Plusnet has upgraded broadband speeds for millions of customers nationwide, offering download speeds of up to 500Mbps for the first time. Prices for full-fibre connections from Plusnet start from just £25.99 per month, making it one of the best broadband deals around. The affordable broadband provider relies on the BT-owned Openreach network to connect to customers, so if you’re able to unlock full-fibre speeds with BT, EE, Sky and TalkTalk then you’ll also be able to sign-up with Plusnet.
Plusnet quietly introduced these upgraded broadband speeds back in May 2022, but only for customers who called the support centre to enquire about full-fibre. It seems this soft launch was a success as Plusnet has now unleashed the improved speeds on its website. Full fibre plans arrive with a 24-month minimum term, unlimited download usage, free activation, and a new Hub Two Wi-Fi router (which shares many of the same features as the BT Smart Hub 2, so expect better handling of dozens of smart home gadgets).
Unfortunately, Plusnet isn’t offering speeds up to 900Mbps quite yet (despite the Openreach full-fibre networks used by the company topping out at these download speeds) but we’d expect that to be introduced to the online store in the coming weeks and months. We’ll update this article as soon as the gigabit-capable speeds are here. Broadband suppliers such as TalkTalk, BT and EE all offer access to these ludicrously speedy downloads via the same network.
For now, Plusnet customers can sign-up for 74Mbps (20Mbps upload), 145Mbps (30Mbps) and 500Mbps (75Mbps) download speeds. None of these plans come with a one-off upfront fee. Plusnet includes a guaranteed download speed of 40Mbps, 80Mbps, 275Mbps, respectively with its new plans. If your connection consistently misses this level, you’ll be able to leave your 24-month contract earlier without incurring a termination fee.
BT-owned Openreach recently confirmed that six million households can now access its gigabit-capable full-fibre broadband. The company plans to reach 25 million premises by December 2026 as part of its plan to upgrade broadband connections nationwide. As it stands, the average home broadband speed in the UK sits at 70Mbps.
If you want to upgrade your speeds with Plusnet, you can check whether you have full-fibre connection running to your home here.
Find the latest Plusnet full-fibre broadband deals below….
Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer to this question. It really all depends on what you do with your broadband at home. The average home broadband speed in the UK is around 70Mbps. If that doesn’t mean anything to you, Netflix recommends a minimum of 3Mbps for 720p streaming, 5Mbps for 1080p, and at least 15Mbps for 4K Ultra HD. So the average speed in the UK is absolutely fine if you’re only looking to watch an episode (or two) of Stranger Things in the evening after work.
If you want to pit the latest full-fibre broadband prices from Plusnet against the competition, we’ve included some of the latest broadband price cuts below. Plusnet Full Fibre 145 is pretty competitive compared with other broadband firms on the market, comfortably beating BT broadband and also just undercutting Sky broadband too.
However, it’s worth noting that its Full Fibre 74 – while still cheaper than some rivals – isn’t the cheapest plan available for those speeds. As we’ve highlighted in our best UK broadband deals guide, that crown is still firmly with Vodafone.