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Broadband Providers in Glasgow

Broadband Providers available in Glasgow include Sky Broadband, TalkTalk, and Virgin Media. Glasgow's fastest provider is Hyperoptic, with a median speed of 93 Mbps. The most popular provider in Glasgow is Sky Broadband. The average broadband speed in Glasgow in 2022 is 56 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 32 Mbps.

 

Glasgow Broadband Statistics

Glasgow has the second-lowest fibre access out of all major cities in Scotland, 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 66% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 70% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 99% of Glasgow's households.

Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 32 Mbps median internet speed in Glasgow, which is 13% below the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.

Glasgow increased access to Gigabit speeds by 56 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major cities like Edinburgh (gained 53 percentate points) and Aberdeen (gained 28 percentate points). In addition, real-world speed test data shows that Glasgow is marginally outperformed by Dennistoun (1.00% faster), and is dramatically faster than Tradeston (66% slower).

 
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Broadband Providers

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Overall Performance
Customer Ratings
Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
Average
 
13,582 Speed Tests
883 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
TalkTalk
About average
Average
 
12,061 Speed Tests
379 reviews
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Virgin Media Logo
68 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
Above average
Average
 
9,435 Speed Tests
1516 reviews
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Fastest median speed
 
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Hyperoptic Logo
97 /100
9.60 /10
Hyperoptic
Above average
Above Average
 
8,358 Speed Tests
48 reviews
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BT Logo
69 /100
6.0 /10
BT
Above average
Average
 
7,675 Speed Tests
778 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
59 /100
5.50 /10
Vodafone
About average
Average
 
5,223 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
55 /100
6.10 /10
Plusnet
About average
Average
 
2,270 Speed Tests
444 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.60 /10
EE
About average
Above Average
 
1,915 Speed Tests
396 reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
Average
 
853 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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Glide Logo
68 /100
7.50 /10
Glide
Above average
Above Average
 
135 Speed Tests
10 reviews
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No Logo
28 /100
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Scotnet.co.uk
Below average
 
60 Speed Tests
Too few reviews
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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Glasgow

See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Glasgow 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
202166.45%70.49%98.53%
202010.31%63.42%98.27%
20195.25%60.67%98.45%
20184.43%54.72%97.75%
20172.16%20.41%93.58%
20160.00%1.01%89.77%

Map of Glasgow's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability

66.45%

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

Ultrafast Speeds

70.49%

of Glasgow residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband

98.53%

availability in Glasgow

Poor Broadband Speeds

1.39%

of Glasgow is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Glasgow Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Glasgow

YearGlasgow AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201816.71 Mbps26.27 Mbps36.39% Slower
201916.49 Mbps30.63 Mbps46.16% Slower
202044.35 Mbps80.31 Mbps44.78% Slower
202155.72 Mbps66.05 Mbps15.64% Slower

Glasgow Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeGlasgowUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps26.45%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps25.54%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps22.65%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps8.92%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps14.31%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps2.13%3.60%

How Glasgow 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
Sheffield932.42 Mbps23.73—68.81 Mbps32.06 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
Glasgow913.93 Mbps20.58—71.34 Mbps32 Mbps-
Nottingham2371.49 Mbps16.2—40.46 Mbps19.1 MbpsSlower

Cities and Provider Internet Speeds in Glasgow City

PositionCityMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian# Providers
1Carmunnock638.99 Mbps63.01—281.74 Mbps91.89 Mbps9
2Drumchapel124.2 Mbps55.69—61.43 Mbps58.81 Mbps6
3Kings Park724.23 Mbps29.24—91.44 Mbps38.09 Mbps8
4Partick902.21 Mbps28.89—94.16 Mbps36.85 Mbps11
5Tollcross916.24 Mbps28.25—70.21 Mbps36.04 Mbps7
6Castlemilk756.78 Mbps25.81—65.36 Mbps33.32 Mbps8
7Baillieston705.42 Mbps26.01—60.02 Mbps32.97 Mbps8
8Pollokshaws779.67 Mbps24.69—67.97 Mbps32.58 Mbps8
9Dennistoun899.79 Mbps23.16—66.96 Mbps32.32 Mbps9
10Shawlands515.17 Mbps24.63—68.86 Mbps32.06 Mbps4
11Glasgow913.93 Mbps20.58—71.34 Mbps32 Mbps14
12Govan890.24 Mbps23.97—63.15 Mbps31.01 Mbps10
13Maryhill880.89 Mbps20.73—73.81 Mbps30.81 Mbps9
14Nitshill760.6 Mbps22.2—61.78 Mbps30.6 Mbps9
15Scotstoun732.6 Mbps23.06—60.91 Mbps30.45 Mbps9
16Pollokshields815.8 Mbps19.47—57.56 Mbps28.05 Mbps11
17Hillington449.02 Mbps19.53—59.34 Mbps27.77 Mbps6
18Dalmarnock787.26 Mbps18—48.86 Mbps24.3 Mbps4
19Polmadie782.22 Mbps15.58—53.04 Mbps23.6 Mbps12
20Springburn621.48 Mbps10.13—48.45 Mbps15.19 Mbps7

