All about EE Fibre Broadband deals
Fibre optic broadband uses high-speed fibre optic cables to provide internet access that’s significantly faster than standard ADSL broadband. Fibre is now widely available and can be very cheap, so there's never been a better time to upgrade. And if you’re in the market for a new fibre deal then EE fibre optic broadband is going to come up in your search. In this guide we’ll explore the availability of EE fibre, show you what it can offer, and explain how to get it.
Can I get EE Fibre Broadband in my area?
EE fibre optic broadband uses the Openreach telephone network and is widely available around the UK, so the majority of homes will be able to take advantage of this service. But not everyone can get fibre so checking coverage in your area is always the first step to finding a fibre optic deal. Enter your postcode into our EE fibre checker to see what you can get:
To learn more read our guide to fibre optic broadband availability.
How do I get EE Fibre Broadband?
Getting EE fibre is easy! Here, in brief, are the steps you can follow to get an EE fibre package.
- Enter your postcode (using the fibre checker above, or on any of our comparison pages) to find out what you can get.
- Compare offers. Use our comparison tools to compare EE fibre deals.
- Sign up. Click the deal you want, and follow the steps to sign up for your new service.
- Wait for your new broadband to be activated. Activation of a broadband package typically takes around 14 days.
- Plug in your router. On the day your fibre is activated you just need to plug in the free router and start enjoying your new superfast internet.
For further information about this topic see our guide to switching broadband, which goes into a lot more detail including the differences when you're switching to EE from Virgin Media.
What fibre broadband packages does EE offer?
EE offers two different fibre optic broadband packages. Each includes a phone line, and there are also optional inclusive calling add-ons and TV bundles that include an Apple TV box.
EE Fibre Broadband
The entry level EE fibre optic broadband package offers an average speed of 36Mb, with prices starting at less than £30 per month. A good budget option which still provides a big speed boost over ADSL.
EE Fibre Plus Broadband
The fastest EE fibre optic service provides an average speed of 67Mb. This is the best option if you have a busy shared home, or you’re a power user planning on doing lots of streaming and downloading.
Is EE fibre broadband any good?
Should you choose EE Fibre Broadband? Every provider has its pros and cons, and below is a brief summary of EE's advantages and disadvantages.
- Free data boost for EE mobile customers
- £50 credit if you’re charged when switching to EE
- Good Wi-Fi router
- Truly unlimited broadband with no traffic management
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- Cheaper fibre deals are available
For a more complete examination of what EE has to offer, see our EE broadband review.
EE Fibre Broadband vs BT, Sky, TalkTalk, and Virgin Media
How does EE compare to other major providers? The table below shows how it stacks up in terms of average download speed, pricing, and extras.
|Provider||Average speeds||Cheapest price||Fastest package price||Notable extras|
|EE||36Mb / 67Mb||£26 (36Mb)||£30 (67Mb)||£50 bill credit. Mobile data boost|
|BT||36Mb / 50Mb / 67Mb||£26.99 (36Mb)||£39.99 (67Mb)||Free Wi-Fi. Free BT Sport 1.|
|Sky||36Mb / 59Mb||£27 (36Mb)||£39 (59Mb)||Free Wi-Fi.|
|TalkTalk||36Mb / 67Mb||£23.50 (38Mb)||£23.50 (67Mb)|
|Virgin Media||54Mb / 108Mb / 213Mb / 362Mb / 518Mb||£26 (108Mb)||£89 (516Mb)||Free Wi-Fi.|
EE stands up well to the major providers in terms of key features. While not the very cheapest among them, it is cheaper than many (though this is only a small selection of all available providers on Broadband Genie, and there’s a great deal of competition in the budget end of the market). It also offers a couple of nice extras. Speeds are broadly similar to most other ISPs as they almost all share the same infrastructure, with only Virgin offering significantly faster fibre services.
Is EE fibre internet right for me?
Not everyone needs fibre optic broadband. While high speed internet is a very nice thing to have, you may be able to save some money with a cheap ADSL package. If you’re the only person using the broadband, or you don’t frequently use the internet for demanding tasks (such as large file downloads or high definition video streaming) then standard broadband may suffice.
Get EE fibre if…
- The broadband is shared. Fibre optic broadband is much better than ADSL for family and shared homes as it provides enough bandwidth to support multiple users.
- You often download files. Large file downloads that can take an age with ADSL may take a fraction of the time using fibre optic.
- You often upload files. Fibre optic internet offers much faster upload speeds, perfect if you’re often sending large files (such as video) to the internet.
- You’re a gamer. Game downloads can be very big, so fibre lets you enjoy the latest releases a lot sooner. Fibre is also better suited to hosting multiplayer servers.
- You like to stream video. Streaming video - especially high definition - from services like Netflix can be extremely demanding. A fibre service can stream even UHD 4K quality without buffering.