Broadband Providers available in Birmingham include Virgin Media, Sky Broadband, and BT. Birmingham's fastest provider is Contingency Networks, with a median speed of 237 Mbps. The most popular provider in Birmingham is Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Birmingham in 2022 is 74 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 38 Mbps.
Birmingham has the third-best fibre access out of all major cities in the West Midlands, and is among the top 10 best major cities in terms of fibre access across the UK as a whole. Our analysis of Ofcom coverage data shows that Gigabit fibre is available to 93% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 94% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 98% of Birmingham's households.
Great broadband infrastructure results in high speed test averages in Birmingham postcodes like B31, B23, B29, B14, and B32. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 38 Mbps median internet speed in Birmingham, which is 4.42% above the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.
Birmingham increased access to Gigabit speeds by 66 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major cities like Coventry (gained 40 percentate points), Stoke-on-Trent (gained 8.31 percentate points), and Wolverhampton (gained 6.53 percentate points). In addition, real-world speed test data shows that Birmingham is significantly outperformed by Sutton Coldfield (27% faster).
We rank each provider relative to all providers in The United Kingdom based on their median download and upload speeds, measured round trip time latencies, and the percentage of speeds tests that exceed 50 Mbps.
Customer ratings are based on local reviews matched to Birmingham IP addresses. Providers can be scored on a range of 1 to 10, and ranked relative to all providers in The United Kingdom.
Median Speed Test Result
The median is the middle result in the range of tests we measured for each provider in Birmingham in the past year. Median speeds provide a better comparison than raw averages because they control for the longtail of tests related to Wi-Fi issues. The charts below represent the distribution of tests associated with each provider from low to high.
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See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Birmingham area. Availability is based on population in postcodes marked as served by Ofcom Connected Nations reports, according to the most recent census.
|1,000+ Mbps||300+ Mbps||30+ Mbps|
of people living in Birmingham can obtain to 1,000+ Mbps broadband speeds
of Birmingham residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service
Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband
availability in Birmingham
Poor Broadband Speeds
of Birmingham is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps
|Year||Birmingham Average||United Kingdom Average||Difference|
|2018||29.9 Mbps||26.27 Mbps||13.82% Faster|
|2019||35.01 Mbps||30.63 Mbps||14.30% Faster|
|2020||85.75 Mbps||80.31 Mbps||6.77% Faster|
|2021||73.2 Mbps||66.05 Mbps||10.83% Faster|
|Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range|
|Internet Speed Range||Birmingham||United Kingdom|
|Very Slow: under 10 Mbps||22.10%||19.92%|
|Slow: 10-30 Mbps||23.95%||25.74%|
|Adequate: 30-60 Mbps||22.44%||25.20%|
|Good: 60-80 Mbps||8.53%||10.20%|
|Fast: 80-300 Mbps||19.19%||15.33%|
|Very Fast: over 300 Mbps||3.79%||3.60%|
|City / Town||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range||Median|
|Greater London||5794.21 Mbps||33.02—95.86 Mbps||45.54 Mbps||Faster|
|Bristol||943.13 Mbps||30.35—109.9 Mbps||42.28 Mbps||Faster|
|Birmingham||941.32 Mbps||29.29—107 Mbps||38.47 Mbps||-|
|Liverpool||1134.53 Mbps||25.52—89.6 Mbps||34.58 Mbps||Slower|
|Nottingham||2371.49 Mbps||16.2—40.46 Mbps||19.1 Mbps||Slower|
|Sheffield||932.42 Mbps||23.73—68.81 Mbps||32.06 Mbps||Slower|
|Glasgow||913.93 Mbps||20.58—71.34 Mbps||32 Mbps||Slower|
|Leicester||935.89 Mbps||27.45—99.24 Mbps||37 Mbps||Slower|
|Edinburgh||874.24 Mbps||29.96—107.47 Mbps||38.02 Mbps||Slower|
|Position||City||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range||Median||# Providers|
|1||Sutton Coldfield||921.73 Mbps||35.48—143.62 Mbps||48.97 Mbps||10|
|2||Birmingham||941.32 Mbps||29.29—107 Mbps||38.47 Mbps||25|
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.
|Position||City / Town||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range||Median|
|1||Sutton Coldfield||921.73 Mbps||35.48—143.62 Mbps||48.97 Mbps||Faster|
|2||Birmingham||941.32 Mbps||29.29—107 Mbps||38.47 Mbps||-|
We analysed the results of people in Birmingham testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Birmingham ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Birmingham 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 Birmingham's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 42.98% were fast, 25.67% slow, and 31.35% broadly the same.
