United Kingdom Greater London Croydon

Broadband Providers in Croydon

Broadband Providers available in Croydon include Virgin Media, BT, and TalkTalk. Croydon's fastest provider is Community Fibre, with a median speed of 100 Mbps. The most popular provider in Croydon is Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Croydon in 2022 is 84 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 41 Mbps.

 

Croydon Broadband Statistics

Croydon is among the top 100 for fibre access out of all major cities in the UK, and is among the top 100 best major cities in terms of fibre access in Greater London. Our analysis of Ofcom coverage data shows that Gigabit fibre is available to 88% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is also available to 88% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 98% of Croydon's households.

Great broadband infrastructure results in high speed test averages in Croydon postcodes like CR0, CR2, CR8, SE25, and CR7. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 41 Mbps median internet speed in Croydon, which is 9.93% above the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps, and 11% below the median broadband speed of 46 Mbps in Greater London.

Croydon increased access to Gigabit speeds by 69 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major cities like Bexley (gained 66 percentate points), Greater London (gained 65 percentate points), and Ealing (gained 64 percentate points). In addition, real-world speed test data shows that Croydon is significantly outperformed by Mitcham (39% faster), Bromley (13% faster), and Sutton (6.74% faster).

 
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Broadband Providers

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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
 
137,545 Speed Tests
1519 reviews
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BT Logo
69 /100
5.90 /10
BT
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Average
 
40,696 Speed Tests
780 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
TalkTalk
About average
Average
 
32,704 Speed Tests
379 reviews
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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
Average
 
27,862 Speed Tests
883 reviews
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CIX Logo
53 /100
7.60 /10
CIX
About average
Above Average
 
19,921 Speed Tests
2 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
61 /100
5.50 /10
Vodafone
Above average
Average
 
14,988 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.50 /10
EE
About average
Above Average
 
10,746 Speed Tests
396 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
55 /100
6.10 /10
Plusnet
About average
Average
 
10,431 Speed Tests
444 reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
Average
 
2,178 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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Community Fibre Logo
96 /100
9.70 /10
Community Fibre
Above average
Above Average
 
1,822 Speed Tests
16 reviews
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Cerberus Networks Logo
83 /100
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Cerberus Networks
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1,486 Speed Tests
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Broadband Network Infrastructure in Croydon

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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Croydon

See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Croydon 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
YearCroydonGreater LondonCroydonGreater LondonCroydonGreater London
202187.87%80.02%88.09%81.71%97.78%97.82%
202018.66%13.98%87.27%78.10%97.75%97.61%
201913.01%7.07%83.10%77.11%98.36%97.87%
20183.97%6.94%84.67%70.70%98.14%98.26%
20173.73%3.96%69.98%56.93%96.97%96.62%
20160.00%0.00%3.21%2.74%93.50%92.50%

Map of Croydon's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability

87.87%

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

Ultrafast Speeds

88.09%

of Croydon residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband

97.78%

availability in Croydon

Poor Broadband Speeds

2.07%

of Croydon is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Croydon Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Croydon

YearCroydon AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201825.48 Mbps26.27 Mbps3.01% Slower
201932.66 Mbps30.63 Mbps6.63% Faster
2020103.79 Mbps80.31 Mbps29.24% Faster
202183.21 Mbps66.05 Mbps25.98% Faster

Croydon Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeCroydonGreater LondonUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps21.19%19.27%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps23.80%22.33%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps20.30%26.44%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps9.51%11.95%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps19.98%15.83%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps5.23%4.19%3.60%

