Comparing mobile broadband in St Albans
Mobile broadband coverage in St Albans and the surrounding areas is generally very good, with all networks reporting strong signals indoor and outdoors in St Albans and locations such as Sandridge, Hatfield, Chiswell Green, Bricket Wood and Harpenden.
3G is available from all the network operators - EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. 3G is the cheapest and easiest way to get mobile broadband, with plenty of cheap deals on offer and no shortage of inexpensive tablets and mobile broadband dongles which support this standard. Three also operates an Advanced 3G network in St Albans, which provides much faster speeds using ‘DC-HSDPA’ technology which is already available on many devices.
Another option for fast mobile broadband is 4G. This is the latest mobile standard and can provide very quick speeds. 4G coverage right now isn’t as widespread as 3G, but if available it can provide a service that challenges the performance of home broadband.
Before buying any mobile broadband package it’s vital to check coverage for yourself to ensure the signal is strong enough. To do this you can use the tools provided by the networks by clicking the logos below, but treat them as a rough guide only and remember that signal can still vary even in areas where the networks report good coverage.
Comparing home broadband in St Albans
ADSL should be available to nearly every home in the area, and can provide speeds up to 17Mb. However ADSL is affected by distance and other factors like line quality so actual performance is going to be slower than the theoretical maximum for many people. On the plus side ADSL is very affordable and you’re spoilt for choice, with a wide range of ISPs and offers, including free broadband, monthly contracts and broadband with TV.
If faster internet access is what you’re after though fibre optic broadband is installed in St Albans. Most of the area has access to both BT’s network of fibre services and Virgin Media fibre broadband.
Services using BT’s network provide several speed tiers, either 38Mb, 52Mb or 76Mb packages, and are offered by many different ISPs such as TalkTalk, Sky, EE and Plusnet. As with ADSL many providers also offer TV bundles.
Home broadband coverage does vary and not all services may be available even if they’re enabled at your nearest exchange, so the first step to finding a new broadband provider is discovering what’s on offer to your home. The postcode field in our comparison tables can get you started by filtering the deals based on location, however do keep in mind that it only goes so far and further checks will be done when you proceed with your chosen provider.