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Broadband postcode checker

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

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Uswitch broadband postcode checker explained

Our broadband postcode checker is a simple and quick way to compare broadband deals in your area. It helps you find a range of broadband packages that are available at your postcode in just a few simple steps:

  • Type in your postcode

  • Select your address

  • Tell us which broadband provider you're currently with (or if you're not)

  • Press 'Check availability'

After running our checker, you'll see a results table of broadband packages from many of the UK's top providers. And depending on what's available in your postcode, you'll get a wide choice of different broadband speeds available to you as well.

You can then compare those prices with your current monthly bill, and decide if what you're paying seems right or feels too much. Or you can compare the speeds with your current speed to see if it's worth upgrading your service.

Find out your current speed with our internet speed test.

Checking with your postcode is the quickest way to browse all the options available to you, whether it's because you want:

  • A faster internet connection

  • To add more services like a landline or pay-TV subscription

  • To reduce your monthly bills

This is especially useful if you're currently out of contract with your existing provider, because you might be paying much more than you could for your broadband.

By switching your broadband with Uswitch, you could save an average of £162‡ per year.

Can I get fast broadband in my area?

The fastest available internet in your area will usually depend on how much fibre-optic coverage there is in your postcode.

Depending on which types of fibre connection are installed in your area, you could benefit from a huge internet speed upgrade with fibre broadband. Skip down to find out more about fibre-optic broadband in your area.

Ultrafast speeds are becoming available to more and more properties every month. See if you could benefit from ultrafast broadband.

Finding broadband from internet providers near me

The reason we ask which provider you're currently with is so that we only show you the deals that you're eligible for.

Broadband providers will often limit their cheapest deals to new customers, so if you're already a customer you may not be able to take advantage of their latest offers.

How can I check the broadband speed in my area?

Broadband speeds can differ from those advertised online and on TV, depending on where you live or what your home equipment setup might be like.

The difference in speed can be due to any number of things, but it's often driven by what's available in your area. There are lots of different types of broadband connection that have different levels of availability across the country, so comparing your broadband options is the best way to choose what's right for you.

What internet can I get?

A great way to quickly find out what broadband speed is available to you is by using the Uswitch broadband speed test.

Not only will this measure the current internet speed you're getting, but it will then run a broadband availability check to see what speeds you can get at your postcode.

This way, if you're unhappy with your existing speed, you can find out what packages you can switch to in order to enjoy much faster speeds.

What's the best broadband for me?

The best broadband deal available is one that suits your needs the most. You'll often want to find a good balance between your budget, the number of people in your household, and what you want to use your internet for.

So when you search for the 'best' broadband in your area, the fastest or the cheapest options may not necessarily be the best for you. Instead, you'll want to look for the most appropriate deal for what your household needs, because that'd be most worth your money.

There are a few different types of broadband you can get, each with a different range of speeds and prices:

Superfast fibre broadband

If you're searching for fibre-optic broadband in your area, you'll have plenty of options to choose from on Uswitch.

Nowadays, most providers offer fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) packages to their customers using the Openreach network, which provides what is known as 'superfast' internet speeds between 30-70Mbps.

These operate through fibre-optic cables that run to the street cabinets in most neighbourhoods across the country. The cabinets then deliver broadband to the surrounding homes in their vicinity using the same copper phone lines as ADSL.

So again, if you're using FTTC, your distance from the street cabinet might slightly affect your broadband speed.

Despite using the same phone lines for the final leg of the journey, the fibre connection between the broadband exchange and your street cabinet is what makes the difference.

Fibre-optic cables can transmit more data in a much shorter time period, which is why average FTTC broadband speeds are often several times faster than ADSL.

With around 97% of the country covered by Openreach’s FTTC network, there's a good chance you can get broadband from the providers who use it. They include BT, Sky, Plusnet, TalkTalk, Vodafone, NOW and many others.

In fact, some providers have fibre broadband offers that are the same price as their ADSL ones, since fibre uptake is now very common and copper cables are being phased out of the telephone network.

ADSL broadband

The slowest connection in the UK is ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) broadband.

It's delivered over the same copper phone wires as your landline, which means it's the most widely-available, but its speeds often don't meet the needs of households anymore.

