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Virgin Super Hub
Roundel Yellow £50 Off

Virgin Media 50Mb Broadband & Phone

Fibre optic broadband, unlimited downloads, free wireless router & unlimited weekend calls to landlines and Virgin mobile numbers.

EXCLUSIVE at uSwitch - £4 package deal. FREE router & FREE INSTALL worth £49.95 + EXTRA £50 OFF when you buy online!

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up to* 50Mb
unlimited 12 months £4.00 price details Buy now 0808 168 8217
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TalkTalk Router 2012
Roundel Pink 5X Faster

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.

Super fast fibre broadband from TalkTalk. Ideal if you don't use many landline calls. FREE WIRELESS ROUTER WORTH £45!

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up to* 38Mb
unlimited 18 months £13.50 price details Buy now 0800 049 7864
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Sky Hub Black
Roundel Blue Save

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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Sainsbury's extra roundel on BT home hub 5
Roundel NEXT £40

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.

uSwitch EXCLUSIVE: £20 for 3 months plus get a FREE £40 NEXT VOUCHER with a FREE £50 Sainsbury's Gift Card online!

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up to* 76Mb
unlimited 18 months £20.00 price details Buy now 0800 691 1783
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EE Bright Box 2 Router Fibre
Roundel Yellow Better Than Half Price Small

EE Unlimited Fibre Broadband & Calls

Free Norton security with free Bright Box 2 router (worth £95), weekend calls plus 2-for-1 cinema tickets every Wednesday.

BETTER THAN HALF PRICE fibre broadband HALF PRICE install & FREE Norton security + 2 for 1 cinema tickets every Wednesday!

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up to* 38Mb
unlimited 18 months £5.00 price details Buy now 0800 787 0958
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Virgin Super Hub
Roundel Yellow £50 Off

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. FREE Super Hub & FREE install worth £49.95 + EXTRA £50 OFF when you buy online!

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up to* 100Mb
unlimited 18 months £5.00 price details Buy now 0808 168 8217
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Technicolour TG582
Roundel Pink SAVE

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 No Line Rental

Virgin Media 50Mb Broadband Only

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

Even faster 50Mb broadband. Plus no phone line means NO MONTHLY LINE RENTAL CHARGE!

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up to* 50Mb
unlimited 12 months £26.50 price details Buy now 0808 168 8217
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TalkTalk Router 2012
Roundel Pink SAVE

TalkTalk Essentials TV, Fibre Broadband & Phone

Totally unlimited broadband that's 5X faster than standard broadband + evening & weekend calls. Pause & rewind TV.

New: DISCOUNTED TV & FIBRE BUNDLE! FREE router + FREE YouView box worth £149 plus FREE wireless router worth £45

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up to* 38Mb
unlimited 18 months £14.25 price details Buy now 0800 049 7864
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Virgin Super Hub
Roundel Yellow £50 Off

Virgin Media 152Mb Broadband & Phone

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

NEW: ONLY £20 FOR 6 MONTHS! Plus get FREE Super Hub & FREE install worth £49.95 + EXTRA £50 OFF when you buy online!

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up to* 152Mb
unlimited 18 months £20.00 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.

Fibre optic broadband explained

How does fibre optic broadband work?

Fibre optic (fiber optic) broadband is delivered by cables in the ground, unlike ADSL broadband that runs over copper telephone wires. Fibre optic (or fiber optic if you're in the US) broadband is so much faster because cables are much better and quicker at carrying data than traditional copper wires.

Fibre optic cables are made of glass or plastic, both of which are materials that facilitate fast movement of data along their length. In traditional ADSL broadband, which is delivered along copper wire, speed is lost quickly over long distances, with the result that speeds vary depending on how far a house is from the exchange.

With fibre optic broadband, however, less speed is lost over long distances. This makes it a superior option for those looking for super-fast broadband.

Which providers offers fibre optic broadband?

