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Unlimited Fibre & Unlimited UK & Mobile Calls

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Online exclusive Full Fibre 100

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*Average speeds are based on the download speeds of at least 50% of customers at peak time (8pm to 10pm). Speed can be affected by a range of technical and environmental factors. The speed you receive where you live may be lower than that listed above. You can check the estimated speed to your property prior to purchasing.

Fibre/cable services at your postcode are subject to availability. You can confirm availability on the provider's website.

Providers may increase charges. You should have the right to exit your contract without penalty if this happens.

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What's the fastest broadband in my area?

Fast broadband makes your home run smoother. It’s better for streaming TV. It’s better for gaming. And it’s vital if you’re in a busy household. Read on for all the help you need to get faster broadband where you live.

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The range of broadband products you can choose from and the speeds you can expect differs from street to street. And even from home to home on the same street.  

The best and most reliable way to see what’s available where you live is to use our postcode checker, which you'll find at the top of this page.

Just tell us your postcode and we’ll track down the fastest providers available at your address.  

You can also bundle your fast broadband with landline and TV, just broadband and phone or nab a broadband and TV deal.

Which broadband provider is fastest?  

Virgin Media’s broadband is the fastest service that’s widely available across the UK. Most areas where Virgin broadband is available can access its gigafast Gig1 full fibre service, with speeds of 1130Mbps. That means over 15.5 million households can access the UK’s fastest widely-available broadband.

However, the government’s Project Gigabit push to bring 1Gbps speeds to the entire UK by 2030 is moving apace. An estimated 72% of the UK is currently within the network of a gigafast broadband provider. These ultrafast services are offered by major players such as BT, TalkTalk and Sky, as well as independent full-fibre providers like Hyperoptic. You can check whether you can get these top end speeds where you live by using the MoneySuperMarket postcode checker.

Those locally focused providers can offer some incredible speeds. In London, Community Fibre reaches speeds of 3Gbps, while Gigaclear offers speeds of 900Mbps elsewhere. The only downside is that the networks are limited to certain areas.

If you don’t live in an area that’s covered by Virgin Media or the increasingly available full fibre deals from other providers, there’s still a very, very good chance you’ll be able to get fast broadband with speeds that are easily high enough for busy family homes, as well as unlimited broadband packages.

In these locations, your range of providers will likely include BT, Sky, TalkTalk, EE, NOW Broadband, Gigaclear, Vodafone, Plusnet, and Shell Energy.

By way of example, BT’s Fibre 2 and Vodafone’s Superfast 2 offer average speeds of 67Mbps and 63Mbps respectively.

What’s the fastest non-fibre broadband service?  

The fastest standard broadband service, also known as ADSL broadband, provides an average speed of around 10Mbps. You can pick from the likes of TalkTalk, Plusnet and EE.

However, superfast fibre, with speeds of between 30 and 67Mbps, is available across almost the entire UK now, so opting for ADSL isn’t always the best option. As well as being slower, ADSL isn’t much cheaper, meaning that you’re paying for a lesser connection which won’t allow you to stream properly or use the internet to its full potential.

What’s the difference between standard broadband and fibre?  

The short answer is that fibre broadband is several times faster than standard broadband but not as quick as ultrafast. How so? 

Well, the principal reason it’s so much faster is because of the technology used to deliver fibre broadband to your home.  

As you may know, standard broadband is delivered over the ageing copper-wire telephone network.

Conversely, fibre broadband uses a fibre-optic network for at least part of the journey to your home.  

The latter is much more efficient at transmitting data over long distances, which makes for much quicker downloads and smoother streaming. To that end, it's a great option for gamers

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What broadband speed do I need?  

For the most part the more occupants in your home, the faster the broadband you’ll require. To help you choose, we’ve matched typical households to speed requirements below:  

  • 3Mbps-10Mbps – Apt for someone who lives alone, or households with 2 occupants, or families with very young children  
  • 11Mbps-35Mbps – Ideal for smaller student homes or small family homes, with three or so occupants who all regularly make use of the internet and each own a selection of internet-enabled gadgets 
  • 75Mbps or faster – These speeds suit homes with 4-5 or more occupants. For example, large student homes or shared accommodation, or homes occupied by large families.  

Curious to know what your speeds are right now? Test your broadband connection in seconds with our speed checker and see if there are any ways to improve your speed.

Are there any downsides to choosing the fastest broadband?

By getting the fastest broadband available, you’re futureproofing your home for a time when even more products can connect to the internet. It means you can automate services such as heating and hot water and boost security with connected door cameras.

The only downside to this is the fact that gigafast broadband is more expensive than entry level ultrafast and a lot pricier than superfast deals. And some are far faster than you may need, meaning you risk paying extra for a service you don’t need.

The other downside is that the fastest services are still quite limited geographically. That may not be a problem if you can access them right now, but could mean problems if you’re likely to move house in the next year or so.

Should I opt for faster broadband if getting a TV package?

If you’re looking to get a TV package to go alongside your broadband, then getting a faster broadband deal is a no-brainer. Faster speeds mean you’ll be able to download shows and movies faster on Sky and make best use of Netflix’s 4K service. The latter’s ultra HD shows work best when you have a rapid connection that will prevent any annoying buffering while you’re engrossed.

What’s the fastest internet speed available in the UK?

Virgin Media’s Gig1 is the fastest broadband from the UK’s big name providers, topping out at 1.13Gbps. Community Fibre, found in London and parts of the south east, can reach 3Gbps.

It’s also worth checking out upload speeds. Hyperoptic can reach an incredible 900Mbps on its fastest deal.

Faster speeds are of course available if you require business broadband.

Can I get superfast broadband in my area?

To check whether you can get fast broadband in your area, you can use MoneySuperMarket’s postcode checker. This will show you the fastest plans you can get right now.

You can also search for Openreach to see whether its full fibre infrastructure is being fitted in your area.

Sources and methodology 

*Annual savings based on average monthly bill of £33.99 from nationally representative sample (1000) vs our cheapest monthly cost for superfast broadband (>55Mbs) £18.95/month, May 22. Annual saving: £180.48.

Frequently asked questions

Will I get my advertised broadband speed?

That depends on your location. But it’s fair to say you’ve got a very good chance of getting the speeds advertised with your package.  

Advertising rules insist that at least 50% of people accessing the internet at peak time are able to achieve the speeds touted in ads.  

If you’re not able to get those speeds, the most likely explanation will be that your home is a long way from the exchange.  

In the event that you can’t manage with the speeds you’re getting you might want to upgrade to a faster service. 

What affects broadband speed?

Factors that can affect your broadband speed include:  

  • Distance from your exchange  
  • Network congestion  
  • Wireless and electrical interference 
  • The age of your computer  
  • The age of your router  

How fast is my broadband?

You can check your broadband speed with MoneySuperMarket’s speed test. Just tell us your postcode and we’ll do the rest.  

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