Your guide to comparing home broadband in Dundee
Dundee’s fixed line home broadband access is a mixed bag, and in some ways lags a little behind other areas of the country.
Many parts of Dundee have home broadband services which are on a par with the rest of the UK, giving you the option of 17Mb ADSL and fibre optic broadband from either the Openreach network (using a regular telephone line) or Virgin Media.
However, the Tay exchange is among the few left in the country without anything beyond basic ADSL broadband. If this is your nearest exchange you’ll find that you can’t get a faster connection than 8Mb and will have a limited choice of ISPs.
ADSL is the cheapest way to get broadband, with plenty of choice for packages from various providers, including some inexpensive TV bundles. If you need something faster then fibre optic internet can reach up to 76Mb and Virgin Media cable hits a rapid 152Mb.
When choosing a fixed line home broadband service the first step is to find out what’s available to your home. In some instances you’ll find that even though a service is at your exchange it’s not actually available for your property. When comparing deals make use of the postcode field in our tables to filter out deals by location.
Superfast broadband coverage and speed in Dundee
Superfast (24Mb+) coverage
Mean download speed
Source: Thinkbroadband (last checked 20/12/17)
The Digital Scotland project is in charge of allocating funds for infrastructure improvements throughout the country. This is part of the overall BDUK program which is aiming to deliver a minimum 24Mb for 95% of the population. So far over £120m has been allocated.
Comparing mobile broadband in Dundee
Three has excellent 3G throughout Dundee and this continues toward Invergowrie, Longforgan, and to Tealing. Their Advanced 3G - which uses DC-HSDPA technology to offer vastly improved speeds - is available in central Dundee and along the coast. This service is recommended if you want an alternative to 4G at no extra cost as many existing tablets, smartphones and mobile broadband dongles are already compatible.
EE has a similar coverage area to Three and its 3G network covers a wide part of Dundee and surroundings.
O2’s 3G in Dundee is more limited, mostly concentrated in central areas of Dundee though it may also allow for outdoor access further outside the city. Vodafone is slightly better, reporting a larger 3G signal footprint that extends a greater distance, though it does fall back to 2G when you’re away from the busier areas.
4G is also on offer from O2, Three, Vodafone and EE. However as this is a new service you will find that coverage is patchier than 3G, though where available it can offer exceptional performance. EE also offers its double speed 4G in the Dundee area, so compatible devices can get even quicker mobile broadband speeds.
A strong signal is absolutely vital to the performance of mobile broadband so it’s very important to check this before you buy any kind of mobile internet service. If you visit our guide to mobile broadband coverage you’ll find further information about coverage across the UK, and you can access the official coverage check tools using these links: