Best broadband deals in City of London


Find fast and cheap broadband deals in City of London

Best broadband deals in City of London


Find fast and cheap broadband deals in City of London

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Fastest broadband deal in City of London

These speeds are based on the City of London postcode EC1A 7BF. We've used this postcode because it is representative of one of the fastest areas for broadband in City of London.

The fastest broadband deal in City of London is , with a download speed of .

Cheapest broadband deal in City of London

The cheapest broadband in City of London is 's package costing per month. With download speeds advertised at and upload speeds at . Other broadband providers also offer very cheap broadband deals in City of London so it is worth looking for other packages which might suit your needs better.




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Broadband providers in City of London

In City of London, you will see Openreach broadband providers advertise speeds up to . Virgin Media advertise speeds up to .

of the big 5 providers are available as options for broadband in City of London.
Also available in City of London are .

According to Ofcom data, the average broadband speed in City of London is .





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Everything you need to know to choose the best broadband deal in City of London

Whatever you do online, whether it's streaming video, gaming, reading the news or simply looking at your emails, you need to have reliable broadband. In the UK, we're fortunate to have access to a variety of broadband services with different levels of performance and features. However, with so many broadband deals out there, deciding which package is right for you can be tough.

Not sure how to find the best broadband deals, what speed you need, or what you should be trying to find? Then you're in the right place.



Why changing broadband provider is often a good idea

One of the most annoying parts of adult life is that you have to join a seemingly endless number of contracts. Want entertainment? You'll want a Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Sky subscription. Want heating and water? That's another contract. Setting up new contracts is often confusing and time-consuming, and that's why many people prefer just to do it once. They find a deal they like and let it renew year after year.

However, things can change a lot from when you first arrive in your new home to today. Are you still paying a competitive rate? Is your broadband download speed still fast, or is it slow compared to what's on offer today? According to the UK's consumer champion and second-largest consumer organisation in the world, Which? British consumers can save an eye-watering £143 per year by switching.

Saving money is probably most customers' main motivation to change, but it's not the only reason that switching is often a good idea:



Loyalty doesn't mean rewards

In the past, being a long time customer could guarantee you more rewards like competitive rates, cashback, or add-ons. However, today, 'loyalty penalties' are increasingly common. A loyalty penalty is where you pay a greater amount to continue with the service. So, for instance, your service fee may hike in price each year while new customers get offered cheaper broadband deals with the same provider.



Better all-round broadband deals

Less expensive broadband doesn't always mean slower speeds. Broadband is a competitive consumer product and even more so in the age of the internet, where it's easier than ever to compare deals. As a result, many broadband providers offer money-saving deals to first-time customers together with competitive speeds.



Types of broadband in City of London

When searching for the best broadband deals, you'll encounter numerous buzzwords, and it's crucial you know what these words mean. For instance, did you know the terms 'superfast' and 'ultrafast' aren't just fancy ways of saying fast but actually have distinct definitions?

The most important choice you need to make is what type of broadband you want.


ADSL (Standard broadband)

ADSL represents Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line and is the most commonly available broadband type in the UK. With ADSL, broadband is provided by using the phone lines, along copper wires. As these wires were originally developed for voice calls, they're not very efficient at transferring data and consequently can't achieve the fast speeds we see with fibre.

There are two frequently used sorts of ADSL in the UK, ADSL1 and ADSL2+. ADSL1 is the slower of the two, with maximum speeds of around 8Mbps, while ADSL2+ can attain speeds of 24Mbps. However, it's worth noting that with both ADSL types, speeds can vary depending on how far you live from the telephone exchange. Additionally, actual speeds are typically much lower than the maximum speeds.


Fibre Optic and Full Fibre

With fibre broadband, data is sent out over clusters of fibre optic cables (each thinner than a human hair). It uses glass fibres instead of the traditional copper lines used in standard ADSL broadband. Fibre is both extremely fast and stable.

So that's fibre, but what's 'full fibre?'. Some broadband providers deliver fibre services that are known as fibre-to-cabinet (FTTC). This means that the fibre service stops at the street cabinet, and data travels over copper wires the remainder of the way (into your house). While this isn't usually a big issue for most consumers, it can cause drops in performance if your home is located far away from the cabinet.

In contrast, full-fibre, or fibre-to-premises (FTTP), takes the fibre right into your property.

