Wondering what your broadband options are in Scotland? Our page goes through the types of broadband you can get, as well as the top providers in the country.
Compare broadband in Scotland
You can get several types of broadband in Scotland, although your options can vary quite a bit depending on where you live.
ADSL broadband is the most common, though it’s the slowest option – download speeds are usually around 10-11Mbps. If you can get fibre optic broadband, that’s much faster. However, if you live in a very remote area, that might not be an option.
In general, fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) broadband is widely available, averaging speeds around 36-68Mbps. If you’re lucky to be living in an area with access to fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband, you can get ultrafast speeds ranging anywhere between 100Mbps to over 1,000Mbps (1Gbps). Our page on FTTP vs FTTC broadband goes through it in more detail.
Urban areas have better access to FTTP, though Openreach has been expanding its full fibre coverage across rural Scotland.
Best internet providers in Scotland
All the major providers cover Scotland, including:
Of course, the best one for you depends on what you’re looking for in a broadband deal, as well as what’s available at your address.
If we’re talking about pure speed, Virgin Media is the fastest widely available provider in Scotland. Otherwise, you should be able to get fast fibre broadband with any provider that uses BT’s Openreach network. This includes the likes of Sky, EE, Plusnet, TalkTalk, NOW, and BT.