What broadband can I get in Bristol?
What was once a shipping town full of commerce and pirates, is now fast becoming a digital hub. The West Country city of Bristol is thriving with creative and tech-savvy businesses - but being surrounded by rural towns and villages means a lot of variation when it comes to broadband.
BT (www.bt.com) has the city almost totally covered, and all the exchanges around the centre are fibre optic. That means a good chance of getting a BT Infinity connection in Bristol, or a package from a provider like Sky (www.sky.com), Plusnet (www.plus.net), TalkTalk (www.talktalk.co.uk), or Fuel (www.fuelbroadband.co.uk). The Connecting Bristol scheme has already come far in improving the city’s broadband, and its Gigabit Bristol project currently underway is attempting to get it recognised as a ‘superconnected city’ - so expect even better internet in the coming years.
There’s already fantastic coverage from Virgin Media (www.virginmedia.com) too. Huge swathes of the city are covered with its network, extending north all the way to Filton and Emersons Green, and south to include most of Bishopsworth. You’ll even find Virgin Media available in some smaller towns and villages like Yate and Keynsham.
Hyperoptic’s ultrafast broadband can be found in Bristol as well, though only in a few select locations in Bedminster and parts of the city centre. A lot of Bristolians have already registered an interest in its services, however, so it’s likely to roll out further across the city.
Download speeds in Bristol are overall pretty good. ADSL connections in the city itself are almost entirely 8Mb and above - but in the smaller surrounding villages, and more rural locations, speeds take a bit of a dive. This includes places like North Common, Leigh Woods, and parts of Brislington. Fibre optic broadband speeds, on the other hand, are a lot better, consistently reaching 24Mb and above for most of the city and nearby towns - though there are still a few scattered not-spots in rural areas.
Of course, the broadband speeds and packages available to you can depend on a lot of factors, including your area of Bristol or your local street cabinet. Use the postcode checker above to see what you can get where you are.