Broadband Providers in Bedford

Broadband Providers available in Bedford include BT, Sky Broadband, and Virgin Media. Bedford's fastest provider is BT, with a median speed of 54 Mbps. The most popular provider in Bedford is also BT. The average broadband speed in Bedford in 2022 is 67 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 37 Mbps.


Broadband speed data in Bedford

Average Speed67 Mbps
Median Speed37 Mbps
Fastest ProviderBT
Gigabit Fibre Availability1.02%

Bedford Broadband Statistics

Bedford has the lowest fibre access out of all major towns in the East of England, and is among the 50 worst-off major towns in terms of fibre access across the UK as a whole. Our analysis of Ofcom coverage data shows that Gigabit fibre is available to only 1.02% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 93% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 100% of Bedford's households.

Despite poor broadband infrastructure, we see high speed test averages in Bedford postcodes like MK40 and MK41. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 37 Mbps median internet speed in Bedford, which is 0.33% above the United Kingdom national median of 36.88 Mbps.

Bedford increased access to Gigabit speeds by 0.27 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is slower than neighbouring major towns like Brentwood (gained 51 percentate points), St Albans (gained 32 percentate points), and Ipswich (gained 19 percentate points). In addition, real-world speed test data shows that Bedford is significantly outperformed by Clapham (31% faster) and Elstow (23% faster), and is marginally faster than Kempston (14% slower).

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Broadband Providers

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BT Logo
69 /100
5.90 /10
Above average
16,080 Speed Tests
785 reviews
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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
9,481 Speed Tests
887 reviews
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Virgin Media Logo
68 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
Above average
3,332 Speed Tests
1534 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
54 /100
6.10 /10
About average
2,397 Speed Tests
445 reviews
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No Logo
82 /100
7.0 /10
Independent Fibre Networks
Above average
Above Average
2,378 Speed Tests
4 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.50 /10
About average
Above Average
936 Speed Tests
398 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
About average
478 Speed Tests
383 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
61 /100
5.50 /10
Above average
122 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
83 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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Zen Internet Logo
66 /100
9.80 /10
Zen Internet
Above average
Above Average
50 Speed Tests
69 reviews
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Spitfire Logo
88 /100
Above average
32 Speed Tests
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Broadband Network Infrastructure in Bedford

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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Bedford

See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Bedford area. Availability is based on population in postcodes marked as served by Ofcom Connected Nations reports, according to the most recent census.

 1,000+ Mbps300+ Mbps30+ Mbps

Map of Bedford's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability


of people living in Bedford can obtain to 1,000+ Mbps broadband speeds

Ultrafast Speeds


of Bedford residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband


availability in Bedford

Poor Broadband Speeds


of Bedford is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Bedford Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Bedford

YearBedford AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201825.36 Mbps26.27 Mbps3.46% Slower
201932.27 Mbps30.63 Mbps5.35% Faster
202080.95 Mbps80.31 Mbps0.80% Faster
202166.81 Mbps66.05 Mbps1.15% Faster

Bedford Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeBedfordUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps17.91%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps24.33%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps26.64%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps11.67%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps16.53%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps2.92%3.60%

How Bedford Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
Greater London5794.21 Mbps33.1—96.06 Mbps45.61 MbpsFaster
Birmingham2786.06 Mbps29.35—107.11 Mbps38.56 MbpsFaster
Bristol943.13 Mbps30.46—109.99 Mbps42.42 MbpsFaster
Leicester935.89 Mbps27.49—99.53 Mbps37.05 MbpsFaster
Edinburgh874.24 Mbps29.98—107.56 Mbps38.13 MbpsFaster
Bedford937.17 Mbps29.92—78.92 Mbps37 Mbps-
Liverpool1134.53 Mbps25.63—89.99 Mbps34.68 MbpsSlower
Nottingham2371.49 Mbps15.99—39.85 Mbps18.81 MbpsSlower
Sheffield936.79 Mbps23.81—68.97 Mbps32.12 MbpsSlower
Glasgow913.93 Mbps20.72—71.44 Mbps32.11 MbpsSlower

