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 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).
The median broadband speed in Bradford has increased by 73% over the last five years.
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.
|Yorkshire and The Humber||36 Mbps|
|United Kingdom||37 Mbps|
▼ 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
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 Bradford 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 Bradford 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 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+ Mbps||300+ Mbps||30+ Mbps|
of people living in Bradford can obtain to 1,000+ Mbps broadband speeds
of Bradford residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service
Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband
availability in Bradford
Poor Broadband Speeds
of Bradford is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps
|Year||Bradford Average||United Kingdom Average||Difference|
|2018||29.07 Mbps||26.27 Mbps||10.66% Faster|
|2019||35.02 Mbps||30.63 Mbps||14.33% Faster|
|2020||91.97 Mbps||80.31 Mbps||14.52% Faster|
|2021||64.71 Mbps||66.05 Mbps||2.03% Slower|
|Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range|
|Internet Speed Range||Bradford||United Kingdom|
|Very Slow: under 10 Mbps||21.70%||19.92%|
|Slow: 10-30 Mbps||27.01%||25.74%|
|Adequate: 30-60 Mbps||23.95%||25.20%|
|Good: 60-80 Mbps||8.38%||10.20%|
|Fast: 80-300 Mbps||15.38%||15.33%|
|Very Fast: over 300 Mbps||3.58%||3.60%|
|City / Town||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range||Median|
|Greater London||5794.21 Mbps||32.96—95.6 Mbps||45.49 Mbps||Faster|
|Birmingham||941.32 Mbps||29.26—106.92 Mbps||38.41 Mbps||Faster|
|Bristol||943.13 Mbps||30.28—109.85 Mbps||42.19 Mbps||Faster|
|Leicester||935.89 Mbps||27.38—98.99 Mbps||36.93 Mbps||Faster|
|Edinburgh||874.24 Mbps||29.95—107.42 Mbps||38 Mbps||Faster|
|Bradford||1021.86 Mbps||26.65—86.27 Mbps||35.25 Mbps||-|
|Liverpool||1134.53 Mbps||25.5—89.41 Mbps||34.55 Mbps||Slower|
|Nottingham||2371.49 Mbps||16.34—40.87 Mbps||19.3 Mbps||Slower|
|Sheffield||932.42 Mbps||23.67—68.69 Mbps||32.02 Mbps||Slower|
|Glasgow||913.93 Mbps||20.52—71.3 Mbps||31.97 Mbps||Slower|
|Position||City||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range||Median||# Providers|
|1||Denholme||488.35 Mbps||46.57—124.91 Mbps||52.22 Mbps||8|
|2||Wilsden||912.57 Mbps||39.14—82.82 Mbps||49 Mbps||9|
|3||Baildon||926 Mbps||26.82—72.23 Mbps||36.47 Mbps||9|
|4||Bradford||1021.86 Mbps||26.65—86.27 Mbps||35.25 Mbps||17|
|5||Cullingworth||926.19 Mbps||25.31—68.25 Mbps||33.25 Mbps||8|
|6||Keighley||749.7 Mbps||22.49—67.19 Mbps||30.77 Mbps||11|
|7||Bingley||734.76 Mbps||20.17—70.27 Mbps||28.71 Mbps||10|
|8||Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury||471.34 Mbps||18.72—51.64 Mbps||26.95 Mbps||5|
|9||Ilkley||634.62 Mbps||8.58—39.78 Mbps||12.18 Mbps||10|
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|
|3||Baildon||926 Mbps||26.82—72.23 Mbps||36.47 Mbps||Faster|
|4||Menston||73.1 Mbps||33.4—44.9 Mbps||35.38 Mbps||Faster|
|5||Bradford||1021.86 Mbps||26.65—86.27 Mbps||35.25 Mbps||-|
|6||Cullingworth||926.19 Mbps||25.31—68.25 Mbps||33.25 Mbps||Slower|
|7||Keighley||749.7 Mbps||22.49—67.19 Mbps||30.77 Mbps||Slower|
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.
