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How Much Does 1Gbps UK Home Broadband Cost – 2021 vs 2022

Friday, April 15th, 2022 (12:01 am) - Score 19,248

The list also excludes gigabit plans that cost more than £100 per month – partly to keep our workload down and also because £100+ is moving into business level pricing, as well as plans where the ISP is unclear about who is building their underlying network(s). We’ll also skip ISPs that harness more than two underlying networks (each with different prices) as this causes too much repetition and complexity for us to reflect below.

Overall, this list isn’t intended to be exhaustive, but it should help to illustrate common trends and changes over time. At present the only truly mass-market gigabit provider is Virgin Media, which is available to nearly 16 million premises. Openreach are some way behind that (over 6.44 million premises passed) and then there are the many smaller, albeit rapidly growing, AltNets.

In order to save space, we aren’t listing upload speeds. However, it’s worth noting that while many providers will give you symmetric uploads, a few often offer much slower uploads (e.g. Openreach-based networks, as well as Virgin and Broadway Broadband etc.). On most gigabit (1Gbps) plans this will still be 100Mbps+, which is more than enough for the majority of people, except on Virgin where they only offer uploads of 50Mbps.

NOTE: Prices are all inc. VAT. We don’t display one-off setup fees below (not enough space), but these tend to vary between £0 and £200. The monthly prices in brackets are post-contract (after discounts) and nearly every package includes a router.

NEW ISPs in 2022: No One, 1310, Alncom, Aquiss, B4RK, Be Fibre, Beacons Telecom, BorderLink (GoFibre), Boundless Networks, BrawBand, Brsk, Cerberus Networks, Connexin, Country Connect, Cuckoo,

Summary of UK 1Gbps Home Broadband Plans (Alphabetic)

ISP Network Price 2022 Price 2021 Contract (Months)
B4RN B4RN 30.00 30.00 1
Box Broadband Box Broadband 59.95 59.95 18
Broadway Broadband Broadway Partners 69.99 99.99 12
BT Openreach 54.99 (59.99) 59.99 (67.99) 24
Cambridge Fibre Cambridge Fibre 49.00 (69.00) 49.00 (69.00) 24
CommunityFibre Community Fibre 25.00 (49.00) 49.00 (54.00) 24
County Broadband County Broadband 80.00 80.00 24
Ecom Ecom 96.00 96.00 12
EE Openreach 49.00 (57.00) 60.00 (62.00) 18
Exascale Exascale 48.99 90.00 24
Fibrus Fibrus 29.99 (59.99) 49.99 (84.99) 12
Freeola Openreach 58.99 69.98 1
G.Network G.Network 48.00 57.00 12
Gigaclear Gigaclear 49.00 (79.00) 79.00 18
Giganet Cityfibre – Openreach 40.00 – 69.00 49.00 – 79.00 12
Grain Grain 44.99 (55.00) 55.00 12
Hyperoptic Hyperoptic 40.00 (60.00) 40.00 (60.00) 24
InternetTY InternetTY 45.00 45.00 18
Jurassic Fibre Jurassic Fibre 40.00 95.00 1
KCOM KCOM 69.99 79.00 18
Leetline (Trunk Networks) * Openreach – CityFibre 64.99 – 40.99 69.00 – n/a 24
Lightning Fibre Lightning Fibre 59.00 59.00 24
Lothian Broadband Lothian Broadband 59.99 100.00 12
Optify Optify 60.00 60.00 12
Pine Media Pine Media 49.99 60.00 12
Pure Broadband KCOM – Cityfibre 64.50 – 45.00 79.00 12 – 24
Quantum Air Fibre Quantum Air Fibre 60.00 60.00 24
Swish Fibre Swish Fibre 75.00 75.00 1
Telcom (WeFibre) * Telcom 20.00 20.00 ?
toob toob 25.00 (29.00) 25.00 (29.00) 18
Trooli Trooli 68.00 (80.00) 80.00 18
Trunk Networks (No One) * Openreach – CityFibre 62.99 – 38.99 66.00 (Openreach) 24
Truespeed Truespeed 54.99 (*69.99) 69.99 18
Village Networks Village Networks 70.00 70.00 18
Virgin Media Virgin Media 62.00 62.00 18
Vision Fibre Media Vision Fibre Media Closed 60.00 18
Vodafone * Cityfibre – Openreach 35.00 – 70.00 48.00 24
Wessex Internet Wessex Internet 84.00 84.00 12
WightFibre WightFibre 54.95 55.00 (68.49) 1
Wildanet Wildanet 59.99 89.95 24
YouFibre YouFibre 40.00 (*50.00) 50.00 18
Zen Internet * Cityfibre – Openreach 47.99 – 59.99 40.00 – 62.95 24
Zzoomm Zzoomm 59.00 59.00 12

