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Upgrade to Full Fibre 'FTTP' broadband

The UK is phasing out it's reliance on copper telephone lines to deliver broadband. Gigabit capable broadband (1000Mb) is now available via a variety of mediums to 75% (22.4 million) of UK homes. Are you ready to switch?

According to Ofcom, as of September 2023 52% of UK homes have access to 'Full-Fibre' broadband (i.e. Fibre to the premises aka FTTP) with speeds ranging from 900Mb to 10Gbps. This equates to 15.4 million UK households.

Full Fibre broadband (FTTP) service providers

A game changing broadband speed might be available in your street.
Here are some of the UK suppliers providing 'Full Fibre Broadband'

Virgin Media 1Gbps Broadband

Virgin Media

  • Fastest Median Speed 1130Mb
  • Virgin Media retains its title as the UK's fastest major broadband provider in 2023
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BT Broadband 1Gbps

BT Broadband

  • Fastest Median Speed 910Mb
  • Using the Openreach network BT cover 12 million+ premises with 'Full Fibre' broadband
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Vodafone Gigafast Broadband

Vodafone Gigafast

  • Fastest Median Speed 910Mb (symmetrical)
  • Vodafone Gigafast is provided through CityFibre & Openreach
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Freedom Fibre

Freedom Fibre

  • Fastest Median Speed 900Mb (symmetrical)
  • North West FTTP supported by TalkTalk
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Gigaclear 1Gbps broadband

Gigaclear Broadband

  • Fastest Median Speed 830Mb (symmetrical)
  • The most extensive rural full fibre broadband provider
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Hyperoptic 1Gbps broadband

Hyperoptic Broadband

  • Fastest Median Speed 900Mb (symmetrical)
  • FTTP widely available in 43 UK towns and cities
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What is Superfast broadband?

Superfast broadband is the most popular broadband option in the UK, partly due to it's cost and widespread availability. Superfast broadband is available to over 97% of the UK. Superfast is classed as a broadband connection speed of over 30Mb. A Superfast broadband connection is sold as 'Fibre Broadband', perhaps a little misleading as it’s still delivered to your property partially via the copper phone line! Typically, 80Mb is the maximum achievable download speed with a Superfast broadband connection. If you're more than 850 metres from the cabinet, you can expect at least a 50% drop in speed.

What is Ultrafast broadband?

The term Ultrafast broadband refers to a broadband connection that is capable of achieving between 300Mb and 1000Mb. Ultrafast broadband is currently available to over 57% of the UK. GFast is one of the latest ultrafast broadband technologies that is capable of supercharging your FTTC (fibre to the cabinet) broadband speed up to 300Mb without the need to have fibre to your premises (FTTP). GFast is a cheaper way to boost your broadband speed, but your local exchange would need to be upgraded to be able to deliver G.Fast broadband. GFast isn't a long term solution to improving the UK’s broadband speed. There are limitations to the scope of G.Fast's delivery. It's main limitation is that it's only suitable for properties that lie within a 500 metre range of the street cabinet. It’s also still reliant on the old victorian copper telephone line. Compare Gfast broadband deals from TalkTalk

What is Hyperfast Broadband?

Hyperfast broadband is the future of broadband in the UK. Unlike it’s predecessors it isn't reliant on any aging copper cables. Hyperfast broadband is delivered via fibre-optic cables direct to your property. This is known as ‘fibre to the premises’ aka FTTP. Hyperfast broadband is capable of delivering symmetrical broadband speeds, so the upload speed is the same as the download speed. But, not all Hyperfast broadband providers supply a symmetrical service. BT currently offer FTTP with asymmetric speeds of 900Mb down and 115Mb up for residential customers. Other budget ISP like TalkTalk now offer FTTP Broadband options.

If the upload speed is an important part of switching to FTTP, opt for a provider who offers a symmetrical connection.

FTTP symmetrical connection providers

Hyperoptic cover 64 UK towns and cities in small clusters. They offer relatively limited coverage compared to the scale of national providers like Virgin Media and BT. But, if you want cost-effective gigabit broadband and they're in your area, we highly recommend Hyperoptic. Hyperoptic offer a VoIP phone service for customers who don't want to retire their landline number just yet.

Vodafone broadband is delivered via the Openreach and CityFibre networks. CityFibre's network continues to expand and evolve, they are currently preparing to launch the first 2.5Gb wholesale broadband product in the UK. This 2.5Gb service will gradually become available to Vodafone customers, beginning in areas where CityFibre has already established advanced XGS-PON (10 Gigabit Symmetrical Passive Optical Network) technology. This cutting-edge platform is designed for easy future upgrades to 50G PON.

