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Broadband Providers in Darlington

Broadband Providers available in Darlington include Virgin Media, BT, and Vodafone. Darlington's fastest provider is Zen Internet, with a median speed of 113 Mbps. The most popular provider in Darlington is Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Darlington in 2022 is 79 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 43 Mbps.


Darlington Broadband Statistics

Darlington is among the top 5 for fibre access out of all major towns in the North East, and is the 45th best major town in terms of fibre access across the UK as a whole. Our analysis of Ofcom coverage data shows that Gigabit fibre is available to only 0.40% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 95% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 99% of Darlington's households.

Great broadband infrastructure results in high speed test averages in Darlington postcodes like DL1, DL3, and DL98. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 43 Mbps median internet speed in Darlington, which is 16% above the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.

Darlington increased access to Gigabit speeds by 0.38 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major towns like Redcar (lost 0.06 percentage points). In addition, real-world speed test data shows that Darlington is dramatically faster than Hurworth (781% slower) and Barmpton (24% slower).

Local broadband speeds over time

The median broadband speed in Darlington has increased by 78% over the last five years.


Local broadband speeds in context

As of 2022, the median broadband speed in Darlington is 18% higher than the North East and 14% higher than the UK overall.

Darlington43 Mbps
North East35 Mbps
United Kingdom37 Mbps

Darlington 2022 Broadband Scorecard

2nd lowest fibre access

Major Towns, North East

18% above regional broadband speed

North East

14% above national broadband speed

UK Overall

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Broadband Providers

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Virgin Media Logo
69 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
Above average
17,555 Speed Tests
1502 reviews
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BT Logo
70 /100
6.0 /10
Above average
5,547 Speed Tests
776 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
60 /100
5.50 /10
About average
2,009 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
54 /100
6.20 /10
About average
1,790 Speed Tests
442 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.60 /10
About average
Above Average
1,704 Speed Tests
395 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
About average
717 Speed Tests
379 reviews
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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
366 Speed Tests
878 reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
166 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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Zen Internet Logo
67 /100
9.90 /10
Zen Internet
Above average
Above Average
34 Speed Tests
69 reviews
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No Logo
43 /100
7.10 /10
O2 Broadband
About average
Above Average
10 Speed Tests
82 reviews
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No Logo
28 /100
6.90 /10
Boundless Networks
Below average
Above Average
9 Speed Tests
1 review
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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Darlington

See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Darlington 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

Map of Darlington's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability


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

Ultrafast Speeds


of Darlington residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband


availability in Darlington

Poor Broadband Speeds


of Darlington is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Darlington Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Darlington

YearDarlington AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201831 Mbps26.27 Mbps18.01% Faster
201931.6 Mbps30.63 Mbps3.17% Faster
202054.14 Mbps80.31 Mbps32.59% Slower
202178.16 Mbps66.05 Mbps18.33% Faster

Darlington Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeDarlingtonUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps20.58%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps22.24%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps22.78%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps9.17%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps21.09%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps4.14%3.60%

How Darlington Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
Greater London5794.21 Mbps32.96—95.6 Mbps45.49 MbpsFaster
Darlington927.72 Mbps33.06—109 Mbps42.66 Mbps-
Birmingham941.32 Mbps29.26—106.92 Mbps38.41 MbpsSlower
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
Bristol943.13 Mbps30.28—109.85 Mbps42.19 MbpsSlower
Glasgow913.93 Mbps20.52—71.3 Mbps31.97 MbpsSlower
Leicester935.89 Mbps27.38—98.99 Mbps36.93 MbpsSlower
Edinburgh874.24 Mbps29.95—107.42 Mbps38 MbpsSlower

Cities and Provider Internet Speeds in Darlington

PositionCityMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian# Providers
1Darlington927.72 Mbps33.06—109 Mbps42.66 Mbps13
2Bishopton777.79 Mbps29.99—67.96 Mbps36.27 Mbps8
3Barmpton940.86 Mbps23.67—98.5 Mbps34.5 Mbps8

Darlington 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 Darlington Compares for Internet Speed in Darlington

