What broadband can I get in Cardiff?
The capital of Wales was once known as a mining and coal export town, but today it’s a digital hub. As the home of two universities as well as a lot of the BBC, Cardiff has a lot to offer - including some pretty slick broadband.
As with most cities, BT (www.bt.com) has most of Cardiff covered by its network, including fantastic fibre optic coverage. Thanks to the Digital Cardiff project, Cardiff was one of the first ‘super connected’ cities back when superfast fibre optic broadband was beginning to roll out, meaning some wonderfully speedy internet in a lot of areas today.
There’s also a good chance you’ll be in a postcode area for a package from Sky (www.sky.com), TalkTalk (www.talktalk.co.uk), Plusnet (www.plus.net), or Fuel (www.fuelbroadband.co.uk) too. And wide-ranging fibre optic broadband means it shouldn’t be difficult to get speeds high enough for the likes of BT Sport.
Virgin Media (www.virginmedia.com) has fairly decent coverage in Cardiff, but it’s patchy, even in the areas where it’s offered. You’ll find it extending north as far as Radyr and St Mellons, and far enough south to cover a few select bits of Llandough. Around the south side of the city centre and along the coast, however, it’s largely absent.
If ultrafast 1Gb broadband is more your bag, Hyperoptic is now available in Cardiff too. Right now you’ll find it in a few places around the centre and Century Wharf, but it’s likely to roll out to more of the city later too.
Overall download speeds in the city are pretty good… so long as you have a fibre optic connection. Besides the occasional spot on the outskirts, fibre broadband in Cardiff is mostly available in speeds above 24Mb. Standard ADSL broadband, on the other hand, is more iffy. It can mostly reach 8Mb download speeds and beyond, but there are some fairly broad not-spots that struggle to achieve that. The area directly south and west of the Rhymey River - including Penylan and the Tremorfa area - is particularly dodgy. Luckily, fibre is available there too.
Use the postcode checker above to see what broadband packages are available where you are in Cardiff, and take a look at your options.