EE offers four types of home broadband: standard ADSL broadband, fibre broadband, 4G broadband & 5G broadband.

EEIn the UK, EE offers four different types of home broadband: standard ADSL broadband (with average download speeds of 10Mbps), fibre broadband (with average download speeds of 36 to 300Mbps), 4G home broadband (with average download speeds of 31Mbps) and 5G home broadband (with average download speeds of 150Mbps). The types of broadband and download speeds available may differ depending on where you live.

In this article, we’ll review EE’s home broadband service in the UK, including the four different types of home broadband that are available. We’ll also look at the various hubs and routers provided by EE, the download speeds you can expect on the service and how much data you’ll get. Finally, we’ll look at the coverage and availability of EE’s home broadband service on ADSL, fibre, 4G and 5G.

EE Home Broadband Plans

EE offers four different types of home broadband service in the UK:

  • Standard ADSL Broadband: Available from £19/month (less a 10% discount if you’re an EE Pay Monthly mobile customer), standard ADSL broadband gives you download speeds of around 10Mbps. Standard broadband is available in most UK households.
  • Fibre Broadband: Starting from £26/month (less a 10% discount if you’re an EE Pay Monthly mobile customer), EE’s fibre broadband plans offer average speeds of 36Mbps to 300Mbps. It uses fibre-to-the-cabinet technology and is available in around 91% of UK households.
  • 4G Broadband: Starting from £35/month, EE offers a 4G-powered home broadband service. 4G broadband is available without the need for a phone line and may offer better speeds if you’re unable to get fibre broadband where you live. You can get average download speeds of 31Mbps on EE’s 4G broadband service. Around 99% of the UK’s population can get 4G broadband from EE.
  • 5G Broadband: EE offers 5G-powered home broadband from £70/month, with average download speeds of 150Mbps. This is currently available only in selected UK towns and cities.

Standard ADSL Broadband

EE’s standard home broadband package uses ADSL technology and is delivered through your BT Openreach phone line.

According to EE, average download speeds on their standard ADSL broadband package are around 10Mbps. This is enough for “small households doing some basic browsing and streaming”. Actual download speeds may vary in practice depending on the distance from your home to the nearest telephone exchange.

You’ll get an EE Bright Box 1 router included when you sign up for EE’s standard broadband package. This supports single-band Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) and has 4 Ethernet sockets with speeds of up to 100Mbps.

For an extra £10/month, you can upgrade to EE Smart Wi-Fi which gives you a more powerful router with dual-band Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet and mesh networking technology. You’ll also get a Wi-Fi boosting disc along with a 4G mobile broadband hotspot.

You can get EE’s standard broadband service for £19/month, less a 10% discount if you have an EE Pay Monthly mobile contract. If you’re an EE Pay Monthly mobile customer, you’ll also get a 5GB per month data boost on your mobile phone.

ServiceAverage SpeedContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
EE
EE Standard
10Mbps download18 month contract£0£19/month

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EE’s standard home broadband package should be available almost everywhere in the UK, but it’s worth double checking this on their website. You can also use their online coverage checker to get a personalised estimate of the download speed that’s available at your address.

Fibre Broadband

For customers wanting faster download speeds, EE also offers a range of fibre broadband plans. Depending on where you live, the following plans might be available to you:

  • Fibre Broadband: EE’s fibre broadband service is currently available in around 90% of UK homes. Choose from the Fibre Broadband plan (with average download speeds of 36Mbps) or the Fibre Plus Broadband plan (with average download speeds of 67Mbps).
  • Fibre Max Broadband: EE’s Fibre Max broadband is available in around 2.8 million homes. Choose from the Fibre Max 145 plan (with average download speeds of 145Mbps) or the Fibre Max 300 plan (with average download speeds of 300Mbps).

You’ll get an EE Smart Hub router when you sign up to an EE fibre broadband plan. This supports dual-band Wi-Fi 5 technology (802.11b/g/n/ac) so you can wirelessly connect devices to your home network at a much higher speed. According to EE, the Wi-Fi signal from an EE Smart Hub is “twice as powerful” as the signal from their basic Bright Box router. The Smart Hub router also has 4 Gigabit Ethernet sockets for connecting wired devices to your network.

