Best broadband deals in South Oxfordshire


Find fast and cheap broadband deals in South Oxfordshire

Best broadband deals in South Oxfordshire


Find fast and cheap broadband deals in South Oxfordshire

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Fastest broadband deal in South Oxfordshire

These speeds are based on the South Oxfordshire postcode OX3 9US. We've used this postcode because it is representative of one of the fastest areas for broadband in South Oxfordshire.

The fastest broadband deal in South Oxfordshire is , with a download speed of .

Cheapest broadband deal in South Oxfordshire

The cheapest broadband in South Oxfordshire 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 South Oxfordshire so it is worth looking for other packages which might suit your needs better.




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Broadband providers in South Oxfordshire

In South Oxfordshire, 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 South Oxfordshire.
Also available in South Oxfordshire are .

According to Ofcom data, the average broadband speed in South Oxfordshire is .





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Everything you need to know to choose the best broadband deal in South Oxfordshire

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 lucky to have access to a wide variety of broadband services with different levels of performance and features. However, with so many broadband deals out there, choosing which deal is right for you can be tough.

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



Why switching broadband provider is often a good idea

Among the most annoying 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 sometimes confusing and time-consuming, and that's why a lot of people prefer just to do it once. They find a deal they like and let it renew year after 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 sluggish 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 yearly by switching.

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



Loyalty doesn't mean benefits

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



Better all-round broadband deals

Less expensive 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 easier than ever to compare deals. As a result, most broadband providers offer money-saving deals to first-time customers in addition to competitive speeds.



Types of broadband in South Oxfordshire

When looking for the best broadband deals, you'll come across numerous buzzwords, and it's important you know what these words mean. For example, 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 kind of broadband you need.


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 provided by using the phone lines, along copper wires. Since these wires were originally designed for voice calls, they're not very efficient at transferring data and for that reason can't attain the fast speeds we see with fibre.

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


Fibre Optic and Full Fibre

With fibre broadband, data is sent 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 stable.

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 generally a big issue for most consumers, it can lead to 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 household.

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

While the gradually increasing fibre coverage is promising, people living in rural areas may still struggle to find fibre deals.


Cable

This is where things can get a little complicated. Cable broadband is still mostly fibre, however with one key difference. Data is sent 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 television 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 couple of smaller cable broadband providers are also out there.


Satellite

Satellite broadband is an alternative method of getting internet in your home without all the wires. With satellite, data is beamed from space to a satellite dish set up on your house, much like with satellite TV. Satellite broadband isn't common in the UK but is a good choice for homes in very rural areas that don't have fixed line broadband infrastructure.



What speed do I need?

While the majority of people understand that the more the megabits, the faster the internet connection, many struggle to grasp 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 one other person and don't do especially bandwidth-intensive activities, you should be fine with standard broadband (ADSL). When looking for the best broadband deals for standard broadband, you'll normally 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+ individuals in the home, you can start to see performance issues with standard broadband. For instance, you might have three people attempting to stream HD video simultaneously while using the internet on their other devices, all from different house areas.

For a home of 3-4 people, fibre deals with speeds of 30-60Mbps are suggested. Lots of entry-level fibre packages in the UK offer speeds of 35-38Mbps, which will satisfy the needs of a family this size with typical internet use. But of course, you can opt for 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 a number of online gamers under your roof, then you'll want to look for broadband deals with speeds of 60-100Mbps. For the vast majority of homes in this category, speeds in the range of 60-70Mbps will be more than enough, 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 offer short-term or rolling broadband contracts for people renting for short time periods or working away from home temporarily. These contracts generally work on a month by month basis and can be cancelled at short notice. However, these contracts are normally more expensive because you're paying for the privilege of cancelling whenever you want.



When can I switch broadband?

The best time to switch broadband providers is at the end of your existing contract. Nevertheless, if you would like to switch early, you'll most likely need to pay an exit charge, so it's only worth it if your cost savings or performance improvement are substantial.

It's also worth keeping in mind 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 scenario where you can guarantee no penalties for cancelling an ongoing broadband contract is when your provider fails to meet their contract's guaranteed terms. For instance, if you're getting broadband speeds far below what they quoted for your location.



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 South Oxfordshire?

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


How can I find better broadband deals in South Oxfordshire?

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


Will I get the advertised speeds in South Oxfordshire?

Maybe, however not always. Many broadband contracts include small print stating 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 market the average speed of their service instead of a top speed only available to a handful of properties. This was a move in the right direction and means that most customers experience speeds near to those marketed.

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