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Technicolour TG582
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Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Broadband Extra & Calls

Free wireless router with weekend calls included. UK-based customer support. Unlimited downloads.

9 MONTHS DISCOUNTED FIBRE BROADBAND + FREE wireless router & FREE online security & FREE ACTIVATION worth £50!

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up to* 80Mb
unlimited 18 months £12.50 price details Buy now 0808 271 9241
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Virgin Super Hub
Roundel Yellow uSwitch Exclusive

Virgin Media 100Mb Broadband & Phone

Super-fast 100Mb fibre optic broadband, unlimited downloads & unlimited weekend calls to landlines and Virgin mobile numbers.

EXCLUSIVE at uSwitch - £5 package deal. Even faster broadband with FREE Super Hub & FREE INSTALLATION worth £49.95!

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up to* 100Mb
unlimited 18 months £5.00 price details Buy now 0808 168 8217
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Sky Hub Black
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Sky Fibre Unlimited

Unlimited browsing and downloading with no monthly usage cap. Free Sky Hub router. With Sky WiFi usage the The Cloud.

Only £10 for 6 MONTHS fibre broadband + Totally unlimited downloads, free Sky Hub + UNLIMITED Sky wifi usage on the go.

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up to* 38Mb
unlimited 18 months £10.00 price details Buy now 0844 241 0873
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Bt HomeHub 5 Front
Roundel Sainsburys £125 Gift Card

BT Infinity Unlimited Broadband & Calls

Super-fast fibre broadband + weekend calls. Free Wireless Home Hub 5, McAfee security + free BT Sport on app and online.

£20 FOR 3 MONTHS super-fast broadband. FREE BT Sport and FREE BT Home Hub 5 + FREE £125 Sainsbury's Gift Card!

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up to* 76Mb
unlimited 18 months £20.00 price details Buy now 0800 691 1783
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TalkTalk Router 2012
Roundel Pink £50 Voucher 2

TalkTalk Medium Fibre Broadband

Ideal for smaller households with download speeds up to 5x faster than the UK average, and if you don't make many landline calls.

New offer: DISCOUNTED FOR 6 MONTHS! Half price activation + FREE wireless router + FREE £50 VOUCHER when you buy online

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up to* 38Mb
unlimited 18 months £11.75 price details Buy now 0800 049 7864
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Virgin Super Hub
Roundel Yellow No Line Rental

Virgin Media 100Mb Broadband Only

Standalone super-fast fibre optic broadband with + Super Hub wireless router. Unlimited downloads. Typically installed in 7 days.

14x faster than regular broadband and with no phone line there are NO LINE RENTAL CHARGES!

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up to* 100Mb
unlimited 12 months £31.50 price details Buy now 0808 168 8217
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Virgin Super Hub
Roundel Yellow 12 Month Discount

Virgin Media Big Bang Bundle + L TV

Fibre optic broadband, 170 TV channels (including HD & Sky) with 500GB TiVo box & home phone. Free wireless router.

New offer: 12 MONTH PRICE DROP plus FREE 500GB TiVo box, FREE online security and FREE Virgin Super Hub router!

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up to* 100Mb
unlimited 18 months £25.00 price details Buy now 0808 168 8217
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Virgin Super Hub
Roundel Yellow 12 Month Discount

Virgin Media Big Bang Bundle + Sky Sports

Free 500Gb Tivo Box with full Sky Sports Collection + 130 TV channels. Free wireless router & weekend calls included.

Online offer: 12 MONTH PRICE DROP plus FREE online security, FREE Virgin Super Hub + FREE 500GB TiVo box when you buy online!

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up to* 100Mb
unlimited 18 months £49.25 price details Buy now 0808 168 8217
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Virgin Super Hub
Roundel Yellow 12 Month Discount

Virgin Media 152Mb Broadband & Phone

The fastest 152Mb fibre optic broadband with free wireless Super Hub router, unlimited downloads and inclusive weekend calls.

