Fibre optic broadband deals: Our expert picks - week beginning 18th March
Each week the Broadband Genie team highlights some top offers to help you save money and get a great new broadband service. Below you’ll find our picks of the best deals available right now, including the fastest and cheapest fibre optic broadband packages on the market.
Please do bear in mind not every deal may be available in your area - although we're sure we've got something for every requirement on Broadband Genie. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more offers, news and updates, and check out our blog, guides and features to get more out of your home and mobile broadband.
What are the best fibre broadband deals?
The best fibre broadband deals are those that mix performance and value. These won’t always be the cheapest or fastest, but they’ll deliver a package that suits most people at a reasonable price, usually accompanied by free extras to sweeten the deal.
Virgin Media Full House Sports TV Bundle with free PS4 or £150 bill credit
108Mb average speed | 12 month contract | £65 per month | £25 setup | PS4 or £150 bill credit | Ends 20th March
Virgin Media’s Full House Sports TV bundle is packed to the brim with fantastic TV, sports and movies, and includes a speedy 108Mb fibre optic broadband connection.
And right now when you sign up by 20th March you can claim your choice of rewards: a Sony Playstation 4 with FIFA 2019, or a £150 bill credit.
108Mb average speed: This is not the fastest speed available from Virgin but is still an extremely quick connection that’s suitable for both individual power users and busy shared homes.
£65 per month: Increases to £104 after 12 months. You get a lot for the money, but if you’re trying to keep costs down there are cheaper options.
£25 setup: For the broadband activation and delivery of your Virgin TV box and Wi-Fi router.
Full House Sports TV bundle: Watch more than 240 channels, including BT Sport and Sky Sports.
PS4 or £150 bill credit: Claim a free Playstation 4 with FIFA game, or £150 bill credit. Email with instructions for claiming the PS4 will be sent after broadband activation. The bill credit will be automatically applied until all credit is used.
Extras: Includes free Virgin V6 TV box and Virgin Super Hub Wi-Fi router.
BT Superfast Fibre + Weekend Calls + £100 reward
50Mb average speed | 18 month contract | £29.99 per month | £9.99 setup | £100 Mastercard | Ends 22nd March
Sign up to BT Superfast Fibre by the 22nd March and you can claim a BT Reward Card (a Mastercard pre-loaded with credit) worth £100.
Including the rewards, this package has an effective monthly price of just £24.99 for the first 18 months, amazing value for a fibre optic broadband service, especially one with a fast average speed of 50Mb.
50Mb average speed: Most other fibre providers have an entry level speed of around 35-36Mb, but BT offers a significantly quicker 50Mb.
£29.99 per month: The monthly cost for the first 18 months, then it increases to £52.49.
£9.99 setup: The up-front fee covers broadband activation and includes postage for the router. You must have an active phone line, otherwise extra costs will apply.
£100 reward: For new BT customers only. Offer includes a pre-paid Mastercard loaded with £100 credit. Reward must be claimed from BT after activation of the broadband.
Extras: Includes a free BT Smart Hub Wi-Fi router, free 100GB BT Cloud storage, free BT Sport 1 (online only) and free access to the BT Wi-Fi hotspot network.
What are the cheapest fibre broadband deals?
Fibre optic broadband doesn’t have to be expensive. Broadband Genie always has a wide choice of cheap fibre broadband deals at prices that won’t bust your budget, so you can still get fast home Wi-Fi and you don’t have to compromise on extras or freebies either.
Vodafone Superfast 1 just £22 for 18 months including free setup
35Mb average speed | 18 month contract | £22 per month | £0 setup
No special offers here, just a simple low monthly price for this entry level fibre optic package from Vodafone.
35Mb average speed: Average is a little lower than some, but it can always be a little slower or faster than quoted, and you will get an accurate estimate for your home when signing up.
£22 per month: Price increases after 18 months, but only to £23.
£0 setup: No charge for the broadband activation, or Wi-Fi router delivery. But if you need a new phone line it will cost an additional £60.
Extras: Free Wi-Fi router. Free six month subscription to F-Secure anti-virus.
TalkTalk Faster Fibre just £22.50 for 18 months
36Mb average speed | 18 month contract | £22.50 per month | £0 setup
Bag yourself a fibre bargain with this cheap fibre offer from TalkTalk - for the first 18 months you’ll pay just £22.50.
