Before heading out on the hunt to find alternate internet service providers, if you haven’t already done so it’s worth getting a better understanding of what’s currently available at your property (or the one you might purchase / take a lease on.)
Using the BT Openreach Fibre Checker and by having a look at a few of the other online tools mentioned below, you will have a much better idea of what your next steps should be.
In 5 minutes, using the tools below you should be able to answer the following questions.
Fibre Related Questions.
- Does the property currently have access to Fibre connectivity?
- If it doesn’t, is it covered in the Openreach Fibre rollout plans?
- Will I be able to get a mobile signal at the property?
- Can I consider a 4g alternative if Fibre is not available?
Openreach Fibre Rollout Checker
The Openreach Fibre Rollout Checker is a useful tool that enables you to check if your property is part of the Fibre Rollout plans. This should give you (if you are covered,) an indicative installation date.
However, if the indicative date for install is September and your move in date is September, don’t be surprised if it isn’t delivered on time. The current Fibre Rollout plans are considerably behind schedule!
Add your postcode to the Fibre Rollout Checker
First, add your postcode and find your address.
Unfortunately an alternative will be required, if you get the result below
For a lot of rural businesses the screenshot below is a common result.
If this is the case, you will need to look for an alternative solution, or stick with your copper service till you hopefully become part of Openreach’s Fibre rollout plans.
Ofcom Broadband Checker
Using the Ofcom Broadband Checker you can check what services are avaiable at an address. This isn’t always correct, but it’s a start.
If it looks like the snapshot below, you may have to look at alternate options.
Ofcom Mobile Checker
Next, do the same thing using the Ofcom Mobile Checker. This will enable you to determine what sort of mobile signal is available at your property.
If you don’t have Fibre and it’s looking unlikely you will be receiving it in the near future, hopefully you will have results similar to the snapshot below.
If the results are all green as shown above, using an external antenna will most likely deliver a strong signal to the property.
However, if the property is in a valley, or on the wrong side of a hill from the mobile mast, then line of site might be compromised and the signal might not be great.
If you are looking at getting a professional company like Integra to do this, it will be identified in the early stages and various steps can be made to try and come up with a solution.
So now you have a better understanding of what’s available in the ground, from a mobile connectivity standpoint and whether your property is part of the Fibre Rollout, the next step is to conduct a few tests of your own.
Your Next Steps
Read our article How to conduct your own internet speed tests at your property for the next steps you can take to determine what’s the best connectivity option for you.