DownloadContractLandlineDigital TVMonthly CostTotal First Year Cost 
Speed (up to)LimitLine RentalBroadband
Hyperoptic
Hyper-lite
20MbUnlimited
12
months
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£12.50£210
Tel 0333 240 0121 0333 240 0121
Plusnet
Unlimited Fibre & evening and weekend calls (Markets 2 & 3)
38MbTruly Unlimited
18
months
£15.95£0£237.33
Tel 0808 178 5954 0808 178 5954
Hyperoptic
Hyper-lite + Evening & Weekend calls
20MbUnlimited
12
months
£12.50£2.50£240
Tel 0333 240 0121 0333 240 0121
TalkTalk
Fibre Medium with SimplyBroadband
38MbTruly Unlimited
18
months
£15.95£5£256.40
Tel 0800 049 7843 0800 049 7843
Plusnet
Unlimited Fibre + evening and weekend Calls (Market 1)
38MbTruly Unlimited
18
months
£15.95£0£282.33
Tel 0808 178 5954 0808 178 5954
Virgin Media
Broadband: 50Mb + Phone: M
50MbUnlimited
18
months
£15.99£4£285.88
Tel 0808 168 6088 0808 168 6088
Plusnet
Unlimited Fibre & anytime calls (Markets 2 & 3)
38MbTruly Unlimited
18
months
£15.95£5£297.33
Tel 0808 178 5954 0808 178 5954
John Lewis Broadband
 
Fibre Broadband and Evening & Weekend Calls (Markets 2 & 3)
38Mb100GB
12
months
£13.50£0£312
John Lewis Broadband
 
Fibre Broadband and Evening & Weekend Calls. (Market 1)
38Mb100GB
12
months
£13.50£0£312
TalkTalk
Fibre Large with SimplyBroadband
76MbTruly Unlimited
18
months
£15.95£10£316.40
Tel 0800 049 7843 0800 049 7843
BT
Infinity 1
38Mb20GB
18
months
£15.99£0£318.83
Tel 0800 783 5390 0800 783 5390
Plusnet
Unlimited Fibre & anytime international 300 (Markets 2 & 3)
38MbTruly Unlimited
18
months
£15.95£7£321.33
Tel 0808 178 5954 0808 178 5954
Hyperoptic
Hyper-active
100MbUnlimited
12
months
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£20£330
Tel 0333 240 0121 0333 240 0121
TalkTalk
Fibre Medium with Essentials TV
38MbTruly Unlimited
18
months
£15.95£9.25£332.90
Tel 0800 049 7843 0800 049 7843
Virgin Media
Big Easy
50MbUnlimited
18
months
£15.99£15£341.88
Tel 0808 168 6088 0808 168 6088
Plusnet
Unlimited Fibre + anytime calls (Market 1)
38MbTruly Unlimited
18
months
£15.95£5£342.33
Tel 0808 178 5954 0808 178 5954
EE
Unlimited Fibre + Weekend Calls
38MbUnlimited
18
months
£15.75£5£344.70
Tel 0800 072 4137 0800 072 4137
Virgin Media
Broadband: 50Mb + Phone: M + Mobile SIM
50MbUnlimited
18
months
£15.99£9£345.88
Tel 0808 168 6088 0808 168 6088
Sky
Fibre Unlimited + Talk Weekends
38MbTruly Unlimited
18
months
£16.40£0£353.75
Tel 0844 241 1407 0844 241 1407
Hyperoptic
Hyper-active + Evening & Weekend calls
100MbUnlimited
12
months
£12.50£10£360
Tel 0333 240 0121 0333 240 0121
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Cable Broadband Guide

by Hannah from money.co.uk

We explain how cable broadband works and when its likely to be a good option for you.

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Cable broadband is brought into your home via the fibre optic cables used to supply cable TV. Because of this cable broadband is often offered in packages comprised of both TV channels and inclusive phone calls, making it an economical option.

Theoretically, cable broadband can reach higher speeds than the ADSL alternative; however it is also more susceptible to fluctuations in service which can sometimes eliminate this advantage.

It often makes a difference to your service reliability how old the fibre optic cables in your area are and your distance from the local telephone exchange.

However, if everything is in place in your area a cable internet connection enables you to seamlessly download large files, stream live TV and broadcasts, have real time conversations and make video calls that other connections struggle with.

If you choose to go with any of the cable broadband UK providers, it will be necessary for an engineer to come and install this service by running a wire from the main cable line in the street to an external cable box in your home. Cable broadband providers then connect your television, phone and computer.

Due to the difficulty and additional cost of installation, you need to take it into account with the overall package when you compare cable broadband, to get the best cable broadband deals.

Although cable internet providers are slowly increasing coverage for cable broadband across the UK, it still only covers approximately 50% of homes, with cable broadband connections still unavailable in the more rural parts of the country.

However, if you are in an area where cable broadband is available (check on the cable provider's site for covered postcodes) and want to have access to cable television, it can prove to be an economical way of connecting to the internet.