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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.

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 maket and have a smooth switching 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 of up to 330Mbps.

Although most broadband providers offer cable packages, the two main companies are Virgin Media and BT's Infinity service.

Find out about Virgin Media at our dedicated Virgin Media page, of read 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 200Mbps. BT's Infinity service features a headline speed of 76Mbps, 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 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

BT's pure fibre or fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) Infinity service is the UK's fastest connection at 330Mbps, but it's 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 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 30Mbps and 330Mbps. 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 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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