If you want blisteringly fast data speeds that will allow you to stream Netflix movies without buffering, or play online games without lag, then fibre optic broadband is the choice for you.

What is fibre optic broadband?

Traditional ADSL broadband delivers internet via copper telephone wires, which was fine in the days of single usage households where only one device needed internet access. Today, there are multiple internet enabled devices per household, all requiring large amounts of data to be uploaded and downloaded – so copper wires just won’t cut it. Fibre optic broadband, which is delivered via glass or plastic cables, allows data to travel much further, with very little loss of speed. The speed of your connection will depend on two things: your broadband provider and if fibre optic is available in your area.

Why Choose Fibre Optic?

Put simply, fibre optic broadband means faster internet. That’s why, when you look at different fibre broadband deals, from broadband only to broadband and TV packages, it tends to cost more. You’re paying for faster broadband speeds and faster downloads, which means quick and seamless streaming of all your favourite movies, TV shows, apps and games.

The amount of time it takes for a website to load is directly affected by whether you have regular or fibre optic broadband. The same applies to streaming your favourite TV shows - the amount of time it will take will depend on what deal you have. Having the best fibre broadband means not having to wait nearly as long as the standard 17Mb offered by ADSL broadband. That’s because fibre optic packages give basic speeds of up to 38Mb - with BT Infinity, Sky, TalkTalk and EE offering speeds up to 76Mb and Virgin Media boasting up to a lightning fast 350Mb.

If you want blisteringly fast data speeds that will allow you to stream Netflix movies without buffering, or play online games without lag, then fibre optic broadband is the choice for you.

So Why Compare Between Providers?

This might seem like the simplest decision in the world, but there’s quite a lot to take into account.

First off, even if your sole requirement is speed, the pricing structure across different packages can have more to them than you initially realise. Often users are offered a price that’s exclusive for new customers, which changes after a certain amount of time in their contract - usually after the first 12 or 18 months. And there are also additional things like line rental, usage limits and set up fees to take into account.

But not all fibre optic broadband is made equal. Even though it is almost certainly faster than standard ADSL broadband, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a difference in speed across different packages and providers. This can even be influenced by location, as not all services are available everywhere. If you’re unsure whether fibre optic broadband is available in your area, most providers allow you to check on their website. It only takes a couple of clicks!

It’s also important to consider things like TV packages for those who want both a broadband and TV deal. There are bundles of different types of channels, alongside additional costs, for those who want to watch in HD and across different devices – that’s something to consider when looking at broadband only deals as well.

Which fibre optic broadband providers are available?

Back in 2010 only Virgin Media offered fibre optic broadband, but since then many competitors have entered the market - great news for customers. There is a whole range of fibre optic broadband deals from providers such as EE, TalkTalk, Sky, Now TV and, of course, Virgin Media, offering extremely competitive prices at varying speeds.

  • EE – the fastest package offers broadband speeds of approximately 67Mb and costs around £45 per month.

  • TalkTalk – an affordable provider that has been going for several years, they offer average speeds of around 63Mb.

  • Virgin Media – a veteran in terms of fibre optic broadband, but also offering some of the fastest speeds around – up to an eye-watering 360Mbps. They also offer broadband only deals which could save you money online rental if you don’t need a landline.

  • Sky – competitively priced with the option of unlimited or capped downloads, fibre optic speeds can reach up to an average of 57Mb.

  • Now TV – the super fibre deal that offers speeds ranging between 75-80Mbps, and can also be combined with phone packages if you’re a heavy landline user.

Can I get fibre optic broadband in my area?

Coverage of fibre optic broadband has been increasing in recent years, with roughly 90% of UK homes and businesses now having access to superfast broadband. The areas most likely to not have fibre optic are rural areas such as the countryside.

If you want to make sure that you can get fibre optic where you live, almost every provider has a ‘fibre optic area checker’ that will confirm if it’s available in your area.

How can I choose the best fibre optic broadband provider for me?

If you’re looking for the best EE, TalkTalk, Sky TV or other fibre optic provider deals, you’ve come to the right place. At Hoppy, it’s quick and easy to compare broadband providers and see the best deals for you – just enter your post code and landline number. Not only will we compare fibre optic broadband providers but if you would like a little help organising your home, we’ll be Hoppy to help.

Our home management saves you time and money by helping you organise your to-do list and other activities in one place, the Hoppy logbook, giving you time to focus on the things that really matter. Isn’t it about time you started running your home with Hoppy?

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