Comparing mobile broadband in Swansea
Swansea residents enjoy a good level of access of mobile internet services from all four of the network operators.
3G mobile broadband is available right across the area on O2, Three, Vodafone and EE. Signal is available in central Swansea and out to areas to such as Neath, Port Talbot, Gorseinon, Clydach, West Cross and Felindre.
3G typically provides speeds of a few megabits per second, sufficient for web browsing, email and streaming media on the move. It’s also the cheapest way to get mobile internet access. If you want something faster though, 4G is an option in Swansea.
With 4G you can get a connection that’s faster than home broadband, and in Swansea this service is offered by all networks. The coverage is not as extensive though and may be limited to central areas, so you’ll find it regularly falls back on 3G.
EE also provides its double speed 4G in some parts of Swansea, which provides even quicker connectivity at no extra charge, and Three has upgraded its 3G network in Swansea to support Advanced 3G. This greatly improves the performance of 3G and is compatible with many smartphones, tablets and dongles so you may not need to buy new hardware to take advantage of it.
Before buying any mobile broadband package you should confirm coverage for yourself. Check out our guide to mobile broadband coverage for more information and links to the network’s own signal checking tools.
Comparing home broadband in Swansea
You should have little problem finding the right home broadband package in the Swansea area as the exchanges offer access to a wide range of services.
For those on a budget there’s standard ADSL up to 17Mb using the regular phone lines. These are offered by a wide variety of providers, though the exact choice of ISPs will vary depending on your nearest exchange.
If you want something faster the Swansea exchanges offer fibre optic broadband from both BT and Virgin Media networks. BT fibre can reach speeds of 76Mb and works using the BT phone network, so it’s available from a selection of providers, while Virgin Media does not share its network but can provide a speed of up to 300Mb.
When comparing home broadband make use of the postcode search in our tables to filter results by area. This will display only ISPs which support a service at your nearest exchange.