Broadband Providers in Bolton

Broadband Providers available in Bolton include Virgin Media, Sky Broadband, and BT. Bolton's fastest provider is Virgin Media, with a median speed of 89 Mbps. The most popular provider in Bolton is also Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Bolton in 2022 is 90 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 50 Mbps.

 

Broadband speed data in Bolton

Average Speed90 Mbps
Median Speed50 Mbps
Fastest ProviderVirgin Media
Gigabit Fibre Availability89.79%

Bolton Broadband Statistics

Bolton has the best fibre access out of all major cities in the North West, and is among the top 100 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 90% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 91% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 99% of Bolton's households.

Great broadband infrastructure results in very high speed test averages in Bolton postcodes like BL1, BL3, BL2, BL4, and BL7. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 50 Mbps median internet speed in Bolton, which is 36% above the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.

Bolton increased access to Gigabit speeds by 89 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major cities like Warrington (gained 88 percentate points), Trafford (gained 69 percentate points), and Liverpool (gained 54 percentate points). In addition, real-world speed test data shows that Bolton is dramatically faster than Horwich (70% slower) and Westhoughton (57% slower).

 
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Overall Performance
Customer Ratings
Virgin Media Logo
68 /100
5.30 /10
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Average
 
90,515 Speed Tests
1534 reviews
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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
About average
Average
 
23,186 Speed Tests
887 reviews
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BT Logo
69 /100
5.90 /10
Above average
Average
 
16,634 Speed Tests
785 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
54 /100
6.10 /10
Plusnet
About average
Average
 
6,145 Speed Tests
445 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
61 /100
5.50 /10
Above average
Average
 
4,282 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.50 /10
EE
About average
Above Average
 
3,263 Speed Tests
398 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
TalkTalk
About average
Average
 
2,514 Speed Tests
383 reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
Average
 
374 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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Zen Internet Logo
66 /100
9.80 /10
Zen Internet
Above average
Above Average
 
288 Speed Tests
69 reviews
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CIX Logo
55 /100
7.60 /10
CIX
About average
Above Average
 
63 Speed Tests
2 reviews
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No Logo
75 /100
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Zone Broadband
Above average
 
25 Speed Tests
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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Bolton

See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Bolton 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
202189.79%90.77%99.12%
20200.50%88.62%99.13%
20190.49%83.12%99.29%
20180.61%59.74%99.22%
20170.32%72.49%98.87%
20160.00%0.00%98.20%

Map of Bolton's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability

89.79%

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

Ultrafast Speeds

90.77%

of Bolton residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband

99.12%

availability in Bolton

Poor Broadband Speeds

None

of Bolton is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Bolton Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Bolton

YearBolton AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201831.96 Mbps26.27 Mbps21.66% Faster
201937.49 Mbps30.63 Mbps22.40% Faster
2020102.83 Mbps80.31 Mbps28.04% Faster
202189.26 Mbps66.05 Mbps35.14% Faster

Bolton Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeBoltonUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps17.30%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps20.72%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps21.00%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps8.73%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps26.84%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps5.42%3.60%

How Bolton Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
Bolton904.53 Mbps36.57—142.19 Mbps50.06 Mbps-
Greater London5794.21 Mbps33.1—96.06 Mbps45.61 MbpsSlower
Birmingham2786.06 Mbps29.35—107.11 Mbps38.56 MbpsSlower
Liverpool1134.53 Mbps25.63—89.99 Mbps34.68 MbpsSlower
Nottingham2371.49 Mbps15.99—39.85 Mbps18.81 MbpsSlower
Sheffield936.79 Mbps23.81—68.97 Mbps32.12 MbpsSlower
Bristol943.13 Mbps30.46—109.99 Mbps42.42 MbpsSlower
Glasgow913.93 Mbps20.72—71.44 Mbps32.11 MbpsSlower
Leicester935.89 Mbps27.49—99.53 Mbps37.05 MbpsSlower
Edinburgh874.24 Mbps29.98—107.56 Mbps38.13 MbpsSlower

Cities and Provider Internet Speeds in Bolton

PositionCityMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian# Providers
1Bolton904.53 Mbps36.57—142.19 Mbps50.06 Mbps14
2Westhoughton932.8 Mbps23.82—69.15 Mbps31.79 Mbps9
3Horwich815.3 Mbps23.05—53.41 Mbps29.51 Mbps7

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 Mbps36.57—142.19 Mbps50.06 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, 42.89% were fast, 25.35% slow, and 31.76% broadly the same.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 22:42:53412 mins54.26 Mbps177.99 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 22:45:03236 secs9.54 Mbps7.72 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 22:09:20214 secs192.17 Mbps203.78 Mbps
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 22:02:5123 mins88.07 Mbps103.45 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 21:46:35614 mins19.7 Mbps20.75 Mbps
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 21:44:3527 mins29.26 Mbps148.68 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband24 Jan 2022 21:17:17219 mins21.92 Mbps4.78 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Vodafone24 Jan 2022 21:08:21222 mins45.67 Mbps45.75 Mbps
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 20:56:07215 mins191.61 Mbps127.11 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 20:43:14271 secs195.37 Mbps203.71 Mbps
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 20:19:313112 secs31.24 Mbps42.2 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 19:48:25426 mins0.04 Mbps13.69 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 19:51:51220 mins209.6 Mbps196.28 Mbps
BT24 Jan 2022 20:01:0025 mins18.48 Mbps18.42 Mbps
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 19:48:302105 secs31.16 Mbps71.68 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 19:41:28234 secs414.39 Mbps295.04 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 19:35:37236 secs34.07 Mbps96.06 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 19:25:2722 mins34.98 Mbps13.75 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 18:28:25837 mins80 Mbps97.65 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 18:47:0732 mins19.07 Mbps25.4 MbpsImproved

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Bolton

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Virgin Media838.12 Mbps59.66—208.82 Mbps
2Zone Broadband805.82 Mbps36.12—171.4 Mbps
3Hyperoptic105.05 Mbps53.04—67.97 Mbps
4BT904.53 Mbps29.41—70.6 Mbps
5Vodafone898.52 Mbps30.85—66.37 Mbps
6CIX626.49 Mbps7.79—40.95 Mbps
7EE424.5 Mbps23.63—60.79 Mbps
8TalkTalk473.69 Mbps22.91—52.65 Mbps
9Sky Broadband505.06 Mbps20.24—57.9 Mbps
10Zen Internet500.5 Mbps6.29—47.49 Mbps
11Plusnet74.19 Mbps20.43—46.3 Mbps
12Shell Energy73.25 Mbps6.28—21.04 Mbps
13Origin Broadband24.29 Mbps2.38—22.59 Mbps
14KCOM18.28 Mbps2.44—4.17 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?

Virgin Media is the fastest broadband provider in Bolton with 838.12 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 59.66—208.82 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 59.66 to 208.82 Mbps.

What is the average internet speed in Bolton?

Users in Bolton see an average internet speed of 36.57 up to 233 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 219 of Bolton's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Bolton?

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

Author: Thomas Buck

Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper

Published: 10 Nov 2019

Last Updated: 24 Jan 2022

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