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Broadband Providers in Birmingham

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 Broadband Statistics

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).

 
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Broadband Providers

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Overall Performance
Customer Ratings
Virgin Media Logo
68 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
Above average
Average
 
313,186 Speed Tests
1516 reviews
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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
Average
 
131,377 Speed Tests
883 reviews
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BT Logo
69 /100
6.0 /10
BT
Above average
Average
 
115,899 Speed Tests
778 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
TalkTalk
About average
Average
 
53,245 Speed Tests
379 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
59 /100
5.50 /10
Vodafone
About average
Average
 
24,266 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
55 /100
6.10 /10
Plusnet
About average
Average
 
17,431 Speed Tests
444 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.60 /10
EE
About average
Above Average
 
12,899 Speed Tests
396 reviews
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Hyperoptic Logo
97 /100
9.60 /10
Hyperoptic
Above average
Above Average
 
7,805 Speed Tests
48 reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
Average
 
3,751 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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CIX Logo
53 /100
7.70 /10
CIX
About average
Above Average
 
2,127 Speed Tests
2 reviews
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Glide Logo
68 /100
7.50 /10
Glide
Above average
Above Average
 
1,798 Speed Tests
10 reviews
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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Birmingham

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+ Mbps300+ Mbps30+ Mbps
202193.16%93.59%98.00%
202027.30%92.97%98.20%
201911.60%87.79%98.29%
20180.97%81.56%97.89%
20170.80%70.28%96.75%
20160.00%0.45%96.03%

Map of Birmingham's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability

93.16%

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

Ultrafast Speeds

93.59%

of Birmingham residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband

98.00%

availability in Birmingham

Poor Broadband Speeds

1.44%

of Birmingham is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Birmingham Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Birmingham

YearBirmingham AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201829.9 Mbps26.27 Mbps13.82% Faster
201935.01 Mbps30.63 Mbps14.30% Faster
202085.75 Mbps80.31 Mbps6.77% Faster
202173.2 Mbps66.05 Mbps10.83% Faster

Birmingham Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeBirminghamUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps22.10%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps23.95%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps22.44%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps8.53%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps19.19%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps3.79%3.60%

How Birmingham Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
Greater London5794.21 Mbps33.02—95.86 Mbps45.54 MbpsFaster
Bristol943.13 Mbps30.35—109.9 Mbps42.28 MbpsFaster
Birmingham941.32 Mbps29.29—107 Mbps38.47 Mbps-
Liverpool1134.53 Mbps25.52—89.6 Mbps34.58 MbpsSlower
Nottingham2371.49 Mbps16.2—40.46 Mbps19.1 MbpsSlower
Sheffield932.42 Mbps23.73—68.81 Mbps32.06 MbpsSlower
Glasgow913.93 Mbps20.58—71.34 Mbps32 MbpsSlower
Leicester935.89 Mbps27.45—99.24 Mbps37 MbpsSlower
Edinburgh874.24 Mbps29.96—107.47 Mbps38.02 MbpsSlower

Cities and Provider Internet Speeds in Birmingham

PositionCityMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian# Providers
1Sutton Coldfield921.73 Mbps35.48—143.62 Mbps48.97 Mbps10
2Birmingham941.32 Mbps29.29—107 Mbps38.47 Mbps25

Birmingham 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 Birmingham Compares for Internet Speed in Birmingham

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
1Sutton Coldfield921.73 Mbps35.48—143.62 Mbps48.97 MbpsFaster
2Birmingham941.32 Mbps29.29—107 Mbps38.47 Mbps-

Birmingham Internet Speed Test Results

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.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 23:30:46728 mins181.89 Mbps82.42 MbpsNeeds help
Plusnet18 Jan 2022 23:50:1227 mins0.13 Mbps11.16 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 23:53:202108 secs367.49 Mbps359.6 Mbps
TalkTalk18 Jan 2022 23:42:04211 mins0.23 Mbps24.95 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 23:45:2826 mins17.08 Mbps19.56 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 23:29:5629 mins10.82 Mbps15.65 MbpsImproved
BT18 Jan 2022 23:30:2428 mins79.29 Mbps82.16 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 23:32:03343 secs11.31 Mbps155.76 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 23:07:03523 mins0.44 Mbps53.47 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 23:20:23234 secs5.16 Mbps14.44 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 22:44:24632 mins14.38 Mbps18.49 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 22:57:07415 mins21.19 Mbps54.57 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 23:08:00226 secs210.55 Mbps197.33 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 23:06:01258 secs10.85 Mbps57.03 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 22:51:22210 mins104.06 Mbps7.52 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 22:56:3622 mins113.21 Mbps38.32 MbpsNeeds help
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 22:57:10376 secs45.4 Mbps46.76 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 22:45:1828 mins14.97 Mbps19.53 MbpsImproved
BT18 Jan 2022 22:32:47245 secs50.41 Mbps59.17 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 22:16:30715 mins31.53 Mbps21.61 MbpsNeeds help

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Birmingham

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Contingency Networks907.48 Mbps228.25—359.22 Mbps
2Trunk Networks569.59 Mbps78.6—219.53 Mbps
3Hyperoptic923.93 Mbps104.66—170.52 Mbps
4Spitfire934.68 Mbps26.15—91.94 Mbps
5Virgin Media935.43 Mbps46.09—194.58 Mbps
6Glide908.66 Mbps30.72—80.1 Mbps
7iDNET93.77 Mbps71.53—90.79 Mbps
8Independent Fibre Networks373.38 Mbps33.4—111.41 Mbps
9Structured Communications166.97 Mbps39.57—114 Mbps
10Vodafone936.73 Mbps29.92—67.24 Mbps
11BT941.32 Mbps31.93—67.71 Mbps
12Zen Internet625.11 Mbps33.28—51.82 Mbps
13Cerberus Networks92.3 Mbps16.24—67.56 Mbps
14CIX284.13 Mbps29.5—58.51 Mbps
15Sky Broadband517.84 Mbps16.3—55.5 Mbps
16TalkTalk930.27 Mbps17.22—51.28 Mbps
17EE908.33 Mbps15.74—50.66 Mbps
18Aquiss66.84 Mbps25.33—33.42 Mbps
19CCS Leeds62.01 Mbps5.63—16.23 Mbps
20Origin Broadband73.45 Mbps18.1—36.06 Mbps
21KCOM385.13 Mbps6.1—31.08 Mbps
22Plusnet74.8 Mbps9.22—36.78 Mbps
23Shell Energy74 Mbps7.59—33.22 Mbps
24Andrews & Arnold19.73 Mbps12.6—13.61 Mbps
25SAQ6.34 Mbps0—6.32 Mbps

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Birmingham

How many broadband providers in Birmingham are there?

Birmingham has 25 ISPs tested by its 1,141,374 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Birmingham?

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.

Who is the best internet provider in Birmingham?

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.

What is the average internet speed in Birmingham?

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.

Is Virgin Media available in Birmingham?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Birmingham, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 935.43 Mbps.

Is Sky Broadband available in Birmingham?

Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Birmingham, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 517.84 Mbps.

Is BT available in Birmingham?

Broadband service from BT is available in Birmingham, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 941.32 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Birmingham?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 7262 of Birmingham's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Birmingham?

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

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