The Genie guide to broadband in Bristol
Bristolians rejoice — your city has excellent broadband. All the major exchanges — Bristol West (Clifton), Bristol North (Ashley), Eastville, Redcliffe, Easton, Bristol South (Totterdown), and Bedminster — are enabled for ADSL and ADSL2+ with a wide variety of ISPs.
Plus you also have the option of fibre optic over the telephone line and Virgin Media network fibre at these locations, with the added bonus of rare FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) at the Bristol South and Easton exchanges.
Do double-check coverage before you do anything else, though. Even in places like Bristol with strong fixed-line broadband provisioning, there can still be streets where particular services are not available. This happens often with Virgin Media broadband in particular, and you may find that while a neighbour can get it you don’t have the option.
To narrow down your search enter a postcode into our comparison table. We’ll provide a filtered list of ISPs showing only services that should be available in your area, at which point you can click through to the provider and confirm availability.
What is the future of broadband in Bristol?
Bristol is rapidly becoming one of the best-connected cities in the UK. Hyperoptic launched the first commercial gigabit services in 2014. More recently, Triangle Networks began offering gigabit connectivity to businesses thanks to a partnership with CityFibre.
Comparing mobile broadband in Bristol
Bristol offers very good mobile signal coverage for its residents. The city centre and outlying areas are blanketed by 4G with all the networks providing strong signals so you can expect reasonable performance.
Bristol also enjoys 5G coverage. Superfast mobile service is widely available from Three, O2, Vodafone, and EE so you can enjoy mobile broadband at speeds that match or exceed some home broadband connections.
As ever though you do need to confirm before buying that the signal is available if you plan to use it regularly in a specific location. Read our mobile coverage guide for more information. Or access the network coverage check tools by clicking these logos:
Where we get our information
We strive to keep our local broadband information as up to date as possible. This means using trustworthy sources with regular checks. The information on this page comes from the following:
- Local exchange information: availability.samknows.com/broadband/exchange_search
- Local broadband speed information: labs.thinkbroadband.com/local
- Mobile broadband coverage (1): nperf.com/en/map/GB
- Mobile broadband coverage (2): checker.ofcom.org.uk/en-gb/mobile-coverage