There are a range of great broadband deals on offer in Bristol, with packages available for broadband-only services, as well as bundles that include home phone, TV and even mobile phone services all under the same contract.
You can find deals for standard broadband, fibre and ultrafast gigabit-capable fibre. However, it's important you sign up for an option that's well-suited to your expected usage.
If you're only going to be browsing the web and occasionally streaming in standard definition, a speed of 1.5Mbps should be adequate, while Netflix recommends a minimum speed of 3Mbps for standard streaming and 5Mbps for HD. However, If you want to stream smoothly in 4K ultra high-definition, you'll need a minimum speed of 24Mbps.
While Bristol is well-covered with fibre services, the speed and availability of services may vary depending on where in the city you live. Therefore, it pays to use our postcode checker, which can show you all the options available for your address and what speeds you can expect.
All of the UK's major internet providers offer services in Bristol, so it's important to look at the options carefully to find the service that works best for you. It's not all about the headline monthly price, as consumers should also consider the speeds, the contract length and what extras are on offer when comparing broadband providers.
Here are some of Bristol's most popular providers.
Virgin Media is one of the fastest widely-available internet providers in Bristol, with speeds of up to 516Mbps on offer to customers within its network. As well as broadband-only deals, it offers a huge amount of TV options, with entertainment, sports and movie packages available through its powerful V6 set-top box.
TalkTalk is among the country's favourite broadband firms, and was named the most popular broadband provider in the uSwitch Awards in 2019. It's particularly well-suited to users looking for great value, as in addition to low monthly prices, the firm's Fixed Price Guarantee means you won't be surprised by any unexpected price increases through the term of your contract.
Another of the UK's best-value broadband providers, Plusnet offers a range of standard and fibre packages with the option to add phone services as needed. The firm is also well-regarded for its high-quality, UK-based customer service, which has won many accolades, including the Best Customer Service Provider prize in the 2019 uSwitch Broadband Awards.
BT is the UK's largest provider of broadband services and offers a range of standard and fibre deals with average speeds of up to 67Mbps in Bristol. Users can also take advantage of a range of add-ons and features, including the firm's powerful Smart Hub Wi-Fi router and the optional Complete Wi-Fi, which promises to deliver full wireless coverage throughout your home.
Sky Broadband is an ideal choice for those looking for a full home entertainment package, offering a wide range of broadband, phone, TV and mobile deals. However, you can secure broadband-only deals as well. It has average speeds of up to 59Mbps in Bristol and there are a huge range of film and sports packages on offer. It's also great for families, thanks to its industry-leading range of parental control options.
Full fibre broadband, also known as fibre-to-the-premises, differs from regular fibre by using fibre-optic cabling right to your front door, whereas other services still rely on copper to connect your home to the nearest exchange.
This means speeds of up to 1Gbps are on offer — around 20 times faster than most fibre services. Availability of these services is much more limited than for other options, but there are still locations in Bristol where you can access them.
CityFibre, for instance, has a full fibre network that extends from Filton to Almondsbury and into the city centre and is growing all the time, while Openreach has also completed the rollout of its own fibre-to-the-premises network in certain parts of the city, with work also well underway in other locations as part of its 'Fibre First' programme.Back to top
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