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Can I get cable in my area?

Friday, June 13th 2014

A cable connection is a fixed line internet connection, using either traditional ADSL broadband or the newer fibre optic broadband. Both mean you are physically connected to a network of cables.

This guide looks at whether you can access a fixed line internet connection, either standard or fibre optic broadband, where you are.

Postcode checker

To find out if you can get cable where you are, along with a list of available broadband providers, simply enter your postcode in the box below.

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How to sign up

If you live in a cable area, you can use our comparison pages to compare all available packages and bundles. Once you’ve decided which package you prefer, it's easy to sign up online by following the links on our comparison pages.

What's the difference between fibre optic and cable?

There is no difference between them, they are just different names for exactly the same technology. There is a tendency for people to associate one term with TV packages and the other with broadband but they are in fact one and the same.

I can't get cable. What are my options?

If the network hasn’t reached your area yet, there are still options available to you.

Cable Rollout

Our database of cabled areas is updated constantly and as soon as any new area is connected to the network it will show up in our availability checker. If you'd like us to automatically recheck your postcode for you and contact you once cable has reached your neighbourhood you can use our free availability alert tool.

When can I get it?

If you live on a street that is connected to the network then you can sign-up for a package or bundle today! Just search through the different options on our site and then click through to the provider’s site and place your order online. Your provider will then schedule a visit by one of their engineers who will install the whole system for you.

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The installation will be made by a qualified engineer. Once you have selected and signed up for your chosen package or bundle your provider will arrange an appointment for one of their engineers to visit your home to install the whole system for you. Someone will need to be at home when the equipment is being installed, as the engineer will need access to your home.

A connection will be made between your property and the fibre optic network, usually with a lead that is run under your front garden. Once that is done the engineer will install some special connection points in your home. The number and location of these points will be determined by which services you are subscribing to.


The equipment you will need depends upon which services you subscribe to. In order to access fibre optic broadband you will need a special router, or modem, while for your TV package you will need a suitable set-top box. The good news is that your chosen provider will supply these as part of the subscription once you sign up.


There are many benefits associated with cable, with the high broadband speeds being probably the most widely advertised. It brings broadband download speeds that are many times faster than any previous technology, even ADSL2+. The fastest broadband package which is widely in the UK has a top download speed of a blindingly fast 120Mbps.

You can also subscribe to digital TV services that can feature more than 200 channels and on-demand services, all without the need for a satellite dish on the outside of your property. This makes it a great choice for people living in rented or listed buildings.

Latest news

Our news also carries all the latest news and announcements from cable providers and is updated several times a day. This is the best place to find news on which areas are going to be connected next. As soon as we hear anything about your area becoming connected you can be sure that it will be reported.

Cable.co.uk availability alert

If our cable postcode checker tells you that the cable network hasn't reached your area yet you may like to take advantage of our free cable availability alert tool. Just click on the link below and fill in your postcode, your email address and select which services you're interested in. We'll then regularly perform a free postcode check for you and email you as soon as your chosen service or services become available where you live.

Cable.co.uk availability alerts →

If you are in the small proportion of the UK population unable to receive standard ADSL, probably because you live in a remote part of the country, you may wish to read our guides "Can I get satellite broadband in my area?"and "Can I get mobile broadband in my area?"

And don't forget, Cable.co.uk now produces in-depth broadband reviews of every major UK broadband package, so check them out if you need more information.

Comments (31)

20 hours ago

Can you tell me when I will get cable? I live in the city of Glasgow on the South side?

10th February 2014

Hi Andrea

I don't think it will work as VIrgin boxes are powered by the UK cable infrastructure.

Hannah - Cable.co.uk

10th February 2014

Hi, Each time I go to Spain I normally take my Sky box and card with me, plug it in to our satellite connection and hey presto, most of our Sky TV package works there (just not the record, rewind etc). I've just switched to Virgin and realised that this may not now be possible. Does anyone know if there're any channels I'll still be able to get through my Virgin box? Thanks, Andrea

3rd February 2014

Hi Chris

I've just checked and unfortunately Virgin Media cable isn't available in your area yet. However, if you sign up here we'll drop you and email as soon as it's available.

Hannah - Cable.co.uk

30th January 2014

Hi Samantha

Unfortunately Virgin Media don't release details of when they are planning to launch in a new area. However, if you sign up to our availability alerts we'll send you an email as soon as Virgin Media is available to you.

Hannah - Cable.co.uk

30th January 2014

Can you tell if there are any plans in the near future to extend cable to my area? I live in Shotley Bridge in County Durham (DH8 0UE)

20th January 2014

Why do you ask for a correct Postcode this keeps happening .My home is over 20years old my post code is TN24 OHW .is your service along here? Only you constantly send letters and brouchers.

3rd November 2013

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3rd November 2013

Greetings! Very helpful advice within this post! It's the little changes that make the greatest changes. Thanks a lot for sharing!

4th April 2013

I live in mulberry gardens soundwell bristol bs16.4sa I.would like to know when we are going to become a media area,

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