Liverpool’s tech history
Liverpool has a rich history of industrial and technological innovation stretching back hundreds of years, helped by its busy ports that made the city a major transportation hub for exports and imports (a Liverpudlian shipowner was the first to introduce the banana to Britain).
One famous son of Liverpool was Frank Hornby, born in Maghull he was creator of three of the most popular toys of all time: Meccano, Dinky Toys and of course Hornby train sets. And e-learning innovator Stephen Molyneux, who built one of the first virtual learning environments, was born in Walton.
French inventors Auguste and Louis Lumière, responsible for the first real motion picture, recorded the earliest known example of a tracking shot at the Liverpool overhead railway
The city is known for its videogame development culture. Liverpool was once home to one of the jewels in the UK’s game publishing and development crown: Psygnosis. Based in Waverley Technology Park the firm was involved in the creation or publishing of many classic titles such as Wipeout, Lemmings, Formula One and Colony Wars. It was later purchased by Sony and renamed SCE Studio Liverpool, before closing in 2012.
Other games companies in Liverpool include Firesprite, home to ex-Psygnosis staff, and Spiral House, who worked on Sony games such as Little Big Planet and Motorstorm.
Comparing mobile broadband in Liverpool
Liverpool generally has very good mobile coverage, with all four of the networks providing at least a 3G signal to the central and outlying areas of the city. That means you should have no trouble getting fast mobile broadband wherever you are, especially if you have access to the superfast 3G now offered by some networks such as Three.
But remember, coverage can vary even within locations where this is otherwise a strong signal. The transmissions can be blocked by buildings or other obstructions, so you should check first if you’re planning on using mobile broadband in a specific area.
Networks do provide their own coverage check tools, which are a handy guide, but one reliable way to confirm is simply check the signal on a mobile phone connected to the same network. For more details on network service have a read of our mobile broadband coverage guide.
4G is available in Liverpool from all the network operators, though 4G coverage throughout the entire country is currently patchier than 3G. It will give you excellent mobile internet speeds when available, but otherwise your device will fall back on the older standard.
Comparing home broadband in Liverpool
Liverpool residents will be pleased to find that their city offers a mostly outstanding level of home broadband service. ADSL and ADSL2+ is available at all the exchanges in the city and surrounding suburbs, including Royal, Anfield, Sefton Park, Stoneycroft, Stanley, Bootle and Aintree.
There’s also very good access to superfast broadband. Almost all the exchanges provide fibre optic broadband for speeds of up to 76Mb on BT or 300Mb on Virgin Media.
Broadband coverage can vary slightly depending on your location, though, so when you enter your postcode into the comparison table above we’ll show only providers that should be available to your home. When you click through to an ISP further checks will be carried out to confirm the service is available.