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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.

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FAQs

  1. How do I switch broadband provider?
    The process of changing your broadband provider is actually pretty straightforward. First, you put your postcode into our impartial comparison tool. We’ll display the broadband, phone and TV deals available where you live, then you can use our search filters to narrow down the options and find the perfect package for your household. Finally, you sign up with your new provider online. They’ll contact your existing provider and take care of everything else for you. The actual switch should be virtually seamless, and in the vast majority of cases it is. Your new broadband provider will send you all the stuff you need to get set up, like a new wireless router and/or TV set-top box.
  2. How long does it take to switch broadband?
    When you sign up to a new provider, they’ll contact your existing one and request a transfer of your service. While switching times vary depending on the type of package, it shouldn’t usually take more than 10 working days. It can take longer if you don’t currently have a phone line, as an engineer will need to come out and install one for you.
  3. Can I keep my email address if I change provider?
    This depends entirely on who your current provider is. If your email address is from BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Virgin Media, or Plusnet, you'll still have access to your emails at least temporarily - but we'd suggest changing over to a free service like Gmail or Outlook so you don't need to worry about losing all your emails just for switching broadband. See our guide for more info.
  4. Can I get broadband without a phone line?
    Cable giant Virgin Media is the only major UK provider to offer broadband without a telephone line. Its fibre optic network is completely separate from the copper phone wire network that ordinarily connects you to the web. Aside from this, the only alternative is to use mobile broadband instead - then you have no requirement for a landline. But, if your internet use is anything other than particularly light, this might just prove to be too slow or too restrictive to need your needs. If these aren’t an option, then finding a provider with a low line rental charge might be your best bet.
  5. Can I save money by bundling TV, phone and broadband?
    Yes you can. Providers like Sky and Virgin Media offer competitively priced bundles, comprising broadband, homephone and TV, and getting all three services from the same place often leads to significant savings. It also makes it easier to manage finances, as all services come on a single bill.
  6. I'm moving house - how do I get a phone line?
    Unless you're moving to a new build, there's a good chance your new home will already have a phone line, and you'll just need to get it activated or connected to your chosen provider. If not, however, your new provider will give you all the info you need for getting a new one installed when you sign up to a package.
  7. Do I need fibre optic broadband?

    Fibre optic broadband is much faster and much more reliable than broadband through the phone line, but it’s not essential for everyone. If you just want to browse the web, check email, Facebook, Twitter etc, you’ll be fine with standard broadband through the phone line.

    However, if you stream a lot of video, download music, films and games, and other such activities, you will likely find a fibre connection hugely beneficial.

    It’s also a boon for large households, especially ones with lots of gadgets like smartphones, tablets, and computers connected up most of the time. The more people using a connection, the slower it will be, so if you have a big family where lots of people want to connect to the web at the same time, for example, a fibre connection will ensure everyone can get a good experience.