TalkTalk offers Faster 150 Fibre along with Future Fibre and Ultra Fibre Optic full fibre broadband plans.

If you’re looking for a faster alternative to TalkTalk’s regular home broadband service, they currently offer Faster 150 Fibre and Faster 300 Fibre in around 2.8 million homes. This uses G.fast technology which is a step in between regular fibre broadband and full fibre. TalkTalk have also started to roll out two full fibre services: Future Fibre in 3 million homes across the UK and Ultra Fibre Optic in 54,000 homes across Yorkshire.

In this article, we’ll review TalkTalk’s G.fast and full fibre broadband plans. We’ll start by comparing the broadband plans available as well as the download speeds available on each one. We’ll then look at where the service is available before comparing TalkTalk’s home broadband plans to those from rival providers.

TalkTalk Full Fibre Plans

At the moment, the vast majority of broadband customers on TalkTalk use an ADSL or fibre-to-the-cabinet home broadband service.

On ADSL, average download speeds of 11Mbps are available on TalkTalk’s Fast Broadband plan. This increases to 38Mbps on TalkTalk’s Faster Fibre plan and 67Mbps on TalkTalk’s SuperFast Fibre broadband plan.

If you’re looking for an even faster speeds, there are now five additional packages you can take from TalkTalk:

  • Faster 150 Fibre gives average download speeds of 145Mbps and average upload speeds of 18Mbps. It’s available in around 2.8 million homes and uses G.fast technology, which is a step in between regular fibre and full fibre broadband.
  • Faster 300 Fibre is available as a speed boost to Faster 150 Fibre. It gives you average download speeds of 290Mbps and average upload speeds of 40Mbps. Like Faster 150 Fibre, it also uses G.fast technology.
  • Future Fibre 150 gives average download speeds of 150Mbps and average upload speeds of 30Mbps. It uses full fibre technology on the Openreach network.
  • Future Fibre 500 gives average download speeds of 500Mbps and average upload speeds of 75Mbps. Like Future Fibre 150, it uses full fibre technology on the Openreach network.
  • Ultra Fibre Optic is available to customers in York and parts of Dewsbury. It offers average download speeds and average upload speeds of 900Mbps using full fibre technology on the FibreNation network.

Faster 150 & 300 Fibre

TalkTalk’s Faster 150 Fibre broadband service uses G.fast technology on the Openreach network.

Technically speaking, this isn’t a full fibre service as there’s still a little bit of copper cabling involved in bringing the connection into your home. It can, however, give comparable download speeds to some full fibre plans and is available from only £32/month. The service is available in 2.8 million homes.

ServiceAverage SpeedContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
TalkTalk
Faster 150 Fibre
145Mbps download18 month contract£0£32/month

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For even faster speeds, you can get the Faster 300 Fibre Speed Boost from TalkTalk. This costs an extra £10/month and will only be offered to you if TalkTalk thinks your broadband connection is able to support the extra speeds. It offers average download speeds of up to 290Mbps, but you’ll be given a personalised estimate when you order the boost.

The Faster 150 Fibre and Faster 300 Fibre broadband services come with a home phone service.

Future Fibre

In July 2020, TalkTalk launched their Future Fibre service. This uses full fibre technology (FTTH) on the Openreach network. At present, Future Fibre has only undergone a “soft launch” in selected areas but it will ultimately become available to around 3 million UK homes.

On Future Fibre, you can choose from two different plans with average download speed of either 150Mbps or 500Mbps:

ServiceAverage SpeedContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
TalkTalk
Future Fibre 150
150Mbps download24 month contract£0£34.95/month
TalkTalk
Future Fibre 500
500Mbps download24 month contract£0£39.95/month

Unfortunately, the Future Fibre service doesn’t currently include a home phone service. You’ll therefore need to use something else for making phone calls such as a mobile phone or voice-over-IP service.

As the Future Fibre service has only undergone a soft launch, it isn’t currently available for purchase online. You’ll need to give TalkTalk a call if you’d like to find out whether Future Fibre is available where you live. We expect this to change in the near future.

Ultra Fibre Optic

TalkTalk’s fastest home broadband service is called Ultra Fibre Optic (UFO). It’s currently available to around 60,000 homes in York and parts of Dewsbury and uses full fibre technology (FTTH) on the FibreNation network.

