Broadband Providers available in Bournemouth include Virgin Media, Sky Broadband, and BT. Bournemouth's fastest provider is CCS Leeds, with a median speed of 94 Mbps. The most popular provider in Bournemouth is Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Bournemouth in 2022 is 77 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 39 Mbps.
Bournemouth has the second-best fibre access out of all major towns in the South West, and is among the top 100 best 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 56% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 89% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 99% of Bournemouth's households.
Great broadband infrastructure results in high speed test averages in Bournemouth postcodes like BH9, BH8, BH1, BH6, and BH10. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 39.36 Mbps median internet speed in Bournemouth, which is 6.78% above the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.
Bournemouth increased access to Gigabit speeds by 29 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major towns like Weston-super-Mare (gained 22 percentate points), Taunton (gained 11 percentate points), and Torquay (gained 9.72 percentate points). In addition, real-world speed test data shows that Bournemouth is marginally outperformed by Holdenhurst (4.78% faster).
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 Bournemouth 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 Bournemouth 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 Bournemouth 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 Bournemouth can obtain to 1,000+ Mbps broadband speeds
of Bournemouth residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service
Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband
availability in Bournemouth
Poor Broadband Speeds
of Bournemouth is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps
|Year||Bournemouth Average||United Kingdom Average||Difference|
|2018||23.15 Mbps||26.27 Mbps||11.88% Slower|
|2019||32.77 Mbps||30.63 Mbps||6.99% Faster|
|2020||109.33 Mbps||80.31 Mbps||36.13% Faster|
|2021||76.06 Mbps||66.05 Mbps||15.16% Faster|
|Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range|
|Internet Speed Range||Bournemouth||United Kingdom|
|Very Slow: under 10 Mbps||4.09%||19.92%|
|Slow: 10-30 Mbps||22.78%||25.74%|
|Adequate: 30-60 Mbps||62.90%||25.20%|
|Good: 60-80 Mbps||6.88%||10.20%|
|Fast: 80-300 Mbps||2.70%||15.33%|
|Very Fast: over 300 Mbps||0.65%||3.60%|
|City / Town||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range||Median|
|Greater London||5794.21 Mbps||33.04—95.97 Mbps||45.56 Mbps||Faster|
|Bristol||943.13 Mbps||30.38—109.93 Mbps||42.32 Mbps||Faster|
|Bournemouth||939.22 Mbps||29.37—105.41 Mbps||39.36 Mbps||-|
|Birmingham||2786.06 Mbps||29.31—107.04 Mbps||38.5 Mbps||Slower|
|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|
|Leicester||935.89 Mbps||27.47—99.31 Mbps||37.03 Mbps||Slower|
|Edinburgh||874.24 Mbps||29.96—107.51 Mbps||38.06 Mbps||Slower|
|Position||City||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range||Median||# Providers|
|1||Holdenhurst||733.2 Mbps||28.56—73.89 Mbps||41.24 Mbps||8|
|2||Bournemouth||939.22 Mbps||29.37—105.41 Mbps||39.36 Mbps||16|
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||Holdenhurst||733.2 Mbps||28.56—73.89 Mbps||41.24 Mbps||Faster|
|2||Bournemouth||939.22 Mbps||29.37—105.41 Mbps||39.36 Mbps||-|
We analysed the results of people in Bournemouth testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Bournemouth ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Bournemouth 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 Bournemouth's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 41.8% were fast, 26.43% slow, and 31.77% broadly the same.
|Provider||Start Time||# Tests||Duration||Start Speed||End Speed||Status|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 23:57:45||3||28 secs||1.62 Mbps||11.93 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 22:48:24||2||10 mins||84.92 Mbps||67.62 Mbps||Needs help|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 21:53:58||3||32 mins||52.62 Mbps||55.45 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 21:41:31||3||6 mins||10.76 Mbps||143.1 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 21:36:15||2||54 secs||4.25 Mbps||14.79 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 21:22:55||12||12 mins||16.35 Mbps||18.08 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 21:02:56||4||32 mins||13.04 Mbps||95.46 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 21:21:05||3||79 secs||4.13 Mbps||10.87 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 21:01:07||2||13 mins||194.62 Mbps||222.22 Mbps||Improved|
|Vodafone||20 Jan 2022 20:41:56||2||12 mins||237.19 Mbps||254.84 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 20:36:11||5||8 mins||107.41 Mbps||146.4 Mbps||Improved|
|TalkTalk||20 Jan 2022 20:07:21||4||22 mins||6.79 Mbps||10.69 Mbps||Improved|
|Sky Broadband||20 Jan 2022 20:27:22||2||48 secs||55.63 Mbps||42.24 Mbps||Needs help|
|Plusnet||20 Jan 2022 20:22:23||2||45 secs||34.07 Mbps||34.91 Mbps|
|BT||20 Jan 2022 20:10:39||2||9 mins||28.6 Mbps||29.5 Mbps|
|Sky Broadband||20 Jan 2022 20:09:59||2||6 mins||2.24 Mbps||0.12 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|BT||20 Jan 2022 20:14:53||2||24 secs||112.81 Mbps||137.93 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 20:05:25||2||6 mins||71.56 Mbps||73.36 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 20:05:32||2||36 secs||9.56 Mbps||15.16 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 19:25:25||2||38 secs||37.13 Mbps||109.99 Mbps||Improved|
|#||Provider Name||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range|
|1||Juice Broadband||907.2 Mbps||37.4—128.54 Mbps|
|2||Virgin Media||936.94 Mbps||61—214.75 Mbps|
|3||Glide||323.5 Mbps||66.69—170.64 Mbps|
|4||KCOM||278.5 Mbps||20.2—178.54 Mbps|
|5||CCS Leeds||182.04 Mbps||90.06—95.97 Mbps|
|6||Vodafone||927.9 Mbps||29.78—71 Mbps|
|7||Cerberus Networks||223.51 Mbps||25.11—132.64 Mbps|
|8||BT||939.22 Mbps||23.64—61.72 Mbps|
|9||Sky Broadband||502.12 Mbps||18.7—53.85 Mbps|
|10||TalkTalk||519 Mbps||18.32—46.33 Mbps|
|11||EE||303.27 Mbps||22.4—46.71 Mbps|
|12||Plusnet||74.69 Mbps||16.85—43.62 Mbps|
|13||Zen Internet||70.81 Mbps||17.03—34.43 Mbps|
|14||CIX||74.3 Mbps||11.49—36.01 Mbps|
|15||iDNET||36.38 Mbps||11.62—25.04 Mbps|
|16||Shell Energy||73.28 Mbps||8.46—24.68 Mbps|
Bournemouth has 16 ISPs tested by its 163,600 residents.
CCS Leeds is the fastest broadband provider in Bournemouth with 182.04 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 90.06—95.97 Mbps.
The best internet provider in Bournemouth is Virgin Media, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 61 to 214.75 Mbps.
Users in Bournemouth see an average internet speed of 29.37 up to 481 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 939.22 Mbps.
Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Bournemouth, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 936.94 Mbps.
Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Bournemouth, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 502.12 Mbps.
Broadband service from BT is available in Bournemouth, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 939.22 Mbps.
Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 11 of Bournemouth's postcodes.
The broadband provider with the most users in Bournemouth is Virgin Media.
Author: Thomas Buck
Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper
Published: 10 Nov 2019
Last Updated: 20 Jan 2022