The Genie guide to broadband in Newcastle upon Tyne
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 Openreach (the regular BT telephone line) or Virgin Media fibre network. Virgin is faster at up to 200Mb, but coverage can be more limited and some homes may not have been hooked up with cable. Fibre optic broadband over the phone 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.
Superfast broadband coverage and speed in Newcastle upon Tyne
Superfast (24Mb+) coverage
Mean download speed
Source: Thinkbroadband (last checked 27/02/17)
Go Digital Newcastle is the city council scheme to bring superfast broadband to at least 97% of homes and businesses. More than £1m has been allocated to upgrading connectivity.
The future of broadband in Newcastle upon Tyne
Fibre optic provider Hyperoptic recently launched gigabit connectivity in the city, offering 1Gb broadband to developments including Hanover Mill, 55 Degrees North and Marconi House, with more to follow in the near future.
Comparing mobile broadband in Newcastle upon Tyne
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 below to access the official network signal tools to confirm for yourself:
Mobile broadband speeds in Newcastle upon Tyne
You can expect reasonably fast access using mobile networks in Newcastle. This table shows average speeds for operators, with data gathered from actual users.
3G download / upload
4G download / upload
|EE||6.0Mb / 1.7Mb||29.5Mb / 9.6Mb|
|O2||6.4Mb / 1.4Mb||15.4Mb / 7.5Mb|
|Three||7.4Mb / 1.5Mb||25.1Mb / 8.5Mb|
|Vodafone||5.3Mb / 1.7Mb||16.3Mb / 8.9Mb|
Source: OpenSignal (last checked 14/03/17)