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What is Full-Fibre Broadband?
Full-fibre broadband does exactly what it says on the tin: it is a broadband connection that only uses fibre optic wires.
Why does this matter?
Most fibre broadband currently only uses fibre optic cables up to the green street cabinets, with the final link into homes completed using a regular copper telephone line (or a coaxial cable, in the case of Virgin Media).
This type of 'superfast' broadband (known as or Fibre To The Cabinet, or Hybrid Fibre Coaxial for Virgin) is relatively cheap and quick to install. But its reliance on older lines — especially the ageing BT Openreach telephone wires — means that speeds are limited as a result.
Crucially, full-fibre broadband is a future-proof technology capable of even higher speeds. So by replacing old infrastructure with fibre optic lines we are getting a network that will remain useful for many years to come.
What are FTTP and FTTH?
Full Fibre is also known as Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) and Fibre To The Home (FTTH).
All these terms mean the same thing — a fibre optic broadband connection that runs all the way into a building to provide very fast internet access. This is different to FTTC (Fibre To The Cabinet) and HFC (Hybrid Fibre Coaxial) connections, where the fibre stops at a local cabinet.
Read more: What are FTTP and FTTC?
Do I need FTTP?
FTTP is suitable for any home, even if you don’t need very fast internet.
Although the big selling point is those attention-grabbing top speeds, FTTP deals include slower (and cheaper) packages, too, with entry-level full-fibre connections starting from less than £30 per month.
Full Fibre is also a good option if you don’t need a phone and are looking for broadband without a phone line; you do not need a BT phone line and don’t have to pay for phone line rental.
However, FTTP may not be the right choice if you are simply looking for the cheapest possible broadband deal.
A basic ADSL broadband package will usually be the cheapest option, although its slow top speeds are looking increasingly outdated and mean it is only suitable for small homes with light usage requirements.
If the connection is shared with anyone else or you have any interest in video streaming, gaming, or downloading, then a fibre optic broadband service is much better value. But even then, an FTTC service may be all you need, and these deals are often cheaper than FTTP.
Which providers offer FTTP broadband deals?
FTTP is a relatively new technology for home broadband in the UK, but coverage is improving rapidly and this is no longer a niche service.
It’s now available from many Internet Service Providers (ISPs), including household names like BT and Sky, as well as some you might not have heard of.
The following providers can all be found on Broadband Genie when you compare FTTP deals.
BT Full Fibre
BT offers speeds from 100Mb up to 900Mb. All packages include a BT Smart Hub Wi-Fi router, unlimited data, and free BT Wi-Fi. BT Full Fibre is available nationwide.
Community Fibre offers powerful symmetrical (same download and upload speed) broadband in 23 London boroughs with speeds up to 1Gb. All packages are unlimited and available on 12 or 24-month contracts. Get broadband without a phone, or add inclusive calls for a low monthly fee.
Cuckoo offers FTTP broadband with a download speed of 98Mb or 900Mb, with the choice of a no-contract package or a 12-month contract with free setup. All Cuckoo deals are completely unlimited and have a 12-month price promise.
Direct Save Ultrafast
Direct Save Telecom has Ultrafast full-fibre packages with a download speed of either 160Mb or 330Mb. Unusually, Direct Save offers the option to save money by paying for the full 12 months in advance.
EE Fibre Max
EE Fibre Max packages offer the choice of 145Mb, 300Mb, and 900Mb speeds. Available as broadband only, or with a phone line for an additional monthly charge.
Gigaclear is an FTTP provider that serves rural communities, delivering incredible fast broadband to areas that have been traditionally underserved by other providers. It offers speeds between 100Mb and 900Mb.
Hyperoptic is an FTTP specialist available in selected towns and cities, including London, Cardiff, Bristol, Reading, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Glasgow and Newcastle. It offers a range of speeds up to 1Gb, starting with a cheap 30Mb entry-level package.
Shell Energy Ultrafast
Shell Energy Ultrafast has a range of services from 100Mb to 900Mb, all with unlimited data. Like other Shell deals, you also benefit from rewards and discounts, including savings on fuel at Shell petrol stations.
One of the UK’s most popular TV and broadband bundle providers also offers ultrafast FTTP internet, with a choice of 145Mb or 500Mb download speeds.
TalkTalk was an early champion of FTTP, helping to launch the ‘UFO’ FTTP service in York several years ago. It now offers FTTP across the UK, with the choice of 150Mb, 500Mb, or 900Mb packages.
