Broadband Statistics for Bedford, Bedford
Broadband Providers12
Fastest Speed906.79 Mbps
Median Speed36.98 Mbps
Fastest ProviderBT

Broadband Providers in Bedford

Bedford is among the top 20 fastest major towns in The United Kingdom with an average broadband speed of 63.42 Mbps in 2021. This is 3.98% slower than The United Kingdom's average download speed of 66.05 Mbps.

Residents in Bedford have run speed tests on 12 broadband providers. This number is 96.08% above the United Kingdom average of 6.12 internet service providers. ISPs available in Bedford include BT, Sky Broadband, and Virgin Media. The most common broadband provider in Bedford is BT, with a maximum recorded internet speed of 906.79 Mbps, and the typical home user seeing speeds in the range of 45.72—148.26 Mbps.

Bedford's fastest provider is also BT, and the highest speed we've seen from them is 906.79 Mbps. Overall, the average real-world broadband speed that users will see in Bedford is 36.98 Mbps, which is 0.05% below the The United Kingdom national average of 37 Mbps, and 7.57% below the average of 40.01 Mbps in Bedford.

Internet speeds in Bedford are typically faster than Kempston, but slower than Elstow. Nearby locations include Elstow with speeds 32.29—109.87 Mbps, Kempston with speeds 27.13—68.13 Mbps, and Clapham with speeds 37.26—197.91 Mbps. Our research into internet speeds in Bedford includes analysing postcove-level coverage data of broadband in MK40 and MK41.

Broadband Providers

  • BT in Bedford
    396 Reviews
    54.82 Mbps
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    BT's typical internet speed range in Bedford is 45.72 to 148.26 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 906.79 Mbps. Bedford residents have performed 14,403 speed tests on BT Broadband.

  • Independent Fibre Networks
    4 Reviews
    54.55 Mbps

    Independent Fibre Networks's typical internet speed range in Bedford is 39.34 to 111.9 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 374.99 Mbps. Bedford residents have performed 2,049 speed tests on Independent Fibre Networks Broadband.

  • Virgin Media in Bedford
    790 Reviews
    36.67 Mbps

    Virgin Media's typical internet speed range in Bedford is 31.65 to 109.98 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 655.26 Mbps. Bedford residents have performed 2,507 speed tests on Virgin Media Broadband.

  • Vodafone in Bedford
    128 Reviews
    35.45 Mbps
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    Vodafone's typical internet speed range in Bedford is 30.46 to 55.12 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 392.87 Mbps. Bedford residents have performed 94 speed tests on Vodafone Broadband.

  • iDNET in Bedford
    1 Review
    31.88 Mbps

    iDNET's typical internet speed range in Bedford is 31.88 to 31.92 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 141.92 Mbps. Bedford residents have performed 3 speed tests on iDNET Broadband.

  • EE in Bedford
    205 Reviews
    29.13 Mbps
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    EE's typical internet speed range in Bedford is 20.27 to 49.71 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 900.56 Mbps. Bedford residents have performed 729 speed tests on EE Broadband.

  • TalkTalk in Bedford
    209 Reviews
    28.17 Mbps
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    TalkTalk's typical internet speed range in Bedford is 17.62 to 55.6 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 148.03 Mbps. Bedford residents have performed 407 speed tests on TalkTalk Broadband.

  • Plusnet in Bedford
    258 Reviews
    25.17 Mbps
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    Plusnet's typical internet speed range in Bedford is 21.88 to 38.55 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 74.36 Mbps. Bedford residents have performed 1,730 speed tests on Plusnet Broadband.

  • Sky Broadband in Bedford
    481 Reviews
    23.47 Mbps
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    Sky Broadband's typical internet speed range in Bedford is 18.11 to 49.48 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 150 Mbps. Bedford residents have performed 9,404 speed tests on Sky Broadband.

