Sky Broadband Review

Are your considering switching to Sky broadband in October 2022?

Sky Broadband ReviewThis Sky broadband review includes results from the Ofcom service quality report which looks at broadband reliability and customer service across UK broadband providers.

Sky is one of the UK’s most popular Internet Service Providers (ISP) and offers broadband speeds ranging from 11Mb – 900Mb.

When switching to Sky Broadband, you have the option of bolting on a TV package, phone talk-time package as well as mobile phone service.

Sky is one of the leading providers of TV and broadband packages and is a good choice if you’re wanting to consolidate your broadband and TV services into one provider.

The price you pay for Sky Broadband includes the phone line rental and they will take over your existing phone line (except if your phone line is with Virgin Media). Virgin Media runs its own network therefore you will need to contact them to cancel the broadband.

If you’re currently on a Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) broadband service, you will also need to contact your existing provider to cancel.

Sky has a “switch-squad” that is dedicated to handling the whole transfer from your existing broadband provider. They will contact your provider, cease your contract and move the phone line across without you having to lift a finger.

Best Sky broadband packages in October 2022

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Sky TV & Netflix + Your Chosen Extras · 18 Months contract · £20 Set-up fee
Make it your own. Start with Sky TV and Netflix together, then add broadband and more.
Includes 100+ Sky TV channels, over 500 Box Sets & Netflix subscription.
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Choose£26 View Deal
Sky Superfast 35 Broadband · 18 Months contract · £0 Set-up fee
Includes Sky Speed Guarantee & Sky Talk.
35Mb£30.50 View Deal
Sky Superfast Broadband · 18 Months contract · £0 Set-up fee
Includes Sky Speed Guarantee & Sky Talk
59Mb£26 View Deal
Sky Ultrafast Broadband · 18 Months contract · £0 Set-up fee
Includes Sky Speed Guarantee & Sky Talk
145Mb£32 View Deal
Sky Ultrafast+ Broadband · 18 Months contract · £0 Set-up fee
Includes Sky Speed Guarantee & Sky Talk
500Mb£42 View Deal
Sky Gigafast Broadband · 18 Months contract · £0 Set-up fee
Includes Sky Speed Guarantee & Sky Talk
900Mb£52 View Deal
Sky Glass, Sky TV, Netflix & Superfast Broadband · 18 Months contract · Variable Set-up fee
Sky Glass 4K TV, Superfast Broadband, Sky TV & Netflix.
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59Mb£54 View Deal
Sky QLite TV & Superfast Broadband · 18 Months contract · £25 Set-up fee
Sky Q, 200+ free-to-air channels and Apps. Customise your package with additional bolt-ons.
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59Mb£30 View Deal
Sky Ultimate TV, Netflix & Superfast Broadband · 18 Months contract · £20 Set-up fee
Includes Netflix subscription, 300+ Sky channels, Over 500 Box Sets, Sky Speed Guarantee & Sky Talk
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Best Value Broadband & TV Package. Includes Netflix.
59Mb£46 View Deal
Sky Ultimate TV, Netflix & Gigafast Broadband · 18 Months contract · £20 Set-up fee
Includes Netflix subscription, 300+ Sky channels, Over 500 Box Sets, Sky Speed Guarantee & Sky Talk
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900Mb£70 View Deal

Is Sky broadband any good?

Sky is a sound and trusted broadband and TV provider with a proven track record in providing good customer service.

With Sky you are able to save money by consolidating all your entertainment and communications services through Sky’s range of Broadband, TV and mobile phone bundles.

You can gradually migrate your services to Sky as and when you are out of contract with your existing provider.

“A happy customer tells a friend; an unhappy customer tells the world.”

As with every other Internet Service Provider, you will find plenty of positive and negative reviews online.

To help clear this muddy water, we have shared extracts from the most recent Ofcom Broadband and Telecoms Report  which was published in May 2022.

Ofcom (Office of communications), are the UK Telecoms regulator monitors and conducts research into the levels of customer service and satisfaction across the ‘main’ communications service providers in the UK.

Overview of Sky broadband performance vs competitors

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Sky broadband number of customer complaints vs competitors

Compared to other broadband providers such as  BT, Plusnet, TalkTalk, Vodafone and Virgin Media, Sky had the second fewest broadband complaints (21 per 100k subscribers compared to the industry average average of 49).

