Best broadband deals in East Lothian


Find fast and cheap broadband deals in East Lothian

Best broadband deals in East Lothian


Find fast and cheap broadband deals in East Lothian

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Fastest broadband deal in East Lothian

These speeds are based on the East Lothian postcode EH21 8FE. We've used this postcode because it is representative of one of the fastest areas for broadband in East Lothian.

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

Cheapest broadband deal in East Lothian

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




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Broadband providers in East Lothian

In East Lothian, 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 East Lothian.
Also available in East Lothian are .

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





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Everything you need to know to choose the best broadband deal in East Lothian

Whatever you do online, whether it's streaming video, gaming, reading the news or merely looking at your emails, you need dependable broadband. In the UK, we're lucky 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, choosing 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 looking for? Then you're in the right place.



Why switching broadband provider is often a good idea

Among the most irritating parts of adult life is that you need 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 often 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 every 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 sluggish 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 yearly by switching.

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



Loyalty doesn't guarantee benefits

In the past, being a long time customer may guarantee you extra rewards like competitive rates, cashback, or add-ons. However, today, 'loyalty penalties' are more and more common. A loyalty penalty is where you pay a higher amount to continue with the service. So, for example, your service fee might rise in price yearly 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, most broadband providers offer money-saving deals to first-time customers along with competitive speeds.



Types of broadband in East Lothian

When looking 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 choice you need to make is what kind of broadband you need.


ADSL (Standard broadband)

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

There are two frequently used kinds 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. Nevertheless, 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 typically much lower than the maximum speeds.


Fibre Optic and Full Fibre

With fibre broadband, data is sent 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 extremely quick and stable.

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 typically a huge issue for most consumers, it can cause drops in performance if your home is located far from the cabinet.

On the other hand, 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 available to 96% of UK properties.

While the gradually increasing fibre coverage is promising, people living in rural areas may still struggle to find fibre deals.


Cable

This is where things can get a little complicated. Cable broadband is still mostly fibre, however 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 provide cable television and are much faster than copper phone wires.

Cable is more dependable 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 way of getting internet in your home without all the wires. With satellite, data is beamed from space to a satellite dish installed on your house, just like 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 most 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 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 typically see average speeds of 10-11Mbps.

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


Larger Households

Once you get to 3+ individuals in the household, you can begin to see performance problems with standard broadband. For instance, 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 household of 3-4 people, fibre package deals with speeds of 30-60Mbps are suggested. Many 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 of course, you can go with 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 vast majority of homes in this category, speeds in the range of 60-70Mbps will be ample, so don't think you need 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 provide short-term or rolling broadband contracts for people renting for short periods of time or working away from home temporarily. These contracts generally work on a month by month basis and can be cancelled at short notice. However, these contracts are usually more expensive because 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 existing contract. Nevertheless, 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 considerable.

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 circumstance where you can guarantee no penalties for cancelling an ongoing broadband contract is when your provider fails to satisfy their contract's promised terms. For example, 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 East Lothian?

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


How can I find better broadband deals in East Lothian?

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


Will I get the advertised speeds in East Lothian?

Possibly, but not necessarily. Lots of broadband contracts contain 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. Essentially, today, broadband providers are only permitted to market the average speed of their service instead of a top speed only available to a handful of properties. 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.