Cambridge’s tech history
Cambridge has a long and proud history of scientific innovation spanning hundreds of years. University of Cambridge alumni include names such as Stephen Hawking, Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.
It’s also the birthplace of the computer. Charles Babbage created the first computer there in the 1800s, pioneering genius Alan Turing was influential in the development of the computer science that forms the basis of modern computing and in 1948 Sir Maurice Wilkes built the first stored program computer, the EDSAC.
Later, Clive Sinclair founded Sinclar Research Ltd, which built the iconic Sinclair Spectrum, and Acorn Computers built the BBC Micro that's so familiar to generations of schoolchildren.
Today Cambridge is home to a booming technology industry that has led to the area being dubbed ‘silicon fen’. ARM Holdings, which builds the ARM processors used in many smartphones, is headquartered there, and there are numerous game development firms, including Runescape creator Jagex and David Braben’s Frontier Developments.
Comparing mobile broadband in Cambridge
All four mobile network operators report very good coverage of central Cambridge, and much of the surrounding area too.
Three, EE, O2 and Vodafone all provide 3G signal in at least the central locations, with only some outlying patches which may struggle when indoors. Coverage extends out to areas such as Trumpington, Newmarket and Huntingdon, and Three has some areas enabled for its high speed HSDPA 'Ultra 3G'.
There is also 4G connectivity in Cambridge from all four networks. However as 4G is still relatively new you will find coverage isn't as widespread, especially as you move out of Cambridge centre.
As always, you must confirm coverage in your area before purchasing a mobile service. As well as the network’s own coverage check tools (which you can access by clicking the logos below) ask friends and family for their experiences, the tools are not guaranteed and there can easily be dead spots even within well covered locations.
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Comparing home broadband in Cambridge
Cambridge has access to a wide variety of broadband services from major and minor providers. ADSL is available up to 17Mb, which is great if you want the cheapest broadband. But there are also superfast broadband providers. Fibre optic broadband using the BT network is available up to 76Mb from ISPs such as Sky, TalkTalk, EE and BT itself, and there's also the option of fibre up to 300Mb using the Virgin Media network.
If you want a broadband and TV package you can choose from Sky, Virgin, TalkTalk and BT, but remember that without a high speed connection streaming HD video may not work very well.
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