All about Sky fibre broadband deals
If you’re looking for internet access without lagging or buffering, Sky broadband's fibre packages are a great option.
In this guide, we’re going to be checking out the availability of Sky fibre, having a look at the broadband services on offer, and helping you find a great package for your needs.
Let’s dive in!
To find out more, read our guide to fibre optic broadband availability.
Current Sky fibre broadband deals
Sky has one fibre-optic broadband package that almost everybody will be able to get, plus a couple of cutting edge Ultrafast services which currently have limited availability.
Sky Broadband Superfast 35
This is Sky Broadband’s entry-level fibre service. It's the best broadband option to take if you want to upgrade from an older ADSL package, but don’t need all the bells and whistles of extra TV services.
Sky Broadband Superfast
This deal offers unlimited downloads, with average download speeds of 61Mb, starting from under £30 per month. This is a fantastic option if there are a few of you at home, or if you do a lot of streaming and downloading.
Sky Broadband Ultrafast
Sky Ultrafast is a full fibre, Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) service which offers an average download speed of 145Mbps, with a guaranteed minimum of 100Mb, and costs £30 per month. However, only a relatively small number of homes can currently take advantage of this deal.
To get this service, you need to be connected to a full fibre network. To check whether you are, you can pop your address or postcode into our deals checker. If this appears in your list, you can get full fibre broadband!
Sky Ultrafast Plus
This package offers a rapid 500 Mbps for £40 per month. But like Sky Broadband Ultrafast, not everyone can sign up yet.
Sky Broadband Gigafast
The quickest Sky Broadband package available. It can deliver an incredible broadband speed with an average download of 900Mb. For this, you’re looking at a monthly cost of just under £50 on an 18 month contract.
It’s highly likely you won’t have to pay a setup fee for any of these Sky Broadband deals.
For more information, visit our full Sky Broadband review.
What is a Sky ADSL deal?
ADSL stands for ‘Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line’. It’s broadband technology that allows the transfer data across regular telephone lines. You can make calls at the same time as being connected to the internet.
An ADSL line will, at minimum, allow for a broadband connection of up to 8Mb. These days, that’s pretty slow and won’t allow you to do much other than emailing or basic web searches.
ADSL2+ is now available at nearly all exchanges across the UK with slightly faster data transfer rates of around 10-11Mb.
What is FTTP or full fibre broadband?
Full Fibre broadband is also known as ‘Fibre To The Premises’, ‘Fibre To The Home’. This is often shortened to FTTP or FTTH. They’re all the same thing!
Instead of copper telephone wire making up the final part of the journey from that green cabinet on the street, fibre optic cables are installed right up to your home.
It’s amazing the difference in speed this small data journey can have. With full-fibre broadband you can expect to receive speeds of 1Gb+.
The downside is full-fibre is only available to a small percentage of homes in the UK, and it’s taking a good while to get everyone up to speed.
Can I get Sky full fibre broadband in my area?
Sky fibre-optic Superfast broadband is widely available across the UK, so most people will be able to access it. But it doesn’t reach every home. Your first step should be to see if it’s accessible to you.
Put your postcode or address into our Sky fibre checker, below, to see if your area is covered.
Broadband Genie deals checker
To find out more, read our guide to fibre optic broadband availability.
What's the best Sky fibre package?
We think the best value Sky broadband package is Sky Superfast, offering 61Mb broadband for a very affordable price. You can find this, and our pick of Sky Superfast Fibre and TV bundles, below:
Is Sky fibre broadband any good?
Is Sky fibre the right choice for you? Every provider has its pros and cons. Here's a brief outline of Sky’s advantages and disadvantages.
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Sky full fibre broadband and TV packages
One of the main draws of Sky broadband offers is its excellent TV options. Sky has a wide variety of TV packages, including:
Sky Stream, Netflix and Superfast Broadband or Ultrafast Broadband
- Includes Sky Entertainment and Netflix Basic for on-demand content. You can upgrade your Netflix plan at any time to ‘Standard’ or ‘Premium’.
