Broadband postcode checker
If you’re looking for a broadband deal, you need to check what broadband is available in your area. Use our postcode checker to find out what deals you could get.
What are the best broadband deals available in my area?
The best broadband deals available to you largely depend on your budget, whether the types of broadband available tick all your boxes, and your internet needs.
Every household is different, so comparing the different deals available in your area is typically the best way to find an ideal internet package for your family’s needs.
- The type of broadband available in your area – are you happy with standard ADSL or is superfast fibre broadband available?
- Fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) or fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) – if fibre broadband is available in your area, which type is it? FTTC is much more widely available, and offers great average speeds of 50-70Mbps, but FTTP is a real game changer. Although FTTP isn’t as widely available as ADSL and FTTC connections, it provides the fastest broadband connection, including gigabit speeds (1,000Mbps) offered by the likes of hyperoptic.
- What speeds do you need? Are you into playing a lot of online video games?
- How much data allowance do you need? Do you stream a lot of TV shows?
- Do you want just broadband or do you want to bundle your broadband with a phone and TV package?
- What length of contract do you want? Are there fees for leaving your contract early?
- Are incentives, gifts and good customer service important to you?
What is the fastest broadband available in my area?
If your current broadband speed is slower than you’d like, and your neighbours down the street have a faster connection, you might want to check whether you can get a faster speed.
Use our broadband speed test to find out how fast the internet is in your home or office.Once you have the results, you’ll also see the fastest broadband speeds in your area, allowing you to compare and potentially find a faster broadband service.
Is fibre broadband available in my area?
With 95% of the UK now having access to superfast broadband, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to get it.
Use our broadband checker to find out if there are fibre broadband deals in your area - and if not, what the fastest broadband alternatives are.
How does the broadband area checker work?
Compare the Market’s broadband availability tool is a postcode checker that offers a quick and simple way of finding what broadband deals are available in your area:
- Just pop in your postcode and the name of your current provider, if you have one.
- In less than 1 minute** you should get a list of broadband deals available in your area.
- You’ll then be able to compare providers for your area based on a range of things including price, type of broadband service available, average speeds, and contract length. All the broadband deals we compare include unlimited data, so you don’t need to worry about blowing through a data cap and being charged extra.
**On average it can take less than 1 minute to complete a broadband quote through Compare the Market based on data in September 2020.
What do I need to start comparing?
Comparing broadband deals with us couldn’t be simpler. Just type in your postcode, then choose the name of your current provider if you have one, and the type of broadband service you want. In a matter of seconds, you should receive a list of deals available in your area.
From the Digital team
What our expert says
“When you’ve found out what broadband deals are available in your area, it’s also worth considering packages. If you’re a movie, sports and TV fan, a bundled broadband, phone and TV package could work out cheaper than separate products.
“Some providers even offer discounts if you bundle broadband with your phone and TV. You’d also have the convenience of everything coming under one monthly bill.”
Why use Compare the Market?
|See what deals are available in less than 1 minute**||Compare deals from a whole range of broadband providers||93% of users would recommend Compare the Market to friends or family***|
**On average it can take less than 1 minute to see and compare broadband deals through Compare the Market, based on data in September 2020.
*** For the period 1st June 2020 to 31st August 2020, 10,731 people responded to the recommend question. 10,011 responded with a score of 6 or above, therefore 93.3% are likely to recommend.Start compare
Frequently asked questions
Why should I use the broadband availability postcode checker?
Our postcode checker could save you an awful lot of time and hassle by only showing broadband deals available where you live.
It’s no good comparing the cheapest or fastest broadband deals nationwide, only to find out they’re not available in your area.
Many households in the UK could be paying too much for their broadband. By using our postcode checker, you can quickly find out if there’s a cheaper deal available to you.
Other reasons to use our postcode checker:
- Your use has increased, and you want a deal with a bigger data allowance
- You want to upgrade to a faster broadband connection
- You don’t use the internet much and want to downgrade to a slower package
- You’re moving home and you want to check what broadband deals are available in your new location
It’s also a good way of comparing what you’re paying now with the latest deals, to see if you could save by switching.
Is broadband available everywhere?
Almost every home in the UK should be able to get standard ADSL broadband, but speeds and availability can vary across the country.
