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To find out the fastest broadband speed available at your address, use the broadband coverage checker below. Simply enter your postcode, select your address and it will display the fastest broadband speed available at your property.
What is the Fastest internet broadband speed available at my address?
Instead of running individual broadband availability checkers on every internet broadband provider’s website, why not find out the best broadband speed available in your area by using the broadband coverage checker below?
The broadband coverage checker uses OfCom’s broadband coverage and availability data provided by UK Internet Service Providers.
- Standard Broadband
Broadband download speeds of less than 30Mbps are available in your area through Openreach suppliers such as BT, Vodafone, Sky, Plusnet, EE, Now, etc.
- Superfast Broadband
Broadband download speeds between 30Mbps – 300Mbps are available in your area through Openreach providers, Virgin Media, Hyperoptic broadband and other independent providers.
- Ultrafast Broadband
Broadband download speeds greater than 300Mbps are available in your area through Openreach providers, Virgin Media, Hyperoptic broadband, Gigaclear, Community Fibre and other independent providers.
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Which Broadband Provider offers the best broadband service?
Below is an extract of Ofcom’s (Ofcom is the UK regulator for communications services) Comparing Service quality report (published May 2022).
Ofcom publishes this report quarterly to help people make informed decisions about which provider is best for them as part of their work to ensure fairness for customers.
By shining a light on the performance of the UK’s main mobile, broadband and home phone providers, their report allows people to look beyond the price and see what level of service they can expect from different providers. It also acts as an incentive for providers to improve their customer service.
Overall satisfaction took factors into consideration such as:
- How likely were they to recommend a friend
- How quickly and efficiently were complaints dealt with
- Call waiting times
- Number of complaints received about the provider to Ofcom
Knowing what broadband speed you need is key when purchasing, renewing, or switching broadband providers. Since the pandemic, there has been an increase in reliance on our broadband packages.
It is therefore crucial that you spec our broadband package to support and provide seamless access and performance on the applications most important to your household whether it’s Microsoft Teams, Netflix, or general gaming.
Broadband Speed Guidance
Up to 25Mb is suitable for a household of 1 – 3 individuals:
Web Surfing, Email, Online Shopping, Social Media, Music Streaming, and Standard Definition (SD) Video streaming.
30 – 50Mb is suitable for households of 3 – 4 individuals:
High Definition (HD) Video Streaming, Social Media, Video conferencing, Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, Online Gaming, and Streaming music.
50 – 100Mb is suitable for households of 4 – 6 individuals:
Multiple Heavy Users, Smart Home devices, Recording & Surveillance devices, Ultra High Definition (UHD) Video Streaming, Netflix, Gaming, etc
Over 100Mb+ is suitable for households of 6+ individuals:
Multiple heavy users performing all of the above plus frequently downloading/uploading large files, peer-to-peer file sharing, and Avid online gamers.
Virgin Media is the fastest and most widely available broadband in the UK with top average speeds of 1130Mbps on their Gig1 package. They have their own proprietary cable network so are able to offer faster speeds than other Internet Providers.
Their lower-end broadband comes in at an average speed of 108Mbps which is still pretty fast.
This guide will help you answer this and other variations of this question – which include;
- How fast broadband can I get in my area?
- What is the best internet available in my area?
- What’s the best internet provider for my area?
- How to tell what internet providers are in my area?
- What’s the fastest broadband in my area?
- Average broadband speed by postcode?
- Best Broadband in my area?
- Average broadband speed by postcode?
- Best broadband deals in my area
The most widely available and popular types of internet home broadband in the UK are ADSL, fiber, and cable. ADSL broadband is available in most places and runs over BT lines.
Fiber broadband is becoming more and more available year-on-year and is available in over 95% of the UK (according to Ofcom). Cable broadband is only available via Virgin Media and is becoming more widely available.
The answer to this question is dependent on what online activities you would like to perform. Below are some examples of different online activities and the recommended download bandwidth.
Up to 10Mb:
Good internet speed for light usage such as internet browsing, checking social medial accounts, emails and streaming compressed MP3 music for a household of 1 – 2 people.
11Mb – 30Mb:
All the above activities plus streaming full HD (1080p) online videos, video calls such as Skype and Zoom and uploading/downloading large files.
31Mb – 60Mb:
All the above activities plus online gaming and streaming ultra HD and 4k videos.
60Mb and above:
The more people in the household using broadband, the faster the speed you will need. Households with multiple users all carrying out the above activities at the same time will benefit from broadband speeds over 60Mb.
We have compiled a review of the Top 6 UK Broadband Providers to help you on your journey to improving your broadband internet speed or price.
There are also several popular broadband comparison sites such as Broadband Genie that you can use to find yourself a better internet broadband package.