Comparing home broadband in Manchester
Manchester broadband is in good shape. Whether you’re in Salford or Stretford, Rusholme or Moss Side, you’re likely to have a strong range of broadband choices.
All of the BT telephone exchanges within the M60 have been upgraded to superfast fibre broadband, which includes services from popular ISPs such as Sky and TalkTalk, as well as BT. You’ll also be well served in much of Manchester by Virgin fibre, while all the major mobile broadband networks claim strong coverage across the area.
But as we mentioned at the top of the page, please do use our postcode checker before you start comparing deals; there’s nothing worse than deciding on a deal, clicking through to sign up, only to find it’s not available in your road!
You may want to narrow things down before you enter your postcode; and we can help there too. For example, if you know you're looking for superfast broadband - or perhaps a broadband deal with TV - then we have dedicated sections of the site for those too.
Once you’ve narrowed your choices by postcode, and listed your options by price, data limit, speed or contract length, you’re ready to go – but don’t forget the small print. Whether it’s a short term offer meaning you need to be quick, or making sure you get the extras you need (wireless router, parental controls etc), be sure to check all the details before clicking ‘go’.
Superfast broadband coverage and speed in Manchester
Superfast (24Mb+) coverage
Mean download speed
Source: Thinkbroadband (last checked 27/02/17)
More than £3m has been allocated to improving broadband in Greater Manchester, with funding being managed by the Get Digital Faster project as part of the wider BDUK program which is aiming to bring a minimum 24Mb to at least 95% of the UK. This will benefit residents of areas such as Stockport, Bury, Oldham and Rochdale, though Manchester itself is not covered by the project.
Comparing mobile broadband in Manchester
If you’re looking for mobile broadband, Manchester is well catered for. You should be able to receive a strong 3G signal from all networks; in fact your biggest problems will probably be capacity overload due to the number of users, rather than a lack of signal (we know - it's equally annoying!).
The latest mobile broadband standard, 4G, is also on hand. The last of the four UK networks to launch 4G was Three, but thankfully Manchester was one of the first three cities it arrived in.
We only list home broadband deals in this table, but don’t worry – we’ve got you covered over on our main mobile broadband page.
Mobile broadband speeds in Manchester
This table shows average speeds for mobile connectivity in Manchester, as reported by the crowd-sourced OpenSignal service.
3G download / upload
4G download / upload
|EE||8.0Mb / 1.7Mb||32.8Mb / 10.8Mb|
|O2||6.8Mb / 1.9Mb||14.2Mb / 6.7Mb|
|Three||7.2Mb / 1.6Mb||22.3Mb / 10.8Mb|
|Vodafone||7.5Mb / 2.5Mb||19.9Mb / 8.1Mb|
Source: OpenSignal (last checked 14/03/17)
This is only a rough guide. Before buying any mobile deal you should confirm coverage for yourself. Click the logos below to access the official network signal check tools: