Every major broadband provider in the UK has a presence in and around Nottingham and there are a wide range of deals on offer, from budget-friendly broadband-only offers to triple-play deals that add premium TV and home phone service to your package in addition to high-speed fibre broadband.
With so many companies to choose from, it's important you take the time to compare what each has to offer. Here are some of the most popular broadband providers in Nottingham to consider.
TalkTalk is considered one of the UK's best-value broadband providers and offers consumers in Nottingham a choice of deals, including standard broadband, superfast fibre and even faster boosted fibre.
These all come with the firm's Fixed Price Guarantee, which ensures customers won't see any increase in monthly costs throughout their contract, while there are also a range of TV packages available as add-ons.
Mobile operator EE also offers standard and fibre home broadband deals, as well as a range of 4G-powered mobile broadband options that let you take your internet connection with you wherever you go.
The company also offers a year of free antivirus software and special deals for those who also take out a mobile phone contract with the firm, such as an additional 5GB of mobile data per month.
BT is the UK's largest home broadband provider and offers a range of TV and internet deals in Nottingham. Users can choose from standard, fibre and boosted fibre packages (depending on the speed they need), while the company also has a range of TV deals, including BT Sport, which is the exclusive UK home of Champions League football.
Those looking for a full home entertainment solution may consider Sky, which offers a wide variety of TV services in addition to broadband and home phone services. As well as entertainment, sports, movies and kids packages, those signing up for the firm's Sky Q services can also add the Ultimate On Demand deal, which offers hundreds of Sky box sets and Netflix in a single package.
Unlike many other providers, you can't get standard broadband deals on Vodafone, as the firm focuses its attention only on fibre broadband packages. Therefore, speed is highly important to the company and its customers, and users can claim 15% off their bills if their performance falls below a stated minimum speed.
With so many options available, it's important you can easily compare deals and see what features and extras are available. While around 98% of homes in Nottingham can receive superfast fibre broadband, there are still a few streets where this is not available, while services such as Virgin Media's cable network and full fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) connections may be more limited.
Therefore, it pays to use uSwitch's postcode checker, which can show you all the options available for your address, as well as what speeds you can expect.
There are a range of factors to consider when looking for broadband deals in Nottingham, but one key issue is the speed you receive. You don't want to end up with a package that's too slow for your needs, but at the same time, not everyone will require a blazingly-fast, high-speed service.
For example, if you're only going to be browsing the web and occasionally streaming in standard definition, a speed of 1.5Mbps should be adequate, while for those looking to stream video, Netflix recommends a minimum speed of 3Mbps for standard streaming and 5Mbps for HD — with the BBC's iPlayer recommendation slightly less. However, If you want to stream smoothly in 4K ultra high-definition,you'll need a minimum speed of 24Mbps.
You also need to be mindful of how many devices will be connecting to your wireless network. If you have a large household with many gadgets, you'll need a higher download speed to cope with the additional demand.
Full fibre, or FTTP broadband, is the fastest type of broadband connection currently available in the UK, offering much faster speeds than most fibre connections, which are restricted by the fact they continue to rely on copper for the connection between the home and the street-level cabinet.
Full fibre brings fibre-optic cabling right to your door, thereby avoiding this limitation, but its availability is much more limited, with only around 8% of homes nationwide able to access this as of autumn 2019.
However, there are some locations in Nottingham that are able to benefit from this technology. For instance, FTTP network operator CityFibre has designated Nottingham as one of its 'Gigabit Cities', while Openreach is also bringing its Fibre First FTTP scheme to the city, with thousands of homes in the Gedling district the first to receive access to this technology.
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