Broadband Providers available in Doncaster include Virgin Media, TalkTalk, and BT. Doncaster's fastest provider is Virgin Media, with a median speed of 87 Mbps. The most popular provider in Doncaster is also Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Doncaster in 2022 is 81 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 35 Mbps.
Doncaster is among the 5 worst-off for fibre access out of all major cities in Yorkshire and The Humber, and is among the 50 worst-off 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 52% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 89% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 99% of Doncaster's households.
Poor broadband infrastructure results in low speed test averages in Doncaster postcodes like DN4, DN2, DN5, DN12, and DN6. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 35 Mbps median internet speed in Doncaster, which is 5.94% below the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.
Doncaster increased access to Gigabit speeds by 36 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major cities like Rotherham (gained 12 percentate points), Sheffield (gained 11 percentate points), and York (gained 8.49 percentate points). In addition, real-world speed test data shows that Doncaster is significantly outperformed by Cantley (35% faster) and Warmsworth (11% faster), and is dramatically faster than Armthorpe (54% slower).
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 Doncaster 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 Doncaster 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 Doncaster 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 Doncaster can obtain to 1,000+ Mbps broadband speeds
of Doncaster residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service
Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband
availability in Doncaster
Poor Broadband Speeds
of Doncaster is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps
|Year||Doncaster Average||United Kingdom Average||Difference|
|2018||22.4 Mbps||26.27 Mbps||14.73% Slower|
|2019||29.67 Mbps||30.63 Mbps||3.13% Slower|
|2020||87.13 Mbps||80.31 Mbps||8.49% Faster|
|2021||80.88 Mbps||66.05 Mbps||22.45% Faster|
|Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range|
|Internet Speed Range||Doncaster||United Kingdom|
|Very Slow: under 10 Mbps||21.24%||19.92%|
|Slow: 10-30 Mbps||26.63%||25.74%|
|Adequate: 30-60 Mbps||23.07%||25.20%|
|Good: 60-80 Mbps||6.98%||10.20%|
|Fast: 80-300 Mbps||16.88%||15.33%|
|Very Fast: over 300 Mbps||5.20%||3.60%|
|City / Town||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range||Median|
|Greater London||5794.21 Mbps||33.02—95.86 Mbps||45.54 Mbps||Faster|
|Birmingham||941.32 Mbps||29.29—107 Mbps||38.47 Mbps||Faster|
|Bristol||943.13 Mbps||30.35—109.9 Mbps||42.28 Mbps||Faster|
|Leicester||935.89 Mbps||27.45—99.24 Mbps||37 Mbps||Faster|
|Edinburgh||874.24 Mbps||29.96—107.47 Mbps||38.02 Mbps||Faster|
|Doncaster||921.1 Mbps||27.94—109.19 Mbps||34.65 Mbps||-|
|Liverpool||1134.53 Mbps||25.52—89.6 Mbps||34.58 Mbps||Slower|
|Nottingham||2371.49 Mbps||16.2—40.46 Mbps||19.1 Mbps||Slower|
|Sheffield||932.42 Mbps||23.73—68.81 Mbps||32.06 Mbps||Slower|
|Glasgow||913.93 Mbps||20.58—71.34 Mbps||32 Mbps||Slower|
|Position||City||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range||Median||# Providers|
|1||Warmsworth||923.51 Mbps||29.72—109.06 Mbps||38.33 Mbps||15|
|2||Doncaster||921.1 Mbps||27.94—109.19 Mbps||34.65 Mbps||15|
|3||Braithwell||909.05 Mbps||23.83—59.83 Mbps||29.54 Mbps||12|
|4||Stainforth||914.99 Mbps||23.19—59.94 Mbps||29.1 Mbps||8|
|5||Hatfield||874.84 Mbps||19.76—68.1 Mbps||28.66 Mbps||9|
|6||Auckley||884.47 Mbps||20.93—56.39 Mbps||28.12 Mbps||10|
|7||Armthorpe||935.91 Mbps||13.49—59.93 Mbps||22.53 Mbps||12|
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|
|2||Norton||67.53 Mbps||36.41—56.3 Mbps||46.64 Mbps||Faster|
|3||Warmsworth||923.51 Mbps||29.72—109.06 Mbps||38.33 Mbps||Faster|
|4||Doncaster||921.1 Mbps||27.94—109.19 Mbps||34.65 Mbps||-|
|5||Braithwell||909.05 Mbps||23.83—59.83 Mbps||29.54 Mbps||Slower|
|6||Stainforth||914.99 Mbps||23.19—59.94 Mbps||29.1 Mbps||Slower|
We analysed the results of people in Doncaster testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Doncaster ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Doncaster 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 Doncaster's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 41.95% were fast, 22.53% slow, and 35.52% broadly the same.
