How to get the best fibre broadband deals
The best fibre broadband deals aren't available everywhere in the country yet (unfortunately). When you compare fibre broadband deals with usave, we'll filter the results by postcode, so that you only see the deals that are available where you live.
Comparing is easy - you can find great, cheap fibre broadband deals by following these three simple steps:
First things first: enter your postcode so that we can show you all of the fibre optic broadband deals available in your area. We can't accurately compare fibre broadband deals for you without this.
Once you've entered your postcode, you'll see a long list of different broadband deals. At this point you can filter them to only show the ones you want to see the best fibre deals for you. This might be fibre-only deals(i.e. without line rental), or bundles including TV services.
Select a deal
Once you've found the right deal, all you need to do is click 'Buy Now' andyou'll be taken through to the providers' website. Simply follow the instructions there, and you'll be signed up in no time.
What is fibre broadband?
Fibre broadband connections transmit data to your devices using fibre optic cables rather than the copper cables used by standard broadband, or ADSL, connections. This allows for broadband that is faster and more reliable and, in some cases, removes the need for a phone line when connecting to the internet.Start comparing Fibre Broadband
Do I need fibre broadband?
If you want a broadband connection that can handle heavy use comfortably, without stuttering, you want fibre optic.
While download speeds on ADSL connections might top out at around 11Mb/s, with a decent fibre broadband deal you can comfortably expect upwards of 50Mb/s. Speeds of 100Mb/s, and even sometimes up to 1Gb/s are available if you can get full fibre (FTTH - more on this below) where you live.
Here's how that difference tallies up in practise:
|File type||Size (Mb)||8 Mb/s (ADSL)||50 Mb/s (Fibre)|
|TV Episode (HD)||450||7m 30s||1m 12s|
|Film||700||11m 40s||1m 52s|
|Film (HD)||1500||25m 20s||4m|
Can I get fibre broadband in my area?
Around 95% of UK households have access to superfast fibre broadband (with download speeds of at least 30Mb/s). So while it's not available everywhere, there's a decent chance you can get it where you are.
Ultrafast coverage (that's with download speeds of at least 300Mb/s) is available in just over half of the country, while full-fibre (capable of offering download speeds as high as 1Gb/s) is available to just 10% of households.
Most of the country is served by the BT Openreach network and, to a lesser degree, Virgin Media's. A few other smaller suppliers (such as Gigaclear) have their own proprietary networks as well, with smaller coverage.
Overall coverage is improving, with more and more households being connected each year, meaning that more and more people will have access to great broadband speeds all the time. To find out if you can get fibre broadband in your area, use our postcode checker.Start comparing Fibre Broadband
Types of fibre optic broadband
There are two basic types of fibre optic broadband connection - FTTC (fibre to the cabinet) and FTTP/FTTH (fibre to the premises/home).
FTTC connections use fibre optic cables to send data to the cabinet on your street, and typically copper cables to go from the cabinet to your home.
FTTP connections - also known as full fibre - use fibre optic cables all the way to your home.
Ultrafast and Gigabit broadband (that's speeds of around 300Mb/s and up) will only be available through FTTP connections. Unfortunately, you won't have much choice over which of these you get, as it depends on the physical infrastructure available where you live.
Is fibre broadband worth it?
The short answer to this is yes. Fibre broadband deals are no longer a rarified thing. As a result, there's often not much difference (and sometimes no difference) in price, when compared to standard ADSL broadband deals.
If you can get fibre at your house or flat, you probably should. There are enough providers around specialising in budget fibre deals that you shouldn't have trouble finding one within your price range.
Use our postcode checker to compare broadband deals in your area and weigh up the price and speed of fibre vs ADSL deals to make sure.
Guides on fibre broadband
Find out more about fibre broadband, how it works, and how to get it
FTTP and FTTC explainedTarrif Types
Through their Openreach network, BT offer fibre optic deals across a lot of the UK. Their TV packages include BT Sport, which is great for fans of the Premier League, and their selection of other film and entertainment channels is enviable.
Another relatively recent entrant from the mobile market, EE use BT's network to supply fibre broadband across the country. They also supply 5G routers for the home, and offer a range of data bundle deals for those who with EE mobile phones.
Hyperoptic are another smaller broadband provider focusing on face-meltingly fast connections that are only available to a select few houesholds. As their network expands, they're worth keeping an eye on as they're hard to beat for price and broadband speed.
Where providers like BT have added TV services to their broadband services, Now Broadband did it the other way round. Fans of Now TV will be well acquainted with their on demand channel packages, and their broadband is delivered in similar ways, with no contract necessary.
Plusnet came from humble beginnings in South Yorkshire to become a major player in the nationwide broadband market. Great prices, reliable connections, and admirable customer service characterise their offerings.
Post Office broadband capitalises on an already trusted brand name to provide BT Openreach-powered fibre connections at decent prices.
Sky fibre broadband uses the BT network, so the service is comparable in terms of access and download speeds. Where they differ is in their TV packages - Sky needs little introduction but should appeal to fans of movies and American TV imports via Sky Atlantic, among others.
TalkTalk specialises in offering simple, reliable broadband at comparatively low prices. Fans of no frills, low cost connections who still want a decent broadband speed could do a lot worse than TalkTalk.
Virgin Media uses it's own network, and specialises in supplying cable broadband, which can remove the need to have line rental bundled in. Virgin Media's TV services rival the other big players as well, so choosing between them is often just a matter of availability.
