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Plusnet
  • broadband
  • telephone

Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Broadband Extra

  • Plusnet Hub One & free connection (worth £50)
  • Unlimited high speed 76Mb Fibre Broadband
  • Free UK-based customer support & Plusnet safeguard
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up to*

76Mb

speed

18 month

contract

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6 months discounted Broadband
Virgin Media
  • broadband
  • telephone

Virgin Media VIVID 100 Broadband & Phone

  • VIVID 100 great for busy households with up to 10 devices
  • Weekend calls to UK landlines, 0870 & Virgin Mobile numbers
  • Free Virgin Media Super Hub & QuickStart self install
More info

up to*

100Mb

speed

18 month

contract

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12 months discounted Broadband
Sky
  • broadband
  • telephone

Sky Fibre Unlimited

  • Superfast Sky Fibre broadband perfect for browsing and more
  • Internet protection with the Sky Broadband Shield
  • Connect to Sky WiFi on the go at over 20,000 locations
More info

up to*

38Mb

speed

12 month

contract

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6 months 50% off Broadband
BT
  • broadband
  • telephone

BT Infinity 2 Unlimited Broadband & Calls

  • Unlimited super-fast fibre broadband
  • Free evening and weekend calls
  • Connect at 5 million+ WiFi hotspots
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up to*

76Mb

speed

12 month

contract

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FREE £100 BT Reward prepaid card
Virgin Media
  • broadband

Virgin Media VIVID 100 Broadband Only

  • Unlimited downloads, perfect for lots of streaming & browsing
  • Great for busy households with up to 10 devices
  • Free Virgin Media Super Hub & QuickStart self install
More info

up to*

100Mb

speed

12 month

contract

Buy now
Virgin Media
  • broadband
  • telephone

Virgin Media VIVID 200 Broadband & Phone

  • Weekend calls to UK landlines, 0870 & Virgin Mobile numbers
  • Speeds for busy households, HD streaming, gaming & more
  • Free Virgin Media Super Hub & QuickStart self install
More info

up to*

200Mb

speed

18 month

contract

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Online exclusive
12 months discounted Broadband
Virgin Media
  • broadband

Virgin Media VIVID 200 Broadband Only

  • The fastest fibre optic broadband with unlimited downloads
  • Great for really busy households with over 10 devices
  • Weekend calls to UK landlines, 0870 & Virgin mobile numbers
More info

up to*

200Mb

speed

12 month

contract

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Virgin Media
  • broadband
  • telephone
  • tv

Virgin Media Big Bang Bundle

  • Perfect for people streaming & browsing at the same time
  • Weekend calls to UK landlines, 0870 & Virgin Mobile numbers
  • Enjoy 130+ channels at home, 10 Sky channels & 70+ on the go
More info

up to*

100Mb

speed

18 month

contract

Buy now
Online exclusive
12 months discounted TV
Virgin Media
  • broadband
  • telephone
  • tv

Virgin Media Big Easy Bundle

  • Great for small households streaming and browsing
  • Weekend calls to UK landlines, 0870 & Virgin Mobile numbers
  • Enjoy over 60 channels at home & over 20 channels on the go
More info

up to*

50Mb

speed

18 month

contract

Buy now
Online exclusive
12 months discounted TV
Virgin Media
  • broadband

Virgin Media SuperFibre 50 Broadband Only

  • Great for small households with 1-4 devices
  • Unlimited downloads, perfect for streaming and browsing
  • Free Virgin Media Super Hub & QuickStart self install
More info

up to*

50Mb

speed

12 month

contract

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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.

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Broadband deals 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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