on a five-point scale, from Very Poor to Excellent, or from Never to Always, with the option of selecting Don’t Know for all questions. For the question “What issues, if any, have you experienced with your current broadband provider”, respondents could select from the following: Price Hikes, Slow Speeds, High Prices, Frequent Disconnections, Poor Customer Service, Billing Issues, Other and N/A.

Sources

[1] Openreach, We’re retiring our copper network
[2] Openreach, Celebrating getting next generation Ultrafast Full Fibre Broadband to 12.5 million homes and businesses [December 2023]
[3] Ofcom, Full-fibre broadband reaches more than 17 million homes [December 2023]
[4] Ofcom, Faster full-fibre broadband now available to half of UK homes [September 2023]
[5] Gov.uk, Over £1 billion awarded to roll out lightning-fast broadband in hard to reach towns and villages [February 2024]

Frequently asked questions about fibre broadband

Some providers offer broadband with no upfront cost packages, while others may require you to pay some costs upfront. This could range from as little as £2 to £11.99 for the postage and packaging of your new router.

If you have a fibre-to-the-cabinet connection, you likely won’t need to have an engineer come to your home, as it uses the existing phone line. If you are in a new build without a phone line installed, you will need an engineer visit. 

If you want full fibre broadband, however, you may need an engineer to come to your home to install a new modem. This is so the fibre optic cables can run straight from the broadband exchange to your household.

It is possible to cancel your fibre broadband package. However, it will normally come with an exit fee. This can be based on how much your tariff costs and the number of months you have left on the contract.

There are times when you can cancel your broadband for free. For example, if your broadband provider raises its prices during your contract, you have the legal right to cancel your contract within the 30-day notice period.

Since basic broadband uses the old copper phone line network and fibre broadband uses fibre optic cables, the latter is much more reliable. It is less likely to be affected by weather damage, needs less maintenance and does not suffer from signal degradation. 

Moreover, fibre broadband offers much faster speeds than its predecessor, making it the better option for larger households or those who require ultrafast or gigabit speeds. 

Depending on where you live, you may not be eligible for fibre broadband. Fibre broadband is available to 97 per cent of UK households, but full fibre is only available to 57 per cent of homes. So you may find that your home is eligible for fibre broadband, but not full fibre.

The reasons for this are varied, but mostly down to your location; our survey found that those living in large towns have the highest advertised broadband speed (189Mbps) while those living in rural areas have the lowest advertised broadband speed (129Mbps). Rural areas have less access to fibre optic broadband due to a lower population density and fewer providers operating within those areas. 

If you cannot access full fibre broadband but want to experience faster speeds than fibre broadband can offer, consider investing in mobile or satellite broadband. These services can be more expensive but can offer faster speeds, making them ideal alternatives for certain households.

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Gemma Ryles

Home Tech Writer

Gemma Ryles is a BJTC and PPA-accredited journalist with three years of experience writing across various publications. As a home tech expert at Independent Advisor, Gemma tests, researches and writes about broadband and home security. 

Previously, Gemma reviewed and curated lists about consumer technology at Trusted Reviews, where she honed her skills in creating buying guides and features to help customers make informed decisions. She has previously worked at Yorkshire Post, BBC Yorkshire, Glitterbeam Radio and Bonus Stage. 

Gemma has a BA in Journalism and in her free time can be found writing short stories, gaming and crocheting.