Lying to the north-west of Birmingham, Dudley was once a big producer of coal and iron. Several centuries later, and with UK industry on the decline, Dudley has faced major economic challenges. However, recent pushes towards increasing its tourism, as well as measures to attract new and international business to the town have helped Dudley head towards a brighter future. The town has widespread 4G mobile broadband coverage and high speed cable internet in some areas, although fibre optic coverage is not yet available.
Comparing mobile broadband in Dudley
All four network operators - Vodafone, EE, Three and O2 - offer good 3G coverage throughout Dudley and its outlying areas. Three also has Advanced 3G which offers faster speeds without upgrading to 4G.
4G indoor and outdoor coverage is good in the very centre of town but does get a little patchy indoors as you move towards the outskirts. EE have upgraded to double speed 4G in Dudley, making uploading files or downloading films a much quicker process.
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Comparing home broadband in Dudley
There’s no FTTC fibre in Dudley yet; cable internet is the only option for high speed internet and that’s only available in a few areas of the town. BT says it is exploring options for installing fibre optic in the region but give no dates as to when any upgrades may take place.
If you’re after a TV, phone and broadband bundle then you have the choice of BT, Plusnet, EE, Sky and TalkTalk although, obviously, without a high speed connection the quality of streaming HD video can be affected. Standard broadband speed in the Dudley area is around 17Mb. For a faster service consider Virgin Media instead, where you also have the option of TV bundles or broadband without a phone line with speeds up to 152Mb.
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