The Genie guide to comparing broadband in Southampton
Southampton enjoys an excellent level of access to home broadband services. All the exchanges in central Southampton and surrounding areas offer ADSL and fibre optic broadband using either the Openreach (BT) or Virgin Media networks.
This means Southampton residents can choose from cheap ADSL broadband averaging 10-11Mb, or superfast connectivity from between 35Mb to 1Gb using fibre connectivity. The good news is, in most cases, deals will offer unlimited broadband, no matter what the maximum speed.
But even if your nearest exchange offers a particular service, it does not mean it will be available to your home. This is why you should always check coverage for yourself, which you can do by entering your postcode into our comparison table to filter deals by location. The table also allows you to filter by key factors such as monthly price, or broadband speed. You can also filter to view specific deals, such as those with free installation or student broadband.
What does future of broadband in Southampton look like?
While regular home broadband is readily available in the city, some Southampton residents also have the option of ultrafast gigabit broadband from FTTP provider Hyperoptic. Its first Southampton services went live in 2016, serving new-build flats and offices and they have been expanding their network ever since.
Improvements to broadband in Southampton and the rest of the county are being funded by Hampshire Superfast Broadband as part of the wider BDUK program. To date, over £36m has been allocated for broadband upgrades in the area and it is now assisting with the rollout of Project Gigabit (a government scheme to give 85% of properties in the UK access to 1Gb broadband over the next few years).
Comparing mobile broadband in Southampton
As well as having great home broadband, Southampton is also well served by mobile operators. All the networks — Three, EE, O2 and Vodafone — offer 3G, 4G, and 5G mobile connectivity in the area.
Whatever you choose though, remember to use our coverage checkers first – both for your home postcode and anywhere else you think you’ll regularly need the service. Not all postcodes are equal for coverage and all the networks are different, so it pays to do your homework.
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