36Mb average speed: This is a good choice for individuals and families, fast enough for gaming, streaming and downloads.
£22.50 per month: Increases to £33.50 after 18 months, but you have a fixed price guarantee so won’t be hit with a mid-contract rise.
£0 setup: No activation fee with this offer, but this assumes you already have an active phone line. New lines will cost extra.
Extras: Free Wi-Fi router and access to the TalkTalk TV Store.
What are the fastest fibre optic offers?
If speed is your primary concern then you’ll find plenty of fast fibre broadband deals that offer rapid broadband connectivity. But always try to find a good balance between speed and value for money as most of us do not need the very fastest connection.
Virgin Media VIVID 350 Fibre Broadband with 365Mb download speed
362Mb average speed | 12 month contract | £50 per month | £70 setup
Virgin’s fastest service isn’t cheap, but the price still undercuts some slower deals, at least for the first 12 months. But not everyone needs broadband this quick so think about whether you could save money with a slower service.
Unlike many other broadband services this is a broadband deal without a phone line so you're not paying for line rental.
362Mb average speed: This is an extremely high speed, best suited to serving busy family or shared homes where it will easily be able to handle multiple people streaming and downloading at the same time.
£50 per month: A reasonable price for such a fast connection. Virgin does increase prices from time to time, though you can leave for free if it’s not linked to inflation.
£70 setup: This is a comparatively high setup cost. If you're put off by the fee and aren't in a rush Virgin does sometimes offer special deals where the setup is reduced, though its broadband only packages aren't always included.
Extras: Free Virgin Media Super Hub Wi-Fi router.
TalkTalk Faster Fibre Large just £25 for 18 months
63Mb average speed | 18 month contract | £25 per month | £0 setup
Get TalkTalk’s fastest fibre optic broadband for only £25 for the first 18 months. This is the cheapest fibre broadband in this speed tier, and undercuts many slower packages..
If you’re interested in upgrading to the best fibre broadband but have been put off by the cost you won’t want to miss out on this deal.
63Mb average speed: The fastest speed available from TalkTalk, it provides plenty of bandwidth to handle the demands of a busy shared household.
£25 per month: A very low price for the speed, though it will increase after 18 months. However you are safe from mid-contract price rises thanks to TalkTalk’s fixed price guarantee.
£0 setup: There’s no charge for setup, provided you already have an active telephone line. Extra costs will apply if you need a new phone line.
Extras: A free Wi-Fi router is included (and there’s no charge for P&P).
Other recommended home internet offers
If none of these deals quite take your fancy then there's still plenty of other great offers for you to be found on Broadband Genie.
Virgin Media VIVD 100 with phone just £27
108Mb average speed | 12 month contract | £27 per month | £25 setup
Virgin has cut the first year cost of its VIVID 100 package, down to £27 per month for the first 12 months.
108Mb average speed: Virgin fibre optic broadband is faster than most, but these kinds of speeds are usually only necessary if the connection is shared with multiple people in your home, otherwise you could save money with a slower connection.
£27 per month:This package usually costs £32 for the first 12 months, but is reduced to £29 with this offer. After 12 months it increases to £47.
Extras:Includes a Virgin phone line with unlimited weekend calls to UK landlines and Virgin Mobile numbers. Also comes with a free Virgin Media Super Hub Wi-Fi router.
Find out more about fibre optic
Not sure whether you need fibre optic broadband, or what speed might be right for you? As well as amazing money-saving deals we also have loads of tips and advice to help you choose the right broadband package.
What is fibre broadband? Want to know a bit more about fibre before buying? Then check out our comprehensive guide to fibre. Our experts answer all your questions about fibre optic, including the speeds you can get or if you even need it in the first place!
What is broadband speed? Struggling with your megabits and your megabytes? Or are you desperate to know the difference between upload and download speed? Check out our guide for information on what all of this means.
Broadband speed test: If you just want to know what speed you're actually getting, maybe to compare with some of the packages on this very page, check out our speed test.
How to speed up your broadband: Slugglish connection? Check out our simple trioubleshooting guide and get your Wi-Fi up to speed.
Fastest broadband: What are the best broadband speeds you could be getting? Check out our guide to the fastest broadband connections across the country.
What broadband speed do you need? Is fibre right for you? Do you need to go Ultrafast, or will a simple ADSL connection suffice? Our guide looks at every type of home broadband usage and a suggested speed for each.