Out of the 41 providers listed, only a couple saw a partial price increase – Vodafone and Zen Internet (we’ll come back to them later), while the rest either saw a significant price reduction or kept their prices unchanged. Speaking in real terms, prices that don’t change in this climate could also be considered as a reduction, due to the impact of inflation (CPI/RPI ballooned in the last half of 2021).

ISP Specific Observations

➤ Leetline and No One (Trunk Networks) – Last year’s pricing reflected just their Openreach based products, but they’ve both since added CityFibre packages too and at a lower price.

➤ Telcom (WeFibre) – The website for this provider is light on detail, and thus we’re unsure of the contract term for their £20 price point or whether that increases post-contract etc.

➤ Vodafone – In the original article they adopted the same pricing for both their Openreach and CityFibre based packages, while this year they’ve split them. In other words, Vodafone now charges less for their CityFibre packages than last year, but more for their Openreach plans – this makes sense because they now have many more CF ISPs to compete with than last year.

➤ Zen Internet – Zen’s CityFibre price in 2021 was a special launch offer that has since ended (going from £40 to £47.99), while their comparable Openreach based package has actually reduced in price.

Quite a few providers have also changed their minimum contract terms compared with last year. For example, Hyperoptic added 24-month contracts, whereas previously they only went up to 12-months (still an option). Similarly, KCOM adopted 18-months (up from 12 last year) and Lothian Broadband moved from an 18 to 12-month term. But the biggest change came from WightFibre, which scrapped their 24-month term for a rolling monthly contract.

One other thing worth noting is that BT and sibling EE are both continuing to be very competitive on price with rivals on the same Openreach platform. Admittedly, this list doesn’t include all the Openreach based FTTP providers that have launched gigabit plans since last year (there are quite a few), but generally BT remain well positioned against most – if not all – of those too.

Broadly speaking, most full fibre providers have become cheaper than they were last year (or at least not more expensive), which is likely to be a direct or indirect result of rising competition at the infrastructure level. But there are limits to how far such ISPs can reduce their prices, since making the service too cheap risks harming the investment model for deployment (i.e. pushing the long payback window even further out).

Some people may view these packages as expensive but, given the speed (not so long ago you’d be paying the same for an 80Mbps FTTC tier), most of them are actually remarkably cheap for what you’re getting. Admittedly, you might be able to find cheaper packages in other countries, but then the UK continues to trail most of Europe for FTTP coverage and thus our domestic market is still a long way from being fully developed.

At this point it’s worth remembering that the vast majority of consumers today would struggle to fully harness a 1Gbps connection. Slow WiFi, general hardware restrictions and the performance limitations of various internet services (servers) mean that maxing out 1Gbps is still difficult to do at home (here). Despite this, data demands never stop rising, and it certainly doesn’t hurt to have this kind of speed at your disposal.

Thankfully pretty much all the aforementioned providers also offer cheaper 100Mbps+ class packages, except those rare and wonderful exceptions like B4RN and toob, where 1Gbps is both extremely cheap and their only tier. Only a very few providers (e.g. CommunityFibre, B4RN and Zzoomm) currently offer faster plans than 1Gbps to homes and they’re usually into the £100+ level.

NOTE: The above prices are all from early or mid February 2022. Some packages will have changed since then, but we won’t be going back to do later updates as that would become an endless task and this needs to remain historically relevant. Please see our ISP Listings for more up-to-date pricing.

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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16 Responses
  1. Regorimabitbackward says:

    I understand the reasoning for an isp building 1Gps or higher to future proof their network, and then having built such a network to offer to it to the general public, but what I think would be interesting linked to this article is the actual take up figures. As you say most users would find it difficult to max out such a service. I currently have a 100mb service from Virgin Media and for our household this proves perfectly satisfactory. One other question I have is, if all users opted for 1Gps would the infrastructure cope, having a 1Gps available network is one thing, actually having all customers using it at the same time is something else.

    1. Ray Woodward says:

      Why would anyone want to “max out” a 1Gbs broadband service?

