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 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).
The median broadband speed in Derby has increased by 73% over the last five years.
As of 2022, the median broadband speed in Derby is 30% higher than the East Midlands and 12% higher than the UK overall.
|East Midlands||29 Mbps|
|United Kingdom||37 Mbps|
▲ First place fibre access
Major Cities, East Midlands
▲ 30% above regional broadband speed
▲ 12% above 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 Derby 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 Derby 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 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+ Mbps||300+ Mbps||30+ Mbps|
of people living in Derby can obtain to 1,000+ Mbps broadband speeds
of Derby residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service
Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband
availability in Derby
Poor Broadband Speeds
of Derby is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps
|Year||Derby Average||United Kingdom Average||Difference|
|2018||27.44 Mbps||26.27 Mbps||4.45% Faster|
|2019||33.65 Mbps||30.63 Mbps||9.86% Faster|
|2020||89.61 Mbps||80.31 Mbps||11.58% Faster|
|2021||78.38 Mbps||66.05 Mbps||18.67% Faster|
|Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range|
|Internet Speed Range||Derby||United Kingdom|
|Very Slow: under 10 Mbps||19.71%||19.92%|
|Slow: 10-30 Mbps||24.82%||25.74%|
|Adequate: 30-60 Mbps||22.48%||25.20%|
|Good: 60-80 Mbps||9.93%||10.20%|
|Fast: 80-300 Mbps||18.80%||15.33%|
|Very Fast: over 300 Mbps||4.26%||3.60%|
|City / Town||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range||Median|
|Greater London||5794.21 Mbps||32.96—95.6 Mbps||45.49 Mbps||Faster|
|Bristol||943.13 Mbps||30.28—109.85 Mbps||42.19 Mbps||Faster|
|Derby||931.21 Mbps||31.33—109.15 Mbps||41.68 Mbps||-|
|Birmingham||941.32 Mbps||29.26—106.92 Mbps||38.41 Mbps||Slower|
|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|
|Leicester||935.89 Mbps||27.38—98.99 Mbps||36.93 Mbps||Slower|
|Edinburgh||874.24 Mbps||29.95—107.42 Mbps||38 Mbps||Slower|
|Position||City||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range||Median||# Providers|
|1||Barrow upon Trent||531.54 Mbps||55.53—226.23 Mbps||129.14 Mbps||10|
|2||Derby||931.21 Mbps||31.33—109.15 Mbps||41.68 Mbps||15|
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|
|1||Barrow upon Trent||531.54 Mbps||55.53—226.23 Mbps||129.14 Mbps||Faster|
|2||Derby||931.21 Mbps||31.33—109.15 Mbps||41.68 Mbps||-|
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.
|Provider||Start Time||# Tests||Duration||Start Speed||End Speed||Status|
|Virgin Media||14 Jan 2022 23:18:45||6||40 mins||39.17 Mbps||111.63 Mbps||Improved|
|Sky Broadband||14 Jan 2022 23:31:34||2||2 mins||2.67 Mbps||2.09 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Sky Broadband||14 Jan 2022 23:05:15||2||116 secs||11.99 Mbps||10.14 Mbps||Needs help|
|Virgin Media||14 Jan 2022 22:56:07||2||26 secs||269.63 Mbps||315.14 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||14 Jan 2022 22:27:44||2||99 secs||102.67 Mbps||110.19 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||14 Jan 2022 22:23:13||2||5 mins||19.08 Mbps||10.78 Mbps||Needs help|
|Virgin Media||14 Jan 2022 22:16:12||2||22 secs||365.88 Mbps||359.09 Mbps|
|Sky Broadband||14 Jan 2022 22:14:26||2||57 secs||25.14 Mbps||34.1 Mbps||Improved|
|Sky Broadband||14 Jan 2022 21:18:31||3||32 mins||3.16 Mbps||0.85 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|EE||14 Jan 2022 21:38:20||3||105 secs||1.06 Mbps||16.14 Mbps||Improved|
|BT||14 Jan 2022 21:35:20||2||31 secs||535.96 Mbps||558.18 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||14 Jan 2022 21:09:33||2||67 secs||55.23 Mbps||36.14 Mbps||Needs help|
|Sky Broadband||14 Jan 2022 21:09:18||2||55 secs||69.85 Mbps||99.47 Mbps||Improved|
|TalkTalk||14 Jan 2022 20:46:09||3||24 mins||39.82 Mbps||55.1 Mbps||Improved|
|Sky Broadband||14 Jan 2022 20:47:01||2||76 secs||52.29 Mbps||49.47 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||14 Jan 2022 20:07:43||2||29 secs||216.41 Mbps||214.31 Mbps|
|Sky Broadband||14 Jan 2022 19:34:17||2||6 mins||19.19 Mbps||0.06 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|BT||14 Jan 2022 19:36:08||2||27 secs||53.81 Mbps||45.52 Mbps||Needs help|
|Sky Broadband||14 Jan 2022 19:29:01||2||47 secs||2.66 Mbps||2.71 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Virgin Media||14 Jan 2022 19:22:19||3||89 secs||24.69 Mbps||203.27 Mbps||Improved|
|#||Provider Name||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range|
|1||Zen Internet||919.22 Mbps||19.1—91.82 Mbps|
|2||Virgin Media||931.21 Mbps||48.33—201.15 Mbps|
|3||Independent Fibre Networks||347.57 Mbps||49.85—144.77 Mbps|
|4||FibreNest||125.18 Mbps||79.86—96.83 Mbps|
|5||BT||909.18 Mbps||32.04—90.08 Mbps|
|6||Vodafone||869.1 Mbps||32.26—67.52 Mbps|
|7||Sky Broadband||475.54 Mbps||22.78—58.11 Mbps|
|8||TalkTalk||521.85 Mbps||25.45—56.24 Mbps|
|9||EE||917.33 Mbps||18.69—55.83 Mbps|
|10||Spitfire||93.26 Mbps||15.63—52.98 Mbps|
|11||Origin Broadband||62.35 Mbps||28.11—49.96 Mbps|
|12||Plusnet||74.54 Mbps||17.59—39.92 Mbps|
|13||Cerberus Networks||68.36 Mbps||3.23—9.25 Mbps|
|14||Shell Energy||73.98 Mbps||12.8—35.29 Mbps|
|15||KCOM||94.86 Mbps||5.1—9.26 Mbps|
Derby has 15 ISPs tested by its 257,174 residents.
FibreNest is the fastest broadband provider in Derby with 125.18 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 79.86—96.83 Mbps.
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.
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.
Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Derby, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 931.21 Mbps.
Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Derby, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 475.54 Mbps.
Broadband service from BT is available in Derby, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 909.18 Mbps.
Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 1889 of Derby's postcodes.
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