Home broadband in Canterbury
In 2011 Railway Hill in Canterbury was reported to have the slowest broadband in the UK with an average download speed of 0.13Mb. Two years later BT deployed fibre optic broadband, giving Canterbury residents a much needed speed boost. Today, the central Canterbury and nearby Sturry, Chartham, Faversham and Bridge exchanges have been upgraded so fibre broadband is available to many homes in the city and surrounding locations.
However the Openreach network is your only option for fibre in Canterbury as the area does not have access to Virgin Media, so the maximum speed for a typical home broadband connection will be 76Mb.
The best place to start searching for broadband in Canterbury is by entering your postcode into the comparison table to see deals available in your area. You can then order them by price, data limit, contract length or speed, while clicking on details will show you the fine print of each of the tariffs - as well as showing more info on everything from routers to virus software.
Or you may want to narrow down your search further before continuing. We have specific tables for the most common queries, such as unlimited broadband and cheap broadband, to help focus your search before it really begins.
If you're new to broadband, or just not up to speed on the latest developments, you might want to start in our guides section. You’ll find everything there you need to make your choice; but if its still just a wall of techno babble, simply call us on the number at the top of the page and we’ll guide you through the broadband buying process over the phone. Either way, we’ll help you get up and running in no time.
Fibre broadband availability and speed in Canterbury
The vast majority of homes and businesses in Canterbury have access to broadband speeds of at least 24Mb, though download speeds fall below the current national average of 28.9Mb.
Superfast (24Mb+) coverage
Mean download speed
Source: Thinkbroadband (last checked 27/02/17)
More than £15m has been allocated from BDUK for broadband upgrades in the Kent and Medway area as part of the Making Kent Quicker scheme. To date this has brought superfast broadband 120,000 homes and businesses across the area.
Comparing mobile broadband in Canterbury
4G can now deliver extremely fast broadband speeds and is widely supported by smartphones, dongles and data-enabled tablets. However, 4G networks are not as widespread at present so you will find the signal frequently dropping back to 3G.
The table above focuses purely on home broadband deals (defined as those that come into your premises via a landline). It is also possible to compare mobile broadband products via Broadband Genie, but to do so you’ll need to head over to our dedicated mobile broadband section.
There you will find both contract and prepay offers from all of the UK’s networks, covering everything from cheap pay-as-you-go dongles and SIM-only deals right up to iPad contracts. There is also a guides section and a number of tools to help you choose your network, such as links to coverage checkers and roaming guides.
Mobile broadband speeds in Canterbury
This table shows the average download and upload speeds for mobile internet in the Canterbury area, using crowdsourced data gathered by OpenSignal.
Source: OpenSignal (last checked 13/03/17)
This information should be used as a rough guide only. Checking coverage for yourself before buying any mobile broadband service is extremely important. While Canterbury and the surrounding area does have good mobile broadband services this does not guarantee access in any particular location. To access the official network coverage tools, click the logos below.