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Best broadband deals in Antrim and Newtownabbey


Find fast and cheap broadband deals in Antrim and Newtownabbey

Best broadband deals in Antrim and Newtownabbey


Find fast and cheap broadband deals in Antrim and Newtownabbey

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Fastest broadband deal in Antrim and Newtownabbey

These speeds are based on the Antrim and Newtownabbey postcode BT37 0GP. We've used this postcode because it is representative of one of the fastest areas for broadband in Antrim and Newtownabbey.

The fastest broadband deal in Antrim and Newtownabbey is , with a download speed of .

Cheapest broadband deal in Antrim and Newtownabbey

The cheapest broadband in Antrim and Newtownabbey is 's package costing per month. With download speeds advertised at and upload speeds at . Other broadband providers also offer very cheap broadband deals in Antrim and Newtownabbey so it is worth looking for other packages which might suit your needs better.




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Broadband providers in Antrim and Newtownabbey

In Antrim and Newtownabbey, you will see Openreach broadband providers advertise speeds up to . Virgin Media advertise speeds up to .

of the big 5 providers are available as options for broadband in Antrim and Newtownabbey.
Also available in Antrim and Newtownabbey are .

According to Ofcom data, the average broadband speed in Antrim and Newtownabbey is .





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Everything you need to know to choose the best broadband deal in Antrim and Newtownabbey

Whatever you do online, whether it's streaming video, gaming, reading the news or just looking at your emails, you need to have dependable broadband. In the UK, we're fortunate to have access to a wide range of broadband services with different levels of performance and features. However, with so many broadband deals out there, deciding which deal is right for you can be tough.

Not sure how to find the best broadband deals, what speed you require, or what you should be searching for? Then you're in the right place.



Why changing broadband provider is often a good idea

One of the most irritating parts of adult life is that you need to join a seemingly endless number of contracts. Want entertainment? You'll want a Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Sky subscription. Want heating and water? That's another contract. Setting up new contracts is often confusing and time-consuming, and that's why so many people prefer just to do it once. They discover a deal they like and let it renew every year.

However, things can change a lot from when you first arrive in your new home to today. Are you still paying a competitive rate? Is your broadband download speed still fast, or is it slow compared to what's on offer today? According to the UK's consumer champion and second-largest consumer organisation on the planet, Which? British consumers can save an eye-watering £143 annually by switching.

Saving money is normally most buyers' main motivation to switch, however it's not the only reason why switching is often a good idea:



Loyalty doesn't guarantee benefits

In the past, being a long time customer could guarantee you more rewards like competitive rates, cashback, or add-ons. However, today, 'loyalty penalties' are more and more common. A loyalty penalty is where you pay a greater amount to continue with the service. So, for example, your service fee might hike in price every year while new customers get offered cheaper broadband deals with the same provider.



Better all-round broadband deals

Cheaper broadband doesn't always mean slower speeds. Broadband is a competitive consumer product and even more so in the age of the internet, where it's simpler than ever to compare deals. As a result, the majority of broadband providers offer money-saving deals to first-time customers together with competitive speeds.



Types of broadband in Antrim and Newtownabbey

When searching for the best broadband deals, you'll come across numerous buzzwords, and it's important you know what these words mean. For instance, did you know the terms 'superfast' and 'ultrafast' aren't just fancy ways of saying fast but actually have distinct definitions?

The most important decision you need to make is what type of broadband you want.


ADSL (Standard broadband)

ADSL stands for Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line and is the most commonly available broadband type in the UK. With ADSL, broadband is delivered via the phone lines, along copper wires. As these wires were originally developed for voice calls, they're not very efficient at transferring data and therefore can't achieve the fast speeds we see with fibre.

There are two commonly used kinds of ADSL in the UK, ADSL1 and ADSL2+. ADSL1 is the slower of the two, with maximum speeds of around 8Mbps, while ADSL2+ can accomplish speeds of 24Mbps. However, it's worth keeping in mind that with both ADSL types, speeds vary depending on how far you live from the telephone exchange. Additionally, actual speeds are typically much lower than the maximum speeds.


Fibre Optic and Full Fibre

With fibre broadband, data is sent out over clusters of fibre optic cables (each one thinner than a human hair). It uses glass fibres rather than the standard copper lines used in standard ADSL broadband. Fibre is both extremely quick and dependable.

So that's fibre, but what's 'full fibre?'. Some broadband providers offer fibre services that are known as fibre-to-cabinet (FTTC). This means that the fibre service stops at the street cabinet, and data travels over copper wires the remainder of the way (into your house). While this isn't typically a huge issue for most consumers, it can result in drops in performance if your home is located far away from the cabinet.