One of the more recent entries into the broadband market, Vodafone has expanded from just offering mobile phone tariffs and now supplies decent, superfast broadband at reasonable prices to more and more households across the country.
Gigaclear are one of the newer, smaller broadband provider with their own proprietary network. This means that they're not available in many places, but where they are, they specialise in ultrafast gigabit broadband.
Frequently Asked Questions
With the right approach, you can get cheap fibre broadband anywhere that you can get fibre broadband. There are two simple things you need to do to make sure you get the best value fibre broadband deals you can:
First: don't buy more than you need to. If you don't need a TV package, don't get sucked in just because the next set of channels comes with a small discount. Similarly, there's a big difference between fibre and standard broadband, but you might not need full gigabit broadband.
Second: compare, compare, compare! The broadband market is big and growing, with lots of providers competing to supply you with internet. Take advantage of this, and use our free fibre broadband comparison tool to see which deals are available in your area.
Fibre optic broadband is available from pretty much every broadband provider in the UK, but services differ between them. Picking the right one for you is first and foremost a matter of working out what you want from you broadband deal: do you simply want the highest speed? The lowest price? Or the best tv channel bundle?
Major players like BT, Sky, and Virgin Media, are well known for their comprehensive packages with TV channel selections. But it's always worth looking at the smaller providers as well, who might be able to edge it on speed and price.
Fibre optic broadband is a big category, and broadband speeds can vary from connection to connection. The following applies as a general rule:
- Superfast (standard) fibre: over 30Mb/s average speed
- Ultrafast fibre: averover 100Mb/s average speed
- Hyperfast/Gigabit fibre: up to 1Gb/s average speed
Nowadays most fibre broadband deals you come across will be labelled unlimited. This, quite simply, means that you won't have the amount that you can download each month won't be capped. Bear in mind here that 'download' doesn't just mean files you download, this applied to all data, browsing, and streaming as well.
Watch out for 'unlimited' vs 'truly unlimited' deals, though. Contrary as it may seem, standard 'unlimited' deals will often come with traffic management policies, which may throttle your broadband speed at peak times, depending on your usage. Truly unlimited fibre broadband deals are just that, truly unlimited.
Full fibre broadband - also known as FTTP (fibre to the premises) or FTTH (fibre to the home) - is a connection that uses fibre optic cables all the way from the network exchange to your house. Since these connections don't use a phone line, you can generally get broadband without line rental this way.
Other, standard fibre, connections (FTTC, or fibre to the cabinet), tend to use copper wires for the final stretch. The longer that final stretch, the more this will affect the average speed of your connection.
The copper cables that serve as your phone line are what are used to connect standard broadband (ADSL) - these connections will have a much lower average speed.
Use our broadband speed testing tool to find out how good your connection really is. The speed tester sends test packages of data to a nearby server and should give you an accurate idea of your download speed, your upload speed, and your ping.
If your speed isn't up to scratch, there are a few things you should check. As well as the nature of your fibre connection (i.e. FTTC or FTTP), and, of course, whether you actually have fibre at all, a few other things can affect the average speed of your broadband connection.
Generally speaking, the routers you get from broadband providers these days are pretty good. But they can often struggle with large, or oddly shaped, houses. You'll often experience low - or at least inconsistent - broadband connection speed if your router is in one corner of the house and your device in another. Consider buying signal boosters if this a problem that persists.
Number of users
Sometimes in large houses with lots of people (e.g. big families, or student houses), broadband connections can struggle under the weight of too much use. If this applies to you, the chances are you'll need fibre broadband if you don't have it already. If you do already have a fibre connection, consider getting a stronger one, if it's available.
A select few providers, like Now Broadband, offer fibre connections on a rolling contract, meaning that you're not tied in for any extended period of time. Otherwise, you'll be looking at either a 12 month or an 18 month contract. Choosing the right contract length is a matter of assessing your personal circumstances.
If you've just taken out a year long lease on a flat, then of course you'd be best off with a 12 month contract. A longer contract length can sometimes mean you get more bang for you buck overall, but this isn't always the case. Sometimes you are restricted by what the provider is offering - if your lease on your flat runs out before your broadband contract does, contact your provider to enquire about transporting your contract to your next place.
You are generally speaking free to cancel your contract whenever you want, but you will typically incur early cancellation - or exit - fees if you do so. Each provider has a different policy with regard to early exit fees, so always read the small print on your deal.
The only time you won't have to pay any exit fees is if your connection at home isn't as strong as was advertised (i.e. you experience a slower speed), or if the price you're paying changes mid contract.
If you’re someone who uses the internet a lot then fibre optic is without a doubt something that you should consider. Whether its downloading movies, speaking to people on Skype or playing online games, fibre optic broadband will make the entire process easier and more seamless.
In recent years, the number of appliances that need internet access in the home has skyrocketed. We have a situation where an increasing number of appliances are competing for the same bandwidth and basic broadband is often no longer able to cope. Fibre connections will generally take the strain a lot better than their copper counterparts.
More and more services such as Amazon and Netflix are coming into play to allow you more flexibility with your leisure time. With fibre optic broadband, you can watch whatever you want whenever you want and never worry about whether your current internet will be able to support it.
Last reviewed: 03 October 2021
Next review: 03 November 2021