For an extra £10/month, you can upgrade this by adding the EE Smart Wi-Fi service. This gives you an even more powerful EE Smart Wi-Fi Router, with an additional Wi-Fi Disc to boost the coverage in your home. You’ll also get an 4GEE WiFi Mini hotspot included.

The following table shows a list of fibre broadband plans available from EE:

ServiceAverage SpeedContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
EE
EE Fibre
36Mbps download18 month contract£0£26/month
EE
EE Fibre Plus
67Mbps download18 month contract£0£30/month
EE
EE Fibre Max 145
145Mbps download18 month contract£25£39/month
EE
EE Fibre Max 300
300Mbps download18 month contract£25£47/month

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If you’re an EE Pay Monthly mobile customer, you’ll get a 10% discount on all the prices listed above. You’ll also get a data boost on your mobile phone plan. If you choose Fibre or Fibre Plus broadband, you’ll get a 20GB data boost if you have a 5G phone plan and a 5GB data boost if you have any other eligible plan from EE. Meanwhile, if you choose Fibre Max broadband, you’ll get a 20GB data boost on all 4G & 5G phone plans and a 5GB data boost on EE SIM-only plans.

After ordering fibre broadband from EE, the setup process will differ slightly between Fibre Broadband and Fibre Max broadband:

  • EE Fibre Broadband is set up by an engineer at your local green cabinet. EE’s fibre broadband service uses VDSL2 fibre-to-the-cabinet technology. An engineer visit will normally be required but they’ll rarely need to visit your home as it can normally all be done at the green cabinet.
  • EE Fibre Max Broadband requires an engineer home visit. EE’s Fibre Max broadband uses G.fast technology (a hybrid fibre technology that goes closer to your home). An engineer visit will always be required to set this up. The engineer will make some changes at your local green cabinet and will then visit your home to set up an Openreach modem. The Openreach modem is a separate device that’s used in conjunction with your EE Smart Hub router.

4G Broadband

As an alternative to their ADSL and fibre broadband services (which both make use of a phone line connection), EE also offers a 4G-based home broadband service. This service bypasses your phone line entirely and uses 4G technology to communicate with EE’s network.

There are multiple advantages to choosing 4G home broadband. For instance, customers living in a rural area may find download speeds faster on 4G broadband than on traditional fixed-line home broadband. You can also set up 4G broadband without an engineer visit and there’s flexibility to bring your broadband connection with you to other places.

The disadvantage of choosing 4G home broadband is you’ll typically pay a bit more compared to ADSL and fibre. There are also download limits to consider, whereas ADSL and fibre broadband plans come with unlimited data. The higher latency on 4G broadband may also affect fast-paced online gaming and download speeds may occasionally be affected by network congestion or poor weather.

Customers signing up for EE’s 4G broadband service will get the 4GEE Home Router. In theory, this can give you up to Category 7 LTE speeds (up to 300Mbps download), but EE says an average download speed of 31Mbps is much more realistic. The router supports dual-band Wi-Fi 5 technology (802.11a/b/g/n/ac) and has 2 Gigabit Ethernet sockets for connecting wired devices to your network.

4G home broadband is available on a choice of the following plans:

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

4GEE Home
100GB Data18 month contract£0£35/month

4GEE Home
100GB Data1 month contract£100£35/month

4GEE Home
200GB Data18 month contract£0£40/month

4GEE Home
200GB Data1 month contract£100£40/month

4GEE Home
300GB Data18 month contract£0£45/month

4GEE Home
300GB Data1 month contract£100£45/month

4GEE Home
500GB Data18 month contract£0£50/month

4GEE Home
500GB Data1 month contract£100£50/month
To show you the most relevant plans, 4 similar but more expensive plans have been hidden. .

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There’s no need for an engineer visit when you choose 4G home broadband – you’ll be sent a router through the post which you can simply plug in to get started. If you’d like to improve your download speeds, you can attach an external antenna to your router or you can pay for EE’s 4GEE Antenna installation service (£100).

