United Kingdom Blackburn with Darwen

Broadband Providers in Blackburn

Broadband Providers available in Blackburn include Virgin Media, Sky Broadband, and BT. Blackburn's fastest provider is Virgin Media, with a median speed of 60 Mbps. The most popular provider in Blackburn is also Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Blackburn in 2022 is 68 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 38 Mbps.

 

Blackburn Broadband Statistics

Blackburn is among the top 10 for fibre access out of all major towns in the North West, and is among the 100 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 8.98% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 77% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 100% of Blackburn's households.

Despite poor broadband infrastructure, we see high speed test averages in Blackburn postcodes like BB2, BB1, and BB3. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 37.75 Mbps median internet speed in Blackburn, which is 2.47% above the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.

Blackburn increased access to Gigabit speeds by 3.03 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major towns like Lancaster (gained 2.07 percentate points), Preston (gained 1.81 percentate points), and Chorley (gained 1.07 percentate points).

 
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Broadband Providers

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Provider
Overall Performance
Customer Ratings
Virgin Media Logo
68 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
Above average
Average
 
11,527 Speed Tests
1516 reviews
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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
Average
 
3,383 Speed Tests
883 reviews
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BT Logo
69 /100
6.0 /10
BT
Above average
Average
 
2,757 Speed Tests
778 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
59 /100
5.50 /10
Vodafone
About average
Average
 
1,590 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
TalkTalk
About average
Average
 
926 Speed Tests
379 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
55 /100
6.10 /10
Plusnet
About average
Average
 
876 Speed Tests
444 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.60 /10
EE
About average
Above Average
 
252 Speed Tests
396 reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
Average
 
180 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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No Logo
76 /100
N/A
Zone Broadband
Above average
 
81 Speed Tests
Too few reviews
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Zen Internet Logo
65 /100
9.90 /10
Zen Internet
Above average
Above Average
 
57 Speed Tests
69 reviews
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No Logo
28 /100
6.90 /10
Boundless Networks
Below average
Above Average
 
5 Speed Tests
1 review
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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Blackburn

See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Blackburn 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
20218.98%76.93%99.59%
20205.95%74.06%99.38%
20190.50%70.66%99.45%
20180.43%67.65%99.25%
20170.21%66.86%98.26%
20160.00%0.18%95.06%

Map of Blackburn's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability

8.98%

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

Ultrafast Speeds

76.93%

of Blackburn residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband

99.59%

availability in Blackburn

Poor Broadband Speeds

None

of Blackburn is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Blackburn Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Blackburn

YearBlackburn AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201815.77 Mbps26.27 Mbps39.97% Slower
201925.39 Mbps30.63 Mbps17.11% Slower
202050.5 Mbps80.31 Mbps37.12% Slower
202166.51 Mbps66.05 Mbps0.70% Faster

Blackburn Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeBlackburnUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps22.67%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps26.30%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps21.92%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps7.80%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps18.80%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps2.52%3.60%

How Blackburn Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
Greater London5794.21 Mbps33.02—95.86 Mbps45.54 MbpsFaster
Birmingham941.32 Mbps29.29—107 Mbps38.47 MbpsFaster
Bristol943.13 Mbps30.35—109.9 Mbps42.28 MbpsFaster
Edinburgh874.24 Mbps29.96—107.47 Mbps38.02 MbpsFaster
Blackburn926.9 Mbps27.81—103.96 Mbps37.75 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

Blackburn 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 Blackburn Compares for Internet Speed in Blackburn with Darwen

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
1Blackburn926.9 Mbps27.81—103.96 Mbps37.75 Mbps-

Blackburn Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Blackburn testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Blackburn ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Blackburn 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 Blackburn's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 45.16% were fast, 22.98% slow, and 31.85% broadly the same.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 23:21:38471 secs31.53 Mbps27.71 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 19:40:0644 mins54.51 Mbps108.39 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 19:00:07280 secs103.33 Mbps84.86 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 18:57:08227 secs209.54 Mbps209.68 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 17:45:272115 secs51.3 Mbps109.73 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 16:09:14314 mins492.13 Mbps509.1 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 13:46:44292 secs354.25 Mbps354.02 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 12:02:35331 mins211.77 Mbps232.73 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 12:21:2927 mins376.85 Mbps372.81 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 11:56:5324 mins78.66 Mbps126.3 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 10:38:00345 mins221.09 Mbps198.17 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 11:00:5443 mins16.72 Mbps13.79 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 09:02:251260 mins331.85 Mbps197.75 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 00:36:32283 secs24.92 Mbps26.2 Mbps
Sky Broadband17 Jan 2022 16:15:34261 secs23.73 Mbps47.56 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media17 Jan 2022 15:29:2842 mins109.22 Mbps109.07 Mbps
Virgin Media17 Jan 2022 15:16:3027 mins395.04 Mbps381.13 Mbps
Virgin Media17 Jan 2022 09:14:57295 secs41.37 Mbps209.52 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media16 Jan 2022 16:33:01225 secs27.16 Mbps8.06 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Sky Broadband16 Jan 2022 14:46:46235 secs4.23 Mbps5.97 MbpsNeeds help, very slow

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Blackburn

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Zone Broadband836.67 Mbps38.75—296.18 Mbps
2Virgin Media926.9 Mbps42.05—132.18 Mbps
3Zen Internet555.16 Mbps32.83—103.44 Mbps
4BT797.98 Mbps28.72—69.46 Mbps
5EE328.65 Mbps26.43—58.51 Mbps
6TalkTalk497.21 Mbps16.65—50.77 Mbps
7Vodafone450.64 Mbps25.39—54.26 Mbps
8Sky Broadband360.03 Mbps11—46.78 Mbps
9Plusnet74.08 Mbps18.55—42.71 Mbps
10Shell Energy63.44 Mbps13.27—36.49 Mbps
11Boundless Networks11.13 Mbps1.11—11.09 Mbps

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Blackburn

How many broadband providers in Blackburn are there?

Blackburn has 11 ISPs tested by its 148,942 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Blackburn?

Virgin Media is the fastest broadband provider in Blackburn with 926.9 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 42.05—132.18 Mbps.

Who is the best internet provider in Blackburn?

The best internet provider in Blackburn is Zone Broadband, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 38.75 to 296.18 Mbps.

What is the average internet speed in Blackburn?

Users in Blackburn see an average internet speed of 27.81 up to 489 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 926.9 Mbps.

Is Virgin Media available in Blackburn?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Blackburn, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 926.9 Mbps.

Is Sky Broadband available in Blackburn?

Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Blackburn, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 360.03 Mbps.

Is BT available in Blackburn?

Broadband service from BT is available in Blackburn, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 797.98 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Blackburn?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 146 of Blackburn's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Blackburn?

The broadband provider with the most users in Blackburn is Virgin Media.

Author: Thomas Buck

Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper

Published: 10 Nov 2019

Last Updated: 18 Jan 2022

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