United Kingdom Cambridgeshire Cambridge

Broadband Providers in Cambridge

Broadband Providers available in Cambridge include Virgin Media, Sky Broadband, and BT. Cambridge's fastest provider is Cambridge Fibre, with a median speed of 196 Mbps. The most popular provider in Cambridge is Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Cambridge in 2022 is 84 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 49 Mbps.

 

Cambridge Broadband Statistics

Cambridge has the third-best fibre access out of all major towns in the East of England, 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 26% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 89% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 99% of Cambridge's households.

Great broadband infrastructure results in very high speed test averages in Cambridge postcodes like CB1, CB4, CB2, CB3, and CB5. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 49 Mbps median internet speed in Cambridge, which is 34% above the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps, and 15% above the median broadband speed of 43 Mbps in Cambridgeshire.

Cambridge increased access to Gigabit speeds by 15 percentage points in the past year. In addition, real-world speed test data shows that Cambridge is dramatically faster than Histon (572% slower), Great Shelford (172% slower), and Grantchester (71% slower).

 
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Broadband Providers

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Overall Performance
Customer Ratings
Virgin Media Logo
69 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
Above average
Average
 
132,922 Speed Tests
1512 reviews
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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
Average
 
45,630 Speed Tests
883 reviews
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BT Logo
70 /100
6.0 /10
BT
Above average
Average
 
37,408 Speed Tests
778 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
TalkTalk
About average
Average
 
13,226 Speed Tests
379 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
54 /100
6.20 /10
Plusnet
About average
Average
 
8,542 Speed Tests
442 reviews
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Fastest median speed
 
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Cambridge Fibre Logo
99 /100
N/A
Cambridge Fibre
Above average
 
6,107 Speed Tests
Too few reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.60 /10
EE
About average
Above Average
 
3,655 Speed Tests
396 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
59 /100
5.50 /10
Vodafone
About average
Average
 
1,964 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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Zen Internet Logo
66 /100
9.90 /10
Zen Internet
Above average
Above Average
 
961 Speed Tests
69 reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
Average
 
950 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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Hyperoptic Logo
97 /100
9.60 /10
Hyperoptic
Above average
Above Average
 
713 Speed Tests
48 reviews
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Broadband Network Infrastructure in Cambridge

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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Cambridge

See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Cambridge 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
YearCambridgeCambridgeshireCambridgeCambridgeshireCambridgeCambridgeshire
202125.86%20.06%89.12%64.82%99.06%97.50%
202011.28%10.53%90.02%62.44%98.88%96.70%
20190.41%7.40%91.85%64.40%99.10%96.68%
20180.14%6.79%87.78%50.44%99.11%95.95%
20170.14%1.98%36.85%17.91%98.45%94.63%
20160.00%0.00%0.10%2.58%97.85%91.15%

Map of Cambridge's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability

25.86%

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

Ultrafast Speeds

89.12%

of Cambridge residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband

99.06%

availability in Cambridge

Poor Broadband Speeds

None

of Cambridge is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Cambridge Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Cambridge

YearCambridge AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201829.08 Mbps26.27 Mbps10.70% Faster
201937.13 Mbps30.63 Mbps21.22% Faster
2020138.43 Mbps80.31 Mbps72.37% Faster
202183.85 Mbps66.05 Mbps26.95% Faster

Cambridge Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeCambridgeCambridgeshireUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps17.06%18.24%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps19.66%21.53%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps20.70%22.70%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps9.85%10.38%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps26.67%22.04%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps6.05%5.11%3.60%

How Cambridge Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
Cambridge945.07 Mbps35.15—110.7 Mbps49.44 Mbps-
Greater London5794.21 Mbps33.01—95.79 Mbps45.52 MbpsSlower
Birmingham941.32 Mbps29.29—106.99 Mbps38.46 MbpsSlower
Liverpool1134.53 Mbps25.52—89.55 Mbps34.57 MbpsSlower
Nottingham2371.49 Mbps16.23—40.55 Mbps19.15 MbpsSlower
Sheffield932.42 Mbps23.71—68.77 Mbps32.05 MbpsSlower
Bristol943.13 Mbps30.33—109.89 Mbps42.25 MbpsSlower
Glasgow913.93 Mbps20.58—71.34 Mbps32.01 MbpsSlower
Leicester935.89 Mbps27.43—99.15 Mbps36.99 MbpsSlower
Edinburgh874.24 Mbps29.94—107.43 Mbps38 MbpsSlower

Cambridge 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 Cambridge Compares for Internet Speed in Cambridgeshire

