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Special offer Offer ends 13/11/19 - See Virgin Media's site for T&C's

Online exclusive M50 Fibre Broadband + Phone


54Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

Unlimited Downloads

12 month Contract

Weekend calls included

Exclusive Offer: £75 Bill Credit

Offer Ends

13/11/19

£0.00 Setup costs

£237.00 Total first year cost

Weekend calls included

£0.00 Setup costs

£26.00 p/m for 12 months

£237.00 Total first year cost

Special offer Offer ends 14/11/19 - See TalkTalk's site for T&C's

Faster Fibre


Call TalkTalk

0800 049 7843

38Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

Unlimited Downloads

18 month Contract

Pay as you go calls

Online Exclusive: £70 Voucher redeemable at Amazon.co.uk, Argos, Tesco or Mastercard (New customers only)

Offer Ends

14/11/19

£0.00 Setup costs

£263.40 Total first year cost

Pay as you go calls

£0.00 Setup costs

£21.95 p/m for 18 months

£263.40 Total first year cost

Online exclusive Superfast Fibre


Call BT

0800 783 5390

50Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

Unlimited Downloads

24 month Contract

Pay as you go calls

£80 BT M&S voucher - see BT's website for further details

Offer Ends

14/11/19

£9.99 Setup costs

£357.87 Total first year cost

Pay as you go calls

£9.99 Setup costs

£28.99 p/m for 24 months

£357.87 Total first year cost

Online exclusive Unlimited Fibre


Call Plusnet

0808 178 7205

36Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

Unlimited Downloads

18 month Contract

Pay as you go calls

£0.00 Setup costs

£212.00 Total first year cost

Pay as you go calls

£0.00 Setup costs

£23.50 p/m for 18 months

£212.00 Total first year cost

Online exclusive Unlimited Broadband


Call Plusnet

0808 178 7205

10Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

Unlimited Downloads

18 month Contract

Pay as you go calls

£0.00 Setup costs

£157.88 Total first year cost

Pay as you go calls

£0.00 Setup costs

£18.99 p/m for 18 months

£157.88 Total first year cost

Online exclusive Unlimited Fibre Extra


Call Plusnet

0808 178 7205

66Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

Unlimited Downloads

18 month Contract

Pay as you go calls

£0.00 Setup costs

£253.88 Total first year cost

Pay as you go calls

£0.00 Setup costs

£26.99 p/m for 18 months

£253.88 Total first year cost

Superfast 2


64Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

Unlimited Downloads

18 month Contract

Pay as you go calls

£0.00 Setup costs

£276.00 Total first year cost

Pay as you go calls

£0.00 Setup costs

£23.00 p/m for 18 months

£276.00 Total first year cost

Online exclusive Superfast Fibre


35Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

Unlimited Downloads

18 month Contract

Pay as you go calls

£47.98 Bill Credit

Offer Ends

08/12/19

£0.00 Setup costs

£239.90 Total first year cost

Pay as you go calls

£0.00 Setup costs

£23.99 p/m for 18 months

£239.90 Total first year cost

Special offer Offer ends 14/11/19 - See TalkTalk's site for T&C's

Online exclusive Fast broadband


Call TalkTalk

0800 049 7843

11Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

Unlimited Downloads

12 month Contract

Pay as you go calls

£50 Voucher redeemable at Amazon.co.uk, Tesco, Argos or a Prepaid Mastercard

Offer Ends

14/11/19

£0.00 Setup costs

£215.40 Total first year cost

Pay as you go calls

£0.00 Setup costs

£17.95 p/m for 12 months

£215.40 Total first year cost

Online exclusive Superfast Fibre Plus


64Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

Unlimited Downloads

18 month Contract

Pay as you go calls

£53.98 Bill Credit

Offer Ends

08/12/19

£0.00 Setup costs

£269.90 Total first year cost

Pay as you go calls

£0.00 Setup costs

£26.99 p/m for 18 months

£269.90 Total first year cost

Superfast Fibre


Call TalkTalk

0800 049 7843

67Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

Unlimited Downloads

18 month Contract

Pay as you go calls

£0.00 Setup costs

£293.40 Total first year cost

Pay as you go calls

£0.00 Setup costs

£24.45 p/m for 18 months

£293.40 Total first year cost

Flow Unlimited Broadband


Call Onestream

03003032181

11Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

Unlimited Downloads

12 month Contract

Pay as you go calls

£9.99 Setup costs

£189.87 Total first year cost

Pay as you go calls

£9.99 Setup costs

£14.99 p/m for 12 months

£189.87 Total first year cost

*Average speeds are based on the download speeds of at least 50% of customers at peak time (8pm to 10pm). Speed can be affected by a range of technical and environmental factors. The speed you receive where you live may be lower than that listed above. You can check the estimated speed to your property prior to purchasing.

