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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.
A game changing broadband speed might be available in your street.
Here are some of the UK suppliers providing 'Full Fibre 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.
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
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.
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 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.
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)
|1||Hong Kong (SAR)||265.17Mb|
|4||United Arab Emirates||231.98Mb|
|45||Trinidad and Tobago||96.29Mb|
|48||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||93.64Mb|
|89||Saint Kitts and Nevis||54.05Mb|