Broadband availability postcode checker

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Enter your postcode to check broadband coverage

Just enter your home postcode into the broadband availability checker below and our comparison tool will generate a list of broadband deals that are available in your area.

Why should I enter my postcode?

Broadband speeds and coverage can vary wildly depending on where you are in the country. A good way of checking what sort of broadband service you will get is to check broadband coverage against a postcode.

Our broadband availability postcode checker tool will check the deals of the broadband providers we feature against your specific postcode, so if there is no coverage in your area for a certain deal it will be omitted from the comparison results.

Entering your postcode into the tool will provide you with an accurate picture of which broadband companies are strong in your area because each company has their strengths and weaknesses in given areas around the country.

Your postcode will only be used by the tool in order to generate broadband deals specific to your location.

Where is the broadband availability data obtained?

The broadband postcode checker tool uses data which is supplied by the broadband suppliers themselves. They are constantly widening their coverage so it is worth checking regularly to see whether coverage has been updated in your area.

Why can’t I get the broadband I want? Factors affecting broadband coverage and speed

There are a range of different reasons why different broadband providers and types of broadband may not be available in your area and at the speeds you want. Factors include –

  • Broadband speed can be negatively affected based on the distance you are from the local telephone exchange. BT Openreach (the largest broadband infrastructure) uses Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) which involves running fibre optic cables from telephone exchanges to street cabinets. If you happen to be close to the street cabinet your download speed should be at the top end of the range – the further away the more likely your average speed will be lower.
  • If your street cabinet has not been upgraded to accept fibre optic broadband you would be limited to ADSL only broadband which offers significantly slower average download speeds than fibre broadband.
  • Virgin Media own their own infrastructure which uses Fibre to the Node (FTTN) technology. Although the Virgin Media broadband speeds are generally the fastest of all widely available fibre broadband providers their coverage does not match Openreach because the Virgin infrastructure is smaller (around 65% coverage nationally).
  • There might be interference on the extension cabling which is causing your broadband to be slower than it should be.
  • There may even be a fault at the ISP itself. If your current broadband coverage is regularly up and down you should contact your broadband provider.
  • The type and quality of equipment being used can affect the broadband speed in your home. Check that you are using the latest software on your router and that there are no significant barriers in the way between your router and Internet capable equipment (as well as very long distances) because these could cause poor reliability if you are using WiFi.
  • When selecting a broadband plan take a look at whether there is any traffic management policies in place because broadband providers have been known to slow down their network for high volume users during peak hours to maintain the integrity of their network for other customers.