Fibre/cable services at your postcode are subject to availability. You can confirm availability on the provider's website.

Providers may increase charges. You should have the right to exit your contract without penalty if this happens.

Broadband Speed Test Tool

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Want to know how fast your broadband really is? Our free internet speed tester can help you find out. Read on for instructions on how to use it, or get started now by clicking the big orange button above…

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Our broadband speed tester

Our free online internet speed tester tool tells you how fast your broadband is, giving you an accurate reading of the upload speeds and download speeds you’re currently getting.

Download speed - How quickly data is transferred from the internet to your computer. The better it is, the faster it’ll be to browse the web, stream movies and TV, play games and more.

Upload speed - How quickly data is transferred from your computer to the internet. Determines how quickly you can send files, upload photos to Facebook. Typically much slower than download speeds

For more information, read our full guide to download and upload speeds.

Using our speed tester

Our free speed tester is easy to use, and just takes a few seconds. Simply click the button to get the speed test going.

It normally takes less than 30 seconds to run. It works by sending a small file to your computer and measuring how long it takes to be downloaded, and sending a file from your computer to measure the upload speed.

Bear in mind, though that broadband speeds are variable and can be affected by loads of things - including the time of day, how many people are using the connection, things others are doing online and more. So don’t just do one test - run the speed tester a few times throughout the day if you can, to get a more accurate picture.

Average download speeds

Many broadband providers advertise broadband speeds - for example, they might tell you can get up to 16Mb, up to 76Mb and beyond. However, that doesn’t mean those are the speeds you’ll actually receive.

In fact, those advertised speeds refer to what at least 10% of a providers’ customers can expect to get for real. To put it another way, as much as 90% of people probably won’t see those kind of speeds.

You’re much more likely to get speeds closer to those advertised if you get fibre optic broadband - a technology that’s much more reliable and less prone to interference and ‘slow down’ than a standard telephone line.

Why can’t I get my advertised speed?

There are loads of factors that affect the speed of your broadband. A big one for anyone with standard non-fibre broadband is distance from the local telephone exchange - the further away you are, the slower your connection.

Something that affects all types of broadband is internet traffic. The more people online, the slower your connection will be, so during peak times you may notice your broadband slow down. Similarly, if you have a lot of people in your house, all online at the same time, you’ll see your speeds start to drop. That’s why large households are better with fibre optic packages over cheap internet packages - they’re nippy enough that the drop in speed is much less of an issue.

Your speed may also drop if your provider uses traffic management. Some providers slow down certain types of activity and prioritise others during peak times, to ensure everyone gets a consistent experience. It often applies to unlimited packages, which is why some providers now do ‘truly’ unlimited broadband with no traffic management.

Using your broadband over Wi-Fi instead of connecting devices with an ethernet cable will also have an impact on speed. The signal will weaken further the more walls and doors it has to pass through. A wired connection’s always the fastest option, although not always the most practical.

How can I speed up my broadband?

If your broadband’s slower than you want it to be, you do have a few options. Firstly, if you’re on Wi-Fi, test your speed, then switch to a wired connection and test again. This will tell you if the problem’s with the line, or your hardware setup.

Once you know it’s your broadband, contact your provider to see if there’s anything they can do to improve your connection. They should be able to fiddle with a few settings, or give you advice on how to make it better.

There are lots of other things you can do to get your connection to pull its socks up, from moving your router, to getting a powerline adapter that uses the wires in your house to improve a wireless signal. Read our guide to boosting your broadband speed for more information.

If you’re still not happy, you should consider switching to a package with a faster download speed.

Switch broadband provider

If slow speeds are a problem, you should consider upgrading your package, or switching to different provider. A fibre optic broadband package could be the answer.

It’s faster and more reliable than broadband delivered over the copper wire telephone network, as fibre optic cable can carry more information across greater distances, and it’s the perfect solution to slow broadband woes. Most major providers, including Plusnet (www.Plus.net), Sky (www.Sky.com) and TalkTalk (www.TalkTalk.co.uk) offer fibre broadband packages

However, not all fibre packages are available in every part of the country. Some areas will be able to get BT fibre, for example, but not Virgin Media. Make sure you use our postcode checker to see what’s available in your area.

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