Extremely-fast broadband from Virgin Media and BT crushed by a less expensive rival


If you’re looking for lightning-fast download speeds of around 1,000Mbps, the most popular brands are Virgin Media and BT, both of which offer ultra-fast speeds to millions of people across the UK. Shell Energy has just joined the gigabit-enabled club, however … and has decided to launch its rival bundles at a price that these two major players simply cannot match. This week Shell Energy launched its first Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband packages that offer download speeds of up to 900 Mbps. And premium broadband speeds are available for £ 49.99 a month – that’s £ 10 less a month than BT and £ 12 less than Virgin Media. This means that you will save over € 200 over the course of your contract

Most of all, if you’ve never heard of FTTP broadband, the first thing you need to know is that it is the future of broadband. Unlike regular broadband, which has essential cables plugged into the green service boxes dotted around the streets across the UK, the equipment you need to connect your home to the internet is delivered straight to your home.

Both Virgin Media and BT have invested heavily in their network to deliver this next generation of broadband that will enable download speeds that literally change your life – like downloading a full HD movie in just 40 seconds. That’s blinking and you will miss download speeds!

Virgin Media’s gigabit broadband is available for £ 62 per month or £ 64 per month on a landline. BT’s equivalent broadband-only service costs £ 59.99 per month.

While Virgin Media is the pricier gigabit broadband package, it offers the fastest average download speeds – a whopping 1,130 Mbps. BT’s Fiber 900 package offers average download speeds of 900 Mbps, which is on par with Shell Energy.

The Shell Energy Full Fiber 900 package is for 18 months, after which the price drops to £ 57.99 per month.


This affordable gigabit broadband offer from Shell Energy comes after BT recently cut prices on sales of its Openreach services to third parties. While this has caused trouble for competing companies, for those who use the Openreach network to deliver their broadband services, it helps to reduce overhead costs significantly.

And as it stands, those savings are being passed on to the consumer – which is just good news for people across the UK.

BT’s Openreach network is currently capable of providing around six million households with super-fast FTTP broadband. 25 million premises are to be supported by the end of December 2026.

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