New offer 12 MONTH PRICE DROP plus get Unlimited downloads, FREE Super Hub & FREE INSTALLATION worth £49.95

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up to* 152Mb
unlimited 18 months £22.50 price details Buy now 0808 168 8217
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Virgin Super Hub
Roundel Yellow No Line Rental

Virgin Media 152Mb Broadband Only

The fastest 152Mb fibre optic broadband with free Super Hub wireless router. Standalone broadband product. Unlimited downloads.

19 times faster than normal broadband. No phone line means NO LINE RENTAL CHARGE!

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up to* 152Mb
unlimited 12 months £39.00 price details Buy now 0808 168 8217
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*The "up to" speed displayed in Mb is the maximum possible speed you are likely to receive for this product. The actual speed you will get depends on your cabling, your area and (with non-fibre optic products) time of day and how far you are from the telephone exchange. Most providers will tell you the likely speed you will receive when you begin your online sign up - this may differ from the speed displayed in the table.

Cable broadband explained

While most broadband connections use telephone lines or mobile networks, fibre-optic or cable broadband is delivered through special underground cables separate from the telephone network. This allows the signals to travel much faster than through traditional copper cables, with the result that UK broadband providers can offer super-fast connection speeds of up to 330Mbps.

Find out about Virgin Media at our dedicated Virgin Media page

Find out about BT Infinity at our dedicated BT Infinity page

Cable broadband is not currently available everywhere in the UK though there are plans to roll it out across the country. Virgin Media's top-end cable broadband service provides speeds of up to 120Mbps, or up to 152Mbps in areas where it has upgraded its network.

BT's Infinity service features a headline speed of 76Mpbs, but this rises to 330Mbps if you're lucky enough to live in area where BT offers a special so-called 'pure fibre/pure cable' broadband service.

BT licenses its fibre-optic network to other broadband providers such as TalkTalk, Plusnet and Eclipse, you can also get cable broadband from them too.

Fibre-optic speeds

BT's pure fibre or fibre to the premises (FTTP) Infinity service is the UK's fastest connection at 330Mbps, but is only available in select locations.

A pure cable broadband service is when the fibre-optic cable runs from your provider directly to your house. That's in contrast to other, so-called fibre to the exchange fibre services where the cable runs as far as the network box outside your home. Standard copper cables are then used for the last bit of the journey that brings broadband to your home.

What does super fast cable broadband mean to the user?

For the sake of example with a 100Mbps connection, you can:

  • Download an entire music album in as little as 5 seconds
  • Download a TV show in around 30 seconds
  • Stream HD films directly to your computer without waiting
  • Host multiplayer online games with multiple players
  • Download games in as little as 2 minutes
  • Download a high def movie in around 7 minutes or standard high quality movie in 1 and a half minutes

For more information about speeds and download times, read the uSwitch guide to broadband download times

Types of fibre-optic connection

The speed of a cable broadband connection can lie anywhere between 30Mbps and 120Mbps. The different types of fibre-optic connection available are:

FTTH (fibre to the home) – With FTTH connections cables run directly into your house, providing the fastest connection available.

FTTB (fibre to the building/basement) – With FTTB connections cables run into your building but not directly into individual flats or houses.

FTTC (fibre to the cabinet) – With FTTC connections, cables run to the local junction box and then use traditional copper cables to connect to your home.

FTTN (fibre to the node) – FTTN connections are similar to FTTC connections except that the junction box can be much further away, up to several Kilometres.

The benefits of fibre-optic broadband

  • A fast, sustained and reliable connection which results from transmission through fibre-optic material rather than ordinary copper wires.
  • Options to receive cable TV, phone deals and excellent product bundles with packages such as Virgin Media’s XL and BT’s Infinity.
  • Lightning speeds of up to 330Mbps downstream
  • With Virgin Media's FTTP cable broadband technology, you can dispense with a landline entirely by opting for a broadband only deal. That spells real savings over the course of your contract.

Compare all our fibre deals at our dedicated fibre-optic broadband page.

Find out more about broadband only deals here: broadband only

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