Our broadband network

Why should you make sure you're on our network? We're glad you asked.

We’ve got the biggest broadband network in the UK and it's open to all. More than 650 service providers use the Openreach network including household names like Sky, TalkTalk, BT and Zen. This means that you can choose a package from any of them selling services in your area. We also have more engineers than any one else, using all their expertise to deliver service of the highest quality. 

And our Ultrafast Full Fibre network build is the biggest and fastest growing in the UK. We're making Ultrafast Full Fibre broadband available to millions of homes and businesses across the UK - that’s why we’re the broadband network for the UK.

Take a closer look at the benefits of choosing a broadband package from a service provider who uses our network.

We're the biggest

We’re the biggest broadband network in the UK. 99% of homes and businesses can connect to our network - even in the most remote areas. And 96% of the UK can order Superfast fibre broadband, with average download speeds of 66Mbps.

We have the largest broadband network in the UK, reaching over 99% of homes and businesses.
Over 650 Service Providers use our network to offer packages to their customers.

We've got the most choice for you

Our network isn’t only the biggest, it’s also ‘open’. This means you’re not locked into one provider – over 650 service providers use our network, offering thousands of different broadband packages. With that many to choose from, you can find the perfect fit for what you need.

We use the best technology

Our network is fast, reliable, and ready for anything the future brings. Our fibre cables can increase bandwidth and speed as technology accelerates – after all, they transmit data at light-speed.  

We use the best technology,
We're building Full Fibre bigger and faster than anyone else.

We're building Full Fibre faster than anyone else

We're building 62,000 Full Fibre connections every week - that's one every 10.4 seconds.  We plan to connect 25 million homes and businesses by the end of 2026. That means making speeds of up to 1000Mbps available in more cities, towns, and villages  than ever before. 

Most reliable

Our Full Fibre broadband network is fast, reliable, and ready for anything the future brings. Our fibre cables can increase bandwidth and speed as technology accelerates – after all, they transmit data at light-speed.  

Full Fibre is fast, reliable and future-proof.
We have more engineers than any other network, all using their expertise to deliver the highest quality service.

Most engineers

We have 29,000 highly skilled and rated engineers -  more than any other network in the UK. Together they have over half a million years of experience which they use to deliver the highest quality service. And we're also hiring new engineers faster than anyone else. 

Technologies that power our network

We use multiple technologies across our network to deliver broadband to you. Broadband is the service you use to connect to the internet to send and receive, data, voice, and video across long distances at high speeds.

Let's take a look at the technologies we use. **

Ultrafast full fibre is fibre all the way to your home, giving up to 1 Gbps download, supporting  up to 100 devices using the most reliable technology.

Ultrafast Full Fibre

Ultrafast Full Fibre, also known as Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) or Full Fibre, uses fibre optic cable to connect our exchange directly to your home or business. Offering speeds of up to 1000Mbps it's the fastest broadband you can get.

Gfast is turbocharged Superfast Broadband. Giving up to 330 Mbps download and supporting  up to 30 devices.

Gfast

Gfast is a turbo-charged version of Superfast, or Fibre-to-the-Cabinet. It uses the same combination of fibre and copper to connect our exchange to your home or business but is turbocharged. Offering speeds of up to 330Mbps, Gfast can  increase your broadband speed by up to four times.

Superfast Broadband uses fibre to the cabinet and then copper to your home. Giving up to 80 Mbps download and supporting  up to 8 devices.

Superfast 

Superfast broadband, also known as Fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC), uses fibre to connect the exchange to your local cabinet and then copper from the cabinet to your home or business. It offers speeds of up to 80Mbps.

Standard Broadband uses copper all the way to your home. Giving up to 24 Mbps download and supporting  up to 2.4 devices.

Copper

Also known as Standard broadband, Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line broadband, or ADSL. This connects our exchange to your premises, via a cabinet, through copper phone lines. It offers limited speeds of up to 24Mbps, but is available to 99% of the country.

Technology for medium to large businesses

Ethernet is dedicated fibre all the way to your business. Giving up to 10 Gbps up and download and supporting  up to 1,000 devices.

Ethernet

Ethernet uses Full Fibre to deliver dedicated point-to-point connections for businesses and institutions – from hospitals and schools to data centres and mobile masts. Because Ethernet is a sole-use connection, it can offer simultaneous upload and download speeds of up to 10Gbps.

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What our fibre checker results mean for you

Use our fibre checker to find out the best broadband products available for your home or business.

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Where and when we're building Full Fibre 

See if your postcode is in our plans and when we're planning to start to build.

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We're switching off our copper network

We’ll be retiring the copper telephone network in 2026. By then most phone lines will need to have become digital.

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What if Full Fibre isn't coming to me?      

Even if you aren't in our build plans, you can still get full fibre. We can work with your community  to help organise alternative funding. 

 

  • The small print

    Superfast Broadband average speed of 66 Mbps taken from Ofcom UK Home Broadband Performance Report, 9 September 2021.

    The number of devices is calculated based on an average of 10 Mbps per device. The optimum bandwidth required to support devices may vary and this is not an accurate reflection of how many devices would be supported in your home on these broadband connections.

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