Best broadband deals in Cotswold


Find fast and cheap broadband deals in Cotswold

Best broadband deals in Cotswold


Find fast and cheap broadband deals in Cotswold

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Fastest broadband deal in Cotswold

These speeds are based on the Cotswold postcode GL54 4BN. We've used this postcode because it is representative of one of the fastest areas for broadband in Cotswold.

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

Cheapest broadband deal in Cotswold

The cheapest broadband in Cotswold 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 Cotswold so it is worth looking for other packages which might suit your needs better.




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Broadband providers in Cotswold

In Cotswold, 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 Cotswold.
Also available in Cotswold are .

According to Ofcom data, the average broadband speed in Cotswold is .





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Everything you need to know to find the best broadband deal in Cotswold

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

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



Why switching broadband provider is often a good idea

One of the most annoying parts of adult life is that you have to join a seemingly never-ending 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 sometimes confusing and time-consuming, and that's why many people prefer just to do it once. They discover 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 on the planet, Which? British consumers can save an eye-watering £143 annually by switching.

Saving money is probably most buyers' main reason to change, however it's not the only reason switching is often a good idea:



Loyalty doesn't mean rewards

In the past, being a long time customer would guarantee you extra benefits 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 every year while new customers get offered cheaper broadband deals with the same provider.



Better all-round broadband deals

Less expensive broadband doesn't necessarily 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, the majority of broadband providers offer money-saving deals to first-time customers in addition to competitive speeds.



Types of broadband in Cotswold

When searching for the best broadband deals, you'll come across numerous buzzwords, and it's critical 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 decision you need to make is what kind of broadband you want.


ADSL (Standard broadband)

ADSL represents Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line and is the most commonly accessible broadband type in the UK. With ADSL, broadband is provided via the phone lines, along copper wires. Since these wires were originally developed for voice calls, they're not very efficient at transferring data and therefore can't attain 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 achieve speeds of 24Mbps. However, it's worth keeping in mind that with both ADSL types, speeds vary depending on how far you live from the telephone exchange. Additionally, actual speeds are usually 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 one thinner than a human hair). It uses glass fibres rather than the standard copper lines used in standard ADSL broadband. Fibre is both incredibly quick and dependable.

So that's fibre, but what's 'full fibre?'. Some broadband providers offer 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 home). 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.

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

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


Cable

This is where things can get a little complicated. Cable broadband is still primarily fibre, but with one key difference. Data is sent out 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 home. These are the same cables that deliver cable television 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 few smaller 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 installed on your property, much like with satellite TV. Satellite broadband isn't common in the UK but is a good alternative for homes 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 quicker 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 another person and don't do particularly bandwidth-intensive activities, you should be fine with standard broadband (ADSL). When searching for the best broadband deals for standard broadband, you'll generally see average speeds of 10-11Mbps.

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


Larger Households

Once you get to 3+ people in the household, you can start to see performance challenges with standard broadband. For instance, you may 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 package deals with speeds of 30-60Mbps are suggested. Numerous entry-level fibre packages in the UK offer speeds of 35-38Mbps, which will satisfy the needs of a family this size with typical internet usage. But obviously, you can select speeds closer to 60Mbps if you have a gamer amongst 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 try to find broadband deals with speeds of 60-100Mbps. For the large majority of households in this category, speeds in the range of 60-70Mbps will be ample, so don't think you require to strive for that magic 100 number.



What are my contract length options?

Broadband contracts are usually 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 periods of time or working away from home temporarily. These contracts typically work on a month by month basis and can be cancelled at short notice. However, these contracts are generally 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 most likely need to pay an exit fee, so it's only worth it if your cost savings or performance improvement are significant.

It's also worth noting 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 situation 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 location.



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 via live chat, phone, or email.


How do I check my broadband speed in Cotswold?

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


How can I find better broadband deals in Cotswold?

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


Will I get the advertised speeds in Cotswold?

Possibly, however not always. Many broadband contracts contain small print saying that the advertised speed isn't guaranteed or warning you that certain factors could 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 allowed to advertise the average speed of their service rather than a top speed only available to a handful of properties. This was a move in the right direction and means that the majority of customers experience speeds close to those marketed.

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