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Durham is best known for it coal mining history, ancient Norman cathedral and as the academic centre of the North. This ancient city hosts one of the world’s most renowned universities and as such, its residents have strongly campaigned for stable broadband.
Due to high public demand and work done by the local council, Durham’s broadband network is slowly improving. With the city being forward thinking in letting people work from home, staying online is one of the top priorities for business owners and citizens.
Broadband Durham UK is eager to bring superfast broadband to 90% of the city and bring up average speeds to 24Mb. Currently, only around 40% of the city enjoys speeds like this, but BDUK is confident that it will reach its target in the next few years.
On average, Durham’s broadband speeds tend to be slightly below what the rest of the UK experiences, with around 14Mb for downloads.
Despite this, there are places where residents can experience an improved connection. DH99 in particular has an average of over 20Mb - a huge improvement on the 13Mb you’ll find in other areas of the city.
The UK’s most high-profile broadband providers all operate in the Durham area, with Virgin Media, BT and TalkTalk all available to customers.
Despite its lack of coverage, fibre-optic broadband is still available in Durham thanks to Virgin Media and TalkTalk’s fibre options, as well as BT Infinity.
Whilst Durham’s broadband is a little behind what most of the UK has to offer, it is slowly improving and aims to be completely superfast within the next few years.
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