Broadband Providers available in Bury include BT, Sky Broadband, and Vodafone. Bury's fastest provider is Virgin Media, with a median speed of 91 Mbps. The most popular provider in Bury is BT. The average broadband speed in Bury in 2022 is 56 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 36 Mbps.
Bury is among the 10 worst-off for fibre access out of all major cities in the North West, and is among the 50 worst-off 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 67% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 71% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 98% of Bury's households.
Poor broadband infrastructure results in low speed test averages in Bury postcodes like BL9, BL8, M25, M26, and M45. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 35.75 Mbps median internet speed in Bury, which is 3.01% below the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.
Bury increased access to Gigabit speeds by 50 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major cities like Manchester (gained 49 percentate points), Stockport (gained 33 percentate points), and Salford (gained 30 percentate points).
We rank each provider relative to all providers in The United Kingdom based on their median download and upload speeds, measured round trip time latencies, and the percentage of speeds tests that exceed 50 Mbps.
Customer ratings are based on local reviews matched to Bury IP addresses. Providers can be scored on a range of 1 to 10, and ranked relative to all providers in The United Kingdom.
Median Speed Test Result
The median is the middle result in the range of tests we measured for each provider in Bury in the past year. Median speeds provide a better comparison than raw averages because they control for the longtail of tests related to Wi-Fi issues. The charts below represent the distribution of tests associated with each provider from low to high.
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See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Bury area. Availability is based on population in postcodes marked as served by Ofcom Connected Nations reports, according to the most recent census.
|1,000+ Mbps||300+ Mbps||30+ Mbps|
of people living in Bury can obtain to 1,000+ Mbps broadband speeds
of Bury residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service
Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband
availability in Bury
Poor Broadband Speeds
of Bury is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps
|Year||Bury Average||United Kingdom Average||Difference|
|2018||16.97 Mbps||26.27 Mbps||35.40% Slower|
|2019||22.75 Mbps||30.63 Mbps||25.73% Slower|
|2020||60.5 Mbps||80.31 Mbps||24.67% Slower|
|2021||55.06 Mbps||66.05 Mbps||16.64% Slower|
|Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range|
|Internet Speed Range||Bury||United Kingdom|
|Very Slow: under 10 Mbps||21.86%||19.92%|
|Slow: 10-30 Mbps||27.37%||25.74%|
|Adequate: 30-60 Mbps||23.99%||25.20%|
|Good: 60-80 Mbps||13.87%||10.20%|
|Fast: 80-300 Mbps||10.57%||15.33%|
|Very Fast: over 300 Mbps||2.34%||3.60%|
|City / Town||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range||Median|
|Greater London||5794.21 Mbps||33.04—95.97 Mbps||45.56 Mbps||Faster|
|Birmingham||2786.06 Mbps||29.31—107.04 Mbps||38.5 Mbps||Faster|
|Bristol||943.13 Mbps||30.38—109.93 Mbps||42.32 Mbps||Faster|
|Leicester||935.89 Mbps||27.47—99.31 Mbps||37.03 Mbps||Faster|
|Edinburgh||874.24 Mbps||29.96—107.51 Mbps||38.06 Mbps||Faster|
|Bury||932.37 Mbps||27.74—70.75 Mbps||35.75 Mbps||-|
|Liverpool||1134.53 Mbps||25.56—89.74 Mbps||34.61 Mbps||Slower|
|Nottingham||2371.49 Mbps||16.11—40.25 Mbps||18.99 Mbps||Slower|
|Sheffield||934.82 Mbps||23.76—68.87 Mbps||32.08 Mbps||Slower|
|Glasgow||913.93 Mbps||20.63—71.33 Mbps||32 Mbps||Slower|
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.
|Position||City / Town||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range||Median|
|1||Bury||932.37 Mbps||27.74—70.75 Mbps||35.75 Mbps||-|
We analysed the results of people in Bury testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Bury ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Bury 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 Bury's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 37.93% were fast, 25.1% slow, and 36.97% broadly the same.
