Broadband Statistics for Bolton, Bolton
Broadband Providers13
Fastest Speed904.53 Mbps
Median Speed48.39 Mbps
Fastest ProviderBT

Broadband Providers in Bolton

Bolton is one of the 30 fastest major cities in The United Kingdom with an average broadband speed of 83.81 Mbps in 2021. This is 26.89% faster than The United Kingdom's average download speed of 66.05 Mbps.

Residents in Bolton have run speed tests on 13 broadband providers. This number is 112.07% above the United Kingdom average of 6.13 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 61.69—211.41 Mbps.

Bolton's fastest provider is BT, and the highest speed we've seen from them is 904.53 Mbps. Overall, the average real-world broadband speed that users will see in Bolton is 48.39 Mbps, which is 30.78% above the The United Kingdom national average of 37 Mbps, and 2.17% above the average of 47.36 Mbps in Bolton.

Nearby locations include Westhoughton with speeds 23.05—62.89 Mbps, and Horwich with speeds 23.23—54.19 Mbps. Our research into internet speeds in Bolton includes analysing postcove-level coverage data of broadband in BL1, BL3, BL2, BL4, and BL7.

Broadband Providers

  • Virgin Media in Bolton
    808 Reviews
    90.48 Mbps

    Virgin Media's typical internet speed range in Bolton is 61.69 to 211.41 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 838.12 Mbps. Bolton residents have performed 70,804 speed tests on Virgin Media Broadband.

  • Hyperoptic in Bolton
    31 Reviews
    53.04 Mbps

    Hyperoptic's typical internet speed range in Bolton is 30.76 to 67.97 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 105.05 Mbps. Bolton residents have performed 7 speed tests on Hyperoptic Broadband.

  • Zone Broadband
    Not enough reviews
    50.93 Mbps

    Zone Broadband's typical internet speed range in Bolton is 36.12 to 114.45 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 805.82 Mbps. Bolton residents have performed 20 speed tests on Zone Broadband.

  • Vodafone in Bolton
    133 Reviews
    36.23 Mbps
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    Vodafone's typical internet speed range in Bolton is 31.6 to 64.35 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 898.52 Mbps. Bolton residents have performed 3,947 speed tests on Vodafone Broadband.

  • BT in Bolton
    408 Reviews
    35 Mbps
    Order Online

    BT's typical internet speed range in Bolton is 28.86 to 68.07 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 904.53 Mbps. Bolton residents have performed 12,413 speed tests on BT Broadband.

  • TalkTalk in Bolton
    220 Reviews
    31.45 Mbps
    Order Online

    TalkTalk's typical internet speed range in Bolton is 24.81 to 56.41 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 473.69 Mbps. Bolton residents have performed 2,361 speed tests on TalkTalk Broadband.

  • EE in Bolton
    215 Reviews
    29.96 Mbps
    Order Online

    EE's typical internet speed range in Bolton is 21.76 to 58.48 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 372.47 Mbps. Bolton residents have performed 2,784 speed tests on EE Broadband.

  • Sky Broadband in Bolton
    492 Reviews
    26.99 Mbps
    Order Online

    Sky Broadband's typical internet speed range in Bolton is 18.73 to 55.21 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 505.06 Mbps. Bolton residents have performed 20,685 speed tests on Sky Broadband.

  • Plusnet in Bolton
    262 Reviews
    24.12 Mbps
    Order Online

    Plusnet's typical internet speed range in Bolton is 19.68 to 45.89 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 74.19 Mbps. Bolton residents have performed 5,266 speed tests on Plusnet Broadband.

  • CIX in Bolton
    1 Review
    13.21 Mbps

    CIX's typical internet speed range in Bolton is 9.72 to 42.3 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 626.49 Mbps. Bolton residents have performed 46 speed tests on CIX Broadband.

  • Shell Energy in Bolton
    32 Reviews
    10.71 Mbps
    Order Online

    Shell Energy's typical internet speed range in Bolton is 6.28 to 23.66 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 73.25 Mbps. Bolton residents have performed 352 speed tests on Shell Energy Broadband.

  • Origin Broadband in Bolton
    19 Reviews
    7.69 Mbps

    Origin Broadband's typical internet speed range in Bolton is 2.38 to 22.59 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 24.29 Mbps. Bolton residents have performed 10 speed tests on Origin Broadband.

  • Zen Internet in Bolton
    37 Reviews
    7.2 Mbps

    Zen Internet's typical internet speed range in Bolton is 5.93 to 43.27 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 500.5 Mbps. Bolton residents have performed 259 speed tests on Zen Internet Broadband.

