What broadband can I get in Manchester?
For a long time Manchester has been an industrial city of science and technology, and it’s got some darn good music as well. It’s been kind of behind other major cities when it comes to speedy broadband, however, but it’s catching up. Now, almost anywhere you go in Manchester, you’ll find fibre optic connections and nice fast speeds.
Pretty much everywhere in the city is covered by BT (www.bt.com) - and if that’s not enough, all of the provider’s Manchester exchanges are fibre optic. So wherever you are, it’s fairly likely that your area can access superfast broadband. There’s also a good chance you can get a package from Sky (www.sky.com), TalkTalk (www.talktalk.co.uk), Plusnet (www.plus.net), or Fuel (www.fuelbroadband.co.uk).
Broadband from Virgin Media (www.virginmedia.com) is available too, though only in limited areas. You’ll find it in the absolute centre of the city, including around Spinningfields, but not in the rest of the area around the centre. Its network does stretch quite widely across Greater Manchester, however, covering parts of Salford, Pendlebury, Droylsden, and Stretford.
Ultrafast provider Hyperoptic also covers a few premises, mostly near the centre and in more commercial areas.
Speed-wise, broadband in Manchester has very few problems. ADSL connections are likely to have speeds of at least 8Mb, and likewise, fibre optic is almost entirely available with speeds above 24Mb. There are quite a few not-spots where it struggles to reach 4Mb, but they’re not limited to any particular area. That’s why it’s always important to use the postcode checker above to see exactly what you can expect where you are - especially as things like your neighbourhood, the kind of building you live in, and your local street cabinet can all affect what packages are available to you.