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 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).
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 Gateshead 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 Gateshead 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 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+ Mbps||300+ Mbps||30+ Mbps|
of people living in Gateshead can obtain to 1,000+ Mbps broadband speeds
of Gateshead residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service
Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband
availability in Gateshead
Poor Broadband Speeds
of Gateshead is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps
|Year||Gateshead Average||United Kingdom Average||Difference|
|2018||25.94 Mbps||26.27 Mbps||1.26% Slower|
|2019||24.91 Mbps||30.63 Mbps||18.67% Slower|
|2020||49.36 Mbps||80.31 Mbps||38.54% Slower|
|2021||54.05 Mbps||66.05 Mbps||18.17% Slower|
|Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range|
|Internet Speed Range||Gateshead||United Kingdom|
|Very Slow: under 10 Mbps||23.31%||19.92%|
|Slow: 10-30 Mbps||25.17%||25.74%|
|Adequate: 30-60 Mbps||22.66%||25.20%|
|Good: 60-80 Mbps||7.53%||10.20%|
|Fast: 80-300 Mbps||16.72%||15.33%|
|Very Fast: over 300 Mbps||4.61%||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|
|Liverpool||1134.53 Mbps||25.52—89.6 Mbps||34.58 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|
|Gateshead||900.64 Mbps||23.33—75.93 Mbps||32.06 Mbps||-|
|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||Gateshead||900.64 Mbps||23.33—75.93 Mbps||32.06 Mbps||15|
|2||Lamesley||483.51 Mbps||6.95—30.78 Mbps||12.4 Mbps||6|
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||Gateshead||900.64 Mbps||23.33—75.93 Mbps||32.06 Mbps||-|
|2||Lamesley||483.51 Mbps||6.95—30.78 Mbps||12.4 Mbps||Slower|
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.
|Provider||Start Time||# Tests||Duration||Start Speed||End Speed||Status|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 22:28:05||2||58 secs||16.87 Mbps||19.31 Mbps||Improved|
|TalkTalk||18 Jan 2022 21:51:22||2||50 secs||14.72 Mbps||25.8 Mbps||Improved|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 21:10:06||2||41 secs||5.73 Mbps||4.98 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 20:48:54||2||4 mins||7.15 Mbps||5.07 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 20:20:24||2||52 secs||32.5 Mbps||26.56 Mbps||Needs help|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 20:00:36||4||7 mins||108.97 Mbps||34.29 Mbps||Needs help|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 19:18:05||4||6 mins||7.33 Mbps||18.31 Mbps||Improved|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 18:51:13||4||15 mins||4.44 Mbps||4.54 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 18:43:15||3||15 mins||25.05 Mbps||41.12 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 17:57:28||2||88 secs||39.1 Mbps||49.23 Mbps||Improved|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 17:44:17||2||54 secs||22.3 Mbps||25.5 Mbps||Improved|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 17:41:00||2||79 secs||39.82 Mbps||39.78 Mbps|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 16:50:05||3||106 secs||0.49 Mbps||1.06 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 15:45:47||2||64 secs||40.29 Mbps||40.16 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 15:25:11||2||20 mins||68.51 Mbps||8.77 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 13:37:33||3||37 mins||199.4 Mbps||103.56 Mbps||Needs help|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 13:48:45||2||52 secs||6.16 Mbps||12.09 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 13:29:15||2||2 mins||0.89 Mbps||10.12 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 13:29:57||2||26 secs||264.26 Mbps||235.85 Mbps||Needs help|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 13:19:31||2||43 secs||52.97 Mbps||27.05 Mbps||Needs help|
|#||Provider Name||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range|
|1||Zen Internet||395.39 Mbps||14.3—78.06 Mbps|
|2||Hyperoptic||900.64 Mbps||37.81—145.92 Mbps|
|3||Virgin Media||880.27 Mbps||43.49—141.42 Mbps|
|4||Glide||109.85 Mbps||37.6—92.1 Mbps|
|5||Andrews & Arnold||62.35 Mbps||36.18—62.01 Mbps|
|6||CCS Leeds||189.08 Mbps||11.92—74.51 Mbps|
|7||CIX||44.32 Mbps||0—41.71 Mbps|
|8||BT||893.95 Mbps||16.27—49.75 Mbps|
|9||Vodafone||230.66 Mbps||27.71—54.44 Mbps|
|10||EE||429.13 Mbps||14.32—52.5 Mbps|
|11||Sky Broadband||425.45 Mbps||18.42—48.88 Mbps|
|12||TalkTalk||518.03 Mbps||14.93—45.21 Mbps|
|13||Plusnet||74.73 Mbps||10.15—36.54 Mbps|
|14||Origin Broadband||33.77 Mbps||10.16—25.01 Mbps|
|15||Shell Energy||72.41 Mbps||6.46—26.17 Mbps|
|Ward||Median Age||Rent Privately||Rent Council||Mortage||Commute via Public Transport||Work From Home|
Gateshead has 15 ISPs tested by its 202,508 residents.
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.
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.
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.
Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Gateshead, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 880.27 Mbps.
Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Gateshead, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 425.45 Mbps.
Broadband service from BT is available in Gateshead, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 893.95 Mbps.
Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 174 of Gateshead's postcodes.
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