Comparing broadband in Newport
Newport is bang up to date when it comes to fixed line home broadband, with a good selection of services on a par with the rest of the UK.
At the entry level you’ve got the choice of ADSL, a cheap and widespread broadband service that utilises standard BT phone lines to provide a connection speed up to 17Mb. ADSL’s advantage is its ubiquity as it’s installed at nearly every exchange in the country, but it does have a limited top speed, slow upload speeds and the actual performance of your line is dependent on factors such as line quality and distance from the exchange, which means your speed could be very different to those headline ‘up to’ numbers.
But it is cheap, usually unlimited, and for individual users or those with basic requirements it’s plenty fast enough while still being able to handle more demanding activities like movie streaming and large file downloads. The Newport exchanges are also Local Loop Unbundled (LLU) which means ISPs are permitted to install their own equipment and therefore you have a wide choice of providers.
Virgin Media fibre (formerly known as cable internet) is not available from any other ISP. It’s currently the fastest mass market ISP in the UK with speeds up to 300Mb, so if you demand the very best connection this should be top of the list when you are looking at deals. It’s also one of the few options for broadband without a phone line, making it a reasonable option if you're after a broadband only package. However, Virgin’s network is more limited so even in areas like Newport, where exchanges have been enabled for Virgin internet, it may not be on offer to every home.
Comparing mobile broadband in Newport
Good news for those of you searching for a great mobile broadband service in Newport - the town and surrounding areas are well served by all four of the network providers giving you plenty of scope to find the ideal package.
3G is the most widely available mobile internet service currently on offer in the UK and provides speeds of anywhere from a few megabits up to 20Mb or more. It’s supported by all modern smartphones and dongles, and many tablets are available with 3G support built in. While 3G isn’t the fastest option it can be used in many locations throughout the country, and it’s also very affordable.
Three also provides its ‘Advanced 3G’ services in Newport. This uses a technology called DC-HSDPA to provide much faster 3G connectivity at no extra cost. It’s already supported by many devices so you might be able to take advantage of this right away.
If you demand the fastest possible mobile broadband connection then 4G is available in Newport. This is the next generation of mobile internet which can provide significantly faster speeds than 3G, even quicker than some home broadband services. However, it can be more expensive to use, will probably require you to buy new hardware and coverage is presently more limited than 3G.
4G in Newport is available from all networks. EE has also upgraded some parts of Newport to ‘Double Speed’ 4G which can provide a noticeable boost in performance.
Before buying any mobile broadband package it’s very important to check coverage for yourself to get an idea of what kinds of services are available to you and whether the signal will be good enough to provide an enjoyable experience. Click the logos to access the official network tools:
For more information read our guide to mobile broadband coverage.