Broadband Statistics for Bolton, Bolton
Broadband Providers14
Fastest Speed861.38 Mbps
Average Speed45.54 Mbps
Fastest ProviderBT

ISPs in Bolton

Bolton residents have run speed tests on 14 broadband providers. This number is 132.95% above the United Kingdom average of 6.01 internet service providers. ISPs available in Bolton include Virgin Media, Sky Broadband, and BT. The most common broadband provider in Bolton is Virgin Media, with a maximum recorded internet speed of 838.12 Mbps, and the typical home user seeing speeds in the range of 63.29—212.36 Mbps. Bolton's fastest provider is BT, and the highest speed we've seen from them is 861.38 Mbps. Overall, the average real-world broadband speed that users will see in Bolton is 45.54 Mbps, which is 24.26% above the The United Kingdom national average of 36.65 Mbps, and 3.05% above the average of 44.19 Mbps in Bolton. Nearby cities include Westhoughton with speeds 15.67—52.81 Mbps, and Horwich with speeds 22.82—54.04 Mbps.

Broadband Providers

  • Virgin Media in Bolton
    63.29 — 212.36 Mbps
    838.12 Mbps
    92.04 Mbps
  • Zone Broadband
    25 — 90.28 Mbps
    805.82 Mbps
    30.62 Mbps
  • Hyperoptic in Bolton
    30.76 — 75.24 Mbps
    105.05 Mbps
    53.04 Mbps
  • Vodafone in Bolton
    30.85 — 60.17 Mbps
    850.83 Mbps
    35.33 Mbps
  • BT in Bolton
    26.02 — 65.55 Mbps
    861.38 Mbps
    34.81 Mbps
  • TalkTalk in Bolton
    23.8 — 55.81 Mbps
    473.69 Mbps
    29.12 Mbps
  • EE in Bolton
    17.66 — 55.52 Mbps
    372.47 Mbps
    26.44 Mbps
  • Sky Broadband in Bolton
    16.71 — 51.27 Mbps
    449.49 Mbps
    23.88 Mbps
  • Plusnet in Bolton
    19.36 — 45.85 Mbps
    74.19 Mbps
    24.12 Mbps
  • KCOM in Bolton
    13.39 — 50.05 Mbps
    51.03 Mbps
    42.1 Mbps
  • CIX in Bolton
    9.05 — 33.86 Mbps
    626.49 Mbps
    9.61 Mbps
  • Post Office Broadband in Bolton
    7.26 — 25.11 Mbps
    73.25 Mbps
    10.93 Mbps
  • Zen Internet in Bolton
    5.4 — 24.09 Mbps
    500.26 Mbps
    6.89 Mbps
  • Origin Broadband in Bolton
    2.38 — 19.82 Mbps
    24.29 Mbps
    7.69 Mbps

Broadband in Bolton


Fastest city in The United Kingdom


Best speed range city in Bolton

861.38 Mbps

Bolton's fastest speed

32.98—130.16 Mbps

Typical speed range available to Bolton residents

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Bolton Broadband Speed Map

Bolton Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeBoltonUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps24.87%28.66%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps25.06%26.52%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps20.84%20.91%
Good: 60-80 Mbps6.37%8.46%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps19.48%13.12%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps3.40%2.33%

How Bolton Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
London5284.34 Mbps34.83—93.77 Mbps47.22 MbpsFaster
Bolton861.38 Mbps32.98—130.16 Mbps45.54 Mbps-
Birmingham936.73 Mbps27.77—95.58 Mbps36.44 MbpsSlower
Liverpool1134.53 Mbps22.22—86.42 Mbps31.26 MbpsSlower
Nottingham934.56 Mbps23.48—53.44 Mbps28.15 MbpsSlower
Sheffield932.42 Mbps21.81—64.39 Mbps29.73 MbpsSlower
Bristol941.78 Mbps28.81—108.57 Mbps39.7 MbpsSlower
Glasgow913.93 Mbps16.22—69.54 Mbps26.21 MbpsSlower
Leicester917.75 Mbps25.15—92.23 Mbps35.1 MbpsSlower
Edinburgh705.74 Mbps31.34—108.74 Mbps41.17 MbpsSlower

