Our broadband coverage checker searches all types of broadband in Northern Ireland including full fibre.
Broadband in Northern Ireland can be a very mixed bag. In some areas, such as the densely populated regions in and around Belfast and Londonderry, you’ll find a good choice of Irish providers offering fast and reliable cover. These include big names like BT, Sky, Fibrus and Virgin Media.
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Broadband provision in Northern Ireland has some important differences from UK provision. This page will explain what’s are available in Northern Ireland, from which providers, and will help you compare broadband deals in NI to find one that’s right for you.
Our postcode checker will help you find what’s available in your area. Simply enter your postcode and filter results by what’s most important to you – whether this is price, popularity, speed or something else.
Yes, it’s possible to get a fibre broadband connection in Northern Ireland, although it’s skewed toward urban areas. According to Ofcom, just 36% of rural areas have access to full-fibre broadband, compared to 85% of urban areas. Virgin Media and BT dominate the market and are available in and around the country’s largest towns and cities, including Belfast, Londonderry, Coleraine & Ballymena.
But, fibre is still being rolled out across the country and new areas are getting connected all the time.
If you want to find out what’s available near you, use our postcode checker at the top of the page. Once the results have loaded, sort by ‘download speed’ at the top of the deals.
ISPs including Plusnet are some of the cheapest in Northern Ireland, with deals starting from £25 per month.
Choosing a deal that’s right for you, however, should never be done based on price alone. Make sure you’re paying for the right internet speed to suit the number of people in your household and the things they enjoy doing online regularly - otherwise the savings you make could be a false economy.
Also try to look for packages that bundle broadband alongside other services (TV or phone), as they can save you significant costs in the long run.
Finding the best cheap broadband deals in Northern Ireland is easier with our free postcode checker. We’ll show you a complete list of all of the broadband deals and special offers that you can choose from where you live. You can compare the full list, or narrow down deals based on the criteria you select.
If you’re not sure what broadband speed you need, our guide can help you make a choice depending on a number of variables.
Mobile broadband may be your best option to access the internet at home in some parts of Northern Ireland, especially in rural areas that may not have access to a phone line or fibre broadband.
Mobile broadband uses the mobile network and reception varies, depending on what area you’re in. If there’s no coverage, mobile broadband won’t be an option either.
The availability of broadband in Northern Ireland depends on critical factors like the topography and geography of the country, as well as the wide variations in population density.
Check what choices you have in your area with our broadband Northern Ireland postcode checker at the top of this page. On the whole, the following areas have good, high, or very high broadband availability:
BT1, BT2 & BT3 Belfast City Centre; BT4 Stormont & Sydenham (Victoria); BT5 Castlereagh; BT6 Cregagh; BT7 Ormeau Road; Lower Ormeau, Ormeau Bridge, Upper Ormeau & Donegall Pass; BT9 Laganbank including Lisburn Road, Malone & Taughmonagh; BT10 Finaghy.
BT11 & BT12 Andersons town including Falls Road & Glen Road; BT13 including Shankill Road area, Highfield & Woodvale; BT14 Ballysillan including Upper Ballysillan; BT15 Shore Road & Skegoneill Avenue; BT16 Dundonald including portions of A20 Upper Newtownards Road; BT17 including Dunmurry & Hannahstown.
BT60 & BT61 Armagh including Collone, Keady, Kilmore, Richhill & Tynan.
BT42 & BT43 Ballymena including Carnlough, Cloughmills, Cushendall, Loughguile, Portglenone & Rasharkin; BT44 Carnlough, Cloughmills, Cushendall, Loughguile, Portglenone & Rasharkin.
BT19 & BT20 Bangor including Ballygrot, Crawfordsburn, Groomsport & Helen’s Bay.
BT51 & BT52 Coleraine including Aghadowey, Castlerock & Kilrea.
BT62 including Craigavon & Portadown; BT63 Gilford & Lawrencetown; BT64 Craigavon West; BT65 Craigavon East; BT66 including Dollingstown, Lurgan & Waringstown.
BT70 Dungannon including Ballygawley Pomeroy; BT71 Dungannon including Ardboe & Coalisland.
BT74 Enniskillen centre; BT92 Lisnaskea & Newtownbutler; BT93 Belleek, Derrygonnelly & Kesh; BT94 including Ballinamallard, Irvinestown, Lisbellaw & Maguiresbridge.
BT27 Lisburn including Ballylesson, Drumbo, Hillhall Hillsborough, Lamberg, Legacurry; BT28 Lisburn including Aghalee, Glenavy, Maghaberry & Magheragall.
BT47 Londonderry Claudy, Dungiven, Derry, Faughan Valley & Waterside; BT48 Ballynagard, Colion, Coshquin & Rosemount.
BT36 Newtownabbey including Ballyclare, Glengormley, Mallusk & Templepatrick; BT37 including Greenisland & Whiteabbey.
On the whole, the following areas of Northern Ireland tend not to enjoy as high a level of broadband availability as the more densely populated areas above. These areas tend to have medium to good broadband availability, but lower fibre broadband availability:
BT18 Holywood; BT24 Ballynahinch; BT25 Dromore; BT26 Hillsborough; BT27 & BT28 Lisburn; BT29 Crumlin & BT30 Downpatrick.
BT31 Ballyward; BT32 Banbridge; BT33 Newcastle (Co. Down); BT34 & BT35 Newry; BT36; & BT40 Larne including Ballygally.
BT49 Limavady; BT53 Ballymoney; BT75 Fivemiletown, BT76 Clogher; BT77 Augher; BT78 & BT79 Omagh; and BT80 Cookstown.