What does the availability of broadband mean?
The term “broadband availability” refers to the range of providers that offer broadband service where you live, as well as the type of speeds and the type of broadband that is available in your area.
If you live in a city or town, you will be able to choose from a range of providers, offering standard broadband or faster fiber broadband.
However, if you live in the countryside or in a remote location, your choice may be limited to providers that only offer standard broadband. And you may not be able to get fiber broadband at all.
The broadband landscape in the UK is changing, however, with the provision of ultra-fast fiber broadband being extended to more and more locations.
At the time of writing, it is available for 94% of UK homes and businesses.
The best and safest way to find out what’s available in your area is to use our postcode checker.
Just enter your zip code and we’ll show you exactly what’s available where you live and suggest packages that get you the most for your money.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Which broadband provider has the best coverage?
When it comes to standard broadband, almost all of the better-known providers, such as BT, Speak speak, Sharper and Sky, use the same national grid infrastructure, which covers 99% of UK homes and businesses.
So there is nothing to choose between them when it comes to coverage.
With fiber broadband, once again BT, TalkTalk, Plusnet and Sky use the same nationwide fiber broadband network, which covers 95% of homes and businesses in the UK.
Therefore, again when there is no difference in the arrangement of the cover.
The main exception is Blank media, which operates its own separate fiber broadband network. This covers around 60% of UK homes.
You are more likely to be able to get Virgin Media broadband if you live in a town or city.
Indeed, its network mainly covers the most densely populated areas of the United Kingdom.
Do broadband speeds differ from area to area?
Broadband speeds vary widely between different zip codes, and even several houses in the same street.
They are affected by a number of factors, including the type of property you live in and how far you are from your telephone exchange.
Broadband advertising regulations require the speeds listed by providers to be available to at least 50% of customers during peak hours.
So while there is a good chance that you will get the advertised speed, it is not guaranteed.
If you want broadband that absolutely guarantees fast speeds, fiber optic broadband is the way to go.
Not only is it considerably more reliable than standard ADSL broadband, but it will give you speeds much closer to those advertised.
- 10Mbps or 11Mbps – Available just about anywhere, this kind of speed will work for you if you only use the internet for browsing the web, sending emails, and maybe a bit of streaming.
- 24Mbps-72Mbps – This is the usual range of download speeds on fiber optic plans, qualified as “ultra-fast”, and more than 90% of households can benefit from it. This is ideal if you have a lot of gadgets to connect and enjoy streaming TV, playing online games, or downloading HD movies on a regular basis.
- 300 Mbps and more – Connections at this speed and above count as “super fast”, and they are not available everywhere. This is worth considering if you have a large household with a lot of people online at once.
Where do we get our broadband uptime data?
We obtain information on the availability of standard and fiber optic broadband directly from suppliers.
We make sure all data is checked and updated regularly to make sure it is accurate. The price of the packages may also vary by region, so we also follow the prices.
When you enter your zip code, we compare it against all the data we’ve collected to show you the best broadband deals available in your area.
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