United Kingdom Derby

Broadband Providers in Derby

Broadband Providers available in Derby include Virgin Media, Sky Broadband, and BT. Derby's fastest provider is FibreNest, with a median speed of 88 Mbps. The most popular provider in Derby is Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Derby in 2022 is 79 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 42 Mbps.

 

Derby Broadband Statistics

Derby has the best fibre access out of all major cities in the East Midlands, and is among the top 100 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 31% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 93% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 100% of Derby's households.

Great broadband infrastructure results in high speed test averages in Derby postcodes like DE21, DE23, DE22, DE24, and DE1. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 41.68 Mbps median internet speed in Derby, which is 13% above the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.

Derby increased access to Gigabit speeds by 30 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major cities like Northampton (gained 25 percentate points), Nottingham (gained 13 percentate points), and Leicester (gained 13 percentate points). In addition, real-world speed test data shows that Derby is dramatically outperformed by Barrow upon Trent (210% faster).

Local broadband speeds over time

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

/>/>

Local broadband speeds in context

As of 2022, the median broadband speed in Derby is 30% higher than the East Midlands and 12% higher than the UK overall.

Derby42 Mbps
East Midlands29 Mbps
United Kingdom37 Mbps

Derby 2022 Broadband Scorecard

First place fibre access

Major Cities, East Midlands

30% above regional broadband speed

East Midlands

12% above national broadband speed

UK Overall

Cite this page
 
Show Full Report

Broadband Providers

+ View our methodology for ranking local providers
Most popular choice
 
Provider
Overall Performance
Customer Ratings
Virgin Media Logo
69 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
Above average
Average
 
78,234 Speed Tests
1502 reviews
Plans & Pricing
Provider
Overall Performance
Customer Ratings
Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
Average
 
36,223 Speed Tests
878 reviews
Plans & Pricing
Provider
Overall Performance
Customer Ratings
BT Logo
70 /100
6.0 /10
BT
Above average
Average
 
24,909 Speed Tests
776 reviews
Plans & Pricing
Provider
Overall Performance
Customer Ratings
TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
TalkTalk
About average
Average
 
7,469 Speed Tests
379 reviews
Plans & Pricing
Provider
Overall Performance
Customer Ratings
Plusnet Logo
54 /100
6.20 /10
Plusnet
About average
Average
 
6,516 Speed Tests
442 reviews
Plans & Pricing
Provider
Overall Performance
Customer Ratings
EE Logo
58 /100
6.60 /10
EE
About average
Above Average
 
6,327 Speed Tests
395 reviews
Plans & Pricing
Provider
Overall Performance
Customer Ratings
Vodafone Logo
60 /100
5.50 /10
Vodafone
About average
Average
 
2,692 Speed Tests
232 reviews
Plans & Pricing
Provider
Overall Performance
Customer Ratings
Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
Average
 
691 Speed Tests
55 reviews
Plans & Pricing
Provider
Overall Performance
Customer Ratings
Origin Broadband Logo
48 /100
5.30 /10
Origin Broadband
About average
Average
 
146 Speed Tests
28 reviews
Provider
Overall Performance
Customer Ratings
Zen Internet Logo
67 /100
9.90 /10
Zen Internet
Above average
Above Average
 
140 Speed Tests
69 reviews
+ View low relevance providers

View Local Plans

Enter a postcode to check for fibre deals in your area.

Broadband Network Infrastructure in Derby

Are you looking for research assistance?

Contact Fair Internet Report for insights about broadband in Derby and the UK. We'll connect you with an expert on our team who can answer questions and support your work.

Questions and Requests
Tyler Cooper photo
Tyler Cooper

Research Director

Fair Internet Report

Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Derby

See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Derby 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
202131.29%93.38%99.54%
20201.44%90.35%99.57%
20190.47%92.33%99.59%
20180.00%83.33%99.49%
20170.00%73.99%98.69%
20160.00%0.00%96.58%

Map of Derby's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability

31.29%

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

Ultrafast Speeds

93.38%

of Derby residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband

99.54%

availability in Derby

Poor Broadband Speeds

None

of Derby is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Derby Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Derby

YearDerby AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201827.44 Mbps26.27 Mbps4.45% Faster
201933.65 Mbps30.63 Mbps9.86% Faster
202089.61 Mbps80.31 Mbps11.58% Faster
202178.38 Mbps66.05 Mbps18.67% Faster

