The Genie guide to broadband in York
York residents enjoy a wide choice of broadband services. All exchanges offer at least ADSL, with at least one (and usually more) LLU provider providing coverage. And all areas in and around York are enabled for fibre optic broadband.
The precise availability of fibre will vary from street to street and home to home so this is not a guarantee, but many in York should be able to get access to speeds of up to around 65Mb with a regular Openreach network telephone line, and 518Mb on the Virgin Media network.
You’ll need to check what’s available to your home before proceeding. As well as confirming high speed coverage, your distance from the exchange will impact performance. You can begin by typing your postcode into our comparison table and the results will be filtered by location. Once you select a provider and go through to their site further checks will be carried out and you’ll be given a speed estimate.
Alternatively, we have pages if you want to browse specific broadband packages, for example, you might want to view only unlimited broadband deals , broadband-only, fibre or fast broadband. We have helpful guides for all these options.
Superfast broadband coverage and speed in York
Superfast (24Mb+) coverage
Mean download speed
Source: Thinkbroadband (last checked 11/19)
As part of the BDUK project to deliver a minimum 24Mb to at least 95% of the population, Superfast North Yorkshire has allocated more than £20m to infrastructure upgrades.
This is mainly focused on neglected rural locations, but York itself is already well ahead of the curve. TalkTalk's first 'ultrafibreoptic' (UFO) service has been live in the city for some time and offers a full-fibre connection up to 1Gb for the same price as their regular home broadband connections. Coverage is fairly limited but growing, and if you can get access there's arguably no better value package out there.
In 2018 York was named "Best place to live" by the Sunday Times, partially due to having the fastest broadband speed.
Comparing mobile broadband in York
York has generally excellent 3G coverage on EE, Three, O2 and Vodafone in both the centre of the city and outlying areas such as Haxby, Stockton on the Forest, Dunnington, Bishopthorpe and Skelton. All networks report that indoor coverage should be accessible to the outskirts but may perhaps be limited to outdoors elsewhere.
York also has plenty of choice for 4G providers as all networks also operate high-speed mobile broadband networks here. However, this relatively new technology does remain more limited than 3G so it’s possible that outside of central York connectivity will be best when outdoors.
An alternative to 4G is Three’s ‘Advanced 3G’ service which uses a technology called DC-HSDPA+ to achieve speeds up to and over 20Mb. This is already supported by many smartphones, dongles and tablets and has a large footprint in York.
For more information about mobile coverage please consult our guide to mobile broadband availability. To check coverage for yourself access the network signal tools by clicking the logos below:
Do remember that these are not always 100% reliable and it is still possible for dead spots to exist in strong signal areas, so checking connectivity with a mobile phone or other device is a good idea.
After you’ve selected a network our mobile comparison tools can help sort through the many deals available to track down the features you need at the best possible price.