Newcastle-Upon-Tyne’s tech history
The north east’s largest city has a long history, starting life as a Roman settlement and later becoming one of the UK’s industrial centres. Today it boasts a vibrant economy and is home to the headquarters and regional offices of many technology firms.
The enormous games publisher and developer Ubisoft has its Reflections studio in Newcastle, which created Driver San Franciso and recently collaborated with Ubisoft Montreal on Watch_Dogs. And Sage, one of the leading business software firms in the world, was founded in Newcastle and is headquartered there to this day.
Newcastle is also the birthplace of many notable scientists and technology figures. Charles Merz was an engineer who created the three-phase AC system that later formed the basis of the national grid. Kevin Warwick is a professor and very outspoken champion of cybernetics and AI, and Peter Higgs - of Higgs Boson fame - was born in Newcastle.
Comparing mobile broadband in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
As one of the largest and most populated cities in the north of England, Newcastle enjoys easy access to services from O2, Three, Vodafone and EE.
3G is widespread right across Newcastle and out into the surrounding areas such as Gosforth, Byker, Gateshead, Whickham and Swalwell so wherever you go you should at least get 3G connectivity. Three also offers its ‘Advanced 3G’ DC-HSDPA service in Newcastle, which can provide speeds approaching 4G performance.
The newer and faster 4G is available from all networks in and around Newcastle. EE has also upgraded the area to double speed 4G which has a theoretical maximum of 80Mb. Be aware however that 4G is relatively new and continues to lag behind 3G in terms of coverage. While connectivity shouldn't be a problem in central parts of Newcastle it may be unavailabe as you move further out the city.
It’s important to check coverage before buying any mobile broadband service. To find out more read our guide to mobile coverage and use the links to the official network signal tools to confirm.
Comparing home broadband in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Like mobile broadband, Newcastle’s fixed line broadband services are comprehensive. All central and surrounding exchanges have been enabled for both ADSL and superfast broadband so those living in Newcastle have easy access to a wide choice of providers.
For broadband on a budget there’s ADSL up to 17Mb using the standard telephone line. The exchanges are LLU enabled, which means that in addition to BT broadband ISPs such as Sky and TalkTalk have installed their own equipment so you can benefit from the best speeds and prices.
If speed is important to you, Newcastle has the choice of fibre optic internet using either BT lines or the Virgin Media fibre network. Virgin is faster at up to 300Mb, but coverage can be more limited and some homes may not have been hooked up with cable. BT fibre optic broadband reaches speeds of up to 76Mb and is generally available to more homes.
To begin comparing broadband you’ll need to find out which services you can get so start by entering your postcode in our comparison tables and we’ll filter out the results by location. Once you’ve done that the table can be sorted by features such as pricing and speed.