Can I get fibre broadband in my area?
Our guide looks at whether or not you’ll be able to get fibre optic broadband in your area. It's a simple question, so we aim to answer it with as little fuss as is humanly possible.
Fibre broadband is faster than standard broadband connections, providing speeds from 38Mbps to 152Mbps. While it’s not as widespread as traditional broadband yet, you may well be able to get it where you are.
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- Availability alerts
- How to get it
- The benefits
- It's not expensive
To check if you can get it, enter your postcode below.
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If you can’t get fibre optic broadband in your area yet, you can sign up to our free alert system and we'll notify you when fibre broadband becomes available in your area. This is a free service, and we promise not to share any information that you provide with anyone else.
How to get it
If fibre optic broadband is available where you live then subscribing to a service is very quick and easy, and you can do it all online.
If you can get it, we can help
If our postcode checker says that fibre optic broadband is already available in your area we will show you a list every package from each of the fibre optic broadband providers that operate in your area. You can then compare the different speeds, download limits and costs of each package so you can quickly and easily choose exactly the right fibre optic broadband package to suit you.
Once you’ve signed up for a fibre optic broadband package your chosen provider will send an engineer to install the whole system for you.
There may be some digging involved
As a physical connection must be made between your home and the fibre optic network an engineer will most likely need to run a cable under your front lawn. If you own your own home this will not be a problem. If you rent a property however, or if you live in an apartment block you will of course need the permission of the owner before you can allow the installation to take place. If you’re unsure you should discuss this with your landlord and your preferred fibre optic broadband provider.
They may need to drill a new connection through your wall
Once the physical connection is made to the outside of your property the engineer will then need to connect the master phone point (and TV points, if a digital TV cable subscription is included with your fibre optic broadband package) to your new fibre optic cable, or they will install a new dedicated connection point.
Most of the time, equipment is supplied free of charge
Your broadband provider will supply all of the equipment needed to connect your home and their engineer will install everything and test it before he leaves. You are then free to connect your computer to the fibre optic network with an Ethernet cable and begin to enjoy the online world at lightening speed.
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There are many benefits to fibre optic broadband. Most notably fibre optic broadband is very, very fast and much, much faster than any other broadband package that you may have used before.
It's up to 10 times faster
Download speeds can be up to 10 times faster than the best traditional broadband with packages available at up to 152Mbps. At speeds like this you can download entire MP3 albums from sites like iTunes in a matter of seconds, stream services such as the BBC iPlayer with no annoying interruptions and download HD movies in a matter of minutes.
Upload speeds are better, too
Upload speeds are also much higher with fibre optic broadband, with some services offering uploads at up to 19Mbps. This means you’ll be able to upload photos and videos, even HD, in a fraction of the time you may be used to.
It's not expensive
No, fibre optic broadband offers fantastic value for money, especially when you consider all of the benefits it offers when compared to older broadband systems such as ADSL.
Prices are becoming comparable to standard broadband
Currently a subscription to a fibre optic broadband will cost more than an ADSL package but prices are falling as competition increases in the fibre optic broadband market. As it stands, the slightly higher price of fibre optic broadband is outweighed for some by the benefits it brings.
If you can’t get fibre broadband, you should still be able to get online using a standard ADSL connection instead. The good news is that there are plenty of broadband packages that are available to over 90% of UK homes, so if fibre isn't an option for you, why not find out exactly what you can get in your area using our Ofcom approved broadband comparison listing.
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.Compare broadband deals →
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