Bradford’s tech history
Bradford experienced huge population growth in the late 19th century thanks to its central role in the industrial revolution. With easy access to iron ore, coal and soft water the area became known for its textiles and ironmongery.
Later, Bradford was a major centre of transport innovation. The now defunct Jowett motor company was based in Bradford, and it was home to inventors such as Alfred Scott, founder of the Scott Engineering Company, and Edward Spurr, who worked on the famous dam-busting bouncing bomb.
Many scientists came from Bradford, too. Astrophysicist and science fiction author Sir Fred Hoyle, who coined the term ‘big bang’, was from the borough of Bingley. And inventor of the electron telescope Albert Crewe was born in Bradford.
Today, the borough of Saltaire is the location of Pace Plc’s HQ, the British electronics firm which builds, among other things, television set-top boxes including the first Sky TV hardware and the first Freeview digital recorders. Also in Bradford is Four Door Lemon, an independent game development and middleware company that creates games and software for PC and console.
Comparing mobile broadband in Bradford
Bradford and surrounding areas benefit from very good coverage of mobile signal, so there’s a good chance you’ll be able to get a 3G mobile broadband connection throughout the city and its boroughs, even out into the countryside.
Despite this you should always confirm coverage in a specific location before purchasing any mobile device as there can still be signal dead spots. One easy method is to check the signal strength on a mobile phone, but you can also take advantage of the coverage check tools provided by networks, though do keep in mind that these are a guide only. For further details we’d recommend reading our guide to mobile broadband coverage.
At present 4G services in Bradford remain limited. While there may be some small areas of coverage in the central areas there is currently no widespread 4G network. But with the rapid growth of 4G a city the size of Bradford will not have to wait long until this changes.
Comparing home broadband in Bradford
The main Bradford telephone exchange offers all the major broadband services you’d expect to see in a big city. As well as ADSL and ADSL2+ with LLU providers, there’s also ample coverage for faster fibre optic broadband on the BT and Virgin Media networks.
This also extends to exchanges further from the centre including Manningham, Laisterdyke, Dudley Hill, Low Moor, Undercliffe and Horton Bank. All these areas include superfast fibre and cable alongside standard ADSL broadband.
Just like mobile coverage though there can be areas where a service may not be available even if it’s enabled at your closest exchange. This is particularly true for the cable services where you may find that while a neighbour or the next street over can get it, the lines do not run to your premises.
When you enter your postcode into our comparison table above we’ll try to provide you with the details of only those providers available at your location - when you click through to the network and begin the purchase the ISP will run further checks to ensure availability so you should never pay for a service you can’t get. Just keep in mind that speeds can be variable, but the ISP should provide you with an accurate estimate so you have an idea of what you’ll get before committing.