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 fibre optic over a regular telephone line with the Openreach network.
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 and Origin well as the big players such as BT. But Virgin Media has not been installed in Aberdeen so cable broadband or television is out of the question.
This means that if you want a TV and broadband bundle your options are Sky, EE, TalkTalk or BT, with the latter three 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.
Superfast broadband coverage and speed in Aberdeen
Superfast (24Mb+) coverage
Mean download speed
Source: Thinkbroadband (last checked 27/02/17)
In 2015 Aberdeen was reported to have the second to worst average speed out of 42 cities around the UK. At present its mean download speeds are still lagging behind many other locations, but the majority of residents do now have access to broadband of at least 24Mb.
Digital Scotland is coordinating superfast broadband upgrades to benefit the entire country. A hefty £100m was initially allocated, followed by a further £20m in the second phase.
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.
High speed 4G mobile broadband is available in Aberdeen from all networks. EE has the most extensive 4G, blanketing central Aberdeen and reaching out to areas such as Danestone, Bucksburn, Woodside, Mannofield, Cove Bay and Torry.
Mobile broadband speeds in Aberdeen
This table shows average mobile broadband download and upload speeds in Aberdeen, from crowd-sourced data gathered by OpenSignal.
3G download / upload
4G download / upload
|EE||7.1Mb / 2.9Mb||30.8Mb / 9.0Mb|
|O2||4.1Mb / 1.3Mb||12.2Mb / 7.5Mb|
|Three||5.8Mb / 1.4Mb||25.8Mb / 7.9Mb|
|Vodafone||6.5Mb / 1.2Mb||18.0Mb / 8.7Mb|
Source: OpenSignal (last checked 14/03/17)
Always check signal 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. Click the logos below to access the official network signal checking tools:
As well as using these network coverage tools it’s always a good idea to check specific areas using a mobile phone, or by simply asking friends for their experiences
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.