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The Harwell Science and Innovation Campus just outside of Didcot is a major centre for scientific research and is home to numerous commercial and government agencies. But are the town’s broadband connections as advanced? Find out in our guide to broadband in Didcot.

With its close proximity to Oxford and to organisations such as the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, Didcot is a popular commuter town for those employed in technological and scientific fields. With an increasing numer of people working from home at least part of the time, robust digital connections are vital to the town.

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From the high street to the information super-highway

In 2007, the Ladygrove area of Didcot in Oxfordshire was reported as having the highest ‘healthy life expectancy’ in England, at 86 years. Many have attributed this to good sports and leisure facilities in the town, including its three large multi-purpose leisure centres.

Didcot is also well catered for in terms of commerce and recreation with the 21st century developments of the Cornerstone arts and entertainment centre, and the adjacent Orchard Centre for shopping. But equally important for residents is the digital world of online shopping and entertainment, for which modern connections are crucial.

In 2010 many residents gained a boost to their broadband speeds when BT rolled-out its new fibre-optic technology, making super-fast broadband in Didcot a reality. Indeed, some residents of streets close to the Station Road exchange, such as Haydon Road and Edinburgh Drive are getting speeds in excess of 30Mbps.

Most areas of town, including Northbourne and properties around Abingdon Road, should be getting speeds between 10Mbps to over 30Mbps, depending on factors such as what ISP they use and distance from the exchange.

Work-life balance is even more important for those who work from home, and with an increasing number of science and technology professionals in the area working remotely, leisure facilities in Didcot are busy during the day as well as in the evenings and at weekends. Cornerstone Arts and Entertainment Centre offers a wide range of classes and workshops for all ages – test your rhythm at flamenco classes, try your hand at life drawing and printmaking or give ballet dancing a go. As well as classes, the centre has a regularly updated events calendar with events such as open mic nights, family shows and choir performances.

The Cafe Bar @ Cornerstone is a popular place for science and technology professionals to meet business contacts, but it's also a family-friendly space to relax with a coffee after wandering around the gallery. Locally-baked cakes from Millet's Farm are on offer and there is free Wi-Fi, with speeds in The Broadway area ranging from 8Mbps to 18Mbps.

Although most areas of town are seeing speeds ranging from 10Mbps to 30Mbps, there are still some slower spots, most notably to the north-east, near Evenlode Drive, where speeds could drop to below 2Mbps. To the west of town, near Loddon Drive and Tamar Way, some residents could experience sub-2Mbps speeds, which could make downloading and streaming problematic.

Broadband providers and services

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Fibre optic broadband

To check fibre optic broadband availability in Didcot, see our fibre optic broadband page.

BT Infinity

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TalkTalk fibre broadband

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Sky broadband

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Virgin Media cable broadband

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BT broadband

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Plusnet broadband

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