Cities and Provider Internet Speeds in Bedford

PositionCityMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian# Providers
1Clapham936.29 Mbps36.74—177.77 Mbps48.42 Mbps8
2Elstow935.09 Mbps33.79—110.09 Mbps45.45 Mbps12
3Bletsoe709.56 Mbps35.62—92.9 Mbps43.87 Mbps10
4Bedford937.17 Mbps29.92—78.92 Mbps37 Mbps12
5Kempston921.2 Mbps25.28—71.89 Mbps32.54 Mbps8
6Bolnhurst and Keysoe842.64 Mbps22.82—70.3 Mbps26.59 Mbps2

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 
3Elstow935.09 Mbps33.79—110.09 Mbps45.45 MbpsFaster
4Bletsoe709.56 Mbps35.62—92.9 Mbps43.87 MbpsFaster
5Bedford937.17 Mbps29.92—78.92 Mbps37 Mbps-
6Kempston921.2 Mbps25.28—71.89 Mbps32.54 MbpsSlower
7Bolnhurst and Keysoe842.64 Mbps22.82—70.3 Mbps26.59 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 3 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, 41.64% were fast, 23.05% slow, and 35.32% broadly the same.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 18:38:132795 mins30.85 Mbps25.23 MbpsNeeds help
Vodafone24 Jan 2022 19:37:4954 mins12.64 Mbps16.42 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 16:56:24315 mins102.73 Mbps12.02 MbpsNeeds help
Independent Fibre Networks24 Jan 2022 14:04:1224 mins164.57 Mbps157.68 Mbps
Sky Broadband24 Jan 2022 12:41:42257 secs66.81 Mbps66.94 Mbps
TalkTalk24 Jan 2022 09:58:021153 mins24.49 Mbps3.1 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 10:44:24240 secs42.22 Mbps38.94 Mbps
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 09:45:13227 mins84.64 Mbps84.77 Mbps
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 09:39:51235 secs29.86 Mbps34.11 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media23 Jan 2022 21:28:56234 secs10.07 Mbps70.5 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media23 Jan 2022 20:16:25250 secs104.2 Mbps104.95 Mbps
Virgin Media23 Jan 2022 18:32:01327 mins66.69 Mbps98.59 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media23 Jan 2022 16:27:42223 mins54.16 Mbps33.8 MbpsNeeds help
Plusnet23 Jan 2022 07:11:06227 secs19.83 Mbps20.65 Mbps
BT22 Jan 2022 20:52:15340 secs569.86 Mbps582.41 Mbps
BT22 Jan 2022 17:57:38342 secs0.12 Mbps0.2 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
EE22 Jan 2022 16:39:2623 mins193.85 Mbps194.69 Mbps
BT22 Jan 2022 14:11:2529 mins32.84 Mbps33.98 Mbps
BT22 Jan 2022 13:21:3142 mins14.86 Mbps5.36 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media22 Jan 2022 11:44:1735 mins213.47 Mbps54.75 MbpsNeeds help

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Bedford

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1BT906.79 Mbps44.21—148.18 Mbps
2Virgin Media937.17 Mbps30.68—110.15 Mbps
3Independent Fibre Networks374.99 Mbps39.12—111.42 Mbps
4iDNET141.92 Mbps31.88—31.92 Mbps
5Vodafone392.87 Mbps29.95—55.12 Mbps
6EE900.56 Mbps24.02—54.98 Mbps
7TalkTalk453.7 Mbps24.88—57.94 Mbps
8Spitfire95.06 Mbps16.74—54.45 Mbps
9Sky Broadband343.7 Mbps18.38—51.17 Mbps
10Plusnet74.36 Mbps23.05—38.37 Mbps
11Zen Internet91.98 Mbps18.58—46.63 Mbps
12Shell Energy74.07 Mbps11.82—35.66 Mbps

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 44.21—148.18 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 44.21 to 148.18 Mbps.

What is the average internet speed in Bedford?

Users in Bedford see an average internet speed of 29.92 up to 769 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 937.17 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 343.7 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 937.17 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Bedford?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 230 of Bedford's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Bedford?

The broadband provider with the most users in Bedford is BT.

Author: Thomas Buck

Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper

Published: 10 Nov 2019

Last Updated: 24 Jan 2022

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