Home Broadband deals in York
Whether you can get a full fibre broadband service or not will depend on your home. However, most York residents should be able to get access to average speeds of around 65Mb, with a regular Openreach network telephone line and 1Gb on the Virgin Media network.
What is Openreach?
Openreach is the company that maintains the former British Telecom Network used for the majority of broadband and phone services. If a repair or installation is required, it’s Openreach who will send an engineer, not your provider.
More than 650 service providers using the Openreach network. That’s the majority of the UK’s broadband providers. This includes Sky, TalkTalk and BT. The exception to this is Virgin Media - it uses its own, separate cable network.
As part of the BDUK project to deliver gigabit broadband (speeds of 1Gb+) to at least 85% of the population, Superfast West Yorkshire is supervising the rollout of gigabit connections in the area. This is mainly focused on neglected rural locations, but York itself is already well ahead of the curve; it aims to be the UK's first 'gigabit city'.
Free Wi-Fi in York
Thanks to CityConnect, there's a free Wi-Fi service in York. This is available to anyone who lives, visits or works in the area. It's completely free to use, and gives internet access to any phone, tablet or wireless device.
To get free Wi-Fi access you need to log into CityConnect through social media, or by completing an online registration form.
Finding the best home broadband deals in York
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 address into Broadband Genie's deals checker.
Broadband Genie deals checker
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.
Comparing mobile broadband in York
York generally has excellent 4G 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 an ever-growing 5G network with O2 offering the best coverage in the area. However, this relatively new technology does remain more limited than 3G and 4G, so connectivity may be patchy outside of central areas.
For more information about mobile coverage, you can read our guide to mobile broadband availability. To check coverage for yourself, access the network signal tools by clicking the logos below:
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: