Local broadband deals

Broadband is still a bit of a postcode lottery. The packages available in one part of the country aren’t always available elsewhere.

This is because different kinds of cables from different providers don’t quite reach everywhere. As a result, some areas can get fibre optic broadband, and others can’t; some areas can get Virgin Media deals, and others can’t; some areas can get superfast speeds, and… you get the idea.

What’s available in my area?

The Openreach network is maintained by BT (www.bt.com), and designed to reach as many homes in the UK as possible. So there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be able to get a broadband connection with a provider that uses it - that includes BT itself, Sky (www.sky.com), Plusnet (www.plus.net), TalkTalk (www.talktalk.co.uk), and Fuel (www.fuelbroadband.co.uk). The only locations that might struggle to get a connection are extreme rural areas, such as in the middle of the Lake District, which are quite far from an exchange.

Other providers have their own, separate networks across the country - including Virgin Media (www.virginmedia.com) and Hyperoptic. This lets them offer some impressively superfast speeds, but they don’t cover nearly as much of the country as BT’s network does. You’ll mostly find them concentrated in bigger towns and cities.

As well as all those, there are also some local providers that only operate in particular cities or counties. Some use BT Openreach, and some run their own network. Often they’re there to cover a ‘not-spot’ where other broadband providers aren’t reaching (or aren’t reaching at fast enough speeds). Examples of local providers include KC in Hull and Wightfibre on the Isle of Wight.

So, the providers you can get your broadband from may change pretty drastically depending on where you are in the country. But it gets even more complex. Even if a provider operates in your town or city, that doesn’t necessarily mean you can get the kind of package you want from it. That’ll vary depending on which part of the town or city you’re in, which exchanges are nearby, and what’s in your local cabinet on the street. So it’s always good to use a postcode checker to see exactly what packages are available for your address.

If you’ve got your heart set on fibre optic broadband, you’ll have better luck if you’re in a big city or metropolitan area, though there are fibre exchanges scattered all over the country. Conversely, in most of central London and Cornwall there are only fibre optic exchanges… so if you’re a light internet user you might have trouble sourcing a good value ADSL package.

What if I can’t get the package I want?

Well, the first step is to enter your postcode into our postcode checker above and see which packages are available to you. There’s bound to be something that at least comes close to your dream broadband connection.

If you’re not even covered by BT - which is possible if your property is brand new, or if you’re in the middle of nowhere - the only thing to do is to get a line installed. You can do this by contacting BT directly.

Or if you’d like to get connected to another provider’s network, such as Virgin Media, you can register your interest through its website. This won’t guarantee a connection with it, but it does help increase the likelihood of it installing an exchange in your town - and if that happens, you’ll be the first to know.

Until then, enter your postcode above to see what's available in your area, or find out about:

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  1. How do I switch broadband provider?
    The process of changing your broadband provider is actually pretty straightforward. First, you put your postcode into our impartial comparison tool. We’ll display the broadband, phone and TV deals available where you live, then you can use our search filters to narrow down the options and find the perfect package for your household. Finally, you sign up with your new provider online. They’ll contact your existing provider and take care of everything else for you. The actual switch should be virtually seamless, and in the vast majority of cases it is. Your new broadband provider will send you all the stuff you need to get set up, like a new wireless router and/or TV set-top box.
  2. How long does it take to switch broadband?
    When you sign up to a new provider, they’ll contact your existing one and request a transfer of your service. While switching times vary depending on the type of package, it shouldn’t usually take more than 14 days. It can take longer if you don’t currently have a phone line, as an engineer will need to come out and install one for you.
  3. Do I need fibre optic broadband?

    Fibre optic broadband is much faster and much more reliable than broadband through the phone line, but it’s not essential for everyone. If you just want to browse the web, check email, Facebook, Twitter etc, you’ll be fine with standard broadband through the phone line.

    However, if you watch a lot of streaming video, download music, films and games, and other such activities, you will likely find a fibre connection hugely beneficial.

    It’s also a boon for large households, especially ones with lots of gadgets like smartphones, tablets, and computers. The more people using a connection, the slower it will be, so if you have a big family where lots of people want to connect to the web at the same time, for example, a fibre connection will ensure everyone can get a good experience.

  4. How do I get fibre broadband?

    Put your postcode into our comparison tool to see what’s available where you live. You’ll need an active phone line for the majority of fibre services, such as BT Infinity, as they’re delivered like standard broadband.

    The main exception is Virgin Media, which doesn't require a phone line because it uses a separate network. Once you've found a package that ticks all the boxes, click through to the provider’s website and sign up. Then it won’t be long before you’re all set up.

  5. Can I get broadband without a phone line?
    The rise of the mobile has for many of us brought the demise of the home telephone. So it irks a little to have to pay the monthly line rental charge for a service that we don’t feel like we use simply to get a broadband connection. But is there an alternative?

    Cable giant Virgin Media is the only top UK provider to offer broadband without a telephone line. Its fibre optic network is completely separate from the copper phone wire network that ordinarily connects you to the web.

    Aside from this, the only alternative is to use mobile broadband instead - then you have no requirement for a landline BUT if your internet use is anything other than particularly light, this might just prove to be too slow or too restrictive to need your needs.

    If these aren’t an option, then finding a provider with a low line rental charge might be your best bet.
  6. Can I save money by bundling TV, phone and broadband?
    Yes you can. Providers like Sky and Virgin Media offer competitively priced bundles, comprising broadband, homephone and TV, and getting all three services from the same place often leads to significant savings. It also makes it easier to manage finances, as all services come on a single bill.