  • Zen Internet in Bedford
    37 Reviews
    20.03 Mbps

    Zen Internet's typical internet speed range in Bedford is 18.52 to 46.63 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 91.98 Mbps. Bedford residents have performed 44 speed tests on Zen Internet Broadband.

  • Spitfire in Bedford
    Not enough reviews
    16.97 Mbps

    Spitfire's typical internet speed range in Bedford is 15.59 to 43.61 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 88.2 Mbps. Bedford residents have performed 27 speed tests on Spitfire Broadband.

  • Shell Energy in Bedford
    30 Reviews
    13.58 Mbps
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    Shell Energy's typical internet speed range in Bedford is 10.11 to 35.68 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 74.07 Mbps. Bedford residents have performed 75 speed tests on Shell Energy Broadband.

Broadband in Bedford

5th

Best speed range city in Bedford

906.79 Mbps

Bedford's fastest speed

28.74—77.88 Mbps

Typical speed range available to Bedford residents

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Average Broadband Speeds in Bedford

YearBedford AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201826.68 Mbps26.27 Mbps1.56% Faster
201931.94 Mbps30.63 Mbps4.28% Faster
202075.93 Mbps80.31 Mbps5.45% Slower
202163.42 Mbps66.05 Mbps3.98% Slower

Bedford Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeBedfordUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps22.09%28.66%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps25.69%26.52%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps22.02%20.91%
Good: 60-80 Mbps6.90%8.46%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps22.44%13.12%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps0.86%2.33%

How Bedford Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
London5794.21 Mbps34.19—94.01 Mbps46.82 MbpsFaster
Birmingham941.32 Mbps28.77—103.7 Mbps37.42 MbpsFaster
Bristol941.78 Mbps29.88—109.59 Mbps41.61 MbpsFaster
Edinburgh866.01 Mbps31.77—108.36 Mbps39.99 MbpsFaster
Bedford906.79 Mbps28.74—77.88 Mbps36.98 Mbps-
Liverpool1134.53 Mbps24.4—88.89 Mbps33.28 MbpsSlower
Nottingham934.56 Mbps22.19—51.62 Mbps26.57 MbpsSlower
Sheffield932.42 Mbps23.31—67.61 Mbps31.66 MbpsSlower
Glasgow913.93 Mbps19.28—70.51 Mbps30.78 MbpsSlower
Leicester933.42 Mbps26.87—94.09 Mbps36.54 MbpsSlower

Cities and Provider Internet Speeds in Bedford

PositionCityMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian# Providers
1Bletsoe590.85 Mbps91.39—92.98 Mbps92.54 Mbps9
2Clapham936.29 Mbps37.26—197.91 Mbps53.81 Mbps8
3Elstow925.09 Mbps32.29—109.87 Mbps42.79 Mbps11
4Bedford906.79 Mbps28.74—77.88 Mbps36.98 Mbps12
5Kempston921.2 Mbps27.13—68.13 Mbps33.51 Mbps8

Bedford Broadband Speeds Over Time

We class broadband speed distributions as follows: very slow under 10 Mbps; slow 10-30 Mbps; adequate 30-60 Mbps; good 60-80 Mbps; fast 80-300 Mbps; very fast over 300 Mbps.

How Bedford Compares for Internet Speed in Bedford

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
3Clapham936.29 Mbps37.26—197.91 Mbps53.81 MbpsFaster
4Elstow925.09 Mbps32.29—109.87 Mbps42.79 MbpsFaster
5Bedford906.79 Mbps28.74—77.88 Mbps36.98 Mbps-
6Kempston921.2 Mbps27.13—68.13 Mbps33.51 MbpsSlower
7Bolnhurst and Keysoe842.64 Mbps22.82—52.86 Mbps26.31 MbpsSlower

