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NOW Broadband

NOW Broadband: Fab Fibre & Anytime Calls

  • wifi
  • phone
  • 36Mb
    average* speed
    unlimited
    downloads
    12 month
    contract
    £25.00 p/mno setup costPrice details
    Price Details

    NOW Broadband: Fab Fibre & Anytime Calls

    Upfront costs

    Activation fee
    FREE
    Postage & packaging
    FREE

    Monthly payments

    Months 1 - 12
    Fab Fibre
    £25.00
    Anytime Calls
    FREE
    Line rental
    FREE
    Total
    £25.00

    Average monthly cost

    Over the 12 month contract period, including line rental & upfront costs if applicable
    £25.00

    Full contract cost

    Total cost for the 12 month period, including line rental & upfront costs if applicable
    £300.00

    Terms

    • NOW Broadband Network Areas Only. Speeds vary significantly by location.
    • Unlimited Broadband: No usage limits. No peak time traffic management. External factors such as internet congestion and home wiring may affect speed.
    • NOW Broadband Offer: 18+. UK only. NOW Broadband available to new NOW Broadband customers and new and existing TV customers, not available to existing NOW Broadband/Combo customers. 12 month contract Fab Fibre: £25pm for 12 months, £0 set up fee and £0 delivery fee. 12 month contract Super Fibre: £30pm for 12 months, £0 set up fee and £0 delivery fee. 12 month Contract Brilliant Broadband: £18pm for 12 months, £0 set up fee and £0 delivery fee. No contract option available with £60 activation fee and £0 delivery fee. 12 month min contract for contract option. After 12 months, standard price applies for both options (currently £25pm for Brilliant Broadband / £32pm for Fab Fibre / £35pm for Super Fibre).
    • Prices may change during this period
    Get deal
    Buy now
    or call 0808 163 5424
    More info

    Call now on 0808 163 5424

    NOW Broadband

    NOW Broadband: Super Fibre & Anytime Calls

  • wifi
  • phone
  • 63Mb
    average* speed
    unlimited
    downloads
    12 month
    contract
    £30.00 p/mno setup costPrice details
    Price Details

    NOW Broadband: Super Fibre & Anytime Calls

    Upfront costs

    Activation fee
    FREE
    Postage & Packaging
    FREE

    Monthly payments

    Months 1 - 12
    Super Fibre
    £30.00
    Anytime Calls
    FREE
    Line rental
    FREE
    Total
    £30.00

    Average monthly cost

    Over the 12 month contract period, including line rental & upfront costs if applicable
    £30.00

    Full contract cost

    Total cost for the 12 month period, including line rental & upfront costs if applicable
    £360.00

    Terms

    • NOW Broadband Network Areas Only. Speeds vary significantly by location.
    • Unlimited Broadband: No usage limits. No peak time traffic management. External factors such as internet congestion and home wiring may affect speed.
    • NOW Broadband Offer: 18+. UK only. NOW Broadband available to new NOW Broadband customers and new and existing TV customers, not available to existing NOW Broadband/Combo customers. 12 month contract Fab Fibre: £25pm for 12 months, £0 set up fee and £0 delivery fee. 12 month contract Super Fibre: £30pm for 12 months, £0 set up fee and £0 delivery fee. 12 month Contract Brilliant Broadband: £18pm for 12 months, £0 set up fee and £0 delivery fee. No contract option available with £60 activation fee and £0 delivery fee. 12 month min contract for contract option. After 12 months, standard price applies for both options (currently £25pm for Brilliant Broadband / £32pm for Fab Fibre / £35pm for Super Fibre).
    • Prices may change during this period
    Get deal
    Buy now
    or call 0808 163 5424
    More info

    Call now on 0808 163 5424

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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.

    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.

    If you prefer, you can sort deals by monthly cost, speed or contract length. You can also choose to show costs as monthly or full contract, which lets you see the total spend over the contract period, including any setup costs.

    Uswitch services are provided at no cost to you, but we may receive a commission from the companies we refer you to.

    Fibre broadband explained

    Fibre-optic broadband is one of the most common options for people in the UK. But what is fibre broadband and how does it differ from other types of broadband in terms of speed, availability and range of providers? Here's everything you need to know before you compare fibre broadband deals.

    Compare fibre broadband deals on Uswitch.com in February 2020

    What's the difference between fibre and regular broadband?

    The main difference between regular broadband and fibre broadband is the speed it is able to deliver, with fibre-optic broadband able to provide services many times faster than older technology.

    Most standard broadband services will offer average download speeds of around 11Mbps — though there are a lot of variables depending on your line, so in reality, you may receive anything from around 16Mbps to less than 1Mbps. Most fibre broadband services, on the other hand, start at around 36Mbps — some three times faster.

    But fibre broadband speeds don't stop there, as fibre broadband deals are offered at a range of speeds up to almost 1Gbps. That's more than a hundred times faster than copper-based broadband.

    Do I need fibre broadband?

    If you only use the internet for browsing social media and sending emails, standard broadband should do the job. But if you want to stream video, play games online, or download large, multi-gigabyte files, the speed advantage offered by fibre broadband is invaluable.

