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Broadband postcode checker

Enter your postcode to see what Broadband deals and speeds are available in your area.

Broadband availability checker tool explained

The broadband postcode checker from Uswitch is a quick and simple way of finding the current broadband packages available in your specific area. All you need to do is type in your postcode, press 'check' and you'll see a range of fibre broadband and non-fibre deals that are available in your area.

You’ll get access to packages from many of the UK's top providers and, depending on the avilability in your area, a choice of the different broadband speeds you can get. Then you can check the price against your current offering and decide if what you're paying is about right or just far too much.

Whether you want to upgrade to a faster connection, adjust to a slower package or just find a similar speed for a cheaper price, you should see a range of options on our postcode checker.

What's the best broadband in my area?

There is no one perfect broadband solution for any given household or area in the UK, since different factors come into play depending on what users access the internet for, their budget and the coverage offered by different internet service providers (ISPs).

ADSL broadband

The most widely available connection is ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) broadband, which is an always-on service delivered over a standard, analogue Openreach line and is available to 99% of the country. ADSL uses different frequencies on this line, so you can use the internet and make phone calls at the same time.

Openreach wholesales its service via a range of different ISPs, who will then offer you their services through a host of packages tailored to the end user. Broadband speeds on ADSL often average around 11Mbps, depending on the quality of lines and connections in your area, as well as how far you are from the exchange.

Fibre-optic broadband

Nowadays, most ISPs also offer fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) packages to their customers, providing superfast connections to the internet through fibre-optic cables that run to the many street cabinets across the country.

The cabinets then deliver broadband to the surrounding homes in the vicinity — and again, the closer you are to the cabinet, the faster your broadband will often be (depending on the type of broadband you have).

Fibre-optic cables can transmit more data at much faster speeds, which is why FTTC broadband speeds start at about three times faster than ADSL — oftenaveraging between 30Mbps and 60Mbps. Some 96% of the country is covered by Openreach’s fibre network, and there's a good chance you can get broadband from providers who use the Openreach network, including BT, Sky, Plusnet and TalkTalk.

Cable broadband

As of 2020, Virgin Media's privately-owned cable broadband network covers about 75% of the UK population, although this is growing all the time. Virgin Media's cable network connects homes to street cabinets via coaxial cables instead of traditional copper phone lines, which makes it faster than FTTC connections but not quite as fast as 'fibre to the premises' broadband.

FTTP / Full Fibre broadband

A number of providers are also slowly rolling out full fibre, or fibre to the premises (FTTP) connections, too. These connect fibre-optic cables directly to your home and can offer speeds in excess of 1000Mbps, or 1Gbps. Although the push is for everyone to eventually get access to full fibre connections, only around 12% of the country currently has access to these types of connections.

Simply put, checking your postcode to see exactly what's available in your area is the best way to find out how you can get the best broadband for your needs.

Why does broadband availability differ in different areas?

Broadband availability differs across the country due to the infrastructure.

Our own research on Uswitch discovered nearly one fifth of homes achieve speeds of less than 10Mbps, while one in ten can be as slow as 5Mbps. Ofcom has pointed out this is unlikely to be enough to cover the average family's internet needs, including music and video streaming.

Thankfully, there has been a big push in the last couple of years to provide superfast broadband speeds for everyone in Britain early this decade, which should hopefully mean that soon those suffering on slow connections will get faster speeds.

In the meantime, it's worth checking Uswitch to see if you could benefit from switching ISPs, particularly if you're in a rural area and you feel you aren't getting the speeds you need.

We recently rolled out an address-specific broadband checker (still in its beta-stage) that shows you the available speeds to your direct address. See what options are available to you with our Network Checker.

Can I get fibre broadband?

According to figures from Ofcom, 96% of the UK can now access superfast broadband, so there's a good chance your area has fibre broadband in place. Our broadband postcode checker will quickly show you if your location can access fibre broadband, and at what speed. You can also filter the deals that come up to show only fibre broadband contracts.

Where can I find more information about broadband providers and their cover ranges?

At Uswitch, we can show you broadband deals from a wide range of providers, including:

We also have broadband deals from a number of other providers, such as Hyperoptic, Post Office, John Lewis, Origin and Gigaclear, all of which might have great deals for your area.

Most offer tempting time-limited prices, often throwing in free equipment such as smart speakers or hubs to sweeten the deal.

Again, we'd definitely recommend making use of our postcode checker - and in particular the fibre optic broadband checker - to ensure you're pricing up exactly what you need and can access in your area.

Once you enter your personal information on most providers’ websites — particularly your home address — you should get bespoke speed estimates for your home, including an average speed and minimum speed guarantee.

How do broadband speeds differ between areas?

We have already mentioned that broadband speeds can differ wildly from those we see advertised online and on TV, depending on the local area, proximity to digital infrastructure and availability of ISPs.

However, the extent to which this applies was underlined by Uswitch's most recent test of consumer speeds, published in December 2019.

It found even different streets can be subject to varying internet connectivity, making for something of a postcode lottery.

For example, our table of the slowest streets in Britain saw Kingsclere in Huntington, York take the top (or bottom?) spot, achieving download speeds of just 0.22Mbps. That's 800 times slower than on Darwin Street in Livingston, which finished highest on our list of the fastest streets and enjoyed download speeds of 182.52Mbps.

We agree that factors outside your control can sometimes impact the speed of your broadband, but we also discovered a lack of public awareness that better services are probably available where you live.

So don't be resigned to poor download speeds — put your postcode into Uswitch's broadband checker and see if you could be enjoying a better deal on your broadband in just the time it takes to switch.