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Broadband Providers in Edinburgh

Broadband Providers available in Edinburgh include Virgin Media, TalkTalk, and Plusnet. Edinburgh's fastest provider is Hyperoptic, with a median speed of 95 Mbps. The most popular provider in Edinburgh is Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Edinburgh in 2022 is 77 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 38 Mbps.

 

Edinburgh Broadband Statistics

Edinburgh has the best fibre access out of all major cities in Scotland, 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 88% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 89% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 98% of Edinburgh's households.

Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 38 Mbps median internet speed in Edinburgh, which is 3.20% above the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.

Edinburgh increased access to Gigabit speeds by 53 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major cities like Aberdeen (gained 28 percentate points). In addition, real-world speed test data shows that Edinburgh is dramatically outperformed by West End (80% faster) and York Place (71% faster), and is significantly faster than Newington (23% slower).

 
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Broadband Providers

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Overall Performance
Customer Ratings
Virgin Media Logo
68 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
Above average
Average
 
29,123 Speed Tests
1516 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
TalkTalk
About average
Average
 
12,755 Speed Tests
379 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
55 /100
6.10 /10
Plusnet
About average
Average
 
3,774 Speed Tests
444 reviews
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BT Logo
69 /100
6.0 /10
BT
Above average
Average
 
3,244 Speed Tests
778 reviews
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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
Average
 
2,366 Speed Tests
883 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.60 /10
EE
About average
Above Average
 
2,325 Speed Tests
396 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
59 /100
5.50 /10
Vodafone
About average
Average
 
1,432 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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Fastest median speed
 
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Hyperoptic Logo
97 /100
9.60 /10
Hyperoptic
Above average
Above Average
 
362 Speed Tests
48 reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
Average
 
116 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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Zen Internet Logo
65 /100
9.90 /10
Zen Internet
Above average
Above Average
 
38 Speed Tests
69 reviews
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No Logo
87 /100
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CCS Leeds
Above average
 
26 Speed Tests
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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Edinburgh

See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Edinburgh 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
202187.98%88.83%98.19%
202034.53%86.94%98.18%
201914.87%78.14%98.64%
20182.13%74.41%98.24%
20170.97%73.29%94.68%
20160.00%0.19%91.78%

Gigabit Availability

87.98%

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

Ultrafast Speeds

88.83%

of Edinburgh residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband

98.19%

availability in Edinburgh

Poor Broadband Speeds

1.79%

of Edinburgh is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Edinburgh Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Edinburgh

YearEdinburgh AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201827.52 Mbps26.27 Mbps4.76% Faster
201933.22 Mbps30.63 Mbps8.46% Faster
202097.81 Mbps80.31 Mbps21.79% Faster
202176.43 Mbps66.05 Mbps15.72% Faster

Edinburgh Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeEdinburghUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps23.32%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps24.34%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps19.94%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps7.43%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps19.29%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps5.69%3.60%

How Edinburgh Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
Greater London5794.21 Mbps33.02—95.86 Mbps45.54 MbpsFaster
Birmingham941.32 Mbps29.29—107 Mbps38.47 MbpsFaster
Bristol943.13 Mbps30.35—109.9 Mbps42.28 MbpsFaster
Edinburgh874.24 Mbps29.96—107.47 Mbps38.02 Mbps-
Liverpool1134.53 Mbps25.52—89.6 Mbps34.58 MbpsSlower
Nottingham2371.49 Mbps16.2—40.46 Mbps19.1 MbpsSlower
Sheffield932.42 Mbps23.73—68.81 Mbps32.06 MbpsSlower
Glasgow913.93 Mbps20.58—71.34 Mbps32 MbpsSlower
Leicester935.89 Mbps27.45—99.24 Mbps37 MbpsSlower

Cities and Provider Internet Speeds in Edinburgh

PositionCityMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian# Providers
1Colinton802.57 Mbps69.86—361.74 Mbps107.32 Mbps9
2York Place693.96 Mbps37.2—489.3 Mbps65.16 Mbps3
3Kirkliston465.54 Mbps48.77—70.3 Mbps62.9 Mbps6
4Gogar931.98 Mbps36.64—126.24 Mbps49.85 Mbps1
5Gorgie916.79 Mbps32.77—109.1 Mbps44.97 Mbps8
6Fairmilehead902.12 Mbps32.05—95.63 Mbps42.91 Mbps8
7Liberton792.76 Mbps32.78—100.5 Mbps42.63 Mbps9
8Corstorphine918.18 Mbps31.36—92.02 Mbps42.44 Mbps9
9Edinburgh874.24 Mbps29.96—107.47 Mbps38.02 Mbps13
10Gilmerton743.35 Mbps27.54—87.28 Mbps37.42 Mbps7
11Balerno930.86 Mbps30.05—69.62 Mbps37.39 Mbps9
12Drylaw919.68 Mbps29.16—89.73 Mbps36.52 Mbps8
13Granton913.87 Mbps24.73—82.51 Mbps33.87 Mbps9
14Duddingston910.63 Mbps22.23—68.91 Mbps30.83 Mbps9
15Newington687.89 Mbps23.37—63.7 Mbps30.81 Mbps9
16Newbridge349.58 Mbps22.81—44.84 Mbps24.16 Mbps5