Typically you'll see FTTC called 'superfast fibre' and FTTP called 'ultrafast fibre'. According to Ofcom, superfast broadband (with speeds over 30mbps), is now accessible to 96% of UK properties.

While the gradually increasing fibre coverage is promising, individuals living in rural areas might still struggle to discover fibre deals.


Cable

This is where things can get a little confusing. Cable broadband is still primarily fibre, but with one key difference. Data is sent via fibre cables to the local exchange cabinet (the same as in FTTC). However, it then uses coaxial cables for the last little stretch into your household. These are the same cables that deliver cable TV and are much faster than copper phone wires.

Cable is more reliable than ADSL, and can support much faster speeds than FTTC and lastly, speeds are not lost with distance. The dominant cable provider in the UK is Virgin Media, although a couple of smaller sized cable broadband providers are also out there.


Satellite

Satellite broadband is an alternative method of getting internet in your home without all the wires. With satellite, data is beamed from space to a satellite dish set up on your property, similar to with satellite television. Satellite broadband isn't common in the UK however is a great choice for households in extremely rural areas that don't have fixed line broadband infrastructure.



What speed do I need?

While many people understand that the more the megabits, the faster the internet connection, many struggle to understand how that relates to their household. So, how many megabits is enough for you?


1-2 People in the Household

Generally speaking, if you live alone or with one other person and don't do especially bandwidth-intensive activities, you should be fine with standard broadband (ADSL). When trying to find the best broadband deals for standard broadband, you'll normally see average speeds of 10-11Mbps.

Speeds of 10-11Mbps suffice for a couple of people to stream video, do internet shopping, or browse social media without performance issues. Additionally, it's cheap!


Larger Households

When you get to 3+ individuals in the home, you can begin to see performance problems with standard broadband. For example, you might have three people trying to stream HD video simultaneously while using the internet on their other devices, all from different house areas.

For a home of 3-4 people, fibre packages with speeds of 30-60Mbps are suggested. Lots of entry-level fibre packages in the UK offer speeds of 35-38Mbps, which will meet the requirements of a family this size with typical internet use. But obviously, you can choose speeds closer to 60Mbps if you have a gamer among you or just to be on the safe side.


Intensive Internet Users

If you have a larger than average family (5+) or a number of online gamers under your roof, then you'll want to search for broadband deals with speeds of 60-100Mbps. For the large majority of homes in this category, speeds in the range of 60-70Mbps will be more than enough, so don't think you require to strive for that magic 100 number.



What are my contract length options?

Broadband contracts are normally 12, 18, or 24 months, and generally speaking, the longer you're prepared to commit, the cheaper the monthly rate.

Alternatively, some broadband providers offer short-term or rolling broadband contracts for people renting for short time periods or working away from home temporarily. These contracts normally work on a month by month basis and can be cancelled at short notice. However, these contracts are usually more expensive since you're paying for the privilege of cancelling whenever you want.



When can I switch broadband?

The very best time to switch broadband providers is at the end of your current contract. However, if you would like to switch early, you'll probably need to pay an exit charge, so it's only worth it if your cost savings or performance improvement are significant.

It's also worth keeping in mind that broadband contracts have a 'cooling off period' of 14 days where you can cancel without penalties if you change your mind or find a better broadband deal.

The only other circumstance where you can guarantee no penalties for cancelling a continuous broadband contract is when your provider fails to fulfill their contract's promised terms. For instance, if you're getting broadband speeds far below what they quoted for your area.



Broadband deals FAQs

How do I know when my broadband contract ends?

You can check when your contract ends by logging into your account online or asking your internet service provider by means of live chat, phone, or email.


How do I check my broadband speed in City of London?

You can check out your broadband speed using an online broadband speed test tool.


How can I find better broadband deals in City of London?

You can find better broadband deals by using our address level accurate comparison tool.


Will I get the advertised speeds in City of London?

Possibly, however not always. Lots of broadband contracts include small print saying that the advertised speed isn't guaranteed or warning you that certain factors might impact it (like distance from the telephone exchange).

In May 2018, the rules around broadband speed advertising were changed to promote more transparent (and less misleading) information around broadband speeds. Basically, today, broadband providers are only enabled to advertise the average speed of their service instead of a top speed only available to a handful of households. This was a move in the right direction and means that the majority of consumers experience speeds close to those marketed.

If your speeds fall short of what you were guaranteed, you should contact your broadband provider.