What broadband can I get in Sheffield?
Sheffield is known for being a city of innovation, manufacturing, and technology - so it’s no surprise that it has decent broadband available for its residents.
The Digital Region project worked to try and cover 98% of South Yorkshire with high speed broadband before the scheme closed down in 2013 - and in Sheffield, it looks like it succeeded. The majority of the city is covered by BT’s (www.bt.com) exchanges, and most of it can connect to fibre optic broadband too. Thanks to the Openreach network, you’re also likely to be able to get a package from Sky (www.sky.com), TalkTalk (www.talktalk.co.uk), or Fuel (www.fuelbroadband.co.uk). And let’s not forget that home-grown provider Plusnet (www.plus.net) originated in Sheffield too.
As for Virgin Media (www.virginmedia.com), coverage is there, but very patchy. A decent amount of the city centre is #covered, along with Highfield, Heeley, and Nether Edge. The network extends as far down as Woodseats, and north to cover lots of the Wadsley Bridge area. However, lots of locations are left out, including Crosspool, Endcliffe, West Bar, Parkwood Springs, and Castlebeck.
Download speeds for all providers can vary quite a bit across Sheffield. Most ADSL connections see speeds above 8Mb, especially in the city centre and across most of the south, but there are still quite a lot of not-spots in Stannington, Fir Vale, and Steel Bank. In fact, speeds can get surprisingly dodgy even in central locations like West Bar and Neepsend. Fibre optic broadband, on the other hand, can reach download speeds above 24Mb pretty consistently across the whole city and metropolitan area. And, thankfully, hardly anywhere in Sheffield suffers speeds below 2Mb.
Remember that a lot of things can alter which broadband packages are available to you, and what kind of speeds you can get - such as your neighbourhood and your local street cabinet. Use the postcode checker above to find out what’s available where you live.