|Provider||Start Time||# Tests||Duration||Start Speed||End Speed||Status|
|TalkTalk||18 Jan 2022 23:51:03||2||24 secs||1.33 Mbps||14.91 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 22:36:28||2||29 mins||105.34 Mbps||103.9 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 22:37:29||2||6 mins||147.7 Mbps||164.6 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 22:26:36||4||67 secs||42.96 Mbps||215.39 Mbps||Improved|
|BT||18 Jan 2022 21:25:36||2||2 mins||8.66 Mbps||10.4 Mbps||Improved|
|TalkTalk||18 Jan 2022 20:53:05||4||31 mins||25.98 Mbps||23.73 Mbps|
|Plusnet||18 Jan 2022 21:20:12||2||41 secs||54.87 Mbps||59.53 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 21:09:38||4||7 mins||162.34 Mbps||180 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 20:58:29||2||42 secs||216.49 Mbps||210.2 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 20:21:59||3||25 mins||16.83 Mbps||26.92 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 20:42:00||5||5 mins||4.62 Mbps||17.64 Mbps||Improved|
|TalkTalk||18 Jan 2022 20:12:43||2||30 secs||23.61 Mbps||19.99 Mbps||Needs help|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 19:45:08||2||81 secs||11.71 Mbps||175.28 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 19:12:15||7||22 mins||17.35 Mbps||36.04 Mbps||Improved|
|Shell Energy||18 Jan 2022 19:25:40||2||3 mins||0.84 Mbps||2.99 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 18:55:14||2||26 mins||30.99 Mbps||88.85 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 19:06:41||5||2 mins||0.73 Mbps||0.89 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 18:35:54||3||4 mins||78.27 Mbps||8.9 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 18:22:07||4||17 mins||292.63 Mbps||273.26 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 17:38:37||11||52 mins||99.31 Mbps||109.52 Mbps||Improved|
|#||Provider Name||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range|
|1||Virgin Media||921.1 Mbps||54.18—213.09 Mbps|
|2||KCOM||780.38 Mbps||18.95—92.1 Mbps|
|3||Zone Broadband||461.06 Mbps||25.59—88.5 Mbps|
|4||Jibba Jabba||55.33 Mbps||0—55.11 Mbps|
|5||Aquiss||271.86 Mbps||23—33.6 Mbps|
|6||BT||915.01 Mbps||17.28—50.22 Mbps|
|7||Zen Internet||108.57 Mbps||17.19—61.22 Mbps|
|8||EE||909.22 Mbps||31.15—36.34 Mbps|
|9||TalkTalk||530.74 Mbps||21.35—44.24 Mbps|
|10||Vodafone||512.39 Mbps||18.77—52.9 Mbps|
|11||Sky Broadband||465.32 Mbps||12.83—51.09 Mbps|
|12||Glide||462.51 Mbps||16.64—48.08 Mbps|
|13||Plusnet||74.71 Mbps||13.13—39.58 Mbps|
|14||Origin Broadband||62.95 Mbps||9.56—33.78 Mbps|
|15||Shell Energy||65.83 Mbps||6.38—20.91 Mbps|
Doncaster has 15 ISPs tested by its 310,542 residents.
Virgin Media is the fastest broadband provider in Doncaster with 921.1 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 54.18—213.09 Mbps.
The best internet provider in Doncaster is Virgin Media, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 54.18 to 213.09 Mbps.
Users in Doncaster see an average internet speed of 27.94 up to 414 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 921.1 Mbps.
Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Doncaster, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 921.1 Mbps.
Broadband service from TalkTalk is available in Doncaster, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 530.74 Mbps.
Broadband service from BT is available in Doncaster, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 915.01 Mbps.
Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 2079 of Doncaster's postcodes.
The broadband provider with the most users in Doncaster is Virgin Media.
Author: Thomas Buck
Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper
Published: 10 Nov 2019
Last Updated: 18 Jan 2022