Bedford Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Bedford testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Bedford ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Bedford resident's final test is 10% faster than their starting download speed, we count that as a succesful and faster speed test result. We count an unsuccessful, slower result if the final result is 10% slower than the starting result; we'd hope their ISP contacts them ASAP! For broadband speed tests that don't vary by that much, we consider the final result to be the same. For Bedford's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 39.61% were fast, 25.24% slow, and 35.15% broadly the same.
Most Recent Tests
ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Plusnet13 Oct 2021 16:28:521210 mins22.21 Mbps65.92 MbpsImproved
Plusnet13 Oct 2021 13:46:25484 secs72.51 Mbps21.5 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media13 Oct 2021 13:14:59244 secs655.26 Mbps595.03 Mbps
Virgin Media13 Oct 2021 10:05:27316 mins9.72 Mbps15.58 MbpsImproved
BT13 Oct 2021 10:09:1222 mins11.77 Mbps18.5 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media13 Oct 2021 09:19:293102 secs17.61 Mbps15.67 MbpsNeeds help
BT13 Oct 2021 08:37:3324 mins70.29 Mbps71.46 Mbps
Virgin Media13 Oct 2021 00:21:17219 secs208.41 Mbps1.68 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
EE12 Oct 2021 19:46:3022 mins3.49 Mbps0.3 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
BT12 Oct 2021 15:12:24343 secs67.94 Mbps70.47 Mbps
BT12 Oct 2021 12:07:1835 mins53.35 Mbps43.4 MbpsNeeds help
Plusnet12 Oct 2021 11:35:09290 secs37.29 Mbps70.24 MbpsImproved
BT12 Oct 2021 11:08:14221 secs181.82 Mbps138.93 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media12 Oct 2021 09:37:25439 mins93.51 Mbps93.23 Mbps
BT12 Oct 2021 08:37:1968 mins70.67 Mbps70.31 Mbps
BT12 Oct 2021 06:37:27226 secs31.58 Mbps48.3 MbpsImproved
EE11 Oct 2021 22:19:04259 secs16.3 Mbps15.05 Mbps
BT11 Oct 2021 21:49:51233 secs0.64 Mbps1.02 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Sky Broadband11 Oct 2021 17:18:19245 secs35.02 Mbps28.24 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media11 Oct 2021 13:55:321358 mins93.12 Mbps93.24 Mbps

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Bedford

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1BT906.79 Mbps45.72—148.26 Mbps
2Virgin Media655.26 Mbps31.65—109.98 Mbps
3Independent Fibre Networks374.99 Mbps39.34—111.9 Mbps
4iDNET141.92 Mbps31.88—31.92 Mbps
5Vodafone392.87 Mbps30.46—55.12 Mbps
6EE900.56 Mbps20.27—49.71 Mbps
7TalkTalk148.03 Mbps17.62—55.6 Mbps
8Sky Broadband150 Mbps18.11—49.48 Mbps
9Zen Internet91.98 Mbps18.52—46.63 Mbps
10Plusnet74.36 Mbps21.88—38.55 Mbps
11Spitfire88.2 Mbps15.59—43.61 Mbps
12Shell Energy74.07 Mbps10.11—35.68 Mbps

Bedford Broadband Speed Map

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Bedford

How many broadband providers in Bedford are there?
Bedford has 12 ISPs tested by its 171,623 residents.
Who is the fastest broadband provider in Bedford?
BT is the fastest broadband provider in Bedford with 906.79 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 45.72—148.26 Mbps.
Who is the best internet provider in Bedford?
The best internet provider in Bedford is BT, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 45.72 to 148.26 Mbps.
What is the average internet speed in Bedford?
Users in Bedford see an average internet speed of 28.74 up to 715 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 906.79 Mbps.
Is BT available in Bedford?
Broadband service from BT is available in Bedford, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 906.79 Mbps.
Is Sky Broadband available in Bedford?
Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Bedford, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 150 Mbps.
Is Virgin Media available in Bedford?
Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Bedford, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 655.26 Mbps.
Is BT full fibre available in Bedford?
Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 91 of Bedford's postcodes.
Who is the the most popular broadband provider in Bedford?
The broadband provider with the most users in Bedford is BT.

Last updated: 13 Oct 2021