Although the majority of Virgin Media’s network currently uses Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC), it is also installing FTTP, which is now available to just over one million homes. Virgin Media provides speeds between 54Mb and 1.1Gb, although right now you don’t need to be on its FTTP network to get the fastest services.
Vodafone Pro Ultrafast
Vodafone Pro Ultrafast is available with an average download speed of 200Mb, 500Mb, or 900Mb. This premium service also includes an emergency 4G backup connection, Wi-Fi guarantee, dedicated support, free Norton Antivirus, and discounted Vodafone mobile phone plans.
Can I get FTTP deals?
Around 30% of premises currently have access to FTTP broadband. There is a good chance that you will not yet be able to get FTTP, but coverage is improving all the time so you may not have long to wait before it’s available in your home.
Find out whether you can get FTTP right now by using our full-fibre broadband checker:
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When will I be able to get FTTP?
Although full-fibre coverage is in a much better place now than it was just a few years ago, we have a lot of work to do before it becomes a true mass-market product.
But you might not have too long to wait until FTTP is installed in your street, as the plan is for the UK to get FTTP connectivity to almost all homes and businesses at some point in the not-too-distant future.
The government has made various pledges over the years about the deployment of FTTP. Theresa May’s government aimed for nationwide coverage by 2033, which was later revised to 2025 by Boris Johnson.
However, more recently the universal coverage goal has been dropped, with a new target of at least 85% coverage by 2025.
And don’t forget about Virgin Media; although it doesn’t yet use FTTP on the majority of its network, it does offer similar speeds to many FTTP providers for around 53% of homes and businesses.
Frequently Asked Questions about full-fibre
What's the difference between FTTP, cable, G.fast, and ultrafast broadband?
FTTP, also known as FTTH or Full Fibre, is a broadband connection that uses a dedicated fibre optic line that runs all the way into your home or business and connects directly to the Wi-Fi router.
Cable is the type of broadband used by most Virgin Media services, where a coaxial cable links your home to the roadside street cabinets. However, Virgin no longer uses this term and instead refers to its broadband as fibre. In some parts of its network, Virgin has installed FTTP instead of coaxial cable. Read more in our 'Can I get Virgin?' guide.
G.fast is a type of broadband that Openreach began installing several years ago. It is an upgrade to FTTC (Fibre To The Cabinet) technology that enables faster speeds over copper telephone lines. The deployment of this has now been paused in favour of FTTP.
Ultrafast broadband is a generic term for high-speed internet. Ofcom defines it as any connection with a speed of 300Mb+, but this definition is not strictly adhered to by providers and you will often see it used to refer to broadband speeds of 100Mb+.
How is a full-fibre connection installed?
Unless your home has previously been connected to full-fibre broadband, an engineer visit will be required to install it.
Full-fibre connectivity requires both external and internal work. First, engineers will link your home to the network by connecting a line to an external junction box. The fibre line may be run from a telephone pole or it could be installed underground.
With the external work completed, a hole will be drilled through the wall to connect the fibre optic cable to a box inside your home.
Installation can take several hours. In some cases, engineers may carry out the external work a few days before your line is connected inside.
Do I need a phone line?
A phone line is not required for full-fibre broadband, it only needs a fibre optic line.
Many full-fibre broadband deals do not include phone service unless you request it (and pay extra). This is definitely a good thing if you only had a phone for broadband, but it may be an issue if you need a phone line for an alarm system or emergency service. In that situation, you will need to ensure that your equipment is compatible with the full-fibre phone service, or have a separate landline service installed alongside the fibre optic link.
Can I add calls to an FTTP package?
Most full-fibre providers offer phone calls as an optional extra. Typically, you’ll pay around £10 per month for phone services, which will usually come with inclusive calls.
How long are FTTP contracts?
FTTP contracts come in a similar range of contract lengths as regular home broadband deals. The best value deals will ask you to commit for 12, 18, or 24 months, and will charge an early termination fee if you cancel before the contract ends.
If you do not want to be locked in for that length of time there are several providers offering no contract full-fibre broadband. However, you will have to pay a setup fee for these deals, and the monthly costs may be higher.
Can I get FTTP in a rural area?
This really does depend on the area. Broadband in rural areas has been lacking support for years, and many areas will not even be able to get standard fibre. However, FTTP is available in some places, often as part of enterprising community fibre programmes.; you can find out more in our rural broadband guide.