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Sky handling of customer complaints vs competitors

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Sky average call waiting times and abandonment rates vs competitors

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Likelihood of customers recommending Sky broadband

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Sky broadband packages

The majority of Sky broadband packages are on an 18-month contract and speeds vary by location.

  • Sky Essential (ADSL) Broadband

    Sky Essential Broadband package is an intro entry-level package with download speeds averaging around 11Mb and an upload average of 0.8Mb.

    This speed is ideal as a basic broadband for low usage/light activities such as web browsing and checking emails.

    Sky Broadband Essential is delivered via an ADSL connection, which means your speeds will not be as fast as other Sky broadband packages.

  • Sky Superfast 35 Broadband

    Sky Superfast 35 Broadband package has an average download speed of 36Mb and an average upload speed of 9Mb and is suited to general streaming and browsing in smaller households.

  • Sky Superfast Fibre broadband

    Sky Superfast fibre broadband has an average download speed of 59 Mb and an average upload speed of 16Mb.  SKy Superfast broadband is more than enough for most online activities including browsing and streaming in a household with multiple users.

  • Sky Ultrafast Fibre broadband

    Sky Ultrafast fibre broadband is available to 32% of UK homes and has an average download speed of up to 145Mb and an Average upload speed of 27Mb.

    With Sky Ultrafast fibre broadband, an entire household can stream 4K TV shows, play online gaming, watch Netflix and HD movies, stream high-quality music to your laptop, smartphone or any of your wireless speakers comfortably.

  • Sky Broadband Ultrafast Plus

    Sky Broadband Ultrafast Plus is available to 24% of UK homes and has an average download speed of 500Mb and an average upload speed of 60Mb.

  • Sky Gigafast Fibre broadband

    Sky Gigafast fibre broadband is available to 24% of UK homes and offers full-fibre speeds of 900Mb average download and 90Mb average upload speed.

    This package is delivered only through FTTP (Fibre to the Premises). Sky Broadband Gigafast broadband will support more than 120 Wi-Fi hungry devices all connected at the same time.

Check what speed is available in your area by entering your postcode into the Sky Broadband Availability checker.

Sky Broadband Availability Checker

 

Sky broadband upload speeds

  • Sky Essential broadband average upload speed is 0.8Mb/s
  • Sky Superfast 35 broadband average upload speed is 9Mb/s
  • Sky Superfast broadband average upload speed is 16Mb/s
  • Sky Ultrafast broadband average upload speed is 27Mb/s
  • Sky Ultrafast Plus broadband average upload speed is 60Mb/s
  • Sky Gigafast broadband average upload speed is 90Mb

In the UK, upload speeds of 20Mb or over are considered very good.

Sky broadband Router

Sky Q broadband and TV hubYou will receive the Sky Q Hub no matter which broadband package you sign up for.

The Sky Q hub comes with 4 Ethernet ports, allows up to 64 devices to connect and has Smart Signal Technology that optimises your Wi-Fi connection and allows you to create hotspots.

 

How to set up your Sky broadband hub
How to set up your Sky Broadband Hub with fibre to the premises (FTTP)

Sky Speed Guarantee

When you sign up for a new Sky broadband package you will be provided with a minimum download speed.

If your broadband speed falls below your minimum download speed, you can claim your money back.

Sky Broadband Superfast 35 & Superfast Speed Guarantee
“Selected Sky fibre areas only. If, after the first 14 days after activation, the download speed to your hub drops below your guaranteed minimum download speed, for 3 consecutive days or more, you can claim money back by calling Sky. You must be within your minimum term and can claim twice within it. Money-back will be 1 month’s Sky Broadband and Talk product subscription (excluding Sky Broadband Boost), or if within the first 30 days of activation, set up costs too. Total loss of service and Major Service Outages do not count towards 3-day periods.”

Sky Broadband Ultrafast Speed Guarantee
“If, after the first 14 days after activation, the download speed to your hub drops below 100Mb/s for 3 consecutive days or more, you can claim money back by calling Sky.”

