Broadband in Oxford is generally very good, with a wide range of providers to choose from and speeds that are typically higher than the national average.
According to Ofcom's most recent Connected Nations report, 99% of premises can access superfast speeds, compared with 94% for the UK as a whole, while 87% of properties can enjoy ultrafast speeds of at least 100Mbps, whereas the average figure for the UK is just 55%.
This means almost all households in Oxford should be able to find fibre broadband deals, with just a few isolated pockets where only standard broadband is available. There is also widespread availability of cable services through Virgin Media, which offers some of the fastest speeds on the market.
You can use uSwitch's speed test feature to see what speed you currently get, and how this compares to homes nearby.
There are a few locations in Oxford that are able to access full fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband, which can provide speeds of up to 1Gbps — some 20 times faster than the UK average. However, the availability of these services is very restricted, with just 1% of premises currently able to receive such services, according to Ofcom.
This is likely to change rapidly in the coming years as efforts to expand the rollout of such services gather pace. Unlike many parts of the UK, however, some areas of Oxfordshire outside the city centre are being connected to this technology before more urban locations, with several independent broadband providers delivering FTTP to rural parts of the county.
With so many broadband providers in Oxford offering deals, it's important you do your research and find the one that works best for you. This means looking at more than just the headline monthly cost, or the speed you expect to receive.
Other factors to consider include the quality of the supplied wireless router and what, if any, features the provider offers to boost Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home. You should also consider the level of customer support that is available — 24/7, UK-based help could be invaluable to some users.
Finally, think about any other offers that may impact the effective monthly cost of your service. Some providers offer free internet security and parental control packages, for example, while others may come with cashback, vouchers or even prepaid debit cards that can effectively lower the overall amount you pay over the course of your contract.
Most homes in Oxford will be able to access a range of different broadband packages. Exact speeds will vary depending on where you live, but you can use our postcode checker to see all the options available to you.
In general, you can expect standard broadband deals to offer download speeds of around 11Mbps, whereas entry-level fibre should provide speeds of around 36Mbps. There are also a range of faster fibre deals that can increase your speed to between 50 and 67Mbps, while cable services may go up to 516Mbps for high-end packages.
It's therefore important to ensure the speed you choose is adequate for your intended usage. 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 for your device, while Netflix recommends a minimum speed of 5Mbps for high-definition video playback, or 24Mbps for 4K.
You also need to be mindful of how many devices will be connecting to your wireless network. Larger households with many gadgets will need a higher download speed to cope with the additional demand.
Wireless broadband deals in Oxford are competitively priced overall, though the price you'll pay will usually depend on the speed you get. The cheapest offerings will be for standard broadband, but you can usually find some cheap fibre deals as well.
Expect to pay slightly more for ultrafast (100Mbps+) services where available. Many providers also let you take advantage of bundle deals that add phone and pay-TV services to your package.Back to top
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