On the other hand, full-fibre, or fibre-to-premises (FTTP), takes the fibre right into your property.

Typically you'll see FTTC called 'superfast fibre' and FTTP called 'ultrafast fibre'. According to Ofcom, superfast broadband (with speeds over 30mbps), is now available to 96% of UK homes.

While the steadily increasing fibre coverage is promising, individuals living in rural areas might still struggle to discover fibre deals.


Cable

This is where things can get a little complicated. Cable broadband is still mainly fibre, however with one key difference. Data is sent out via fibre cables to the local exchange cabinet (the same as in FTTC). However, it then uses coaxial cables for the last little stretch into your home. These are the same cables that provide cable TV and are much faster than copper phone wires.

Cable is more reliable than ADSL, and can support much faster speeds than FTTC and lastly, speeds are not lost with distance. The dominant cable provider in the UK is Virgin Media, although a few smaller cable broadband providers are also out there.


Satellite

Satellite broadband is an alternative way of getting internet in your home without all the wires. With satellite, data is beamed from space to a satellite dish installed on your house, just like with satellite TV. Satellite broadband isn't common in the UK however is a good alternative for households in extremely rural areas that don't have fixed line broadband infrastructure.



What speed do I need?

While most people understand that the more the megabits, the faster the internet connection, many struggle to understand how that relates to their household. So, how many megabits is enough for you?


1-2 People in the Household

Generally speaking, if you live alone or with another person and don't do especially bandwidth-intensive activities, you should be alright with standard broadband (ADSL). When trying to find the best broadband deals for standard broadband, you'll usually see average speeds of 10-11Mbps.

Speeds of 10-11Mbps suffice for one or two people to stream video, do internet shopping, or browse social media without performance issues. Additionally, it's cheap!


Larger Households

Once you get to 3+ people in the home, you can begin to see performance problems with standard broadband. For example, you may have three people trying to stream HD video at the same time while using the internet on their other devices, all from different house areas.

For a household of 3-4 people, fibre package deals with speeds of 30-60Mbps are suggested. Many entry-level fibre packages in the UK offer speeds of 35-38Mbps, which will satisfy the requirements of a family this size with normal internet use. But obviously, you can select speeds closer to 60Mbps if you have a gamer amongst you or just to be on the safe side.


Intensive Internet Users

If you have a larger than average family (5+) or several online gamers under your roof, then you'll want to look for broadband deals with speeds of 60-100Mbps. For the large majority of households in this category, speeds in the range of 60-70Mbps will be ample, so don't think you need to strive for that magic 100 number.



What are my contract length options?

Broadband contracts are normally 12, 18, or 24 months, and generally speaking, the longer you're prepared to commit, the cheaper the monthly rate.

Alternatively, some broadband providers provide short-term or rolling broadband contracts for people renting for short periods of time or working away from home temporarily. These contracts typically work on a month by month basis and can be cancelled at short notice. However, these contracts are generally more expensive because you're paying for the privilege of cancelling whenever you want.



When can I switch broadband?

The very best time to switch broadband providers is at the end of your present contract. Nevertheless, if you want to switch early, you'll most likely have to pay an exit fee, so it's only worth it if your cost savings or performance improvement are considerable.

It's also worth noting that broadband contracts have a 'cooling off period' of 14 days where you can cancel without penalties if you change your mind or find a better broadband deal.

The only other circumstance where you can guarantee no penalties for cancelling a continuous broadband contract is when your provider fails to satisfy their contract's promised terms. For instance, if you're getting broadband speeds far below what they quoted for your area.



Broadband deals FAQs

How do I know when my broadband contract ends?

You can check when your contract ends by logging into your account online or asking your internet service provider by means of live chat, phone, or email.


How do I check my broadband speed in Antrim and Newtownabbey?

You can check out your broadband speed using an online broadband speed test tool.


How can I find better broadband deals in Antrim and Newtownabbey?

You can find better broadband deals by using our address level accurate comparison tool.


Will I get the advertised speeds in Antrim and Newtownabbey?

Possibly, but not necessarily. Lots of broadband contracts include small print saying that the advertised speed isn't guaranteed or warning you that certain factors could impact it (like distance from the telephone exchange).

In May 2018, the rules around broadband speed advertising were changed to promote more transparent (and less misleading) information around broadband speeds. Basically, today, broadband providers are only enabled to promote the average speed of their service rather than a top speed only available to a handful of properties. This was a move in the right direction and means that the majority of customers experience speeds near those marketed.

If your speeds fall short of what you were promised, you should contact your broadband provider.