Gigaclear cover 22+ counties across the South West, Midlands and South East. They provide FTTP with a 920Mb symmetrical connection to over 75,000 properties in the UK.

Community Fibre are a London-focussed FTTP ISP who cover over 100,000 properties around London. Four different packages are available with the Gigafast one offering a 920Mb symmetrical connection.

FTTP Advantages

FTTP isn't just about speed, there are other advantages of switching to FTTP broadband. FTTP isn't subject to interference like ADSL and VDSL2, making broadband less prone to weather-related issues. FTTP also offers an ultra-low latency which can help online gaming response times and improve VoIP calls.

UK Broadband 57th in Ookla global speed index

The following results display the median download speeds of countries ranked within the top 100. This data is collected from billions of consumer-initiated tests conducted globally via fixed line broadband connections on the Ookla Speedtest website. The speed data was compiled in September 2023. (scroll to view all 100 countries)

Rank Country Speed
57th United Kingdom 82.80Mb
1 Hong Kong (SAR) 265.17Mb
2 Singapore 259.11Mb
3 Chile 246.39Mb
4 United Arab Emirates 231.98Mb
5 Thailand 219.10Mb
6 United States 213.75Mb
7 China 212.92Mb
8 Denmark 204.49Mb
9 Spain 188.49Mb
10 Iceland 187.57Mb
11 France 187.10Mb
12 Romania 178.90Mb
13 Switzerland 173.77Mb
14 New Zealand 164.84Mb
15 Israel 162.05Mb
16 Macau (SAR) 160.52Mb
17 Canada 158.35Mb
18 Monaco 157.41Mb
19 Japan 157.05Mb
20 Hungary 155.56Mb
21 Liechtenstein 150.10Mb
22 Kuwait 149.28Mb
23 Qatar 145.01Mb
24 Panama 144.72Mb
25 Portugal 143.79Mb
26 Uruguay 143.34Mb
27 Netherlands 143.20Mb
28 Taiwan 138.78Mb
29 Andorra 136.33Mb
30 Brazil 131.94Mb
31 Poland 124.96Mb
32 Moldova 119.89Mb
33 Sweden 117.16Mb
34 Norway 112.97Mb
35 South Korea 112.41Mb
36 Luxembourg 106.85Mb
37 Malta 105.20Mb
38 Colombia 104.90Mb
39 Lithuania 104.15Mb
40 Jordan 100.63Mb
41 Malaysia 100.57Mb
42 Finland 100.13Mb
43 Barbados 99.82Mb
44 Saudi Arabia 97.13Mb
45 Trinidad and Tobago 96.29Mb
46 Vietnam 94.45Mb
47 Saint Lucia 94.19Mb
48 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 93.64Mb
49 Ireland 93.28Mb
50 Dominica 92.35Mb
51 Peru 91.64Mb
52 Belgium 90.93Mb
53 Slovenia 87.28Mb
54 Germany 87.03Mb
55 Brunei 83.13Mb
56 Philippines 83.09Mb
57 United Kingdom 82.80Mb
58 Russia 81.70Mb
59 Bahrain 80.57Mb
60 Paraguay 79.99Mb
61 Latvia 78.99Mb
62 Costa Rica 77.67Mb
63 Austria 75.97Mb
64 Grenada 75.45Mb
65 Estonia 75.26Mb
66 Bulgaria 74.44Mb
67 Ecuador 73.15Mb
68 Slovakia 73.09Mb
69 Argentina 72.63Mb
70 San Marino 72.00Mb
71 Ukraine 70.64Mb
72 Serbia 70.30Mb
73 Cyprus 69.41Mb
74 Italy 66.81Mb
75 Oman 66.78Mb
76 Palestine 64.37Mb
77 Czechia 63.50Mb
78 Kosovo 62.17Mb
79 Mexico 62.14Mb
80 Jamaica 60.63Mb
81 Egypt 59.71Mb
82 Côte d'Ivoire 58.28Mb
83 Nepal 57.91Mb
84 The Bahamas 56.93Mb
85 Montenegro 56.75Mb
86 Guyana 55.08Mb
87 India 54.56Mb
88 Australia 54.07Mb
89 Saint Kitts and Nevis 54.05Mb
90 Mongolia 53.55Mb
91 Uzbekistan 53.08Mb
92 Belarus 53.00Mb
93 Kyrgyzstan 52.22Mb
94 Nicaragua 50.18Mb
95 Albania 49.15Mb
96 Kazakhstan 48.59Mb
97 Croatia 48.28Mb
98 El Salvador 47.67Mb
99 Mauritius 47.61Mb
100 Armenia 47.48Mb