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 Openreach network and delivered over a standard telephone line 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 200Mb 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 unlimited broadband connection streaming HD video may not work very well.
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Superfast broadband coverage and speed in Cambridge
This table shows the availability of broadband of at least 24Mb in Cambridge.
Superfast (24Mb+) coverage
Mean download speed
Source: Thinkbroadband (last checked 18/12/17)
As part of the wider BDUK program improving broadband across Britain, Connecting Cambridgeshire is the local project tasked with funding infrastructure upgrades. To date the project has allocated more than £7m for superfast broadband.
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.
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.