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Broadband Providers in Bradford

Broadband Providers available in Bradford include Sky Broadband, Virgin Media, and BT. Bradford's fastest provider is iDNET, with a median speed of 803 Mbps. The most popular provider in Bradford is Sky Broadband. The average broadband speed in Bradford in 2022 is 65 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 35 Mbps.

 

Bradford Broadband Statistics

Bradford has the third-best fibre access out of all major cities in Yorkshire and The Humber, and is among the top 50 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 82% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 83% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 98% of Bradford's households.

Despite good broadband infrastructure, we see low speed test averages in Bradford postcodes like BD4, BD6, BD10, BD13, and BD2. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 35.25 Mbps median internet speed in Bradford, which is 4.24% below the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.

Bradford increased access to Gigabit speeds by 81 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major cities like Leeds (gained 48 percentate points), Doncaster (gained 36 percentate points), and Rotherham (gained 12 percentate points). In addition, real-world speed test data shows that Bradford is significantly outperformed by Wilsden (39% faster) and Baildon (3.46% faster).

Local broadband speeds over time

The median broadband speed in Bradford has increased by 73% over the last five years.

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Local broadband speeds in context

As of 2022, the median broadband speed in Bradford is 1.45% lower than the Yorkshire and The Humber and 4.43% lower than the UK overall.

Bradford35 Mbps
Yorkshire and The Humber36 Mbps
United Kingdom37 Mbps

Bradford 2022 Broadband Scorecard

7th lowest fibre access

Major Cities, Yorkshire and The Humber

1.45% below regional broadband speed

Yorkshire and The Humber

4.43% below national broadband speed

UK Overall

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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
Average
 
84,085 Speed Tests
878 reviews
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Virgin Media Logo
69 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
Above average
Average
 
78,969 Speed Tests
1502 reviews
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BT Logo
70 /100
6.0 /10
BT
Above average
Average
 
23,486 Speed Tests
776 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
TalkTalk
About average
Average
 
14,627 Speed Tests
379 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
60 /100
5.50 /10
Vodafone
About average
Average
 
8,175 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
54 /100
6.20 /10
Plusnet
About average
Average
 
7,412 Speed Tests
442 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.60 /10
EE
About average
Above Average
 
3,823 Speed Tests
395 reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
Average
 
694 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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No Logo
47 /100
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Legend Telecom
About average
 
589 Speed Tests
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Glide Logo
68 /100
7.50 /10
Glide
Above average
Above Average
 
226 Speed Tests
10 reviews
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CIX Logo
53 /100
7.70 /10
CIX
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185 Speed Tests
2 reviews
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Broadband Network Infrastructure in Bradford

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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Bradford

See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Bradford 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
202182.36%83.03%98.04%
20201.70%83.42%97.97%
20190.94%81.24%98.59%
20180.65%82.91%97.66%
20170.39%78.84%96.01%
20160.00%0.16%95.50%

Map of Bradford's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability

82.36%

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

Ultrafast Speeds

83.03%

of Bradford residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband

98.04%

availability in Bradford

Poor Broadband Speeds

1.91%

of Bradford is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Bradford Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Bradford

YearBradford AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201829.07 Mbps26.27 Mbps10.66% Faster
201935.02 Mbps30.63 Mbps14.33% Faster
202091.97 Mbps80.31 Mbps14.52% Faster
202164.71 Mbps66.05 Mbps2.03% Slower

Bradford Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeBradfordUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps21.70%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps27.01%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps23.95%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps8.38%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps15.38%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps3.58%3.60%

How Bradford Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
Greater London5794.21 Mbps32.96—95.6 Mbps45.49 MbpsFaster
Birmingham941.32 Mbps29.26—106.92 Mbps38.41 MbpsFaster
Bristol943.13 Mbps30.28—109.85 Mbps42.19 MbpsFaster
Leicester935.89 Mbps27.38—98.99 Mbps36.93 MbpsFaster
Edinburgh874.24 Mbps29.95—107.42 Mbps38 MbpsFaster
Bradford1021.86 Mbps26.65—86.27 Mbps35.25 Mbps-
Liverpool1134.53 Mbps25.5—89.41 Mbps34.55 MbpsSlower
Nottingham2371.49 Mbps16.34—40.87 Mbps19.3 MbpsSlower
Sheffield932.42 Mbps23.67—68.69 Mbps32.02 MbpsSlower
Glasgow913.93 Mbps20.52—71.3 Mbps31.97 MbpsSlower

Cities and Provider Internet Speeds in Bradford

PositionCityMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian# Providers
1Denholme488.35 Mbps46.57—124.91 Mbps52.22 Mbps8
2Wilsden912.57 Mbps39.14—82.82 Mbps49 Mbps9
3Baildon926 Mbps26.82—72.23 Mbps36.47 Mbps9
4Bradford1021.86 Mbps26.65—86.27 Mbps35.25 Mbps17
5Cullingworth926.19 Mbps25.31—68.25 Mbps33.25 Mbps8
6Keighley749.7 Mbps22.49—67.19 Mbps30.77 Mbps11
7Bingley734.76 Mbps20.17—70.27 Mbps28.71 Mbps10
8Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury471.34 Mbps18.72—51.64 Mbps26.95 Mbps5
9Ilkley634.62 Mbps8.58—39.78 Mbps12.18 Mbps10