According to the latest Ofcom figures:
- The vast majority of UK properties (98%) can now get decent broadband – at least 10 megabits per second (Mbps) download and 1Mbps upload speeds
- Superfast broadband with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps is available to 95% of the UK
- Ultrafast broadband with download speeds of 300Mbps is currently available to 55% of UK homes and businesses
- Full Fibre broadband is now available to over 3.5 million homes (12%) across the UK
- Just 2% of the UK – mostly rural areas - is still unable to get download speeds of at least 10Mbps and an upload speed of 1Mbps
If you live in one of the few areas that still can’t get decent broadband, you might be eligible for the Broadband Universal Service. This gives you the right to request a decent and affordable broadband service.
Find out more about the Broadband Universal Service on Ofcom’s information page.
Why does broadband availability differ in different areas?
It all depends on the cables. Here’s a quick rundown of how they differ:
- ADSL – just uses the old copper wires used for the traditional phoneline. These are available almost everywhere in the UK.
- Fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) – uses fibre-optic cables that run to your street cabinet, but then the copper line from there to your home. The copper line is where your speeds start to drop (depending on how far your home is from the cabinet). These are available across the vast majority of the UK.
- Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) – this is when those fibre-optic cables are connected directly to your home, which means there’s no drop in performance. This type of connection is the least common in the UK, as it requires extra cabling to be installed to connect each individual home. This is obviously more expensive and time consuming, but the rollout is well underway.
How do broadband speeds differ between areas?
Again, it all depends on those cables that connect to your home. If you’re in a particularly remote area, you may only have access to an ADSL connection, which relies entirely on the traditional copper phonelines to transmit your data. These copper lines can’t maintain high performance over long distances, which means the further you are from your street cabinet, the slower your connection. Average ADSL broadband speeds are about 10Mbps.
However, fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) connections are widely available across the UK now. These connections use fibre-optic cables to the street cabinet, before the final leg of the journey uses the copper line. This still means that your speed may suffer if you live far from the cabinet, but the connection that feeds that cabinet is much much quicker. If you live in pretty much any town or city in the UK, it’s likely you’ll have access to a FTTC connection. FTTC speeds usual average between 50-70Mbps.
Finally, fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) connections are the fastest of the fast. With the fibre-optic cables plugged directly into your home, the connection is consistently ultrafast, resulting in average speeds of up to 1,000Mbps. However, because the cables need to be connected directly to your home, this requires a lot of new cabling being laid, which takes time and money. For now, FTTP connections are only available in larger towns and cities, but this will improve over time.
What broadband providers are available in my area?
To find out which broadband providers are available in your area, our broadband area checker should be your first stop. Just enter your postcode, and we’ll find which providers are available in your area, along with the speeds and prices they offer.
At Compare the Market, we work with a range of leading UK broadband providers to get you the latest deals at a great price. Compare deals from the big providers like Virgin Media, BT and Plusnet.
We also work with a growing number of other providers including John Lewis, Hyperoptic, Gigaclear and the Post Office, and mobile broadband providers like EE and Vodafone.
The broadband market is extremely competitive, so the chances of finding a good deal available in your area are pretty high. Many providers also throw in gifts and incentives like rewards cards, smart speakers, tablets or even cashback. They are nice as a little bonus, but don’t let freebies distract you from the deal itself.
What’s the cheapest broadband in my area?
If you’re just looking for the cheapest broadband, a good place to start is our broadband comparison tool. Just enter your postcode and we’ll compare broadband deals available in your area with all of our providers. From there, you can filter your results to show the cheapest at the top and choose whichever you like.
Just be aware, by going with just the cheapest broadband deal, you could really be missing out on speed. ADSL connections are generally the cheapest, but only offer average speeds of around 10Mbps. Fibre broadband offers speeds of around 50-70Mbps, a huge leap in performance, and don’t normally cost that much extra now. So, don’t just decide based on price, as you can easily triple (or even better) your speeds for just a few pounds more a month.
If I find a good deal available in my area, how easy is it to switch?
Switching broadband is pretty simple. Once you decide to switch, your new provider should take care of the whole transfer for you. However, if you’re switching between completely different types of broadband (for example, cable broadband provided by Virgin to a fibre optic service provided by BT or vice versa), your old service can’t be switched automatically and you’ll need to cancel with your existing provider and start a new contract with your new provider.
If you want to switch before your old contract ends, check whether there’s an early cancellation fee to pay. If your broadband speed falls below the guaranteed minimum promised by your provider, you might not need to pay this.
Find out more in our guide to switching broadband providers.
How can I compare broadband deals in my area?
Use our postcode checker to find the best broadband deals available in your area. You can then compare deals based on monthly cost, speeds, data allowance, contract length and more.