|Provider||Start Time||# Tests||Duration||Start Speed||End Speed||Status|
|Sky Broadband||20 Jan 2022 23:46:41||2||34 secs||48.9 Mbps||49.48 Mbps|
|BT||20 Jan 2022 23:21:40||2||26 secs||21.35 Mbps||15.64 Mbps||Needs help|
|TalkTalk||20 Jan 2022 22:42:20||2||27 secs||136.26 Mbps||135.19 Mbps|
|Vodafone||20 Jan 2022 20:10:52||2||2 mins||18.34 Mbps||18.64 Mbps|
|BT||20 Jan 2022 19:52:37||2||45 secs||3.91 Mbps||3.98 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Vodafone||20 Jan 2022 18:28:14||3||15 mins||1.41 Mbps||8.03 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|BT||20 Jan 2022 18:09:42||5||24 mins||81.02 Mbps||90.25 Mbps||Improved|
|BT||20 Jan 2022 15:46:25||2||25 secs||33.3 Mbps||33.2 Mbps|
|BT||20 Jan 2022 15:37:10||2||7 mins||0.21 Mbps||3.23 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|BT||20 Jan 2022 15:43:18||3||64 secs||32.47 Mbps||32.87 Mbps|
|BT||20 Jan 2022 15:06:47||2||20 mins||179.78 Mbps||25.95 Mbps||Needs help|
|EE||20 Jan 2022 14:58:40||2||8 mins||36.51 Mbps||36.88 Mbps|
|BT||20 Jan 2022 15:01:54||4||5 mins||1.71 Mbps||17.39 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 14:27:44||2||7 mins||0.74 Mbps||173.6 Mbps||Improved|
|BT||20 Jan 2022 14:24:41||2||79 secs||29.84 Mbps||29.08 Mbps|
|BT||20 Jan 2022 13:52:02||2||30 secs||8.72 Mbps||8.73 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Plusnet||20 Jan 2022 13:28:17||2||63 secs||52.04 Mbps||54.52 Mbps|
|BT||20 Jan 2022 12:01:51||2||94 secs||9.1 Mbps||3.69 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Vodafone||20 Jan 2022 11:24:59||2||2 mins||9.3 Mbps||7.9 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Vodafone||19 Jan 2022 23:07:53||2||37 secs||98.56 Mbps||107.25 Mbps|
|#||Provider Name||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range|
|1||Virgin Media||902.49 Mbps||59.34—140.36 Mbps|
|2||BT||910.97 Mbps||44.93—92.38 Mbps|
|3||telcom (Velocity Fibre)||184.77 Mbps||10.93—104.03 Mbps|
|4||Zen Internet||918.17 Mbps||39.58—73.73 Mbps|
|5||Vodafone||932.37 Mbps||28.4—64.78 Mbps|
|6||TalkTalk||518.28 Mbps||21.93—51.91 Mbps|
|7||EE||748.1 Mbps||21.23—65.95 Mbps|
|8||Sky Broadband||416.53 Mbps||16.1—52.52 Mbps|
|9||Plusnet||74.7 Mbps||18.67—39.89 Mbps|
|10||CloudScape Connect||36.23 Mbps||20.81—32.94 Mbps|
|11||O2 Broadband||42.89 Mbps||21.02—29.97 Mbps|
|12||Shell Energy||73.31 Mbps||8.45—35.03 Mbps|
|13||Origin Broadband||65.04 Mbps||8.67—24.19 Mbps|
|14||Internet Central||2.92 Mbps||0.39—2.59 Mbps|
|Ward||Median Age||Rent Privately||Rent Council||Mortage||Commute via Public Transport||Work From Home|
Bury has 14 ISPs tested by its 190,108 residents.
Virgin Media is the fastest broadband provider in Bury with 902.49 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 59.34—140.36 Mbps.
The best internet provider in Bury is Virgin Media, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 59.34 to 140.36 Mbps.
Users in Bury see an average internet speed of 27.74 up to 1023 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 932.37 Mbps.
Broadband service from BT is available in Bury, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 910.97 Mbps.
Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Bury, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 416.53 Mbps.
Broadband service from Vodafone is available in Bury, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 932.37 Mbps.
Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 2994 of Bury's postcodes.
The broadband provider with the most users in Bury is BT.
Author: Thomas Buck
Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper
Published: 10 Nov 2019
Last Updated: 20 Jan 2022