The Genie guide to home broadband in Birmingham
As England’s second city in terms of population, Birmingham is generally well served by the leading broadband suppliers; much of the city is covered by the latest superfast fibre services from both Virgin Media (cable) and the Openreach (BT) network. Most home broadband deals should be available to the majority of Birmingham residents. This includes broadband and TV packages, as well as the cheaper options; most offers should come with unlimited broadband, no matter what you pay. However, not all postcodes are created equal.
Before you start comparing Wi-Fi deals, be sure to enter your postcode in the comparison table above; this will filter the results to show only services available through your local telephone exchange. You may find your options limited, especially if you’re living on the outskirts of the city.
Once you know what’s available, you can simply order the results as best suits you; contract length, price, broadband speed, data limit, free setup, TV and phone bundles, internet only etc. Then it’s simply a case of clicking through to the provider’s official website to sign up.
Superfast broadband coverage and speed in Birmingham
Superfast (24Mb+) coverage
Mean download speed
|Birmingham Perry Barr||98.9%||48.3Mb|
|Birmingham Hall Green||99%||50.2Mb|
|Birmingham Hodge Hill||99.5%||60.1Mb|
|Birmingham Selly Oak||99.5%||53.7Mb|
Source: Thinkbroadband (last checked 11/19)
The Black Country Broadband project has allocated just under £5m toward improving broadband in Birmingham and the rest of the county. This is part of the BDUK program which is aiming to deliver at least 24Mb broadband to 95% of the population.
Comparing mobile broadband in Birmingham
All the major UK mobile networks have reportedly strong 3G coverage across the vast majority of the Birmingham area.
It’s also worth considering 4G mobile broadband. Central Birmingham was one of the first areas to benefit from 4G mobile broadband, which can offer speeds far in excess of the old 3G networks. If you’re serious about your mobile broadband, now could be the time to upgrade.
However, it doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed to have a trouble-free time whoever you choose. In highly populated areas the big problem tends to be capacity. It’s all well and good putting masts all over the city, but if they’re not powerful enough to cope with the load you’re still going to struggle to get a signal.
Always check coverage for yourself before purchasing any mobile service. The key is often word of mouth; ask around with both your neighbours and colleagues about their experiences to make sure you’ll get a good signal wherever you regularly use mobile broadband. You can also make use of the official network coverage tools by clicking the logos below: