Comparing home broadband in Oxford
Home broadband access can vary wildly from region to region as not all exchanges have been fitted with the same services, but in Oxford, residents will find they have a good range of options so when it comes to choosing a deal you’ll have plenty of scope to find that perfect package.
The cheapest option for unlimited home broadband is generally ADSL. This can reach speeds of an average 10-11Mb and uses standard BT lines so is widely available. Oxford’s exchanges are Local Loop Unbundled (LLU) which means ISPs can install their own equipment, giving customers a greater variety of providers.
But ADSL is an older technology and if you demand something faster you’ll need to look at fibre optic broadband via the telephone line or Virgin Media network. This is available in Oxford at all exchanges so most homes will be able to get access.
Openreach network fibre using a regular telephone line provides much better speeds than ADSL - up to an average of about 65Mb - and still uses the BT phone line. While it is not as widespread as ADSL it does still cover a large percentage of the UK’s homes, and it is available from numerous ISPs. Virgin Media broadband is even faster, topping out at 1Gb, however, it’s only available from Virgin Media and their network is smaller, leaving many homes without this option.
As the range of fixed-line broadband can vary even one street over, it is important to get an idea of what’s available in your location. When comparing home broadband on Broadband Genie you can use the postcode field to sort deals by availability, and when you click through to an ISP you’ll be taken through some further checks to ensure your chosen service can be installed.
Comparing mobile broadband in Oxford
When it comes to mobile broadband services the Oxford area enjoys a reasonably strong level of access, with slightly more choice compared to some other parts of the country.
The four network operators — Three, EE, O2, and Vodafone — all provide good 4G in and around Oxford. O2 and Vodafone have perhaps the best signal strength here, covering both central Oxford and out to provide service in locations such as Cassington, Yarnton, Beckley, Headington and Kennington.
O2 and Vodafone also provide a strong signal in central Oxford but may be slightly weaker in some spots.
Oxford does also have access to the latest and greatest 5G mobile technology, but at present, it's only available from EE and Vodafone and covers fewer areas than either 3G or 4G.
When buying mobile broadband it’s very important to check coverage for yourself, as the weaker the signal the slower the connection will be. For more information read our guide to mobile broadband coverage, and click the logos below to access the official signal checking tools:
Where we get our information
We strive to keep our local broadband information as up to date as possible. This means using trustworthy sources with regular checks. The information on this page comes from the following:
- Local exchange information: availability.samknows.com/broadband/exchange_search
- Local broadband speed information: labs.thinkbroadband.com/local
- Mobile broadband coverage (1): nperf.com/en/map/GB
- Mobile broadband coverage (2): checker.ofcom.org.uk/en-gb/mobile-coverage