|Provider||Start Time||# Tests||Duration||Start Speed||End Speed||Status|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 23:30:46||7||28 mins||181.89 Mbps||82.42 Mbps||Needs help|
|Plusnet||18 Jan 2022 23:50:12||2||7 mins||0.13 Mbps||11.16 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 23:53:20||2||108 secs||367.49 Mbps||359.6 Mbps|
|TalkTalk||18 Jan 2022 23:42:04||2||11 mins||0.23 Mbps||24.95 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 23:45:28||2||6 mins||17.08 Mbps||19.56 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 23:29:56||2||9 mins||10.82 Mbps||15.65 Mbps||Improved|
|BT||18 Jan 2022 23:30:24||2||8 mins||79.29 Mbps||82.16 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 23:32:03||3||43 secs||11.31 Mbps||155.76 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 23:07:03||5||23 mins||0.44 Mbps||53.47 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 23:20:23||2||34 secs||5.16 Mbps||14.44 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 22:44:24||6||32 mins||14.38 Mbps||18.49 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 22:57:07||4||15 mins||21.19 Mbps||54.57 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 23:08:00||2||26 secs||210.55 Mbps||197.33 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 23:06:01||2||58 secs||10.85 Mbps||57.03 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 22:51:22||2||10 mins||104.06 Mbps||7.52 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 22:56:36||2||2 mins||113.21 Mbps||38.32 Mbps||Needs help|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 22:57:10||3||76 secs||45.4 Mbps||46.76 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 22:45:18||2||8 mins||14.97 Mbps||19.53 Mbps||Improved|
|BT||18 Jan 2022 22:32:47||2||45 secs||50.41 Mbps||59.17 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 22:16:30||7||15 mins||31.53 Mbps||21.61 Mbps||Needs help|
|#||Provider Name||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range|
|1||Contingency Networks||907.48 Mbps||228.25—359.22 Mbps|
|2||Trunk Networks||569.59 Mbps||78.6—219.53 Mbps|
|3||Hyperoptic||923.93 Mbps||104.66—170.52 Mbps|
|4||Spitfire||934.68 Mbps||26.15—91.94 Mbps|
|5||Virgin Media||935.43 Mbps||46.09—194.58 Mbps|
|6||Glide||908.66 Mbps||30.72—80.1 Mbps|
|7||iDNET||93.77 Mbps||71.53—90.79 Mbps|
|8||Independent Fibre Networks||373.38 Mbps||33.4—111.41 Mbps|
|9||Structured Communications||166.97 Mbps||39.57—114 Mbps|
|10||Vodafone||936.73 Mbps||29.92—67.24 Mbps|
|11||BT||941.32 Mbps||31.93—67.71 Mbps|
|12||Zen Internet||625.11 Mbps||33.28—51.82 Mbps|
|13||Cerberus Networks||92.3 Mbps||16.24—67.56 Mbps|
|14||CIX||284.13 Mbps||29.5—58.51 Mbps|
|15||Sky Broadband||517.84 Mbps||16.3—55.5 Mbps|
|16||TalkTalk||930.27 Mbps||17.22—51.28 Mbps|
|17||EE||908.33 Mbps||15.74—50.66 Mbps|
|18||Aquiss||66.84 Mbps||25.33—33.42 Mbps|
|19||CCS Leeds||62.01 Mbps||5.63—16.23 Mbps|
|20||Origin Broadband||73.45 Mbps||18.1—36.06 Mbps|
|21||KCOM||385.13 Mbps||6.1—31.08 Mbps|
|22||Plusnet||74.8 Mbps||9.22—36.78 Mbps|
|23||Shell Energy||74 Mbps||7.59—33.22 Mbps|
|24||Andrews & Arnold||19.73 Mbps||12.6—13.61 Mbps|
|25||SAQ||6.34 Mbps||0—6.32 Mbps|
Birmingham has 25 ISPs tested by its 1,141,374 residents.
Contingency Networks is the fastest broadband provider in Birmingham with 907.48 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 228.25—359.22 Mbps.
The best internet provider in Birmingham is Contingency Networks, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 228.25 to 359.22 Mbps.
Users in Birmingham see an average internet speed of 29.29 up to 463 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 941.32 Mbps.
Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Birmingham, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 935.43 Mbps.
Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Birmingham, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 517.84 Mbps.
Broadband service from BT is available in Birmingham, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 941.32 Mbps.
Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 7262 of Birmingham's postcodes.
The broadband provider with the most users in Birmingham is Virgin Media.
Author: Thomas Buck
Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper
Published: 10 Nov 2019
Last Updated: 18 Jan 2022