Broadband in Bolton

1st

Best speed range city in Bolton

904.53 Mbps

Bolton's fastest speed

35.57—136.2 Mbps

Typical speed range available to Bolton residents

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Average Broadband Speeds in Bolton

YearBolton AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201822.53 Mbps26.27 Mbps14.24% Slower
201932.43 Mbps30.63 Mbps5.88% Faster
2020109.54 Mbps80.31 Mbps36.40% Faster
202183.81 Mbps66.05 Mbps26.89% Faster

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 
Bolton904.53 Mbps35.57—136.2 Mbps48.39 Mbps-
London5794.21 Mbps34.22—94.02 Mbps46.83 MbpsSlower
Birmingham941.32 Mbps28.83—104.01 Mbps37.51 MbpsSlower
Liverpool1134.53 Mbps24.42—88.84 Mbps33.31 MbpsSlower
Nottingham934.56 Mbps21.77—51.15 Mbps26.09 MbpsSlower
Sheffield932.42 Mbps23.32—67.69 Mbps31.69 MbpsSlower
Bristol941.78 Mbps29.91—109.64 Mbps41.69 MbpsSlower
Glasgow913.93 Mbps19.29—70.5 Mbps30.82 MbpsSlower
Leicester933.42 Mbps26.89—94.13 Mbps36.55 MbpsSlower
Edinburgh869.7 Mbps31.78—108.45 Mbps40.03 MbpsSlower

Cities and Provider Internet Speeds in Bolton

PositionCityMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian# Providers
1Bolton904.53 Mbps35.57—136.2 Mbps48.39 Mbps13
2Horwich454.18 Mbps23.23—54.19 Mbps30.05 Mbps7
3Westhoughton932.8 Mbps23.05—62.89 Mbps29.87 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 
1Bolton904.53 Mbps35.57—136.2 Mbps48.39 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, 42.67% were fast, 25.42% slow, and 31.91% broadly the same.
Most Recent Tests
ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Virgin Media17 Oct 2021 23:54:4224 mins195.32 Mbps190.6 Mbps
Virgin Media17 Oct 2021 21:57:24219 mins59.76 Mbps43.03 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media17 Oct 2021 22:13:57384 secs33.37 Mbps98.07 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media17 Oct 2021 21:14:272247 mins41.3 Mbps49.74 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media17 Oct 2021 21:36:0524 mins143.89 Mbps159.59 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media17 Oct 2021 21:29:3176 mins2.87 Mbps0.16 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media17 Oct 2021 21:23:5659 mins73.91 Mbps109.57 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband17 Oct 2021 21:07:05261 secs4.65 Mbps4.48 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
BT17 Oct 2021 20:01:45211 mins9.65 Mbps7.65 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media17 Oct 2021 19:57:45226 secs56.06 Mbps65.04 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media17 Oct 2021 19:34:5669 mins76.06 Mbps70.57 Mbps
Virgin Media17 Oct 2021 18:58:40416 mins59.67 Mbps63.22 Mbps
Virgin Media17 Oct 2021 19:10:22278 secs91.47 Mbps93.37 Mbps
Virgin Media17 Oct 2021 18:42:19282 secs93.51 Mbps188.45 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media17 Oct 2021 18:31:1157 mins20.63 Mbps21.63 Mbps
Virgin Media17 Oct 2021 18:38:11213 secs158.96 Mbps193.29 MbpsImproved
EE17 Oct 2021 17:00:29667 mins67.91 Mbps0.43 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
BT17 Oct 2021 17:55:03293 secs3.82 Mbps15.14 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media17 Oct 2021 17:40:1226 mins101.1 Mbps82.1 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media17 Oct 2021 17:41:42226 secs96.44 Mbps105.93 Mbps

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Bolton

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Virgin Media838.12 Mbps61.69—211.41 Mbps
2Zone Broadband805.82 Mbps36.12—114.45 Mbps
3Hyperoptic105.05 Mbps30.76—67.97 Mbps
4BT904.53 Mbps28.86—68.07 Mbps
5CIX626.49 Mbps9.72—42.3 Mbps
6Vodafone898.52 Mbps31.6—64.35 Mbps
7EE372.47 Mbps21.76—58.48 Mbps
8TalkTalk473.69 Mbps24.81—56.41 Mbps
9Sky Broadband505.06 Mbps18.73—55.21 Mbps
10Zen Internet500.5 Mbps5.93—43.27 Mbps
11Plusnet74.19 Mbps19.68—45.89 Mbps
12Shell Energy73.25 Mbps6.28—23.66 Mbps
13Origin Broadband24.29 Mbps2.38—22.59 Mbps

Bolton Broadband Speed Map

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Bolton

How many broadband providers in Bolton are there?
Bolton has 13 ISPs tested by its 285,372 residents.
Who is the fastest broadband provider in Bolton?
BT is the fastest broadband provider in Bolton with 904.53 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 28.86—68.07 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 61.69 to 211.41 Mbps.
What is the average internet speed in Bolton?
Users in Bolton see an average internet speed of 35.57 up to 235 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 904.53 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 505.06 Mbps.
Is BT available in Bolton?
Broadband service from BT is available in Bolton, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 904.53 Mbps.
Is BT full fibre available in Bolton?
Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 151 of Bolton's postcodes.
Who is the the most popular broadband provider in Bolton?
The broadband provider with the most users in Bolton is Virgin Media.

Last updated: 17 Oct 2021