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Our top 10 cable broadband deals

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  • Get superfast cable broadband from Virgin Media, with average speeds starting at 54Mbps
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*The "average" speed displayed in Mb represents the speed available to 50% of customers with this product during peak time (between 8pm and 10pm). 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 average speed displayed on our table.

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The deals available at your postcode are subject to local availability. The provider will confirm availability for your line.

We aim to take the strain out of broadband comparison. Good broadband deals aren't just about the price, it's also about what's included in the product, the speeds offered and any extra incentives providers are offering. To balance all of these, we have developed a ranking formula that takes into account deals that are proving to be popular with our customers, that are competitive in the market and have a smooth buying process.

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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 as high as 900Mbps.

The main broadband provider in the UK who offers cable broadband is Virgin Media. Find out about Virgin Media at our dedicated Virgin Media page.

Cable broadband is not currently available everywhere in the UK though there are plans to roll it out across the country. Fibre broadband, however, is more readily available.

Virgin Media's top-end cable broadband service provides average speeds of 362Mbps. BT's Superfast fibre service features an average speed of 67Mbps, but this rises much higher if you're lucky enough to live in an area where BT offers a special so-called 'pure fibre/pure cable' broadband service.

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

Fibre-optic speeds

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. Pure fibre broadband can offer average speeds as high as 900Mbps.

What does super-fast cable broadband mean to the user?

For example, with a 100Mbps connection, you can:

  • Download an entire music album in as little as five 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 two minutes
  • Download a high-def movie in around seven minutes or standard high quality movie in a minute and a half

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 50Mbps and 362Mbps. 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 Vivid bundles and BT’s Superfast packages
  • Lightning fast broadband speeds
  • With Virgin Media's FTTP cable broadband technology, you can get broadband without a phone line

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

Find out more about broadband-only deals on our broadband-only comparison site.

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