On the hunt for a new broadband deal? The chances are, you’ll be looking at a fibre package.
These are often the best internet deals on the market, giving you the biggest bang for your buck. Where once fibre broadband was considered to be a high-end luxury, it is now one of the most accessible options out there.
Estimates suggest that more than 95% of households in the UK can now take advantage of the ‘superfast’ internet speeds fibre offers. If you work from home or prize good quality streaming, these top speeds are likely to be essential.
You also don’t have to break the bank to get it, with many of the biggest providers – such as EE, BT, TalkTalk, Virgin and Vodafone – offering it from around £20 per month. With competition on the market high, you can often bag yourself freebies on top of a good internet deal. For example, TV streaming packages and mobile deals can often be bundled in.
Often, by switching or haggling with providers, you can save £100s a year. Look After My Bills has guides on how to switch broadband provider and how to haggle with your existing one to help you secure the best value for money.
So, what exactly is fibre broadband – and how do the different providers compare? Here’s everything you need to know when choosing a deal.
What is fibre broadband?
Fibre is called fibre because of how the internet is delivered into your home. It comes in via fibre optic cables, which send and receive data at a faster and more reliable rate than old copper telephone connections.
This means fibre broadband is faster than the type you used to get through your old phone line (known as ADSL broadband). ADSL tends to give you download speeds of between 10 megabits per second (Mbps) to 12Mbps, while fibre offers speeds in the region of 35Mbps.
Fibre is the best option for the vast majority of people. You may be able to get away with an ADSL connection if you’re only doing emails and Google searches. But if you live in a smart home, need to work from home or want to stream TV or game online, fibre is a must.
It’s also worth noting that ADSL is beginning to be withdrawn by providers. It appears likely it’ll disappear completely over the coming years.