Looking for a broadband deal in Manchester? Here’s everything you need to know, including which providers are available, and how to get the best package for you and your family
Like other major cities, Manchester is home to some of the fastest broadband packages in the UK, with a selection of providers that takes in household names as well as lesser known suppliers whose reach extends only as far as inner Manchester.
As such, there are plenty of options to choose from – including ADSL and superfast broadband from the likes of Virgin Media, BT, Sky and Plusnet.
Here’s everything you need to know…
What is broadband availability like in Manchester?
According to a report from Ofcom, superfast fibre (offering approximate average speeds of 55Mbps of above) is available across most of Greater Manchester. And standard fibre optic (offering speeds of 30Mbps) is available throughout much of the city centre, too.
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Which broadband providers can I get in Manchester?
Mancunians can choose from broadband deals from the country’s most popular providers, as well as deals from providers who are exclusive to the city.
However, before signing a contract, have a think about what type of connection is best for you.
Thankfully, most internet packages nowadays come with unlimited downloads as standard – so you don’t need to worry about how much data you’ll use.
But if price is particularly important to you, and you don’t need the fastest speeds, a standard ADSL package with speeds of around 10Mbps will do just fine.
Lastly, if you plan on taking out TV at some point, providers like Sky and Virgin offer comprehensive TV packages that can be bundled with your broadband service. This means it’ll be easier to keep track of your bills, and may even work out cheaper than if you were to get the services separately from two different providers.
Broadband providers in Manchester include:
Unlike most other UK providers, Virgin Media owns and operates its own cable infrastructure, which is entirely separate from BT’s Openreach network that almost all other household-name providers use. The result is that Virgin Media can deliver much faster broadband speeds.
Moreover, if you want to bundle your TV and broadband services together, Virgin Media’s TV offering features the option to add premium channels like BT Sport, Sky Sports and Sky Cinema.
Downside is that it’s not the cheapest. But if you’re looking for the quickest speeds, Virgin Media is definitely your best bet.
BT is one of Britain’s biggest and most well-known broadband providers. As such, it offers a wide range of packages – with speeds starting from 67Mbps.
There’s five packages to choose from: BT Broadband Unlimited, BT Superfast Fibre Essential, Superfast Fibre and Superfast Fibre 2.
Other notable perks include access to over around five million WiFi hotspots, so you won’t have to worry about paying extra for mobile broadband when you’re out and about.
TalkTalk is a great option for those looking for keenly priced broadband. Its reliable, superfast broadband service is ideal for those who like to stream movies and play games online.
Speeds range from 38Mbps to 250Mbps. If you go for one of TalkTalk’s broadband, TV or phone packages, you’ll get access to regular discounts and access to premium Sky channels through Now TV passes.
Primarily known for its TV packages, Sky’s broadband is available right across Manchester, and offers standard, ADSL broadband plus a superfast fibre option too.
Notable features also include a VIP rewards scheme for loyal customers and one of the best and most popular TV offerings in the country.
Sheffield-based Plusnet is one of the most affordable and widely available suppliers in the UK. And its service is available throughout Manchester, too.
Average broadband speeds range from 10Mbps for its unlimited broadband offering to a decent 66Mbps on Unlimited Fibre Extra package. Go with Plusnet and you’ll also receive cheap line rental and exceptional customer service to boot.
Sources and methodology
*Based on average monthly bill of £32.69 from nationally representative sample (1000) vs cheapest monthly cost for superfast broadband (>55Mbs), Vodafone £22/m. Annual saving £128.28.