What is the difference between broadband speeds?

Fibre (up to 100Mbps)

This fibre-optic connection has download speeds of up to 100 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of up to 20Mbps (noting that these are the theoretical maximum speeds available, and average speeds will vary). These fast speeds are needed for getting the best use out of smart TVs or gaming consoles, and streaming media like Netflix or Spotify.

Fibre Boost (up to 950Mbps)

A fibre-optic connection with even faster download speeds of up to 950Mbps and up to 450Mbps upload (again noting that these are the theoretical maximum speeds available, and average speeds will vary). These extra fast speeds are great for high volumes of media or a superior gaming experience.

Internet via your existing copper phone line is slower than fibre, but if you live in an area where you can’t currently get connected to fibre we offer:

ADSL

An ADSL connection gives you broadband via the old copper phone line network to your home. With ADSL you can expect an average download speed of about 10Mbps and average upload speeds of 1Mbps. This is ok for emailing, surfing the web and checking social media, but is not the best experience for streaming media like Netflix

VDSL

A VDSL connection also uses the copper line but offers faster speeds than ADSL for customers that are located within 800m of the relevant cabinet or exchange. Please note, this connection type may not be available to everyone. VDSL will give you download speeds of up to 50Mbps and upload speeds up to 10Mbps (again noting that these are the theoretical maximum speeds available, and average speeds will vary).

Speeds for ADSL and VDSL are dependent upon your home’s physical distance from the exchange as well as the neighbouring traffic.