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Broadband Providers in Gateshead

Broadband Providers available in Gateshead include Virgin Media, Sky Broadband, and BT. Gateshead's fastest provider is Virgin Media, with a median speed of 63 Mbps. The most popular provider in Gateshead is also Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Gateshead in 2022 is 55 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 32 Mbps.

 

Gateshead Broadband Statistics

Gateshead has the second-lowest fibre access out of all major cities in the North East, and is among the 10 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 only 4.53% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 75% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 98% of Gateshead's households.

Poor broadband infrastructure results in low speed test averages in Gateshead postcodes like NE10, NE9, NE8, NE16, and NE21. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 32.06 Mbps median internet speed in Gateshead, which is 13% below the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.

Gateshead increased access to Gigabit speeds by 1.85 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major cities like Stockton-on-Tees (gained 0.22 percentate points). In addition, real-world speed test data shows that Gateshead is dramatically faster than Lamesley (159% slower).

 
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Overall Performance
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Virgin Media Logo
68 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
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Average
 
36,197 Speed Tests
1516 reviews
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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
Average
 
27,111 Speed Tests
883 reviews
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BT Logo
69 /100
6.0 /10
BT
Above average
Average
 
10,861 Speed Tests
778 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
TalkTalk
About average
Average
 
7,887 Speed Tests
379 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
55 /100
6.10 /10
Plusnet
About average
Average
 
4,132 Speed Tests
444 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.60 /10
EE
About average
Above Average
 
2,189 Speed Tests
396 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
59 /100
5.50 /10
Vodafone
About average
Average
 
1,704 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
Average
 
501 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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Hyperoptic Logo
97 /100
9.60 /10
Hyperoptic
Above average
Above Average
 
282 Speed Tests
48 reviews
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No Logo
87 /100
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CCS Leeds
Above average
 
84 Speed Tests
Too few reviews
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Glide Logo
68 /100
7.50 /10
Glide
Above average
Above Average
 
55 Speed Tests
10 reviews
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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Gateshead

See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Gateshead 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
20214.53%74.90%97.59%
20202.68%74.14%97.32%
20192.65%72.41%97.62%
20181.03%69.70%95.79%
20170.29%69.75%95.13%
20160.00%0.26%94.33%

Map of Gateshead's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability

4.53%

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

Ultrafast Speeds

74.90%

of Gateshead residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband

97.59%

availability in Gateshead

Poor Broadband Speeds

2.29%

of Gateshead is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Gateshead Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Gateshead

YearGateshead AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201825.94 Mbps26.27 Mbps1.26% Slower
201924.91 Mbps30.63 Mbps18.67% Slower
202049.36 Mbps80.31 Mbps38.54% Slower
202154.05 Mbps66.05 Mbps18.17% Slower

Gateshead Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeGatesheadUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps23.31%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps25.17%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps22.66%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps7.53%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps16.72%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps4.61%3.60%

How Gateshead 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
Liverpool1134.53 Mbps25.52—89.6 Mbps34.58 MbpsFaster
Bristol943.13 Mbps30.35—109.9 Mbps42.28 MbpsFaster
Leicester935.89 Mbps27.45—99.24 Mbps37 MbpsFaster
Edinburgh874.24 Mbps29.96—107.47 Mbps38.02 MbpsFaster
Gateshead900.64 Mbps23.33—75.93 Mbps32.06 Mbps-
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

Cities and Provider Internet Speeds in Gateshead

PositionCityMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian# Providers
1Gateshead900.64 Mbps23.33—75.93 Mbps32.06 Mbps15
2Lamesley483.51 Mbps6.95—30.78 Mbps12.4 Mbps6

Gateshead 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 Gateshead Compares for Internet Speed in Gateshead

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
1Gateshead900.64 Mbps23.33—75.93 Mbps32.06 Mbps-
2Lamesley483.51 Mbps6.95—30.78 Mbps12.4 MbpsSlower

Gateshead Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Gateshead testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Gateshead ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Gateshead 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 Gateshead's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 43.62% were fast, 23.09% slow, and 33.29% broadly the same.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 22:28:05258 secs16.87 Mbps19.31 MbpsImproved
TalkTalk18 Jan 2022 21:51:22250 secs14.72 Mbps25.8 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 21:10:06241 secs5.73 Mbps4.98 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 20:48:5424 mins7.15 Mbps5.07 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 20:20:24252 secs32.5 Mbps26.56 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 20:00:3647 mins108.97 Mbps34.29 MbpsNeeds help
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 19:18:0546 mins7.33 Mbps18.31 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 18:51:13415 mins4.44 Mbps4.54 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 18:43:15315 mins25.05 Mbps41.12 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 17:57:28288 secs39.1 Mbps49.23 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 17:44:17254 secs22.3 Mbps25.5 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 17:41:00279 secs39.82 Mbps39.78 Mbps
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 16:50:053106 secs0.49 Mbps1.06 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 15:45:47264 secs40.29 Mbps40.16 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 15:25:11220 mins68.51 Mbps8.77 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 13:37:33337 mins199.4 Mbps103.56 MbpsNeeds help
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 13:48:45252 secs6.16 Mbps12.09 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 13:29:1522 mins0.89 Mbps10.12 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 13:29:57226 secs264.26 Mbps235.85 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 13:19:31243 secs52.97 Mbps27.05 MbpsNeeds help

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Gateshead

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Zen Internet395.39 Mbps14.3—78.06 Mbps
2Hyperoptic900.64 Mbps37.81—145.92 Mbps
3Virgin Media880.27 Mbps43.49—141.42 Mbps
4Glide109.85 Mbps37.6—92.1 Mbps
5Andrews & Arnold62.35 Mbps36.18—62.01 Mbps
6CCS Leeds189.08 Mbps11.92—74.51 Mbps
7CIX44.32 Mbps0—41.71 Mbps
8BT893.95 Mbps16.27—49.75 Mbps
9Vodafone230.66 Mbps27.71—54.44 Mbps
10EE429.13 Mbps14.32—52.5 Mbps
11Sky Broadband425.45 Mbps18.42—48.88 Mbps
12TalkTalk518.03 Mbps14.93—45.21 Mbps
13Plusnet74.73 Mbps10.15—36.54 Mbps
14Origin Broadband33.77 Mbps10.16—25.01 Mbps
15Shell Energy72.41 Mbps6.46—26.17 Mbps

Smaller Towns, Villages, and Wards in Gateshead

WardMedian AgeRent PrivatelyRent CouncilMortageCommute via Public TransportWork From Home
Blaydon38.07.50%28.29%38.01%18.00%3.32%
Ryton44.05.41%15.40%37.27%16.26%3.83%

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Gateshead

How many broadband providers in Gateshead are there?

Gateshead has 15 ISPs tested by its 202,508 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Gateshead?

Virgin Media is the fastest broadband provider in Gateshead with 880.27 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 43.49—141.42 Mbps.

Who is the best internet provider in Gateshead?

The best internet provider in Gateshead is Virgin Media, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 43.49 to 141.42 Mbps.

What is the average internet speed in Gateshead?

Users in Gateshead see an average internet speed of 23.33 up to 790 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 900.64 Mbps.

Is Virgin Media available in Gateshead?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Gateshead, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 880.27 Mbps.

Is Sky Broadband available in Gateshead?

Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Gateshead, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 425.45 Mbps.

Is BT available in Gateshead?

Broadband service from BT is available in Gateshead, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 893.95 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Gateshead?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 174 of Gateshead's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Gateshead?

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

Author: Thomas Buck

Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper

Published: 10 Nov 2019

Last Updated: 18 Jan 2022

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