Comparing mobile broadband in Chichester
The first step to choosing a mobile broadband service is to discover what’s available in your area and discover which network might offer the best service. It’s extremely important to have a good strong signal for the best mobile internet speed and to check that you can make use of the network coverage check tools by clicking the logos here:
The information provided should not be relied upon 100%, and ideally you should check coverage for yourself by using a smartphone, dongle or other device in the area, but they do give a reasonable estimate of signal strength, and can certainly tell you whether 3G or 4G are available.
3G is the most common mobile broadband standard available, with coverage extending to more than 90% of the population. You can expect speeds of around 5-10Mb, though Three has upgraded much of its network to ‘Advanced 3G’, which can provide 10-20Mb and can be used for no extra cost provided you have a device which supports the DC-HSDPA standard (you can find this out by consulting the user manual or checking the device specification online).
4G is the newer standard, and less widespread than 3G, but it is available in Chichester. 4G is the way to go if you must have the very quickest mobile internet as it’s capable of delivering a speed in excess of 20Mb, but keep in mind that your running costs may be higher, coverage can be patchy outside of town centres and you might need to buy new equipment to use it.
To find out more about mobile broadband networks and signal read our guide to mobile broadband coverage. You can also find out about choosing the right data allowance package and using mobile broadband abroad.
Comparing home broadband in Chichester
There are two options for fixed line home broadband service in Chichester.
ADSL is the cheapest method for getting online at home. This uses your telephone line to provide connection speeds of up to 17Mb. This is suitable for most average users, however those with more demanding requirements - particularly households with multiple users - may find it too limited. The speed is also dependent on your distance from the exchange and the quality of your line so the actual performance could be much less than the maximum 17Mb.
If you’re after superfast broadband the Chichester area has access to the BT fibre broadband network. Like ADSL this is provided by many different ISPs - including BT, EE, Plusnet, TalkTalk and Sky - so you’ll have a wide choice of packages, and the cost is not that much higher than ADSL. This is currently available at a speed of up to 38Mb, up to 52Mb or up 76Mb, and unlike ADSL the connection often comes very close to to providing these speeds. To get fibre the telephone network in your area will need to have been upgraded, and while many homes will have access it is not as widespread as ADSL.
You can quickly check service availability by entering your postcode into the field at the top of any of our home broadband comparison tables. This will get you started on the path to finding a new provider by eliminating services that are not available in your area.
Note that at present Chichester does not have access to Virgin Media fibre (aka cable broadband). This may change in the future as Virgin expands its network.