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Gigaclear broadband review 2021

Is Gigaclear broadband any good?

Our Gigaclear broadband rating: 4/5

Gigaclear provides rural communities with full fibre broadband that can deliver incredible speeds. But is it any good? Our Gigaclear review will explain what it offers, how it compares to other broadband deals, and whether it is the right choice for you.

Gigaclear broadband - the Broadband Genie review

We like We don’t like
  • Very fast download and upload speeds.
  • The initial contract price is good value.
  • Includes a free Wi-Fi Mesh node.
  • Does not require a phone line.
  • Sharp price increase after the initial contract term.
  • The bundled Wi-Fi router could be better.

Gigaclear broadband speed

Gigaclear average speeds vs BT, Sky, TalkTalk, and Virgin Media

  Gigaclear BT Sky TalkTalk Virgin Media
ADSL download speed n/a 10Mb 11Mb 11Mb n/a
ADSL upload speed n/a 1Mb 1Mb 1Mb n/a
Fibre download speed 200Mb / 300Mb / 600Mb / 900Mb 36Mb / 50Mb / 67Mb 59Mb 38Mb / 67Mb 54Mb / 108Mb / 213Mb / 362Mb / 516Mb / 630Mb / 1.1Gb
Fibre upload speed 200Mb / 300Mb / 600Mb / 900Mb 9.5Mb / 19.5Mb 19Mb 9.5Mb / 19Mb 5Mb / 10Mb / 20Mb / 36Mb / 45Mb

Thanks to its FTTP (Fibre To The Premises) network. Gigaclear far outclasses many providers when it comes to speed. 

Some of the other major ISPs do offer similar maximum speeds using their own FTTP networks, however, their upload rates are often far slower than Gigaclear.

Gigaclear broadband value for money

Gigaclear broadband cheapest package vs BT, Sky, TalkTalk, and Virgin Media

Gigaclear Ultrafast 300 (300Mb) BT Fibre Essential (36Mb) Sky Superfast (59Mb) TalkTalk Fibre 35 (38Mb) Virgin Media M100 (108Mb)
£24 £27.99 £26 £23.50 £27

Gigaclear broadband fastest package vs BT, Sky, TalkTalk, and Virgin Media

Gigaclear Hyperfast 900 (900Mb) BT Fibre 2 (67Mb) Sky Superfast (59Mb) TalkTalk Fibre 65 (67Mb) Virgin Media Gig1 (1.1Gb)
£49 £32.99 £26 £25 £58

On a pound-per-Mb basis, Gigaclear is solid value for money, being many times faster than similarly priced packages. 

However, it’s important to note that the cost does increase significantly after the initial contract term. You will definitely need to make a note of the date the contract ends and contact Gigaclear at the time to negotiate the price, or perhaps switch to a cheaper deal.

Gigaclear also does not include a home phone service or even offer the option to add one. This is a good thing if you only kept a phone line around for broadband, but if you do need a landline it will have to be purchased from a different provider.

Gigaclear broadband features and extras

Gigaclear Linksys Wi-Fi router

The Linksys Wi-Fi router bundled with every Gigaclear package provides fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi alongside support for older 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. That means you can get the best wireless performance from newer devices that support the 802.11ac standard, and still connect older hardware, too.

It also offers Mesh Wi-Fi network support, a feature that extends wireless coverage around the home in a far more effective and efficient way than wireless boosters; a free Wi-Fi ‘node’ is included with every package.

If you’ve struggled with signal strength in the past then this is a very welcome addition.

However, there are some issues with the router which may be a problem depending on your broadband speed and intended usage.

One catch is that the Wi-Fi cannot support the full 900Mb speed of the Gigaclear Hyperfast package. That is a limitation of Wi-Fi technology so the blame can’t be laid at the feet of the provider, but it could somewhat alleviate the problem by supplying a router that supported the latest 802.11ax (aka Wi-Fi 6) standard.

To make full use capabilities of Hyperfast you will need to connect with an ethernet cable and ensure that your devices support gigabit wired networking. 

Except there are only two network ports available, while many other routers offer four. If you plan to wire up more than two devices at a time, a network switch will be a necessary additional purchase.

Gigaclear broadband review conclusion

Our Gigaclear broadband rating: 4 / 5

Gigaclear offers an exceptional cutting-edge broadband experience with incredible speeds. And because it's symmetrical you’re getting an upload speed that’s as rapid as the download rate.

It is also to be applauded for focusing on rural areas which have traditionally been underserved by mainstream networks.

The cost is quite reasonable, too, starting from less than £30 per month. However, Gigaclear customers should watch out for the steep price rises which kick in once the initial contract term has ended. 

The only area we would flag for improvement is the bundled Wi-Fi router. While it will suffice for many homes, it is lacking some more features that would help you take full advantage of this very fast broadband service.

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