Helping you find the right connection
Whether you're confused about connectivity or just need to check what's available at your address, we're here to help.
Below we explain the different ways we connect you. You can find out about our latest technology, Ultrafast Full fibre, where we're cutting out the cabinet to deliver lightspeed broadband direct to your door.
Openreach engineers build and maintain the UK's communication network, and have done for many years. Our network is used by over 690 Communication Providers which you can choose from to get your broadband. Enter your postcode into our fibre checker to see what connection is available in your area.
Confused by connectivity?
There are three ways we connect you to our broadband network
Fibre to the Premise (FTTP)
Download speeds of up to 1Gbps
Also known as Fibre to the Home (FTTH) or Ultrafast Full Fibre broadband. This is our most reliable, fastest broadband with a pure fibre optic cable straight into your home or business directly from your nearby exchange.
Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC)
Until FTTP is built to more of the UK, this is our most widely available and popular broadband type powering both our Superfast Fibre broadband and GFast Fibre broadband products. FTTC provides a fibre optic cable from your nearby exchange to your local cabinet. From the cabinet to your home or business, we use traditional copper wires to power your connection.
Copper network (ADSL)
Want to know even more about our connection types?
Find out how we use fibre optic cables to connect homes and businesses to our network across the UK.
Saying hello, tapping out an email, streaming movies, gaming, it all started with a simple piece of copper wire. We've been using it to connect to each other for over a century. Today it is likely that your internet connection will be fibre optic cables. 27 million homes currently use a system called Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC).
FTTC is where our network of fibre optic cable goes as far as the green cabinet in your street, and then copper wires connect your home or your business from there. But life has changed a lot since broadband first launched. Now everyone has multiple devices, even our fridges, toasters and showers are smart.
We want everyone to have a network that lets us keep pace with our changing world. That's why we're starting to build a new kind of fibre optic network - Fibre to the Premises (FTTP). FTTP means faster speeds, a more reliable signal and as many devices connected as you need. It's a network not even the great British weather can disrupt. It's a future we're excited to build.
Openreach. Connecting you to your network.
- Fibre first
The UK's Full Fibre future is within reach
Research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) shows that Full Fibre could provide a real boost to communities across the country, reduce pollution and increase UK productivity by £59 billion by 2025.