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 broadband up to 17Mb, or superfast connectivity up to either 76Mb or 300Mb 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.
Superfast broadband coverage and speed in Southampton
The table below provides an overview of superfast broadband coverage and speeds in the Southampton area.
Superfast (24Mb+) coverage
Mean download speed
Source: Thinkbroadband (last checked 21/12/17)
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 £12m has been allocated for broadband upgrades in the area.
The future of broadband in Southampton
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 fibre network operator CityFibre also owns infrastructure in Southampton, so going forward even more homes and businesses may get access to this future-proof technology.
Comparing mobile broadband in Southampton
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.
Ready to buy? The table above focuses purely on home broadband – which means any service that comes into your home via a landline (either cable or a BT line). If you’re here looking for a mobile broadband deal, either prepay or contract, you need to head instead to our dedicated mobile broadband deals section.
There you’ll find the best mobile broadband offers from all of the UK’s networks in one place. But if you know the kind of tariff you’re looking for, you can instead narrow it down on a number of dedicated pages: mobile Wi-Fi for example; or tablet and iPad deals.