Your guide to broadband in Exeter
There are currently three main types of fixed-line home broadband services available throughout Exeter.
The cheapest and easiest option, ADSL uses copper telephone lines to provide speeds averaging 10-11Mb. This is a good budget choice for an average user, but busier households or those with more demanding requirements may find its speed too limited. The actual performance of ADSL can vary depending on line quality and your distance from the exchange, so when signing up to a provider make sure they give you an accurate speed estimate.
Openreach fibre optic
Fibre broadband using the Openreach network (services delivered over a regular telephone line) offers several speed tiers, with averages of around 35Mb, 50Mb, and 65Mb, with upload speeds of up to 20Mb depending on the package. Fibre is a significant improvement over ADSL, and while this isn’t available to quite as many homes, coverage is now fairly extensive. Prices are a little higher than ADSL but it remains affordable, with many deals available for under £30. Fibre is offered by numerous providers including BT, Plusnet, TalkTalk, Sky, and EE.
Virgin Media fibre optic
Virgin Media is the sole provider on its own fibre network (previously known as cable broadband), and they have what is presently the fastest mass-market broadband with speeds up to 630Mb. This makes it a top choice if you must have the best broadband, but be prepared to pay a little bit more for the privilege. Coverage is more limited than either ADSL or Openreach fibre, though it is still an option for more than 60% of homes in the UK (and is often pre-installed in new-build flats).
To quickly find out what broadband deals are on offer at your home use the postcode field in our comparison tables to filter providers by availability. Once you’ve narrowed that down use the filter options to sort by key criteria such as speed and data limits. Our home broadband comparisons include broadband only deals, broadband and phone and broadband with TV, with most of these options also providing you with unlimited broadband. We will also flag up any extras you might get with your deal, whether this is free gifts, gift vouchers, or even just free setup.
Comparing mobile broadband in Exeter
There are three different types of mobile broadband technology in the UK: 3G, 4G, and 5G.
Our 3G mobile networks have been around for over a decade now and cover more than 90% of the population. 4G launched several years ago and offers much improved speeds, and is widely around the country. 4G has recently been joined by 5G, a new standard that offers faster mobile data speeds. 5G is now offered by all the network operators - Vodafone, O2, EE and Three - with varying levels of coverage across the country.
Generally, 3G and 4G is cheaper but not as quick while 5G may be more expensive yet offer much better speeds. However, as 5G becomes more common this is slowly changing. 5G prices are falling and some providers are offering it for no extra charge.
Exeter residents have the option of either 3G and 4G mobile broadband. 3G is a good affordable choice for most users as it now offers fast speeds at a low cost. Typically a 3G connection will achieve around 5-10Mb, but you can easily get over 10Mb with the latest DC-HSDPA technology now offered by networks and supported by many smartphones, tablets and dongles.
4G can go much faster, comfortably hitting 20Mb or more. This is the one to go for if you need the best speeds on the move, or you want an alternative to a fixed-line for home broadband.
Checking mobile network coverage in Exeter
The first step to finding a great mobile broadband package is checking your coverage. The networks all offer tools to view coverage by place name or postcode, allowing you to see which types of mobile broadband are available and the potential strength of the signal.
Use the logos below to visit each network’s coverage check tool. And for further information on this topic read our guide to mobile broadband coverage.
Where we get our information
We strive to keep our local broadband information as up to date as possible. This means using trustworthy sources with regular checks. The information on this page comes from the following:
- Local exchange information: availability.samknows.com/broadband/exchange_search
- Local broadband speed information: labs.thinkbroadband.com/local
- Mobile broadband coverage (1): nperf.com/en/map/GB
- Mobile broadband coverage (2): checker.ofcom.org.uk/en-gb/mobile-coverage