Bradford 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 Bradford Compares for Internet Speed in Bradford

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
3Baildon926 Mbps26.82—72.23 Mbps36.47 MbpsFaster
4Menston73.1 Mbps33.4—44.9 Mbps35.38 MbpsFaster
5Bradford1021.86 Mbps26.65—86.27 Mbps35.25 Mbps-
6Cullingworth926.19 Mbps25.31—68.25 Mbps33.25 MbpsSlower
7Keighley749.7 Mbps22.49—67.19 Mbps30.77 MbpsSlower

Bradford Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Bradford testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Bradford ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Bradford 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 Bradford's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 40.23% were fast, 25.81% slow, and 33.96% broadly the same.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Vodafone14 Jan 2022 23:43:1324 mins262.94 Mbps279.73 Mbps
TalkTalk14 Jan 2022 23:44:15228 secs16.19 Mbps16.74 Mbps
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 23:32:21610 mins19.48 Mbps32.3 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 23:35:2323 mins46.45 Mbps46.82 Mbps
BT14 Jan 2022 23:21:34289 secs3.03 Mbps1.2 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 23:01:59211 mins10.36 Mbps29.78 MbpsImproved
Shell Energy14 Jan 2022 23:02:41366 secs26.05 Mbps23.41 MbpsNeeds help
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 23:00:463113 secs25.57 Mbps75.49 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 23:00:47225 secs39.36 Mbps45.18 MbpsImproved
Vodafone14 Jan 2022 22:39:42231 secs280.06 Mbps272 Mbps
Legend Telecom14 Jan 2022 22:33:48210 secs1.8 Mbps1.65 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 22:15:25217 secs35.39 Mbps33.32 Mbps
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 22:02:5379 mins0.18 Mbps0.18 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 21:52:5343 mins5.23 Mbps42.29 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 21:52:23254 secs52.17 Mbps53.8 Mbps
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 21:32:5122 mins61.08 Mbps60.02 Mbps
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 21:33:09218 secs59.03 Mbps66.44 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 21:24:21336 secs42.4 Mbps43.41 Mbps
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 21:18:32248 secs33.4 Mbps35.57 Mbps
Plusnet14 Jan 2022 21:10:49249 secs31.42 Mbps31.76 Mbps

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Bradford

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1iDNET830.44 Mbps64.24—830.21 Mbps
2CIX942.16 Mbps25.23—329.57 Mbps
3Glide492.95 Mbps49.33—210.09 Mbps
4Virgin Media946.05 Mbps51.43—197.83 Mbps
5Zen Internet205.54 Mbps60.64—100.3 Mbps
6TalkTalk898.23 Mbps21.73—58.25 Mbps
7Vodafone919.7 Mbps28.82—63.33 Mbps
8CCS Leeds57.89 Mbps42.9—47.93 Mbps
9Andrews & Arnold88.25 Mbps22.67—73.24 Mbps
10BT943.01 Mbps26.01—61.52 Mbps
11O2 Broadband211.13 Mbps14—57.7 Mbps
12Sky Broadband509.19 Mbps18.66—53.06 Mbps
13Connexin1021.86 Mbps4.24—24.92 Mbps
14Plusnet74.45 Mbps19.49—52.88 Mbps
15EE925.31 Mbps15.14—43.89 Mbps
16Legend Telecom101.73 Mbps7.46—28.21 Mbps
17Shell Energy73.51 Mbps5.44—26.49 Mbps

Smaller Towns, Villages, and Wards in Bradford

WardMedian AgeRent PrivatelyRent CouncilMortageCommute via Public TransportWork From Home
Clayton38.016.40%2.26%47.38%10.43%4.09%

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Bradford

How many broadband providers in Bradford are there?

Bradford has 17 ISPs tested by its 537,173 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Bradford?

iDNET is the fastest broadband provider in Bradford with 830.44 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 64.24—830.21 Mbps.

Who is the best internet provider in Bradford?

The best internet provider in Bradford is iDNET, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 64.24 to 830.21 Mbps.

What is the average internet speed in Bradford?

Users in Bradford see an average internet speed of 26.65 up to 708 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 1021.86 Mbps.

Is Sky Broadband available in Bradford?

Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Bradford, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 509.19 Mbps.

Is Virgin Media available in Bradford?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Bradford, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 946.05 Mbps.

Is BT available in Bradford?

Broadband service from BT is available in Bradford, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 943.01 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Bradford?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 634 of Bradford's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Bradford?

The broadband provider with the most users in Bradford is Sky Broadband.

Author: Thomas Buck

Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper

Published: 10 Nov 2019

Last Updated: 14 Jan 2022

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