UK Broadband Line Test API Script - Checking Availability By Postcode

Posted on 2007-10-02
Last Modified: 2013-12-14

I am looking for information on how to setup a broadband deals comparison service - like the ones you might find at sites such as uSwitch.  You enter a postcode and/or telephone number and the site does a database check to see if broadband is available in your area/on your line and sometimes even notes any capacity limits.  

The closest thing I have found for the UK Broadband providers in the UK is

It is an availability API, but unfortunately the access is upon request and I am having some difficulty in establishing contact with the site owner.  I understand that behind this API there must be some kind of database that holds all the line information according to postcode areas.

If anyone has any ideas on how to go about accomplishing this task of setting up a broadband deals comparison service, please let me know!

Question by:thyros
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    Not really answering your question here, but AFAIK all the data comes from BT, who own the infrastructure including the exchanges and the "last-mile". I believe that the samknows website and others all get their data off the BT database, whether speed-checkers or distance-from-exchange type of services...

    So it might be worth checking to see if they are able to provide some direction on this...

    Author Comment

    What you say makes sense;  BT is the primary source so it would be an idea to try and find a solution with them directly.


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