    Take a look at these examples to see the broadband speed you need:

    • Social networking: 1Mbps
    • Web browsing: 2Mbps
    • Standard definition Netflix streaming: 3Mbps
    • High definition Netflix streaming: 5Mbps
    • 4K Netflix streaming: 25Mbps
    • Online gaming: 3Mbps

    Of course, different services will have their own requirements. Plus, the more activity you want to do at once, the more bandwidth you need, so if you've got four people wanting to watch Netflix at once, you'll need four times the minimum recommended speed.

    How does fibre broadband work?

    Fibre broadband gains its speed advantage from the way it delivers data. Regular broadband — also known as ADSL broadband — uses the same copper wire as your landline telephone to transmit data. However, fibre broadband uses plastic or glass cables, with light beams used to transmit the data at the speed of light.

    There are two main types of fibre broadband. The most common is known as fibre-to-the-cabinet, also known as FTTC or superfast broadband, which only uses these fibre-optic cables as far as the street-level cabinet, relying on copper wire to connect the last part of the journey to your home. Then there is fibre-to-the-home (FTTH), or full fibre. As the name suggests, this does away with copper completely and runs a fibre-optic line right to your front door.

    What’s the difference between superfast, ultrafast and hyperfast broadband?

    Superfast, ultrafast and hyperfast may sound like marketing buzzwords, but actually, they have specific definitions referring to the speeds you're able to achieve. A superfast connection means download speeds in excess of 30Mbps. Ultrafast, meanwhile, applies to speeds of 100Mbps and higher. Hyperfast broadband only refers to the very fastest connection - those of 1Gbps or more - and can only be delivered as FTTH.

    Take a look at these examples to compare broadband download times:

    One-hour standard TV programme

    Broadband connectionBroadband speedDownload time
    Standard11Mbps10m48s
    Superfast36Mbps3m18s
    Ultrafast108Mbps1m6s
    Hyperfast1Gbps7s

    Two-hour HD movie

    Broadband connectionBroadband speedDownload time
    Standard11Mbps58m34s
    Superfast36Mbps17m53s
    Ultrafast108Mbps1m6s
    Hyperfast1Gbps38s

    Large new-release PS4 game

    Broadband connectionBroadband speedDownload time
    Standard11Mbps21h41m30s
    Superfast36Mbps6h37m40s
    Ultrafast108Mbps2h12m33s
    Hyperfast1Gbps14m18s

    Can I get fibre broadband in my area?

    The vast majority of homes in the UK are able to receive fibre broadband from at least one supplier. According to figures from Ofcom, superfast broadband is available to 95% of UK homes.

    Most connections are delivered as FTTC via Openreach's networks. Meanwhile, the number of homes able to access full fibre (FTTH) stands at six per cent, though there are a variety of providers rolling out new networks over the coming years to increase this figure.

    You can use our broadband postcode checker to find out what types of broadband are available in your area.

    Why can't I get fibre broadband?

    There are several reasons why some homes still can't get fibre broadband. One of the most common is cost, and this is a particular problem in rural areas. It is very expensive to route cabling to remote locations, and as there will not be many users, fibre broadband providers may not deem it economically viable to invest so much money for a relatively small number of customers.

    However, even if you live in a city, this is no guarantee of fibre broadband availability. Some areas are so densely populated, there simply isn't room to add additional capacity for fibre connections. Many apartment blocks are also poorly served because of the way they are wired internally.

    Which broadband providers offer fibre broadband?

    Almost all providers in the UK offer fibre broadband, with most of these using Openreach's network, although there are a few full fibre providers that use their own infrastructure to deliver ultrafast and hyperfast services. Therefore, it pays to compare fibre broadband deals to ensure you're getting the best broadband package.

    BT is the UK's most popular provider of fibre broadband services, though Sky and TalkTalk also have large market shares. Virgin Media, the other big provider in the UK, runs its own fibre-based cable network, with more limited availability.

    Here are some of the fibre broadband providers you can compare deals with today.

    • BT
    • TalkTalk
    • Sky
    • Virgin Media
    • Plusnet
    • Direct Save Telecom
    • Vodafone
    • Post Office
    • John Lewis
    • EE
    • Hyperoptic
    • SSE
    • Relish
    • Origin
    • NOW Broadband
    • First Utility
    • Onestream
    • Shell Energy
    • POP Telecom

    Can I get fibre without phone line rental?

    If fibre-optic broadband is delivered to your home via copper cable as part of an FTTC network, then you will still need a working phone line to deliver it. However, if you have cable or FTTH options available, you can do away with this requirement.

    There are a range of providers that offer cheap fibre broadband without a phone line.

    Can I get fibre broadband only deals?

    Bundling fibre broadband with TV is very popular because the faster broadband speeds make for smoother TV and streaming connections. A number of major broadband providers do bundle fibre and TV together because of this.

    If you don't need TV, however, it's easy to find fibre broadband only deals, too. You can compare these deals on our broadband only deals page.

    What is fibre broadband?

    Fibre broadband uses fibre-optic cables to connect your home, which carry data via beams of light. These cables offer greater speeds over longer distances, providing faster and more reliable performance than older, copper-based ADSL lines.

    How affordable is fibre?

    Fibre broadband in the UK is very affordable, with the cheapest deals often only a few pounds per month more expensive than much slower standard broadband. Compare fibre packages and you're sure to find a deal that suits your price range.

    What is full fibre?

    Most fibre connections only use these cables as far as the street-level cabinet, with copper connecting the last stretch to the home. Full fibre, however, uses fibre all the way to a customer's front door, offering far higher speeds than other fibre connections.

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