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How to Check the Availability of Broadband in Your Area

Broadband is accessible to businesses in the UK, but coverage does vary within different areas. This means the type of broadband available in your area may differ from others, although according to Ofcom, fibre broadband is available to more than 95% of users across the UK.

If you're unsure which broadband is available in your area and would like to know which is the best option, our broadband experts can provide you with the information you need.

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Openreach Fibre Checker

The Openreach fibre checker is an easy way to check whether fibre is available in your area, but it's important to be aware that it's not always accurate, and it won't help you to find the best business broadband deals. As well as checking the availability of fibre broadband in your area, our broadband experts will search through the packages available from our broadband partners to find the best deal we can offer for your business.

How do I Check Broadband in My Area?

The majority of broadband provider websites include a broadband postcode checker that allows you to assess the availability of the internet in your area easily. You can usually get more accurate results by entering your business landline number, as this will enable the broadband provider to predict the speeds you might be able to secure. The results are instant and will help you decide which is the best option for your business.

What if I Already have Business Broadband?

Even if you already have business broadband, it may still be worth checking the service availability in your area.

You may find that a faster fibre connection is available, which could provide your business with improved speeds and more reliable service at a competitive price. Make sure you check your upload and download speeds by completing an internet speed test. You may find that you could easily access a faster connection.

Don't end up as one of the many businesses paying too much for slow broadband or put up with speeds that are slower than what was promised at the start of your contract. Find the best broadband deal for your business today.

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What's the Best Broadband in My Area?

The fastest broadband is available via fibre optic cables, wherein data travels along fibre optic cables at the speed of light, far exceeding the speeds capable through copper wires. While fibre broadband is the fastest type of broadband, how it's delivered to your premises can affect how fast it actually is.

There are different types of fibre connections available:

  • Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC)

  • Fibre To The Premises (FTTP)

  • Fibre To The Premises on Demand (FTTPoD)

  • Leased Line

The most widely available fibre option is FTTC, which uses fibre optic cables up to the exchange, with copper cables connecting your premises to the exchange. On average, FTTC connections provide download speeds of between 35 Mbps and 65 Mbps, although the speed will vary depending on demand and your location.

If you're looking for competitively priced ultrafast broadband, FTTP may be more suitable. FTTP is also referred to as FTTPoF and FTTP on Demand, but typically, you'll see it advertised as Full Fibre Broadband. Full Fibre Broadband is becoming much more common, allowing your business to benefit from symmetrical speeds of between 150 Mbps and 2 Gbps.

If your business is reliant on access to fast internet speeds, a Leased Line could be the ideal option. Leased lines use fibre optic cables to provide premises with their own dedicated connection to the exchange, which means the network is not shared with any other users. A Leased Line is the fastest internet connection available to your business, but it's also the most expensive.

If your business cannot connect to a fibre network, you should still be able to connect to an Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL). In general, ADSL connections tend to be used by residential customers or small businesses which don't require high-speed, reliable internet.

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What if my Business Can’t Access Fibre Broadband?

The UK fibre broadband network is expanding, with new areas constantly being added across the country. If you are situated in an area which does not have fibre yet, it may be worth contacting your local council. The council will be able to update you with any upcoming fibre installation plans.

Alternatively, Openreach asks those interested in a fibre connection to contact them to register their interest. They will ask for your address and landline number and will also be able to provide you with information relating to future fibre plans in your area.

It may also be possible to use Virgin Media high-speed cable broadband, which uses coaxial cables that are separate from the fibre and copper Openreach network. The cables can offer speeds starting at 54 Mbps, with some areas of the UK able to receive over 1 Gbps. It isn’t as widely available as Openreach connections, but if you are not able to receive fibre, it may be worth comparing against the Virgin Media service.

If you would like to find out more about the broadband options available to your business, our team is always happy to answer your queries. We specialise in helping businesses find the most suitable products at the best possible prices so your business can operate efficiently. To find out more about our broadband comparison service, click the 'Compare Business Broadband' button below:

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Broadband Availability FAQs

To get the best broadband in your area, you first need to check what's available. Not all broadband speeds and deals are available to all locations, so it's worth checking what's available to you first. Although this may sound time-consuming, that's where our broadband experts come in. We take a few details from you, then we do the hard part; finding the best deal. Once we've found the best broadband in your area from our panel of providers, we'll let you know. All you have to do then is decide which package you want to go ahead with.

While you could spend a lot of time checking which broadband providers are active in your area and which deals they're offering, our business broadband team can save you time finding the best deal. We take a few basic details about your business, and from there, we find the best broadband deal in your area from our panel of providers.

To know the fastest broadband in your area, we need to know your location. By clicking the 'Get a Broadband Deal' button below and providing a few basic details about your business, we can find out which is the fastest broadband in your area.

We've made it even easier to get the best internet in your area. Once you've told us a little about your business, we can check the best internet connection available to your business from our panel of providers. We'll even help you switch broadband providers. To get started, simply click the 'Get a Broadband Deal' button below.

FTTP stands for Fibre To The Premises, which is another term for Full Fibre Broadband, one of the fastest forms of broadband in the UK. An FTTP checker is a tool used to find out if FTTP or Full Fibre is available in your area. While you could spend time finding an FTTP checker online, our broadband experts can run this check for you. All you need to do is click the 'Get a Broadband Deal' button below, provide a few details, and we'll check if FTTP is available in your location.

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