What broadband can I get in Glasgow?
Glasgow is building a reputation as a technological hub, and an important part of ‘Silicon Glen’ - and a high-tech city needs high-tech broadband. That means it’s a great location for reliable and fast connections.
Pretty much all of the city is covered by BT’s (www.bt.com) exchanges - and most of it is covered by the fibre optic ones too. That means it’s also likely that you can get broadband from Plusnet (www.plus.net), Sky (www.sky.com), Fuel (www.fuelbroadband.co.uk) and TalkTalk (www.talktalk.co.uk) as well, since they use the BT Openreach network. You’ve got a pretty good chance of being in a postcode for BT Infinity, so getting high enough speeds for things like BT Sport and TalkTalk TV should be a piece of cake.
There’s decent coverage from Virgin Media’s (www.virginmedia.com) network too, though it’s admittedly patchy. Bits and bobs of the city centre are covered, and it reaches quite a few areas, particularly in the north - including Hillhead, Kelvinside, and much of Bishopbriggs, Bearsden, Clydebank, Rutherglen, and Giffnock in the surrounding areas. South of the river is a bit more scant, with areas like Govan, Gorbals, Bridgeton, Laurieston, and Darnley not covered at all. That goes for the whole Virgin Media shebang - broadband, home phone, and TV.
The majority of Glasgow can expect download speeds above 16Mb, with nearly everywhere, including the surrounding areas, getting well above 2Mb. The parts covered by fibre optic connections have pretty consistent access to speeds beyond 24Mb, in fact - though there are some dodgy not-spots, particularly around Silverburn, Darnley, Southbar, and parts of Bishopbriggs.
Do bear in mind, of course, that all kinds of things can affect your broadband speed, as well as which packages are available to you. That includes which area you’re in, what’s in your local street cabinet, what kind of building you live in, and so on. Always use the postcode checker above to see what you can get where you are before you make a decision.