As recently as 2010, Virgin Media was the only UK fibre optic broadband provider. With maximum speeds of 152Mbps, it's still one of the fastest services around.

However, since then a host of competitors have come to market with rival products. Not least BT, whose lightning fast Infinity products are available in a choice of fibre to the cabinet or pure fibre options. Choose the latter and you can expect speeds of up to 330Mbps in select areas. Go with the former and the fastest connection available is up to 76Mbps.

TalkTalk's top-end fibre broadband product also offers speeds of up to 76Mbps, as does Plusnet's, TalkTalk's and EE's.

Fibre broadband customers on the Sky's and John Lewis's premium service, meanwhile, can expect top speeds of up to 38Mbps, while 39Mbps is up for grabs with Eclipse.

Find out about BT Infinity and compare the best Infinity deals at uSwitch's BT Infinity page

To compare all Virgin Media's broadband packages see our dedicated Virgin Media provider page

Virgin Media fibre optic broadband packages

Virgin Media has a range of fibre optic broadband offers to suit every need and, more importantly, every pocket. The sheer speed of Virgin Media's service means its offerings are many people's pick as the best fibre optic broadband deals around.

  • Broadband and home phone deals: Virgin Media’s home phone and broadband offers combine super-fast fibre optic broadband with free weekend calls to UK landlines and cheap call rates.
  • Broadband bundles: combine your broadband with home phone, digital TV and/or mobile phone packages to make great savings.
  • Standalone broadband: Virgin Media's fibre optic broadband gives customers outstanding value without asking them to commit to transferring other utilities too. So-called broadband only deals can be a great way of saving money if you don't need a landline.

The fastest broadband speed on offer with a Virgin Media fibre optic broadband deal is 152Mbps, which sit alongside more keenly priced 60Mbps services. If you're in a large town or city, there's a very, very good chance you'll be able to sign up for Virgin Media cable broadband.

Check out deals on Virgin Media broadband: Virgin Media fibre optic broadband

BT Infinity fibre broadband

The UK's oldest telecomms provider offers a fibre optic broadband service dubbed Infinity, with a host of fibre optic broadband deals coming under this banner.

Cheaper Infinity packages feature maximum speeds of up to 76Mbps or 38Mbps. These use 'fibre to the cabinet' technology rather than 'fibre to the premises' technology.

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This means that BT Infinity customers' broadband speeds can still be affected by the distance from their nearest exchange to their home, albeit not by anything like as much as with copper phone lines.

As with Virgin Media, BT Infinity broadband can be combined in a broadband bundle with other services such as YouView on-demand TV and a home phone.

In fact, BT Infinity is only available to people with a BT landline, so you're going to need to bundle with a home phone service if you're considering signing up for it.

Compare fibre optic broadband deals on the BT Infinity range**

TalkTalk, Eclipse & Plusnet fibre broadband

TalkTalk, EE and Plusnet all use BT's fibre to the cabinet technology to deliver maximum broadband speeds of up to 76Mbps. All three stand out for generous usage limits and offer free routers and are available in large towns and cities where BT has upgraded its network.

Customers on standard ADSL broadband TalkTalk packages can upgrade to TalkTalk's fibre optic service by adding a TalkTalk Fibre Optic Boost to their package for an additional monthly fee.

Fibre optic broadband availability?

Cable broadband is available to millions of UK households mostly in towns and cities. If you are not sure whether you can access cable broadband at home, use our postcode checker to find out.

If you're not in a Virgin Media cable area or you're in a part of the country where BT's pure fibre broadband service has yet to reach, you may still be able to get a super-fast fibre connection with BT's fibre to the cabinet Infinity broadband service or from the providers detailed above who use BT's network intrastructure.

Find out about Infinity and compare Infinity deals at our dedicated BT Infinity page

Fibre optic broadband is also known as:

  • Fiber optic broadband
  • Cable broadband

Compare all cable broadband packages here.

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