Aberdeen’s tech history
Aberdeen isn’t where you’d normally expect to find someone who played an important role in the early days of a huge Japanese company known across the world, but that is where Thomas Blake Glover was born.
Glover was a pioneering merchant who established successful businesses and trading relationships with Japan in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Among his ventures was the first Japanese mine to use Western mining methods, which was acquired by Mitsubishi in 1881; at the time a major diversification from the firm’s main business of shipbuilding. Glover also helped construct the Nagasaki Shipyard, later leased to Mitsubishi. He became close friends with the founders of Mitsubishi and worked for them as an advisor for 40 years.
Glover’s achievements led to him being awarded The Order of the Rising Sun, Japan’s highest honour outside of those given to politicians and royalty.
Comparing mobile broadband in Aberdeen
Three, EE, O2 and Vodafone have near complete coverage of Aberdeen and surrounding areas for 3G mobile broadband. At minimum, that should give you speeds of “up to” 7.2Mb. For something a little quicker Three has upgraded some areas to its high speed 3G though there’s a gap in coverage in the centre around Aberdeen train station and a large area by the seafront ringed by Beach Boulevard, Esplanade and King Street.
High speed 4G mobile broadband is available in Aberdeen from both EE and Three. EE has the most extensive 4G, blanketing central Aberdeen and reaching out to areas such as Danestone, Bucksburn, Woodside, Mannofield, Cove Bay and Torry. On Three there’s good indoor coverage around Victoria Park and the eastern end of King’s Gate and Tullos Industrial Estate. Surrounding these locations Three reports that 4G may only be available outdoors.
But always check before buying! Mobile coverage can be unreliable even when you’re in an area with strong signal as buildings and other obstructions can reduce the strength. As well as the network coverage tools it’s always a good idea to check specific areas using a mobile phone, or just asking friends.
And once you’ve chosen a network take advantage of Broadband Genie’s comparison tools to track down the ideal package at a price that suits you. Remember that we list everything from inexpensive PAYG mobile broadband, to contract deals with Wi-Fi dongles and loads of data, and mobile broadband enabled iPads and other tablets.
Comparing home broadband in Aberdeen
Aberdeen is well served when it comes to ADSL broadband services. All the exchanges in and around Aberdeen have been upgraded to the ADSL2+ for maximum speeds of around 15-17Mb. All offer LLU providers so you can take the best value packages from ISPs which have installed their own hardware in exchanges, such as TalkTalk and Sky, plus the numerous ISPs offering their own deals on these LLU networks.
For high speed broadband the choice is slightly more limited in Aberdeen than in some other areas as the only option is BT fibre optic.
This means you can get broadband up to 76Mb from any ISP which offers a package using this network - which includes the likes of Plusnet, John Lewis and Primus, as well as BT itself - but Virgin Media has not been installed in Aberdeen so cable broadband or television out of the question.
This means that if you want a TV and broadband bundle your options are Sky, TalkTalk or BT, with the latter two being an ideal budget choice as they use Freeview plus streaming services and optional premium add-ons.
Coverage does vary widely however so you do still need to confirm the availability of services to your address. Fibre optic broadband is not always an option to every location, and the speed of an ADSL broadband service falls off the further you are from an exchange. To get started, enter your postcode in our comparison table and the results will be filtered by location, you can then begin comparing features and pricing.