Download speeds on ADSL often average around 10Mbps, depending on the quality of lines and connections in your area, as well as how far away you are from your local street cabinet.

Cable broadband with Virgin Media

Virgin Media's independent cable broadband network covers roughly 52% of UK premises, but its coverage is gradually growing across the country.

Its network makes use of the same fibre-optic cables from the broadband exchange to street cabinets, but from there it connects to individual homes with its own 'coaxial' cables, instead of traditional copper phone lines.

Virgin does have plans to upgrade its cable network to full fibre by 2028, offering speeds of up to 10Gbps. So even faster speeds could be on the horizon if you switch to Virgin Media in the next few years.

Virgin broadband speed in my area

Virgin broadband is much faster than the FTTC connections you get from BT or Sky. Since late 2021, it's been able to offer speeds of up to 1Gbps (or 1000Mbps) to everyone on its network, which is just shy of what current full fibre connections can provide.

Use our Virgin Media postcode checker to see if its ultrafast deals are available in your area.

Full fibre broadband

A number of providers are also rolling out full fibre connections, often referred to as fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband.

As the name suggests, this involves fibre-optic cables running all the way from the broadband exchange to your home, which can offer gigabit speeds of 1Gbps, plus much faster.

Although the aim is for everyone in the country to eventually get access to full fibre, only around one-third of the UK currently has this type of broadband available to them.

The government is currently running Project Gigabit to speed this process up though. This scheme is allocating over £1bn to smaller providers, to make it more affordable for them to lay fibre cables in rural and remote parts of the UK.

Adding this to providers' efforts to grow their own FTTP networks means that full fibre will likely be available to you in the next couple of years.

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 right broadband for your needs.

Learn more about the different types of broadband with our guide.

What is gigabit broadband?

Broadband availability changes across the country due to which providers have installed their connections in each location.

A huge number of UK households are still on broadband speeds of 10Mbps or below, which Ofcom has pointed out is no longer enough for the average family's demand for internet. Especially when accounting for TV streaming, working from home and gaming.

Thankfully, there has been a big push in the last couple of years to provide gigabit broadband speeds for the vast majority of UK homes by 2025. This is an ambitious target, but it should hopefully mean that soon those suffering on slow connections will get faster, more reliable speeds in the coming years.

Currently, around 68% of UK premises can access some form of gigabit-speed broadband — this is mainly composed of Virgin Media's network and the various full fibre networks that are growing across the country.

If your property can't access gigabit broadband yet, it's still worth checking Uswitch to see if you could benefit from switching providers. Especially if you're in a rural area, and you feel you aren't getting the speeds you need.

Take a look at our types of broadband guide guide to learn more about what you can get in the UK.

Can I get fibre broadband?

According to figures from Ofcom, 97% of the UK can access FTTC (fibre-to-the-cabinet) broadband, so there's a good chance you can get fibre broadband in your area.

Our Wi-Fi checker will quickly show you if your location can access fibre broadband, and at what speeds. You can then filter the deals that come up to only show fibre broadband packages.

We'd recommend using our fibre broadband checker to make sure you're pricing up exactly what you need, and that you can access what you want in your area.

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

Cheapest broadband in my area

If you're looking for an affordable broadband deal, you may have a couple of options depending on what your budget is.

Firstly, the cheapest broadband deals on Uswitch offer broadband from around £18 per month — and even fibre broadband up to 67Mbps from just £21 at times. So there is certainly a high number of widely-available cheaper deals.

However, if you're receiving Universal Credit or another form of government financial support, you could qualify for a social broadband tariff. These are much cheaper deals that some providers offer to make broadband a lot more affordable for people struggling to pay their bills.

Take a look at our broadband deals for low-income families guide to find out which broadband providers offer social tariffs.

Learn more ways you can save money on your broadband.

How can I check internet providers in my area?

At Uswitch, we can show you deals from some of the best broadband providers.

Check out individual providers to see more details of their broadband deals and coverage:

Broadband savings methodology

‡£162 is the average annual saving calculated in August 2022 for users who chose a Uswitch broadband deal.

Find out more about how we calculate our savings messages at our savings FAQ page.