Edinburgh 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 Edinburgh Compares for Internet Speed in Edinburgh

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
8Liberton792.76 Mbps32.78—100.5 Mbps42.63 MbpsFaster
9Corstorphine918.18 Mbps31.36—92.02 Mbps42.44 MbpsFaster
10Edinburgh874.24 Mbps29.96—107.47 Mbps38.02 Mbps-
11Gilmerton743.35 Mbps27.54—87.28 Mbps37.42 MbpsSlower
12Balerno930.86 Mbps30.05—69.62 Mbps37.39 MbpsSlower

Edinburgh Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Edinburgh testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Edinburgh ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Edinburgh 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 Edinburgh's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 39.38% were fast, 27.41% slow, and 33.22% broadly the same.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 23:39:0849 mins0.1 Mbps0.09 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 23:40:46227 secs94.15 Mbps321 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 22:21:33215 mins198.3 Mbps104.92 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:20:55930 mins2.97 Mbps12.77 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:23:46104 mins164.8 Mbps191.35 MbpsImproved
TalkTalk18 Jan 2022 19:33:282105 secs21.06 Mbps21.08 Mbps
Plusnet18 Jan 2022 19:20:18227 secs12.02 Mbps34.35 MbpsImproved
TalkTalk18 Jan 2022 19:07:5034 mins36.75 Mbps35.7 Mbps
TalkTalk18 Jan 2022 19:04:43232 secs27.07 Mbps17.73 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 18:03:0432 mins25.22 Mbps41.19 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 17:46:0824 mins18.72 Mbps24.68 MbpsImproved
TalkTalk18 Jan 2022 17:41:4925 mins139.97 Mbps129.54 Mbps
EE18 Jan 2022 17:06:14221 mins266.88 Mbps250.55 Mbps
Plusnet18 Jan 2022 17:18:4457 mins12.45 Mbps1.81 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 17:05:30253 secs31.18 Mbps108.1 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 16:41:55217 mins24.91 Mbps35.53 MbpsImproved
TalkTalk18 Jan 2022 16:39:0698 mins31.62 Mbps108.05 MbpsImproved
Hyperoptic18 Jan 2022 16:06:48227 secs354.22 Mbps347.66 Mbps
TalkTalk18 Jan 2022 15:55:26211 secs56.28 Mbps57.19 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 15:22:261332 mins214.37 Mbps87.17 MbpsNeeds help

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Edinburgh

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Hyperoptic874.24 Mbps73.54—190.62 Mbps
2Virgin Media705.74 Mbps52.38—207.02 Mbps
3BT835.04 Mbps38.02—62.15 Mbps
4EE551.21 Mbps13.51—61.69 Mbps
5Glide198.53 Mbps3.58—85.19 Mbps
6Zen Internet153.33 Mbps15.64—97.43 Mbps
7CCS Leeds96.71 Mbps27.69—60.59 Mbps
8Sky Broadband517.18 Mbps16.84—55.42 Mbps
9Vodafone352.35 Mbps24.72—51.55 Mbps
10TalkTalk644.93 Mbps19.16—47.37 Mbps
11iDNET150.22 Mbps5.45—44.19 Mbps
12Plusnet74.04 Mbps12.64—35.25 Mbps
13Shell Energy71.14 Mbps6.39—26.72 Mbps

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Edinburgh

How many broadband providers in Edinburgh are there?

Edinburgh has 13 ISPs tested by its 464,990 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Edinburgh?

Hyperoptic is the fastest broadband provider in Edinburgh with 874.24 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 73.54—190.62 Mbps.

Who is the best internet provider in Edinburgh?

The best internet provider in Edinburgh is Hyperoptic, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 73.54 to 190.62 Mbps.

What is the average internet speed in Edinburgh?

Users in Edinburgh see an average internet speed of 29.96 up to 457 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 874.24 Mbps.

Is Virgin Media available in Edinburgh?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Edinburgh, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 705.74 Mbps.

Is TalkTalk available in Edinburgh?

Broadband service from TalkTalk is available in Edinburgh, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 644.93 Mbps.

Is Plusnet available in Edinburgh?

Broadband service from Plusnet is available in Edinburgh, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 74.04 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Edinburgh?

No, BT does not have full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) in Edinburgh.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Edinburgh?

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

Author: Thomas Buck

Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper

Published: 10 Nov 2019

Last Updated: 18 Jan 2022

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