Glasgow 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 Glasgow Compares for Internet Speed in Glasgow City

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
9Dennistoun899.79 Mbps23.16—66.96 Mbps32.32 MbpsFaster
10Shawlands515.17 Mbps24.63—68.86 Mbps32.06 MbpsFaster
11Glasgow913.93 Mbps20.58—71.34 Mbps32 Mbps-
12Govan890.24 Mbps23.97—63.15 Mbps31.01 MbpsSlower
13Maryhill880.89 Mbps20.73—73.81 Mbps30.81 MbpsSlower

Glasgow Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Glasgow testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Glasgow ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Glasgow 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 Glasgow's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 40.49% were fast, 22.57% slow, and 36.94% broadly the same.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Plusnet18 Jan 2022 22:11:101223 mins2.86 Mbps5.79 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 22:30:05245 secs13.46 Mbps13.55 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:44:10390 secs33.77 Mbps103.69 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 20:42:4342 mins97.1 Mbps97.16 Mbps
Hyperoptic18 Jan 2022 20:33:13239 secs451.19 Mbps478.76 Mbps
Hyperoptic18 Jan 2022 20:19:0225 mins22.24 Mbps7.18 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 19:44:58212 secs29.84 Mbps26.88 Mbps
Vodafone18 Jan 2022 19:38:32241 secs50.51 Mbps40.02 MbpsNeeds help
TalkTalk18 Jan 2022 19:01:471424 mins53.83 Mbps51.04 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 19:24:06254 secs7.62 Mbps22.15 MbpsImproved
TalkTalk18 Jan 2022 18:40:4032 mins0.26 Mbps0.36 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
BT18 Jan 2022 18:32:1425 mins9.58 Mbps2 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
TalkTalk18 Jan 2022 18:09:05328 mins4.39 Mbps6.31 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 17:58:12379 secs3.98 Mbps3.48 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Vodafone18 Jan 2022 17:27:5638 mins71.71 Mbps70.03 Mbps
EE18 Jan 2022 17:22:44242 secs10.24 Mbps10.24 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 16:26:35412 mins4.49 Mbps5.38 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Hyperoptic18 Jan 2022 16:31:02355 secs61.89 Mbps62.2 Mbps
TalkTalk18 Jan 2022 16:04:46227 secs62.35 Mbps64.84 Mbps
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 15:22:4953 mins159.85 Mbps105.8 MbpsNeeds help

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Glasgow

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Hyperoptic913.93 Mbps61.46—211.79 Mbps
2Glide723.17 Mbps41.62—172.21 Mbps
3Virgin Media725.41 Mbps42.27—110.22 Mbps
4CCS Leeds133.51 Mbps44.19—78.68 Mbps
5BT761.18 Mbps24.34—54.18 Mbps
6Vodafone525.93 Mbps26.64—55.85 Mbps
7TalkTalk810.77 Mbps20.64—58.23 Mbps
8EE562.81 Mbps11.91—43.61 Mbps
9Sky Broadband476.38 Mbps9.72—49.66 Mbps
10Zen Internet85.19 Mbps6.47—28.18 Mbps
11Plusnet73.66 Mbps12.4—36.74 Mbps
12Scotnet.co.uk79.69 Mbps6.48—45.92 Mbps
13Shell Energy73.07 Mbps4.89—28.01 Mbps
14O2 Broadband16.63 Mbps1.08—2.48 Mbps

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Glasgow

How many broadband providers in Glasgow are there?

Glasgow has 14 ISPs tested by its 591,620 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Glasgow?

Hyperoptic is the fastest broadband provider in Glasgow with 913.93 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 61.46—211.79 Mbps.

Who is the best internet provider in Glasgow?

The best internet provider in Glasgow is Hyperoptic, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 61.46 to 211.79 Mbps.

What is the average internet speed in Glasgow?

Users in Glasgow see an average internet speed of 20.58 up to 983 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 913.93 Mbps.

Is Sky Broadband available in Glasgow?

Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Glasgow, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 476.38 Mbps.

Is TalkTalk available in Glasgow?

Broadband service from TalkTalk is available in Glasgow, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 810.77 Mbps.

Is Virgin Media available in Glasgow?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Glasgow, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 725.41 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Glasgow?

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

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Glasgow?

The broadband provider with the most users in Glasgow is Sky Broadband.

Author: Thomas Buck

Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper

Published: 10 Nov 2019

Last Updated: 18 Jan 2022

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