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Can I get cable in my area?

Friday, June 13th 2014

A cable connection is a fixed line internet connection that supplies fibre optic broadband to your home, meaning that you are physically connected to a network of cables.

Cable (or fibre optic) broadband comes with far faster speeds than standard broadband, which uses copper telephone wires to bring a broadband connection into your home. This guide looks at whether you can access a fixed line cable connection where you are.

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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 get it

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.

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.

Cable broadband and fibre optic broadband is the same thing

There is no difference between cable and fibre optic broadband, 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.

Installation

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 an engineer 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

An engineer will connect your property to your local fibre optic cabinet. Once that is done the engineer will install connection points in your home. The number and location of these points will be determined by which services you are subscribing to.

The benefits of cable broadband

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 standard broadband. The fastest broadband package which is widely in the UK has a top download speed of a blindingly fast 120Mbps.

Cable broadband can be purchased as part of a TV bundle

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.

Alternatives

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

Satellite broadband is not constrained by location

Satellite broadband is a viable option for those not covered by the cable broadband network, so it’s predominantly used by those in rural locations. It is generally slower than fibre optic broadband, comes with restrictive usage limits and, as you need a satellite dish to receive it, has high upfront costs.

Mobile broadband is limited by providers’ coverage

If you run out of options, then mobile broadband may be for you. From pay-monthly to pay-as-you-go deals there's something to suit everyone. Mobile broadband networks run on 3G and 4G which is available with a variety of networks including 3 Mobile, EE, O2 and Vodafone. Although 4G is faster, 3G is more widely available and cheaper.

Availability alerts

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.

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 (33)

Dave
15th January 2015

Hi, I'm wanting to move into an area that has superfast fibrefibre broadband. I can't find a map that shows clearly where this is available. Can you help?

26th August 2014

Hi John

Thanks for your question. If you email your postcode to hannah@cable.co.uk I can look into this for you.

Hannah - Cable.co.uk

John
22nd August 2014

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

Andrea
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

SamanthaH
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)

chris.Bennett
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.

Jenna
3rd November 2013

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