Like on the ADSL and fibre broadband plans, you’ll also get a mobile data boost when you sign up to EE’s 4G home broadband. If you have a 5G phone plan, you’ll get a 20GB data boost. For all other eligible plans, it’s a 5GB data boost.

Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to use the Smart Wi-Fi service with EE’s 4G home broadband.

5G Broadband

Most recently, EE has launched a 5G home broadband service with average download speeds of 150Mbps. Known as 5GEE Home, the service is also available without the need for a phone line or an engineer visit.

At present, you’ll pay £70/month for 5G home broadband. For this, you’ll get a Huawei 5G CPE Pro router with 1,000GB (1TB) of data per month. There’s also an upfront fee of £100 for the router.

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

5GEE Home
1000GB Data18 month contract£100£70/month

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The 5GEE Home service is only available in selected UK towns and cities that have access to 5G coverage from EE. You’ll also get a 20GB data boost on your EE mobile phone plan when you take EE’s 5G home broadband service.

Unfortunately, the Smart Wi-Fi service isn’t compatible with 5G home broadband.

For more information, read our full review of EE’s 5G home broadband.

EE Broadband Routers & Hubs

Depending on which broadband service you choose, you could receive one of five different wi-fi routers or hubs from EE.

The following table shows an overview of the different routers and hubs currently supplied by EE. It shows the device you’ll receive with different home broadband services as well as key specifications such as Wi-Fi and wired Ethernet connectivity:

EE Broadband Router Supplied Dual-Band Wi-Fi Mesh Wi-Fi Wi-Fi Technology Ethernet
Standard EE Bright Box 1 No No Wi-Fi 4
(802.11b/g/n)
4x 100Mbps
Standard
(with Smart Wi-Fi)
EE Smart Wi-Fi Router & Disc Yes Yes
(up to 3 discs)
Wi-Fi 5
(802.11b/g/n/ac)
4x Gigabit
Fibre EE Smart Hub Yes No Wi-Fi 5
(802.11b/g/n/ac)
4x Gigabit
Fibre
(with Smart Wi-Fi)
EE Smart Wi-Fi Router & Disc Yes Yes
(up to 3 discs)
Wi-Fi 5
(802.11b/g/n/ac)
4x Gigabit
4G 4GEE Home Router Yes No Wi-Fi 5
(802.11b/g/n/ac)
2x Gigabit
5G Huawei 5G CPE Pro Yes No Wi-Fi 6
(802.11b/g/n/ac/ax)
2x Gigabit

For more information about the EE Smart Wi-Fi Router and Disc, please read our full review of EE Smart Wi-Fi.

EE Home Broadband Speeds

The average download speeds on EE home broadband depend on the type of broadband service you choose:

Broadband Plan Average Download Speed Technology
Standard Broadband 10Mbps ADSL2+
Fibre Broadband 36Mbps VDSL2 (fibre-to-the-cabinet)
Fibre Plus Broadband 67Mbps VDSL2 (fibre-to-the-cabinet)
Fibre Max 145 Broadband 145Mbps G.fast (hybrid fibre)
Fibre Max 300 Broadband 300Mbps G.fast (hybrid fibre)
4GEE Home Broadband 31Mbps Category 7 LTE (4G)
5GEE Home Broadband 150Mbps 4G + 5G nSA

The average download speed stated by EE is based on the download speed that’s available to at least 50% of customers during peak hours (8-10pm).

In reality, actual download speeds will differ for every home based on factors like the distance to your nearest green cabinet or the location of your nearest EE phone mast. Download speeds may also be affected by network congestion or poor weather. To get an estimate of the speeds that are available where you live, enter your postcode and address on EE’s website:

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On ADSL and fibre broadband, you’ll be given a “minimum guaranteed speed” before you sign up. As per Ofcom’s voluntary code of practice on broadband speeds, you’ll be able to cancel your service without any penalty within the first 30 days if this minimum download speed isn’t met.

Download Limits

EE offers unlimited data on all of their standard ADSL broadband and fibre broadband plans. According to their website, “there are no usage caps or download limits” on their service and you’ll never be slowed down for using too much data.