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
1High Coniscliffe73.36 Mbps60.68—61.74 Mbps61.31 MbpsFaster
2Darlington927.72 Mbps33.06—109 Mbps42.66 Mbps-
3Bishopton777.79 Mbps29.99—67.96 Mbps36.27 MbpsSlower
4Barmpton940.86 Mbps23.67—98.5 Mbps34.5 MbpsSlower

Darlington Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Darlington testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Darlington ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Darlington 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 Darlington's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 45.48% were fast, 24.51% slow, and 30.01% broadly the same.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Vodafone14 Jan 2022 23:39:512118 secs66.61 Mbps66.46 Mbps
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 21:58:26368 secs410.12 Mbps362.91 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 21:21:031711 mins18.01 Mbps40.19 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 21:14:47249 secs376.68 Mbps374.68 Mbps
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 19:20:1847 mins24.96 Mbps28.45 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 19:21:4635 mins108.54 Mbps108.92 Mbps
TalkTalk14 Jan 2022 19:04:32214 mins28.17 Mbps29.19 Mbps
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 17:20:5942 mins10.74 Mbps11.79 Mbps
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 16:18:03248 secs90.08 Mbps89.97 Mbps
EE14 Jan 2022 09:41:07411 mins4.03 Mbps3.97 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Plusnet14 Jan 2022 09:05:54440 mins6.62 Mbps6.45 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Plusnet13 Jan 2022 23:16:0122 mins1.53 Mbps13.55 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media13 Jan 2022 22:22:00236 secs80.64 Mbps64.7 MbpsNeeds help
EE13 Jan 2022 19:36:20414 mins3.84 Mbps4.01 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media13 Jan 2022 19:09:34727 mins95.04 Mbps197.34 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media13 Jan 2022 18:59:31217 mins1.22 Mbps274.73 MbpsImproved
EE13 Jan 2022 19:15:35226 secs63.1 Mbps62.94 Mbps
Virgin Media13 Jan 2022 18:42:3432 mins10.13 Mbps10.54 Mbps
Virgin Media13 Jan 2022 17:57:2143 mins64.28 Mbps29.27 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media13 Jan 2022 17:21:19212 secs39.48 Mbps41.54 Mbps

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Darlington

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Zen Internet927.72 Mbps87.26—727.76 Mbps
2Boundless Networks250.86 Mbps53.88—216.24 Mbps
3Virgin Media706.97 Mbps46.6—182.03 Mbps
4Community Fibre125.77 Mbps0—57.82 Mbps
5CIX89.92 Mbps77.36—85.32 Mbps
6BT818.65 Mbps30.85—69.52 Mbps
7EE552.41 Mbps16.35—63.1 Mbps
8Vodafone443.39 Mbps29.38—56.7 Mbps
9Sky Broadband361.94 Mbps20.6—54 Mbps
10TalkTalk148.68 Mbps11.77—37.59 Mbps
11Shell Energy71.48 Mbps17.26—32.87 Mbps
12Plusnet74.01 Mbps9.26—36.07 Mbps
13O2 Broadband25.47 Mbps4.06—13.2 Mbps

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Darlington

How many broadband providers in Darlington are there?

Darlington has 13 ISPs tested by its 106,566 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Darlington?

Zen Internet is the fastest broadband provider in Darlington with 927.72 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 87.26—727.76 Mbps.

Who is the best internet provider in Darlington?

The best internet provider in Darlington is Zen Internet, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 87.26 to 727.76 Mbps.

What is the average internet speed in Darlington?

Users in Darlington see an average internet speed of 33.06 up to 418 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 927.72 Mbps.

Is Virgin Media available in Darlington?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Darlington, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 706.97 Mbps.

Is BT available in Darlington?

Broadband service from BT is available in Darlington, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 818.65 Mbps.

Is Vodafone available in Darlington?

Broadband service from Vodafone is available in Darlington, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 443.39 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Darlington?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 55 of Darlington's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Darlington?

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

Author: Thomas Buck

Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper

Published: 10 Nov 2019

Last Updated: 14 Jan 2022

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