Fibre broadband is now available to 95% of households in the UK – but only 60% of those with access have signed up. When more than 4,000 broadband customers were surveyed, a quarter stated they still have standard broadband (also known as ADSL).

Is changing to fibre worth it and should those of us with slower standard broadband be considering an upgrade?

Nearly 3,000 of those that were surveyed had a fibre connection and previously had standard broadband –question is was there any improvement?

Why it’s worth upgrading to fibre broadband?

It’s natural to expect fibre to be faster than a standard broadband connection, but you might have wondered whether you need this extra speed, or even whether you’d notice it. When asked, people who previously had slower standard broadband whether their connection improved when they upgraded to fibre, 78% said it had. Most noticed faster speeds, but many found fibre more reliable, too.

Faster speeds: 63% noticed that their fibre connection was much faster than standard broadband
Quicker downloads and uploads: 50% said that it was quicker to download and upload files when they used fibre
Fewer dropouts: 45% found their fibre connection more reliable, with fewer dropouts
Smoother streaming: 43% stated that music and video streaming had become smoother and less glitchy
Less risk of an outage: 36% experienced fewer long outages since moving to a fibre connection

Why is fibre broadband more reliable?
As well as being faster, fibre broadband’s improved reliability is down to the cables that are used to make up the network. Standard broadband uses the copper phone network which is less reliable thanks to age and can be affected by extreme weather. Fibre broadband relies on light signals that are resilient over long distances.

Not everybody needs the speediest fibre connections – particularly those whose time online is limited to checking emails or reading the news. However, if you’d like to stream music or video, make video calls, play games or share your connection with others, you’re likely to benefit from fibre.

How much more does fibre broadband cost?

While you might find fibre to be more expensive than standard broadband, that’s not always the case. If you’ve been with the same provider for some time, there’s a risk you’re paying over the odds for a standard broadband deal. Customers typically move from a cheaper introductory deal on to a pricier standard tariff once their contract period ends.

If you’ve been with your provider for more than 12 months, there’s a chance you’re paying this higher price – and could therefore stand to improve your connection and save money if you switch. Even based on prices for new customers, fibre may only cost a couple of pounds more – or, in some cases, even less than a standard package. Check out the latest Broadband deals available

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