Cities and Provider Internet Speeds in Bolton

PositionCityMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian# Providers
1Bolton861.38 Mbps32.98—130.16 Mbps45.54 Mbps14
2Horwich454.18 Mbps22.82—54.04 Mbps28.89 Mbps8
3Westhoughton792.46 Mbps15.67—52.81 Mbps22.42 Mbps8

Bolton 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 Bolton Compares for Internet Speed in Bolton

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
1Bolton861.38 Mbps32.98—130.16 Mbps45.54 Mbps-

Bolton Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Bolton testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Bolton ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Bolton 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 Bolton's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 42.58% were fast, 26.16% slow, and 31.26% broadly the same.
Most Recent Tests
ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Virgin Media26 Jul 2021 23:25:14232 secs10.77 Mbps17.65 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media26 Jul 2021 22:31:47423 mins26.56 Mbps17.83 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media26 Jul 2021 22:26:171016 mins92.46 Mbps100.97 Mbps
Virgin Media26 Jul 2021 22:07:24523 mins0.8 Mbps15.51 MbpsImproved
Vodafone26 Jul 2021 22:23:22257 secs0.63 Mbps3.12 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Plusnet26 Jul 2021 21:40:08252 secs14.78 Mbps11.21 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media26 Jul 2021 21:10:26320 mins231.54 Mbps207.15 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media26 Jul 2021 21:22:0432 mins15.93 Mbps30.69 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media26 Jul 2021 21:09:28210 mins99.78 Mbps98.33 Mbps
Sky Broadband26 Jul 2021 21:00:15383 secs48.82 Mbps30.22 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media26 Jul 2021 20:54:413109 secs35.07 Mbps93.08 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media26 Jul 2021 20:26:361110 mins116.18 Mbps67.71 MbpsNeeds help
Sky Broadband26 Jul 2021 20:34:32453 secs28.31 Mbps28.44 Mbps
Virgin Media26 Jul 2021 20:31:0253 mins103.95 Mbps147.1 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband26 Jul 2021 20:27:22221 secs20.26 Mbps19.87 Mbps
Virgin Media26 Jul 2021 19:59:52115 mins13.47 Mbps98.18 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media26 Jul 2021 19:47:541312 mins42.76 Mbps108.5 MbpsImproved
Vodafone26 Jul 2021 19:54:12291 secs16.5 Mbps14.87 Mbps
Virgin Media26 Jul 2021 19:26:09258 secs14.85 Mbps16.93 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media26 Jul 2021 19:26:43222 secs171.51 Mbps135.99 MbpsNeeds help

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Bolton

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Virgin Media838.12 Mbps63.29—212.36 Mbps
2Zone Broadband805.82 Mbps25—90.28 Mbps
3CIX626.49 Mbps9.05—33.86 Mbps
4Hyperoptic105.05 Mbps30.76—75.24 Mbps
5BT861.38 Mbps26.02—65.55 Mbps
6Vodafone850.83 Mbps30.85—60.17 Mbps
7TalkTalk473.69 Mbps23.8—55.81 Mbps
8EE372.47 Mbps17.66—55.52 Mbps
9KCOM51.03 Mbps13.39—50.05 Mbps
10Sky Broadband449.49 Mbps16.71—51.27 Mbps
11Plusnet74.19 Mbps19.36—45.85 Mbps
12Zen Internet500.26 Mbps5.4—24.09 Mbps
13Post Office Broadband73.25 Mbps7.26—25.11 Mbps
14Origin Broadband24.29 Mbps2.38—19.82 Mbps

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Bolton

How many broadband providers in Bolton are there?
Bolton has 14 ISPs tested by its 285,372 residents.
Who is the fastest broadband provider in Bolton?
BT is the fastest broadband provider in Bolton with 861.38 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 26.02—65.55 Mbps.
Who is the best internet provider in Bolton?
The best internet provider in Bolton is Virgin Media, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 63.29 to 212.36 Mbps.
What is the average internet speed in Bolton?
Users in Bolton see an average internet speed of 32.98 up to 236 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 861.38 Mbps.
Is Virgin Media available in Bolton?
Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Bolton, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 838.12 Mbps.
Is Sky Broadband available in Bolton?
Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Bolton, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 449.49 Mbps.
Is BT available in Bolton?
Broadband service from BT is available in Bolton, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 861.38 Mbps.
Who is the the most popular broadband provider in Bolton?
The broadband provider with the most users in Bolton is Virgin Media.

Last updated: 26 Jul 2021