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
6Saint Neots932.57 Mbps37.67—93.14 Mbps53.98 MbpsFaster
7Huntingdon937.52 Mbps37.06—186.03 Mbps50.26 MbpsFaster
8Cambridge945.07 Mbps35.15—110.7 Mbps49.44 Mbps-
9Waterbeach857.59 Mbps34.64—70.03 Mbps48.96 MbpsSlower
10Sutton680.47 Mbps36.74—81.41 Mbps46.3 MbpsSlower

Cambridge Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Cambridge testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Cambridge ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Cambridge 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 Cambridge's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 43.24% were fast, 24.8% slow, and 31.96% broadly the same.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
BT17 Jan 2022 23:19:373115 secs24.36 Mbps28.56 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media17 Jan 2022 23:00:42270 secs1.91 Mbps2.3 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media17 Jan 2022 21:20:451464 mins0.74 Mbps7.87 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media17 Jan 2022 22:09:1438 mins2.03 Mbps3.33 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
BT17 Jan 2022 21:22:53259 secs147.69 Mbps147.97 Mbps
BT17 Jan 2022 21:08:53229 secs47.55 Mbps10.98 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media17 Jan 2022 20:18:05936 mins7.17 Mbps6.24 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media17 Jan 2022 20:53:02224 secs59.45 Mbps150.34 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media17 Jan 2022 20:35:05255 secs178.87 Mbps179.42 Mbps
Virgin Media17 Jan 2022 20:27:32229 secs30.16 Mbps170.81 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media17 Jan 2022 20:18:3835 mins660.25 Mbps749.89 MbpsImproved
TalkTalk17 Jan 2022 19:26:09245 secs20.74 Mbps22.56 Mbps
Virgin Media17 Jan 2022 19:22:483112 secs10.67 Mbps10.3 Mbps
Virgin Media17 Jan 2022 19:02:3922 mins0.44 Mbps82.13 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media17 Jan 2022 18:54:4025 mins60.64 Mbps212.99 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media17 Jan 2022 18:35:35277 secs107.69 Mbps107.58 Mbps
BT17 Jan 2022 18:23:26222 secs584.76 Mbps619.97 Mbps
Virgin Media17 Jan 2022 17:45:18519 mins374.12 Mbps375.08 Mbps
Virgin Media17 Jan 2022 17:52:5025 mins65.11 Mbps69.53 Mbps
Virgin Media17 Jan 2022 17:44:21210 mins61.12 Mbps63.27 Mbps

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Cambridge

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Cambridge Fibre939.51 Mbps170.08—413.61 Mbps
2Hyperoptic173 Mbps170.43—171.18 Mbps
3Glide869.43 Mbps37.95—100.8 Mbps
4Virgin Media935.11 Mbps55.21—192.43 Mbps
5telcom (Velocity Fibre)416.28 Mbps36.98—94.74 Mbps
6Independent Fibre Networks367.49 Mbps39.48—116.71 Mbps
7BT945.07 Mbps32.8—71.99 Mbps
8Zen Internet839.81 Mbps24.89—74.32 Mbps
9iDNET94.02 Mbps42.35—92.98 Mbps
10KCOM66.3 Mbps33.57—63.34 Mbps
11Vodafone932.13 Mbps26.65—65.05 Mbps
12Spitfire91.95 Mbps22.27—74.22 Mbps
13Andrews & Arnold83.64 Mbps27.02—68.37 Mbps
14Sky Broadband514.41 Mbps17.22—55.83 Mbps
15TalkTalk482.35 Mbps21.71—49.61 Mbps
16Trunk Networks63.79 Mbps0—0.05 Mbps
17EE638.9 Mbps13.98—47.22 Mbps
18Plusnet74.8 Mbps18.1—57.57 Mbps
19Shell Energy74.2 Mbps10.67—27.71 Mbps
20CIX91.93 Mbps8.59—11.14 Mbps

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Cambridge

How many broadband providers in Cambridge are there?

Cambridge has 20 ISPs tested by its 125,758 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Cambridge?

Cambridge Fibre is the fastest broadband provider in Cambridge with 939.51 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 170.08—413.61 Mbps.

Who is the best internet provider in Cambridge?

The best internet provider in Cambridge is Cambridge Fibre, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 170.08 to 413.61 Mbps.

What is the average internet speed in Cambridge?

Users in Cambridge see an average internet speed of 35.15 up to 370 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 945.07 Mbps.

Is Virgin Media available in Cambridge?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Cambridge, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 935.11 Mbps.

Is Sky Broadband available in Cambridge?

Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Cambridge, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 514.41 Mbps.

Is BT available in Cambridge?

Broadband service from BT is available in Cambridge, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 945.07 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Cambridge?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 143 of Cambridge's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Cambridge?

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

Author: Thomas Buck

Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper

Published: 10 Nov 2019

Last Updated: 17 Jan 2022

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