Comparing home broadband in Derby
If you use the postcode filter in our comparison tables you’ll see we only display deals available in your area, but in Derby that still means you should have plenty of freedom to choose your perfect home broadband package.
All of Derby’s exchanges offer a wide range of fixed line broadband services. If you don’t want to spend much you can choose from many cheap ADSL options; all exchanges are enabled for ADSL and ADSL2+ so you should - distance from the exchange permitting - have access to broadband up to 17Mb using standard phone lines.
If that’s just not enough speed then Derby residents do also have access to fibre optic broadband. BT network fibre provides speeds up to 76Mb and uses the regular phone network so you can choose from other providers such as Sky and TalkTalk. Virgin Media fibre (formerly known as cable internet) is much faster, reaching 300Mb, but only available from Virgin. It’s also not as widespread so even in areas with Virgin-enabled exchanges there may be many streets where this service is not on offer.
Superfast broadband coverage and speed in Derby
This table shows the availability of superfast (24Mb+) broadband in the Derby area, and the mean download speed across all available connection types, including mobile and wireless.
Superfast (24Mb+) coverage
Mean download speed
Source: Thinkbroadband (last checked 11/01/18)
Comparing mobile broadband in Derby
Good news for Derby residents, you enjoy an excellent level of mobile broadband coverage, better than many other parts of the country.
O2, Three, Vodafone and EE all report very strong coverage throughout Derby and surrounding areas. Every network operator claims to offer 3G mobile internet in the central town and out toward areas such as Belper, Ripley, Kimberley, Etwall, Mackworth and Alvaston. You should also find that coverage continues to be strong in the east toward Nottingham and south to Burton-on-Trent.
If you’re after something faster than 3G there’s a good choice of ultra-fast 4G networks. 4G is offered in Derby by EE, Three, Vodafone and O2. Some areas also benefit from EE’s double speed 4G.
Three has upgraded its 3G network in Derby too, to offer Advanced 3G using DC-HSDPA technology. This can provide much faster speeds than standard 3G and as it’s supported by a wide range of smartphones, tablets and dongles you may not need to purchase any additional hardware.
Before buying mobile broadband though be sure to confirm coverage for yourself. Our guide to mobile broadband coverage can provide further information, including links to the network’s own signal checking tools.