      Surely the whole point is to be able to do more things at the same time …

    2. Ross Floate says:

      I have 1 gbps at home (in Australia) and despite being a home-based designer and moving around heavy files it’s not like I ever really flood it. It does make using cloud storage a much more viable prospect, as the files I have on say iCloud Drive move around as fast as they do on my home network.

      And software updates, game updates etc all happen nice and quick. It’s worth it for me (about $150 AUD a month) but I can see why for most people it’s overkill.

    3. Ross Floate says:

      I have 1 gbps at home (in Australia) and despite being a home-based designer and moving around heavy files it’s not like I ever really flood it. It does make using cloud storage a much more viable prospect, as the files I have on say iCloud Drive move around as fast as they do on my home network.

      And software updates, game updates etc all happen nice and quick. It’s worth it for me (about $150 AUD a month) but I can see why for most people it’s overkill.

    4. CarlT says:

      ‘I did have to purchase a Thunderbolt to 2.5Gbps ethernet adapter to actually get the full speed up and down (rather than the 900ish limit)’

      You wouldn’t ever see that limit around 900 whether you were plugging it into a gigabit port or something else.

      Nor would you ever see the 900-910 limit on some broadband on a DIA.

      It would be higher, but it wouldn’t be a full 1000 Mbit.

    5. CarlT says:

      You will occasionally hear the phrase ‘vanity tier’ and it’s just that. Very few customers need it or will max it out on a regular basis, it downloads 600 GB an hour, however it can be useful for other applications.

      Speedtest are a good one.

      More seriously for us it’s all about doing the same things faster. Even with all my IT goodness in the house I know that averaging throughout the day we use less that 1% of the available downstream and even peak time apart from some bursts we sit at 1-2%.

      ‘One other question I have is, if all users opted for 1Gps would the infrastructure cope, having a 1Gps available network is one thing, actually having all customers using it at the same time is something else.’

      No, it couldn’t. Even customers on high tiers tend to have usage patterns like mine once the novelty wears off. It doesn’t actually take that much relative to all the bandwidth that’s sold to make the infrastructure saturate but while the average user is in single digits Mbps usage at peak it’s all good.

      The networks hold up 97-98% of the time. The worst it’s gotten recently was bits of localised congestion when the stars of games releases and lots of streaming of sport aligned.

    6. CarlT says:

      Excuse how mangled my first comment there was. I’ll bullet point.

      1) A 1 Gbps DIA/leased line/whatever will not tap out at about 900 Mbps.
      2) It will make no appreciable difference to the actual speed connecting it to a network via 2.5G, let alone a single machine.
      3) Neither the original, limited number before the Thunderbolt adapter or the full gigabit number after make sense.

      Make of that what you will. Maybe I am misunderstanding something. I’m still suffering heavily from the Rona so it’s not impossible.

  2. Bent says:

    Xbox series x and ps5 games are over 100 gb in download data so 1 gigabit broadband speed I hate waiting hours or days for 1 game to finish download.

    1. Chris W says:

      Unfortunately download speeds from Xbox services are wildly inconsistent even on a 1Gbps connection, and they never max it out. My PS5 does though.

  3. Gregowski says:

    All my love goes to Toob 🙂

  4. GNewton says:

    There are still many ISPs which don’t offer symmetric fibre. The article should have separated between symmetric and non-symmetric fibre providers in its price comparisons.

    1. CarlT says:

      You are welcome to publish your own tables given how much it bothers you.

  5. CarlT says:

    It’s good to see the trend downwards. Obviously some companies are running at lower pricing than their intended permanent ones so we’ll see where we settle.

    Many of those running on their own networks are going to be acquired. No question. So we might well see pricing come in around the levels being charged for CityFibre.

    Multigig will be more of a thing this year, too. Not sure whether that’ll exert downward pressure on gigabit pricing, we’ll see.

    Interesting times with inevitable consolidation getting closer.

  6. Harry says:

    The only thing that maxxes out my 1gb is when am downloading games

    1. CarlT says:

      Yeah I’ve taken Steam up to nearly 2.2 Gb/s and it could’ve gone higher: the bottleneck was closer to me than them

      Be interesting to see how high it can actually go, I have seen YouTube videos of it at 5 Gb/s and image CPU or I/O on decompression starting to become an issue way up there even on very meaty machines.

    2. CarlT says:

      *Imagine, not image. I’ll briefly have 9.3-ish Gb/s available, the torrent usage of a neighbour that’s not a fan of paying for anything not withstanding, so will see how that does.

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