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Not every broadband provider serves the entire country – this, along with how many megabits you'll need, is an important thing to consider when looking for a great broadband deal.
You’ll be disappointed if you find a deal from a provider advertising fast broadband speeds, but then find out you can’t get them because of where you live.
Moreover, it might not be possible to get the cheapest broadband deals where you live. And in rare cases, you may need to rely on a mobile broadband connection to access the internet. And if you run a business, providers such as Virgin Media and BT offer business broadband.
With MoneySuperMarket, you can compare deals from popular providers such as BT, Virgin Media, Plusnet, TalkTalk, Sky, John Lewis, bonline, Zen Internet, Vodafone, NOW Broadband, EE, Hyperoptic, Gigaclear and SSE.
What's the best broadband in my area?
The best broadband package for you will depend on what you use the internet for, what your budget is and what coverage is available from different internet service providers (ISPs).
The most common types of broadband are:
- ADSL: the most basic and common type of broadband internet connection, which works over the same line as your landline phone. It's for this reason that ADSL packages always combine broadband and home phone. An ADSL connection is generally the slowest and cheapest of the three main types of fixed-line broadband available to buy for your home.
- Cable: While ADSL broadband is dependent on BT’s copper phone line infrastructure, cable broadband providers like Virgin Media use coaxial cables instead. They offer faster speeds but aren’t usually as widely available across the UK.
- Fibre:Fibre optic broadband is significantly faster than cable and ADSL with a more stable performance, it therefore tends to come at a higher price. It’s not accessible everywhere but as providers extend their full fibre networks, availability is increasing all the time. It’s worth checking if you could benefit from fibre optic technology in your area.
How to compare the best broadband deals in my area
Comparing the best broadband deals in your area is straightforward with MoneySuperMarket.
- Enter your postcode and then click Check Availability
- You’ll see a whole list of deals available in your area
- Use the drop down menu at the top of the page to select your address, so you can see exactly what’s available in your home
- Use the filter on the left side of the page to pick how fast you want your package to be, the length of the contract, whether you want a TV package and what kind of phone package you’d like
- Choose the deal you want. Click ‘More Details’ to see more specific information about the package and hit ‘Visit Now’ to go to the provider’s website and seal the deal.
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UK internet coverage
No one provider offers coverage across the entire UK, but unless you live in an extremely rural area it should be possible to find an ISP that can get you connected to the internet.BT is perhaps the best known and offers broadband across pretty much the entire UK. It has an ever growing full fibre network which, at the time of writing, is available in over seven million homes. It also offers ADSL and fibre services that utilise Openreach’s copper network to complete the final leg of the journey into the home.Virgin Media has seen its network grow in recent years, with its Gig1 1,100Mps broadband now available in 60% of the UK.BT backed EE, Sky, Shell Energy, SSE, TalkTalk and Vodafone all offer ADSL, fibre and full fibre services, meaning that they are widely available throughout the UK.Some providers, like Hyperoptic, only work in select areas (50 towns at the time of writing), while some specialise in rural or hyper local environments.
KCom covers Hull, with Trooli offering full fibre in rural south east England and G.Network offering services in select London boroughs.
Why does broadband availability differ in different areas?
Broadband speeds vary significantly between different postcodes, and even different homes on the same street. They are affected by several factors, including your property type and how far you live from your telephone exchange. As we say, if you're really struggling to get a connection, mobile broadband might be the best option for you.
Bear in mind that speeds advertised by providers must be available to at least 50% of customers at peak times, so although you should get the advertised speed, it’s not guaranteed.
There were government plans to provide gigabit broadband speeds for everyone in Britain by 2025, but this deadline is now being questioned. It looks like those on slow connections will get faster, more reliable speeds in the near future though.
To find out what providers and broadband deals are available in your area today, pop your postcode into our broadband checker above.
What types of broadband can I get in my area?
There are various kinds of broadband available, with different options depending on where you live:
- Standard. Standard broadband, or ADSL, uses Openreach’s copper network to offer basic broadband of around 11Mbps. You’ll need a phone line and such services aren’t always fast or reliable in rural areas.
- Fibre. Regular fibre deals, which can reach speeds of around 66Mbps, use fibre networks but complete the journey into the home via copper wiring. This is available in all major towns and cities.
- Full Fibre. Also known as fibre to the premises (FTTP), you’ll need to have a full fibre connection to take advantage of speeds ranging from 100Mbps to 900Mbps. This network is growing fast, but tends to be confined to the biggest towns and cities. Some rural areas are getting such services, though.
- Mobile broadband. Using 4G and 5G networks, mobile broadband may be a last resort if you live in a rural area without a wired connection but with decent mobile coverage.
How much does broadband cost in the UK?
The cost of broadband in the UK varies depending on what kind of connection you have and the length of your contract, as well as your provider.
At the time of writing, most ADSL deals tend to cost roughly the same as regular, 36Mbps fibre, from around £22 per month over 18 or 24 months.
Prices rise when you get Full Fibre and take out deals with faster speeds. Expect to pay upwards of £50 a month for the fastest connections.
Compare broadband tariffs with MoneySuperMarket
If you’re looking to switch broadband providers, comparing tariffs on MoneySuperMarket is the best way to find a cheaper deal.
Just give us your postcode and we’ll put together a list of broadband deals all available in your local area.
You can compare them by broadband speeds, download limits, and overall cost as well as anything else included in the deal, whether it’s a freebie, a TV or landline package, no upfront costs or a mobile SIM. Some broadband packages also come with specific deals for students, too.
Once you’ve found the deal you want, just click through to the provider to finalise your purchase.
Are you getting the broadband speed you're paying for? Use our speed test and find out. Also, it pays to know your consumer rights when looking for a deal.
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Broadband and TV packages availability
You don't need a really fast broadband service to be able to stream TV. Which means that you'll be able to sign up for a broadband and TV package, from providers such as Sky, pretty much wherever you live.
Sources and methodology
*Annual savings based on average monthly bill of £33.99 from nationally representative sample (1000) vs our cheapest monthly cost for superfast broadband (>55Mbs) £18.95/month, May 22. Annual saving: £180.48.