This super-fast new connection is only available for people with a full-fibre connection
Sky Broadband has unleashed its fastest ever speed – with downloads reaching 500 Mbps. The full-fibre plan costs £45 per month when you sign up for an 18-month contract. In comparison, BT charges £49.99 per month for 300Mbps, while Virgin Media customers can pay £56 per month for 350Mbps, or £62 per month for 500Mbps. That comfortably makes Sky Broadband the most affordable option for these speeds.
But that’s not the only advantage of choosing Sky over its biggest rivals.
Anyone who signs up for Sky’s Ultrafast Plus package gets guaranteed download speeds of 400 Mbps. Broadband speeds usually fluctuate throughout the day, with speeds taking a hit on busy streets or estates during peak times. Sky Broadband’s speed guarantee means you can reclaim a monthly subscription if your speed falls below the guaranteed minimum speed.
BT and Virgin Media both offer similar programs, but none of these rivals seem quite as confident in their ability to maintain speeds.
For example, BT’s Full Fiber 300 package only has a speed guarantee of 150 Mbps. To be able to lay claim to the telecom giant, you therefore regularly have to get less than half the broadband speed for which you pay. Yikes. Virgin Media states that the M500 plan usually delivers between 460 and 551 Mbps, which is solid. However, the speed guarantee will not take effect until you fall below 258 Mbps for three consecutive days.
If your speeds aren’t up to par after 30 days with BT, the company will hand over £20. It also offers customers the chance to cancel their contract without paying for early cancellation. Likewise, Virgin Media has 30 days to resolve the issue. After that, you can also walk away and find a deal with a competitor before the end of your contract.
Sky’s equivalent warranty is a little more generous. If your download speeds fall below 400 Mbps for three consecutive days in a 30-day period, the satellite station will refund the last month’s cost. To be eligible, you must be within your minimum term, but you can claim a maximum of two times. If this happens within the first 30 days of your broadband being activated, Sky will also refund your money for any start-up fees.
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Sky’s latest broadband package is only possible thanks to full-fibre connections, so you’ll need the next generation of fiber optic cables right up to your door to qualify. If there are still outdated copper cables in your street, you are missing out.
However, Openreach — which operates the cable infrastructure used by Sky — has already connected five million homes to fiber optic cables. According to the latest estimates, it is on track to reach 25 million buildings in the UK by December 2026.
Sky’s 500Mbps Ultrafast Plus package is over 10x faster than the average UK fiber speed.
That means you should have more than enough bandwidth for video calls, software updates, music streaming, online video games and more. Busy households probably won’t see any slowdown – enough if everyone binged their own Netflix show in ultra-sharp 4K Ultra HD quality in separate rooms.
As you might expect, there are no usage limits either. So don’t worry about downloading massive PlayStation 5 games, gigabit software updates for your iPhone, and more.
Director of Propositions at Sky Broadband Aman Bhatti said: “Today’s launch of Ultrafast Plus reflects our commitment to provide customers with the fastest and most reliable broadband speeds possible. That’s why Ultrafast Plus comes with the UK’s fastest speed guarantee, so our customers can seamlessly game, stream, download and work from home.”
Ultrafast Plus is available for new and existing Sky customers straight away.
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