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 BT Infinity. 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. However, not all postcodes are created equal.
Before you start comparing 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 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 Hall Green||98.35%||31.9Mb|
|Birmingham Hodge Hill||98.04%||25Mb|
|Birmingham Perry Barr||97.28%||32.9Mb|
|Birmingham Selly Oak||96.65%||30.1Mb|
Source: Thinkbroadband (last checked 27/02/17)
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. To compare all the best deals from the major networks, the best place to start is our main mobile broadband comparison table.
It’s also worth considering the 4G mobile broadband option. 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.
Mobile broadband speeds in Birmingham
To give you an idea of potential mobile broadband performance in Birmingham this table shows average speeds for 3G and 4G on all networks using crowd-sourced data from OpenSignal.
3G download / upload
4G download / upload
|EE||6.8Mb / 1.8Mb||34.8Mb / 10.3Mb|
|O2||4.9Mb / 1.5Mb||15.9Mb / 7.4Mb|
|Three||6.0Mb / 1.5Mb||23.5Mb / 8.3Mb|
|Vodafone||7.1Mb / 2.7Mb||19.2Mb / 7.2Mb|
Source: OpenSignal (last checked 14/03/17)
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: