Broadband in Carlisle

Carlisle residents have run speed tests on 10 providers. This number is 73.31% above the United Kingdom average of 5.77 providers. ISPs available in Carlisle include BT, Plusnet, and Sky Broadband. The most common provider in Carlisle is BT, with a maximum recorded speed of 414.3 Mbps, and the typical home user seeing speeds in the range of 28.02—47.82 Mbps. Carlisle's fastest provider is Solway Communications, and the highest speed we've seen from them is 424.06 Mbps. Overall, the average real-world speed users will see in Carlisle is 28.11 Mbps, which is 9.79% below the The United Kingdom national average of 31.16 Mbps, and 33.98% above the average of 20.98 Mbps in Cumbria. Internet speeds in Carlisle are typically faster than Distington, but slower than Wigton. Nearby cities include Cummersdale with speeds 15.98—49.11 Mbps, and Wetheral with speeds 9.51—35.66 Mbps.


  • Virgin Media in Carlisle
  • Plusnet in Carlisle
  • Solway Communications
  • BT in Carlisle
  • Vodafone in Carlisle
  • TalkTalk in Carlisle
  • EE in Carlisle
  • Sky Broadband in Carlisle
  • Post Office Broadband in Carlisle
  • Zen Internet in Carlisle

Internet in Carlisle


Fastest city in The United Kingdom


Best speed range city in Cumbria

424.06 Mbps

Carlisle's fastest speed

19.52—58.73 Mbps

Typical speed range available to Carlisle residents

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Carlisle Competitive Speed Map

How Carlisle Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed Range50% 
London5284.34 Mbps30.13—91.03 Mbps41.88 MbpsFaster
Birmingham936.64 Mbps19.6—81.75 Mbps30.33 MbpsFaster
Bristol937.97 Mbps20.94—93.23 Mbps30.81 MbpsFaster
Leicester910.64 Mbps19.4—80.63 Mbps29.04 MbpsFaster
Edinburgh870.81 Mbps18.87—99.64 Mbps31.2 MbpsFaster
Carlisle424.06 Mbps19.52—58.73 Mbps28.11 Mbps-
Liverpool836.13 Mbps14.99—68.1 Mbps22.39 MbpsSlower
Nottingham917.03 Mbps16.75—66.71 Mbps25.23 MbpsSlower
Sheffield926.7 Mbps16.24—55.21 Mbps22.94 MbpsSlower
Glasgow898.7 Mbps10.27—52.47 Mbps14.92 MbpsSlower

Carlisle Over Time

How Carlisle Compares for Internet Speed in Cumbria

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed Range50% 
12Lower Holker68.97 Mbps21.55—65.3 Mbps30.07 MbpsFaster
13Wigton69.69 Mbps17.34—51.56 Mbps28.22 MbpsFaster
14Carlisle424.06 Mbps19.52—58.73 Mbps28.11 Mbps-
15Distington67.16 Mbps18.81—38.08 Mbps27.25 MbpsSlower
16Dalton Town with Newton248.52 Mbps17.92—48.53 Mbps27.05 MbpsSlower

Carlisle Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Carlisle test providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Carlisle ran 3 speed tests per session. Looking at download speeds, if the Carlisle 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 speed tests that don't vary by that much, we consider the final result to be the same. For Carlisle's residents, of the speed tests we measured, 25.45% were fast, 23.64% slow, and 50.91% broadly the same.
Most Recent Tests
ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
BT27 Feb 2021 15:15:24274 secs42.71 Mbps44.42 Mbps
BT25 Feb 2021 15:12:1624 mins33.96 Mbps30.98 Mbps
Sky Broadband24 Feb 2021 21:57:15287 secs1.5 Mbps0.71 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
BT24 Feb 2021 15:07:0529 mins35 Mbps44.35 MbpsImproved
BT23 Feb 2021 15:03:49212 mins41.49 Mbps32.35 MbpsNeeds help
TalkTalk23 Feb 2021 11:53:52211 mins3 Mbps3.39 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
BT22 Feb 2021 15:16:37218 mins44.35 Mbps44.13 Mbps
BT21 Feb 2021 15:13:1523 mins37.92 Mbps44.5 MbpsImproved
BT20 Feb 2021 15:16:38225 mins44.41 Mbps44.36 Mbps
BT19 Feb 2021 15:10:5825 mins43.76 Mbps42.21 Mbps
BT18 Feb 2021 15:16:38217 mins44.14 Mbps43.99 Mbps
BT16 Feb 2021 20:55:31223 mins19.69 Mbps23.09 MbpsImproved
BT16 Feb 2021 15:16:3826 mins44.22 Mbps44.31 Mbps
BT15 Feb 2021 15:16:38222 mins41.16 Mbps38.13 Mbps
BT15 Feb 2021 12:26:02225 secs49.36 Mbps49.96 Mbps
EE15 Feb 2021 11:53:30232 secs13.13 Mbps12.87 Mbps
BT14 Feb 2021 15:16:382105 secs42.34 Mbps44.6 Mbps
TalkTalk13 Feb 2021 22:00:153110 secs19.37 Mbps29.87 MbpsImproved
BT13 Feb 2021 15:16:38216 mins43.75 Mbps43.86 Mbps
BT12 Feb 2021 15:08:2128 mins42.77 Mbps37.84 MbpsNeeds help

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Carlisle

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Virgin Media409.23 Mbps19.91—105.63 Mbps
2Solway Communications424.06 Mbps21.74—83.28 Mbps
3Zen Internet68.37 Mbps0—36.11 Mbps
4Plusnet73.09 Mbps35.55—67.42 Mbps
5BT414.3 Mbps28.02—47.82 Mbps
6Vodafone72.84 Mbps21.69—41.68 Mbps
7EE96.28 Mbps10.85—38.46 Mbps
8TalkTalk138.84 Mbps13.89—35.91 Mbps
9Sky Broadband138.79 Mbps10.67—34.35 Mbps
10Post Office Broadband44.61 Mbps8.06—29.27 Mbps

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Carlisle

Carlisle has 10 ISPs tested by its 108,387 residents.
Solway Communications is the fastest provider in Carlisle with 424.06 Mbps, and an average speed range of 21.74—83.28 Mbps.
The best provider in Carlisle in Virgin Media, and their users typically see speeds in the range of 19.91 to 105.63 Mbps.
Users in Carlisle see an average internet speed of 19.52 up to 1050 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 424.06 Mbps.
BT is available in Carlisle, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 414.3 Mbps.
Plusnet is available in Carlisle, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 73.09 Mbps.
Sky Broadband is available in Carlisle, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 138.79 Mbps.
The provider with the most users in Carlisle is BT.

Last updated: 27 Feb 2021