If you choose 4G home broadband, a download limit of between 100GB and 500GB per month will apply to your plan. The data allowance depends on how much you pay, with larger data allowances costing more money. On 5G home broadband, EE offer a monthly download limit of 1,000GB per month (1TB).

Unfortunately, unlimited data isn’t currently available on EE’s 4G or 5G home broadband plans (though the 1,000GB per month plan on 5G broadband comes fairly close to this). If you’d like unlimited data on 4G or 5G home broadband, consider choosing Three Broadband or Vodafone GigaCube instead.

Coverage

The coverage that’s available to you on EE home broadband differs depending on the type of broadband service you’d like.

ADSL & Fibre Broadband

In the UK, EE uses BT Openreach phone lines to deliver fixed-line home broadband services (ADSL and fibre broadband connections).

Check EE Broadband Coverage (ADSL & Fibre) →

Almost every home should be able to get standard ADSL broadband. However, download speeds can be considerably slower than average if you live a long way away from the nearest telephone exchange.

EE’s fibre broadband service is available to around 91% of UK households. Availability of this service depends on whether your local green cabinet has been connected to fibre. It also depends on available capacity at your cabinet (sometimes there might be a waiting list if all of the capacity is already used up).

EE’s Fibre Max broadband service uses G.fast technology and is currently available in approximately 2.8 million homes.

You should use EE’s line checker to see the services available where you live and to get an estimate of possible download speeds.

4G & 5G Broadband

EE’s 4G and 5G home broadband services make use of their mobile network coverage rather than a fixed-line connection into your home.

At the time of writing, EE offers 99% population coverage and 84% geographical coverage on 4G. For 5G, coverage is still limited to a number of major towns and cities but this is quickly expanding to more locations every month.

For customers living in a rural area without access to fibre broadband, 4G broadband can often give a much better experience than standard ADSL broadband with faster download speeds and more flexibility.

You can check the coverage that’s available in your area by entering your postcode on EE’s online coverage map:

Check EE 4G & 5G Coverage (ee.co.uk) →

EE’s line checker for home broadband can also give you an estimate of 4G & 5G download speeds alongside the ADSL and fibre broadband packages that are available to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of home broadband are available on EE?
EE offers four different types of home broadband:
  • Standard Broadband: EE’s basic ADSL home broadband service, with average download speeds of 10Mbps.
  • Fibre Broadband: Faster home broadband plans using fibre optic technology, giving download speeds between 36Mbps and 300Mbps.
  • 4G Broadband: A 4G-powered home broadband service, with no need for a phone line. Gives average download speeds of 31Mbps (comparable to basic fibre broadband).
  • 5G Broadband: 5G broadband with average download speeds of 150Mbps.
What router will I get with EE broadband?
There are five different routers and hubs that you might be supplied with on EE broadband:
What is Smart Wi-Fi on EE?
Smart Wi-Fi is an optional add-on costing £10/month, available for EE’s standard and fibre broadband plans. You’ll receive the upgraded EE Smart Wi-Fi Router along with a EE Smart Wi-Fi Disc that boosts the Wi-Fi signal in your home. You’ll also get a 4GEE WiFi Mini portable hotspot for mobile broadband on-the-go.
Will I get a discount on EE broadband if I’m an EE mobile customer?
Yes. You’ll get a 10% discount on the cost of your EE home broadband plan when you choose a standard broadband or fibre broadband plan. You’ll also receive a mobile data boost of 5GB or 20GB per month, depending on the broadband plan you choose and depending on the type of mobile plan you have.
What speeds are available on EE broadband?
The download speeds available on EE broadband depend on the price plan you choose:

You should use EE’s line checker to get a personalised estimate of the speeds at your address.

Are there any download limits on EE broadband?
There are no download limits on standard ADSL broadband or fibre broadband plans. For 4G broadband, download limits range from 100GB to 500GB per month. Meanwhile, 5G broadband has a 1,000GB per month download limit (1TB).
Can I get EE broadband where I live?
Most UK households will be able to get EE’s standard broadband and 4G broadband service. Around 91% of households will be able to get EE fibre broadband. To see which broadband plans are available where you live, enter your address on EE’s website.

More Information

For more information about EE broadband, please see the official EE website.

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