What is Sky fibre optic?
Sky fibre optic is a superfast broadband service. It is significantly quicker than ADSL broadband, making it ideal for busy shared or family homes, or anyone who wants to do demanding tasks like downloading lots of big files and streaming high definition video.
How does Sky fibre optic work and what equipment do I need?
Sky fibre optic broadband uses a technology known as Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC). This means that fibre optic wiring is used to reach the green street cabinets you see on the side of the road, with the regular telephone line carrying the signal the rest of the way into homes and businesses.
You don’t need anything special to use Sky fibre. In terms of the equipment inside your home it’s not much different to a regular broadband service - you’ll be given a Wi-Fi broadband router that’s hooked up to the phone point, allowing you to easily share the connection. On the day of activation an engineer will visit to set it up and test the line, then you’re ready to enjoy superfast Sky fibre broadband!
How fast is Sky fibre optic?
Sky fibre deals are available with either an average download of 36Mb, or 63Mb if you opt for a Sky Fibre Max package.
How fast is this? A 36Mb service is more than three times as quick as a typical ADSL broadband connection. At speeds of 36Mb you could download a DVD size movie (4GB) in under 15 minutes!
Of course you need to keep in mind that these speeds are said to be “up to” as the exact performance you’ll receive will vary depending on far you are from the exchange and other factors. But you will be given a speed estimate when signing up, and Sky does guarantee a speed of at least 55Mb when you choose a Fibre Max deal.
Not sure what speed you need? Our guide to broadband speeds can provide enlightenment.
Do I need Sky fibre unlimited deals?
Sky Fibre Unlimited and Sky Fibre Max give you Sky superfast broadband without the worry of a data usage cap. There are some cheaper options with a monthly data limit, but these are not suitable for anything more than light use, and definitely not recommended for homes where the connection is shared.
Limited broadband services mean keeping a close eye on your usage as exceeding the cap can incur extra charges or restrict the speed of the broadband. Unlimited deals eliminate this worry. For this reason we would recommend unlimited as the best option for most people.
Is a phone line required for Sky fibre optic broadband deals?
All Sky broadband services require an active telephone line. The line rental is included in the price you see in our comparison table so there’s no hidden cost.
If you do not currently have an active Openreach (BT) telephone line Sky will arrange for an engineer to visit and set this up, however you will have to pay an additional charge for this service, even if the package offers free setup.
Can I get Sky fibre?
Sky superfast broadband is widely available across the UK, but there are still some homes where it might not be on offer. This means the first step when buying a new package is to check fibre availability in your area.
Checking whether or not you can get Sky fibre couldn’t be easier using Broadband Genie. All you need to do is enter your postcode into the search field in the comparison table, and we’ll filter the deals to show only the services available in your area.
If you find that you’re not in a fibre enabled area you may still be able to get regular Sky broadband. And it’s worth keeping a close eye on the broadband situation in your area as fibre broadband is being rolled out across the country, so even if you can’t get sky fibre optic right now you may be able to in the near future.
Can I get Sky TV and broadband in a bundle?
Sky fibre optic broadband is available in the form of broadband only deals or as a bundle with a Sky TV service. These packages will give you superfast broadband, phone line, a free Wi-Fi router and a Sky TV box along with a selection of channels. There are various channel packs on offer, from budget options to those with everything Sky has to offer. Our Sky TV page has more information on the channels and other features such as multi-room.
Do I get any free extras with a Sky fibre optic broadband deal?
All Sky packages include the following:
- Sky Hub wireless router (postage applies)
- Free nationwide Wi-Fi access on The Cloud network
- Sky Broadband Shield security
How do I compare Sky fibre offers?
Choosing a new broadband package can be confusing as you’re faced with an overwhelming number of deals and lots of technical lingo. But at Broadband Genie we’ve tried to make comparing and buying broadband as easy as possible by giving you tools to quickly sort through deals and lots of helpful information.
Your first step should be to enter your postcode and filter broadband deals by location. Once you’ve done that you can use our filters and comparison table to find the perfect package.
What should I look for when comparing Sky fibre deals?
There are usually lots of Sky fibre offers out there, so here are some pointers on what to look for as you compare the options:
Signing up to Sky fibre can not only get you a great new superfast fibre broadband connection, you may even receive a free gift along with it. Sky fibre offers frequently include free extras such as shopping vouchers.
Sky fibre deals have an 18 month agreements, though around August and September there may also be nine month contracts for students.
Sky fibre optic is available with an average speed of either 36Mb or 63Mb if you go for Sky Fibre Max. Many people will find 36Mb is sufficient, but heavy users or busy shared houses will benefit from the fastest 63Mb service.
Some of the cheapest Sky fibre deals will come with a monthly data limit, which means you’ll need to keep an eye on usage. These can be a bargain, but are not suitable for anyone who frequently downloads large files or for shared homes where multiple users will quickly exceed the cap. For peace of mind there’s unlimited Sky fibre which is entirely free of usage limits so you can download and upload to your heart’s content.
The amount you pay each month will vary depending on what sort of Sky fibre optic package you select, with Sky TV packages and faster speeds increasing the cost. The price you see on Broadband Genie is the cost of both the broadband and telephone line rental (and TV, if included).
Setup costs are a one-off charge for activating your new Sky fibre optic service. While some Sky broadband deals come with free installation, most will have some upfront fees. The setup costs we list are the basic fees charged to everyone, but if your home requires additional engineer work this may increase. If extra fees are required Sky will advise you during the signup process.