Sky Broadband Ultrafast Plus Speed Guarantee
“If, after the first 14 days after activation, the download speed to your hub drops below 400Mb/s for 3 consecutive days or more, you can claim money back by calling Sky.”

Sky Broadband Gigafast Speed Guarantee
“If, after the first 14 days after activation, the download speed to your hub drops below 600Mb/s for 3 consecutive days or more, you can claim money back by calling Sky”

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Sky broadband Boost

Sky broadband boost is available as an optional add-on to Sky Broadband Superfast 35, Superfast, Ultrafast, Ultrafast Plus or Gigafast customers and has the following benefits:

  • WiFi guaranteed in every room or your money back
    Sky will guarantee you can get at least 3 Mbps WiFi in every room or they will  give you your money back on your Sky Broadband Boost subscription. You will also get their latest Hub and they will send you WiFi broadband boosters to improve WiFi in every room.
  • Engineer visits at any time
    Normally there is a £15 charge if you need to book an engineer home visit during the evening or weekend. This fee will be waived.
  • Sky broadband daily line checks
    After the two weeks new broadband stabilisation period, daily checks will be run on your broadband line to ensure that there are no issues.  If any issues are found, they will send an engineer to investigate. The engineer will not need access to your home so you don’t need to be in. Sky will check every night between 12 am and 5 am, then text you if they are sending an engineer and then again when the fault is fixed.
  • Free extra Mobile data for any outages
    If you have Sky Mobile you will enjoy this benefit. Sky will add 2 GB of data will be added to your Sky Piggybank automatically if your broadband has an outage that wasn’t planned,  lasts more than 30 minutes or is between 7 am and 11 pm.
  • Sky Broadband Buddy
    Sky Broadband Buddy lets you manage each device in your home from an app on your phone or tablet. It allows you to create filters to block access to certain types of websites, set time limits on screen time, stop/pause internet for any device and check online viewing activity.

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Sky Broadband Review FAQs

Setting up your new sky broadband hub is simple. Check out this video which shows you how to set up your sky broadband hub: https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y1bcEzYjbjo

YouTube video

It takes approximately 14 days to get Sky broadband installed and activated. This time can be significantly reduced if you already have a BT/Openreach phone line at the property. Sky Broadband new line installation process.

Sky do not offer student discounts or promo codes directly but students should check the Sky Unidays page for latest offers and student discounts.  Alternatively you can see the latest Sky deals here.

Sky do not currently have any promo discount codes but they regularly run discount promotions which can be accessed through affiliate links.

 

 

Most Sky broadband contracts have a minimum term of 18 Months.  If you cancel early, you will have to pay an early termination fee.  However, you have the option to downgrade or upgrade your Sky services during the term of your contract.

Yes you can keep your existing phone number when switching to Sky broadband. There may be odd occasions where this may not be possible but Sky will let you know in advance. Make sure your order Sky before cancelling with your current provider or else Sky will not be able to transfer your number if you cancel with them first.

Standard (ADSL) Sky broadband uses the Openreach network therefore you will need a BT/Openreach phone in order to get Sky broadband.

If you are one of the lucky homes to have the option of Fibre to the Premises (also known as FTTP) you do not need a phone line. Sky’s FTTP broadband package is known as Sky Gigafast broadband which has an average download speed of 900Mb. If Sky Gigafast broadband is available in your area, you can make additional savings by cancelling and saving on phone line rental.

Alternatively, if you do not want a phone line you can check out these alternatives on how to get broadband without a phone line.

Sky broadband and TV packages start from around £35 per month (at the time of writing) for Sky 11Mb Essential broadband and basic Sky TV package.

The prices increases depending on the additional Sky TV packages you add onto your subscription e.g Sky Cinema, Sky sports, Sky Entertainment, etc. To find the latest price on a Sky broadband and TV packages, check out the latest Sky Broadband and TV deals.

Sky broadband uses the Openreach network to supply their broadband services. Openreach are UK’s largest broadband network covering over 28 million homes and business.  Use the Sky Availability Checker here to see what broadband speed you can get in your area.

Sky broadband speed vary from 11Mb – 900Mb. Use the Sky broadband availability checker to see what broadband speed you can get if you are considering switching to sky broadband.

 

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