Derby Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeDerbyUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps19.71%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps24.82%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps22.48%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps9.93%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps18.80%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps4.26%3.60%

How Derby Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
Greater London5794.21 Mbps32.96—95.6 Mbps45.49 MbpsFaster
Bristol943.13 Mbps30.28—109.85 Mbps42.19 MbpsFaster
Derby931.21 Mbps31.33—109.15 Mbps41.68 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
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 Derby

PositionCityMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian# Providers
1Barrow upon Trent531.54 Mbps55.53—226.23 Mbps129.14 Mbps10
2Derby931.21 Mbps31.33—109.15 Mbps41.68 Mbps15

Derby 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 Derby Compares for Internet Speed in Derby

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
1Barrow upon Trent531.54 Mbps55.53—226.23 Mbps129.14 MbpsFaster
2Derby931.21 Mbps31.33—109.15 Mbps41.68 Mbps-

Derby Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Derby testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Derby ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Derby 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 Derby's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 40.93% were fast, 26.04% slow, and 33.03% broadly the same.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 23:18:45640 mins39.17 Mbps111.63 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 23:31:3422 mins2.67 Mbps2.09 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 23:05:152116 secs11.99 Mbps10.14 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 22:56:07226 secs269.63 Mbps315.14 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 22:27:44299 secs102.67 Mbps110.19 Mbps
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 22:23:1325 mins19.08 Mbps10.78 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 22:16:12222 secs365.88 Mbps359.09 Mbps
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 22:14:26257 secs25.14 Mbps34.1 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 21:18:31332 mins3.16 Mbps0.85 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
EE14 Jan 2022 21:38:203105 secs1.06 Mbps16.14 MbpsImproved
BT14 Jan 2022 21:35:20231 secs535.96 Mbps558.18 Mbps
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 21:09:33267 secs55.23 Mbps36.14 MbpsNeeds help
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 21:09:18255 secs69.85 Mbps99.47 MbpsImproved
TalkTalk14 Jan 2022 20:46:09324 mins39.82 Mbps55.1 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 20:47:01276 secs52.29 Mbps49.47 Mbps
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 20:07:43229 secs216.41 Mbps214.31 Mbps
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 19:34:1726 mins19.19 Mbps0.06 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
BT14 Jan 2022 19:36:08227 secs53.81 Mbps45.52 MbpsNeeds help
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 19:29:01247 secs2.66 Mbps2.71 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 19:22:19389 secs24.69 Mbps203.27 MbpsImproved

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Derby

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Zen Internet919.22 Mbps19.1—91.82 Mbps
2Virgin Media931.21 Mbps48.33—201.15 Mbps
3Independent Fibre Networks347.57 Mbps49.85—144.77 Mbps
4FibreNest125.18 Mbps79.86—96.83 Mbps
5BT909.18 Mbps32.04—90.08 Mbps
6Vodafone869.1 Mbps32.26—67.52 Mbps
7Sky Broadband475.54 Mbps22.78—58.11 Mbps
8TalkTalk521.85 Mbps25.45—56.24 Mbps
9EE917.33 Mbps18.69—55.83 Mbps
10Spitfire93.26 Mbps15.63—52.98 Mbps
11Origin Broadband62.35 Mbps28.11—49.96 Mbps
12Plusnet74.54 Mbps17.59—39.92 Mbps
13Cerberus Networks68.36 Mbps3.23—9.25 Mbps
14Shell Energy73.98 Mbps12.8—35.29 Mbps
15KCOM94.86 Mbps5.1—9.26 Mbps

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Derby

How many broadband providers in Derby are there?

Derby has 15 ISPs tested by its 257,174 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Derby?

FibreNest is the fastest broadband provider in Derby with 125.18 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 79.86—96.83 Mbps.

Who is the best internet provider in Derby?

The best internet provider in Derby is Virgin Media, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 48.33 to 201.15 Mbps.

What is the average internet speed in Derby?

Users in Derby see an average internet speed of 31.33 up to 412 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 931.21 Mbps.

Is Virgin Media available in Derby?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Derby, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 931.21 Mbps.

Is Sky Broadband available in Derby?

Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Derby, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 475.54 Mbps.

Is BT available in Derby?

Broadband service from BT is available in Derby, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 909.18 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Derby?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 1889 of Derby's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Derby?

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

Author: Thomas Buck

Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper

Published: 10 Nov 2019

Last Updated: 14 Jan 2022

Cite this page