Customers on the UFO service can get average download speeds and upload speeds of 900Mbps, with the service costing only £27.50/month:

ServiceAverage SpeedContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
TalkTalk
Ultra Fibre Optic
900Mbps download18 month contract£0£27.50/month

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The Ultra Fibre Optic service should be launching soon in Harrogate and Batley, followed by Knaresborough, Ripon, Heckmondwike and Bolton. There’s more information about the rollout on TalkTalk’s website.

Download Speeds

The following table shows the average download speeds and upload speeds you can expect on TalkTalk’s G.fast and full fibre plans:

TalkTalk Broadband Plan Average Download Speed Average Upload Speed Technology
Faster 150 Fibre 145Mbps 18Mbps G.fast
Faster 300 Fibre 290Mbps 40Mbps G.fast
Future Fibre 150 150Mbps 30Mbps Full Fibre
Future Fibre 500 500Mbps 75Mbps Full Fibre
Ultra Fibre Optic 900Mbps 900Mbps Full Fibre

The exact download and upload speeds available may depend on your location, especially for the Faster 150 Fibre and Faster 300 Fibre plans using G.fast technology. You should be given a personalised estimate of the speeds available when ordering your plan from TalkTalk.

Coverage & Availability

The coverage and availability of TalkTalk’s G.fast and full fibre plans depend on your location.

  • TalkTalk’s Faster 150 Fibre and Faster 300 Fibre plans are available in 2.8 million homes. It uses G.fast technology on the Openreach network. You can check the availability of this on TalkTalk’s website.
  • TalkTalk’s Future Fibre plans are available in selected locations, in homes that are connected to the Openreach full fibre network. To check the availability of this, you’ll need to give TalkTalk a call.
  • TalkTalk’s Ultra Fibre Optic (UFO) is available in around 60,000 homes across York and parts of Dewsbury. You can check the availability of the service on TalkTalk’s UFO website.

If you’re not able to get G.fast or full fibre broadband from TalkTalk, you may be able to get their regular broadband service from £22.95/month.

Alternatives

As an alternative to TalkTalk’s full fibre plans, you can also consider the following alternatives:

  • BT’s Full Fibre broadband is available in around 3 million homes, using full fibre technology on the Openreach network. It’s possible to get download speeds of up to 910Mbps on BT Full Fibre.
  • Vodafone’s Gigafast broadband is available in 12 UK towns and cities. They offer symmetrical speeds of up to 900Mbps download and upload using full fibre technology on the Cityfibre network.
  • Hyperoptic offers full fibre broadband in more than 500,000 homes across 39 UK towns and cities. The service is mainly available in large blocks of flats.
  • Virgin Media’s Gig1 broadband is a cable-based alternative, offering download speeds of up to 1,104Mbps. It’s currently available in 2.7 million homes across Birmingham, Coventry, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester, Reading and Southampton.

The following table shows a side-by-side comparison of these gigabit broadband services:

ServiceAverage SpeedContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
TalkTalk
Ultra Fibre Optic
900Mbps download18 month contract£0£27.50/month
Vodafone Broadband
Gigafast 900
900Mbps download24 month contract£0£43/month
Hyperoptic
Hyperfast
900Mbps download12 month contract£29£45/month
BT
Full Fibre 900
910Mbps download24 month contract£9.99£59.99/month
Virgin Media
Gig1 Fibre
1104Mbps download18 month contract£35£62/month

For more information, see our in-depth guide to full fibre broadband in the UK.

More Information

For further information, see TalkTalk’s official website for information about Faster 150 & 300 Fibre, Future Fibre and Ultra Fibre Optic.

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  • I feel TT have totally missed the point with this launch, I’ve been promised FTTP from TT was ‘coming soon’ for over a year, I’m not interested in high speeds, a reliable service (not dropping out in the rain) and simple ‘superfast’ would do me, I can get this (40 or 50Mb) from BT at a cheaper price and including a landline, and this would give me access to a cheap mobile SIM deal and widespread WiFi, TT have now become the more expensive option for those with modest needs.

  • I am already a Talktalk customer with FTTC .Its good news that TT will be offering Full Fibre (Future Fibre) to its customers. Cant really understand why Full Fibre 150 costs more than UFO 900MB ?. TT say at the moment they dont offer the phone with Future Fibre but are working with BT to resolve it. As soon as the Future Fibre 150 “WITH PHONE” comes available I will place my order.

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