|Provider||Start Time||# Tests||Duration||Start Speed||End Speed||Status|
|Vodafone||14 Jan 2022 23:43:13||2||4 mins||262.94 Mbps||279.73 Mbps|
|TalkTalk||14 Jan 2022 23:44:15||2||28 secs||16.19 Mbps||16.74 Mbps|
|Sky Broadband||14 Jan 2022 23:32:21||6||10 mins||19.48 Mbps||32.3 Mbps||Improved|
|Sky Broadband||14 Jan 2022 23:35:23||2||3 mins||46.45 Mbps||46.82 Mbps|
|BT||14 Jan 2022 23:21:34||2||89 secs||3.03 Mbps||1.2 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Sky Broadband||14 Jan 2022 23:01:59||2||11 mins||10.36 Mbps||29.78 Mbps||Improved|
|Shell Energy||14 Jan 2022 23:02:41||3||66 secs||26.05 Mbps||23.41 Mbps||Needs help|
|Sky Broadband||14 Jan 2022 23:00:46||3||113 secs||25.57 Mbps||75.49 Mbps||Improved|
|Sky Broadband||14 Jan 2022 23:00:47||2||25 secs||39.36 Mbps||45.18 Mbps||Improved|
|Vodafone||14 Jan 2022 22:39:42||2||31 secs||280.06 Mbps||272 Mbps|
|Legend Telecom||14 Jan 2022 22:33:48||2||10 secs||1.8 Mbps||1.65 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Sky Broadband||14 Jan 2022 22:15:25||2||17 secs||35.39 Mbps||33.32 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||14 Jan 2022 22:02:53||7||9 mins||0.18 Mbps||0.18 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Virgin Media||14 Jan 2022 21:52:53||4||3 mins||5.23 Mbps||42.29 Mbps||Improved|
|Sky Broadband||14 Jan 2022 21:52:23||2||54 secs||52.17 Mbps||53.8 Mbps|
|Sky Broadband||14 Jan 2022 21:32:51||2||2 mins||61.08 Mbps||60.02 Mbps|
|Sky Broadband||14 Jan 2022 21:33:09||2||18 secs||59.03 Mbps||66.44 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||14 Jan 2022 21:24:21||3||36 secs||42.4 Mbps||43.41 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||14 Jan 2022 21:18:32||2||48 secs||33.4 Mbps||35.57 Mbps|
|Plusnet||14 Jan 2022 21:10:49||2||49 secs||31.42 Mbps||31.76 Mbps|
|#||Provider Name||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range|
|1||iDNET||830.44 Mbps||64.24—830.21 Mbps|
|2||CIX||942.16 Mbps||25.23—329.57 Mbps|
|3||Glide||492.95 Mbps||49.33—210.09 Mbps|
|4||Virgin Media||946.05 Mbps||51.43—197.83 Mbps|
|5||Zen Internet||205.54 Mbps||60.64—100.3 Mbps|
|6||TalkTalk||898.23 Mbps||21.73—58.25 Mbps|
|7||Vodafone||919.7 Mbps||28.82—63.33 Mbps|
|8||CCS Leeds||57.89 Mbps||42.9—47.93 Mbps|
|9||Andrews & Arnold||88.25 Mbps||22.67—73.24 Mbps|
|10||BT||943.01 Mbps||26.01—61.52 Mbps|
|11||O2 Broadband||211.13 Mbps||14—57.7 Mbps|
|12||Sky Broadband||509.19 Mbps||18.66—53.06 Mbps|
|13||Connexin||1021.86 Mbps||4.24—24.92 Mbps|
|14||Plusnet||74.45 Mbps||19.49—52.88 Mbps|
|15||EE||925.31 Mbps||15.14—43.89 Mbps|
|16||Legend Telecom||101.73 Mbps||7.46—28.21 Mbps|
|17||Shell Energy||73.51 Mbps||5.44—26.49 Mbps|
|Ward||Median Age||Rent Privately||Rent Council||Mortage||Commute via Public Transport||Work From Home|
Bradford has 17 ISPs tested by its 537,173 residents.
iDNET is the fastest broadband provider in Bradford with 830.44 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 64.24—830.21 Mbps.
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.
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.
Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Bradford, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 509.19 Mbps.
Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Bradford, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 946.05 Mbps.
Broadband service from BT is available in Bradford, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 943.01 Mbps.
Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 634 of Bradford's postcodes.
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