Leeds’ tech history
Leeds has a proud history of technological innovation, with several major firsts coming from the area.
French inventor Louis Le Prince, the first person to record moving pictures on film, was based in Leeds during his time in the UK. The suburb of Roundhay was the location of the oldest surviving film footage in existence - ‘Roundhay Garden Scene’ was recorded in 1888. Le Prince was years ahead of more prominent inventors such as Edison, who later attempted to claim he was first. Tragically, Le Prince mysteriously disappeared while travelling to demonstrate his work.
Slightly more recently computer scientist Sandy Douglas, the first person to create a graphical computer game, installed a Pegasus vacuum tube computer for Leeds University in 1957, placing the imposing machine in a disused chapel. While at Leeds he became interested in computing for business use, and also successfully helped build an early computerised student registration system.
Leeds is also home to some notable companies. Rockstar Leeds is a subsidiary of the multinational giant Rockstar Games, creators of the Grand Theft Auto series. Rockstar Leeds - formerly Mobius Entertainment - made the popular portable editions of the series, Grand Theft Auto Stories. Publisher/developer Activision, of Call of Duty fame, also has its Blast Furnace studio in the heart of the city, where they make titles for tablets and smartphones, including Call of Duty Strike Team.
Comparing mobile broadband in Leeds
All four networks are reported to have excellent coverage throughout Leeds. The central parts of the city are blanketed with signal, and this also extends outside the centre to areas such as Holbeck, Beeston, Harehills and Crossgates.
As ever though there’s no guarantee of performance when it comes to mobile broadband. As well as signal dead-spots - which can occur even in well covered areas - the bigger issue in cities is usually one of capacity, with the network overloaded by traffic during busy periods.
If you’re in the process of comparing mobile broadband it’s worth double checking the coverage in areas you’ll be using the service. Ask friends for their experiences, or simply use your mobile phone to check signal strength. You can find out more by reading our guide to mobile coverage.
Central Leeds enjoys good access to ultrafast 4G mobile broadband networks, though outside of the city it will, for now, revert to 3G in many cases.
Comparing home broadband in Leeds
Good news - Leeds is well catered for when it comes to broadband. Leeds and the surrounding exchanges - Chapeltown, Harehills, Hunslet, Headingley and Armley - are all fibre optic enabled for BT network fibre up to 76Mb.
The area also has access to Virgin Media fibre broadband for even faster speeds, now up to a blazing 300Mb.
This all gives Leeds residents access to a wide choice of services, from slow but cheap ADSL to superfast fibre optic broadband, with no shortage of options for broadband and TV bundles too.
Coverage can vary from home to home, though, so to find out what’s available at your location use the postcode check on our comparison tables and this will display only those providers available at your premises.