Your guide to comparing home broadband in Bath
The availability of fixed line broadband in Bath is heavily dependent on your location, more so than some other areas due to the comparatively small number of exchanges and the mix of services on offer at each.
The central Bath exchange is bang up to date with unbundled ADSL, Virgin Media fibre broadband and BT network fibre optic, including cutting edge Fibre To The Home (FTTH). This means you can choose anything from the cheapest ADSL broadband to the fastest mass market fibre internet and, in the future, ultrafast FTTH.
Outside the city the options drop off slightly. Combe Down has LLU ADSL and fibre optic internet from the Virgin Media network or a regular Openreach telephone line, but in Batheaston and Limpley Stoke the only superfast option is fibre over the standard phone line.
Toward Bristol, Saltford has LLU ADSL plus superfast fibre using either BT or Virgin Media.
Remember though that even if your exchange has been upgraded to support a particular type of broadband it is not certain to be available to your home, especially when it comes to fibre optic broadband. When comparing broadband enter your postcode into our table and the results will be filtered for location. Once you’ve sorted by price and features to find the best deal you can click through to the provider page to confirm availability.
Superfast broadband coverage and speed in Bath
Superfast (24Mb+) coverage
Mean download speed
Source: Thinkbroadband (last checked 27/02/17)
While Bath city itself is not a recipient of BDUK funds, surrounding locations are being upgraded with the help of more than £50m allocated by the Connecting Devon and Somerset project.
Comparing mobile broadband in Bath
Mobile broadband coverage in and around Bath is reasonably good on all four network providers. 3G services are available throughout the city and surrounding locations on EE, Three, O2 and Vodafone. Three also provides its speedy HSDPA+ 3G services in both the city centre and outlying areas such as Bathampton, Weston, Claverton Down and Combe Down.
Superfast 4G mobile broadband is also available in and around Bath, however as this new technology is not yet as widespread as 3G it's not uncommon to find many areas lacking a 4G signal. In that situation your device will automatically search for the next best connection.
Mobile broadband speeds in Bath
3G download / upload
4G download / upload
|EE||5.1Mb / 1.6Mb||30.8Mb / 8.4Mb|
|O2||3.1Mb / 1.0Mb||11.7Mb / 4.0Mb|
|Three||8.1Mb / 1.3Mb||28.4Mb / 7.1Mb|
|Vodafone||6.0Mb / 2.6Mb||19.0Mb / 6.0Mb|
Source: OpenSignal (last checked xx/xx/xx)
One thing to keep in mind is that coverage for all networks does get a little patchy to the south of Bath. The geography of the area means you’ll likely run into spots where it falls back on 2G or there’s no signal.
Always confirm coverage before buying. Our guide to network coverage includes further information on this topic, and you can access the official network signal tools by clicking the logos here:
Once you’ve selected a network with good signal you can use our comparison tables to track down the best mobile broadband deal for dongles and tablets.