Belfast’s tech history
Belfast played a central role in the industrial revolution with a world-renowned reputation for ship building and linen.
It was also the home of scientist and mathematician Lord Kelvin who, among many other achievements, formulated the first and second laws of thermodynamics and discovered the specific value of absolute zero.
Today, Belfast has a buzzing technology industry. If you call technical support for companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, BT or EA you’ll likely speak to someone at the Belfast-based Concentrix, one of the top 50 employers in Northern Ireland. Belfast is also home to Analytics Engines, a leading ‘big data’ solutions provider.
One of Belfast’s most recognisable names in modern tech is David Perry, founder of Shiny Entertainment and creator of the Earthworm Jim and MDK series.
Comparing mobile broadband in Belfast
There’s excellent coverage throughout Belfast on all four network operators. Three, EE, O2 and Vodafone report good indoor mobile internet in the city itself and often out into surrounding areas such as Newtownabbey, Dundonald, Castlereagh, Andersonstown and Carrickfergus. So if you opt for a 3G package you can be fairly certain of getting connectivity wherever you go. Three also provides its high speed DC-HSDPA 3G in Belfast, which offers much higher speeds that almost challenge 4G.
If you’re interested in 4G for mobile internet you're also spoilt for choice as all the networks offer this super speedy service in and around Belfast. However it is still not as widespread as the older standards so your device may regularly fall back on 3G, particularly outside central areas.
Whichever you decide, be sure to confirm coverage first. Either speak to the network, use the online signal check tools or simply speak to friends and family and see how their devices perform in your area.
Once you’ve selected a network use our comparison tools to sort deals by price, data allowance and other criteria.
Comparing home broadband in Belfast
Good news for Belfasts residents when it comes to home broadband, the area has wide access to everything from basic ADSL to super fast fibre optic broadband. All the exchanges have LLU providers for the best value packages from ISPs such as Sky and TalkTalk, fibre is enabled for speeds of up to 76Mb using BT lines or up to 300Mb on the Virgin Media network.
But just because a particular broadband service is available at your nearest exchange it does not guarantee coverage to your home.
There are various factors in play such as distance from the exchange and whether fibre optic has been installed in your street. Virgin Media broadband in particular is not as widespread and you can run into situations where the neighbours can get it, but you can’t.
The first thing to do when comparing broadband is to tap your postcode into our comparison tables, like the one above. This will filter the results to show only deals which should be available to your property. After using the comparison table to find the best value package, click through to the ISP to perform a final check on availability before proceeding.