Additional TV channels can then be added on, including:
- Sky Sports Channels - for access to Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Cricket, Golf, F1 and Boxing
- Sky Cinema
- TNT Sports (previously BT Sport) for access to UEFA Champions League and Europa League matches
- Sky Kids
Sky Glass, Sky TV, Netflix and Superfast Broadband
This has the same TV channel options, but includes a 43” TV with 48-month interest free loan, which you can upgrade to Sky Glass with Sky Live.
Sky Q, Sky TV & Netflix and Superfast Broadband
Includes Sky Q Box with over 100 channels not on Freeview, plus over 500 Box Sets, Unlimited Netflix and Sky Pay As You Talk landline calls.
Additional TV channels or features not already mentioned include:
- Sky Multiscreen
- Upgrade to an Ultra HD or HD Sky TV package
Sky full fibre broadband with a phone service
The cheapest bundled package you can get as a Sky broadband customer is a Sky Broadband with a landline.
You’ll have to pay line rental for most Sky fibre broadband deals, unless you’re signed up to a full fibre service. This is because Sky Superfast broadband relies on a common, copper phone line using the BT Openreach network. You’ll have to pay for any calls you make on your home phone, but Sky Pay As You Talk is included as standard.
If you want to bundle inclusive calls into the deal, here are your options:
|Package||Price (per month)||Contract Length||What's included|
|Sky Talk Evenings & Weekends||£5.75||18 months||Unlimited evening and weekend calls to UK mobiles and landlines|
|Sky Talk Anytime Calls||£13.50||18 months||Unlimited inclusive calls to UK mobiles and landlines|
|Sky Talk International||£15.50||18 months||Unlimited inclusive calls to UK mobiles and landlines, plus 50 worldwide destinations|
Is Sky full fibre internet right for me?
While a faster internet speed is good to have, it’s not essential. If you’re the only person using the broadband, and you aren’t regularly downloading large files or streaming HD videos, then you might prefer to save money with a cheaper ADSL package.
Frequently asked questions about Sky fibre broadband deals
How fast is Sky broadband full fibre?
Sky broadband full fibre deals come in the form of three different packages;
- Sky Broadband Ultrafast (145Mb average download speed, 100Mb minimum guaranteed download speed)
- Sky Broadband Ultrafast Plus (500Mb average download speed, 400Mb minimum guaranteed download speed)
- Sky Gigafast (900Mb average download speed, 600Mb minimum guaranteed download speed)
It’s important to remember the average download speeds providers advertise isn’t always the speed you’ll receive. Sky does promise minimum guaranteed download speeds for its full fibre deals.
Does Sky have 12 month broadband deals?
New customers to Sky Fibre broadband deals are expected to sign up for a contract length of 18-months.
What is Sky’s fibre broadband upload speed?
Unfortunately, Sky’s upload speeds are pretty sluggish compared to some other full fibre providers. Here are the upload speeds you can expect:
- Sky Superfast 35 (9Mb upload speed)
- Sky Superfast (16Mb upload speed)
- Sky Broadband Ultrafast (27Mb upload speed)
- Sky Broadband Ultrafast Plus (60Mb).
What can I do if my Sky Fibre broadband is slower than advertised?
For an additional £10 per month, Sky customers can sign up to Sky WiFi Max. As well as receiving an upgraded Wi-Fi 6-enabled Max Hub device, there’s a money-back guarantee if you don’t receive speeds of at least 25Mb (10Mb for Sky Broadband Superfast).
Sky is signed up to Ofcom’s Voluntary Code of Practice. This gives broadband consumers more rights when complaining about speed, including the right to leave early without a penalty. For more information, you can read our guide on ‘making broadband complaints’.
Sky fibre broadband deals offer up a good variety of options. If you’re looking for a reliable broadband only service, we highly recommend spending a little more money on Sky Superfast. For just a bit extra each month, you can get an average speed of 65Mb through a traditional phone line.
If you’re after something quicker, there are plenty of full fibre options available. However, to make sure you can get these, you’ll need to enter your address or postcode into our deals checker. Full fibre isn’t yet available to every home in the UK.
You can’t deny Sky Broadband has some of the best TV bundles on offer. The choices are only really rivalled by Virgin Media. However, you will have to commit to an 18-month contract with these. Unless, you sign up to Sky Glass or Sky Stream, you’ll also have to accept you’ll need to think about an engineer visit and the fact you have to install a satellite dish.