Edinburgh’s tech history
Citizens of Edinburgh can be proud of the fact that their city is the home of some groundbreaking scientific discoveries...and some of the most popular videogames ever made!
While it may seem like a uniquely American product, the smash hit Grand Theft Auto franchise was created by Rockstar North, which was once known as DMA Design (also responsible for the quirky cult hit Lemmings). Although DMA is originally from Dundee the groundbreaking GTA 3 was made by the Edinburgh studio, which continues to work on GTA to this day.
But it’s not just in videogames where Edinburgh innovates. Theoretical physicist and Nobel Prize winner Peter Higgs, who proposed the existence of the Higgs Boson (a theory which was recently confirmed by the Large Hadron Collider), attended Edinburgh University and now lives in the city.
Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, was born in Edinburgh, as was James Clerk Maxwell who created the first permanent colour photograph.
Edinburgh is also widely known as for medical innovations; if you ever get a chance the fascinating - and gruesome - Surgeons’ Hall Museum is well worth a visit.
Comparing mobile broadband in Edinburgh
Edinburgh enjoys very strong coverage from all four mobile networks. EE, O2, Three and Vodafone all supply 3G signal to both central Edinburgh and surrounding areas such as Leith, Morningside, Newington, Sighthill and Murrayfields.
As always though you should confirm coverage yourself, as the checker tools provided by mobile networks are a guide only and network dead spots are not an infrequent occurrence wherever you go in the UK.
An easy way to do this is to simply check the signal on a mobile phone in the areas you’ll be using a mobile service so that when it comes to choosing mobile broadband you can be more sure about getting something that will provide reliable connectivity.
4G is also available in Edinburgh, however this is currently only provided by EE and largely limited to the city centre, with some coverage in Sighthill. If you decide to opt for a 4G deal now just keep in mind that you will often be using 3G when outside of Edinburgh centre, though that’s not an unusual situation throughout the country right now as 4G is still relatively new.
Comparing home broadband in Edinburgh
Home broadband coverage in Edinburgh is something of a mixed bag. ADSL service is generally very good, the central and surrounding exchanges of Rose Street, Waverley, Leith, Abbeyhill, Newington, Fountainbridge, Donaldson, Dean and Granton all offer ADSL and ADSL2+ and are LLU, which equates to a maximum connection of about 16Mb with a wide choice of providers.
Superfast broadband is available, but fibre optic coverage is not universal throughout the city. While almost all the main exchanges are enabled some of you may still not yet have access, and presently the central Rose Street exchange does not offer fibre optic.
Virgin Media fibre is available on all exchanges, but as always with Virgin there will be properties that have not been connected to the network, sometimes even when other homes in a street can get it.
To find out more about the broadband services available to your home make use of our broadband postcode checker. Tap your postcode into the comparison table and we’ll filter the results based on availability at your specific exchange.