How Croydon Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
Greater London5794.21 Mbps33.04—95.97 Mbps45.56 MbpsFaster
Bristol943.13 Mbps30.38—109.93 Mbps42.32 MbpsFaster
Croydon939.65 Mbps29.13—109.73 Mbps40.52 Mbps-
Birmingham2786.06 Mbps29.31—107.04 Mbps38.5 MbpsSlower
Liverpool1134.53 Mbps25.56—89.74 Mbps34.61 MbpsSlower
Nottingham2371.49 Mbps16.11—40.25 Mbps18.99 MbpsSlower
Sheffield934.82 Mbps23.76—68.87 Mbps32.08 MbpsSlower
Glasgow913.93 Mbps20.63—71.33 Mbps32 MbpsSlower
Leicester935.89 Mbps27.47—99.31 Mbps37.03 MbpsSlower
Edinburgh874.24 Mbps29.96—107.51 Mbps38.06 MbpsSlower

Croydon 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 Croydon Compares for Internet Speed in Greater London

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
23Forest Gate944.78 Mbps31.56—93.38 Mbps41.81 MbpsFaster
24Redbridge2368.75 Mbps29.01—111.39 Mbps41.53 MbpsFaster
25Croydon939.65 Mbps29.13—109.73 Mbps40.52 Mbps-

Croydon Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Croydon testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Croydon ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Croydon 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 Croydon's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 42.86% were fast, 27.17% slow, and 29.98% broadly the same.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 23:54:4432 mins181.92 Mbps193.62 Mbps
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 23:39:47268 secs1.4 Mbps2.06 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
TalkTalk20 Jan 2022 23:22:28256 secs21.34 Mbps21.02 Mbps
EE20 Jan 2022 22:52:4429 mins91.2 Mbps97.18 Mbps
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 22:55:0023 mins15.61 Mbps16.89 Mbps
Vodafone20 Jan 2022 22:46:1523 mins59.53 Mbps64.51 Mbps
Vodafone20 Jan 2022 22:06:2929 mins33.92 Mbps24.44 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 21:53:4734 mins45.37 Mbps45.24 Mbps
EE20 Jan 2022 21:42:34262 secs2.53 Mbps16.1 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 21:17:40612 mins310.44 Mbps417.94 MbpsImproved
BT20 Jan 2022 21:15:5622 mins19.29 Mbps12.29 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 21:10:49250 secs105.15 Mbps89.57 MbpsNeeds help
BT20 Jan 2022 20:49:1324 mins1.91 Mbps11.27 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 20:43:02392 secs86.04 Mbps74.8 MbpsNeeds help
BT20 Jan 2022 20:22:51618 mins5.82 Mbps2.58 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 20:30:45227 secs86.96 Mbps100.87 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 20:13:50316 mins4.12 Mbps53.43 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 20:10:13317 mins110.06 Mbps110.04 Mbps
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 19:53:32241 secs94.56 Mbps75.6 MbpsNeeds help
BT20 Jan 2022 19:38:5327 mins5.73 Mbps5.39 MbpsNeeds help, very slow

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Croydon

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Community Fibre939.59 Mbps75.01—238.09 Mbps
2Virgin Media939.65 Mbps58.1—213.98 Mbps
3Hyperoptic873.59 Mbps45.79—203.59 Mbps
4Glide719.37 Mbps37.29—166.32 Mbps
5Zen Internet664.74 Mbps18.98—211.19 Mbps
6WightFibre206.86 Mbps51.52—103.92 Mbps
7FastNet927.21 Mbps12.39—58.44 Mbps
8Independent Fibre Networks371.4 Mbps34.05—112.16 Mbps
9BT933.12 Mbps25.09—71.82 Mbps
10Gradwell73.39 Mbps66.01—72.25 Mbps
11Cerberus Networks579.04 Mbps69.66—70.03 Mbps
12Andrews & Arnold149.13 Mbps40.77—138.47 Mbps
13Spitfire93.5 Mbps15.55—93.42 Mbps
14CIX938.19 Mbps24.58—72.68 Mbps
15TalkTalk652.41 Mbps21.42—56.82 Mbps
16Vodafone763.37 Mbps26.88—53.77 Mbps
17Aquiss54.37 Mbps6.25—49.48 Mbps
18CloudScape Connect73.14 Mbps27.68—34.17 Mbps
19Sky Broadband480.23 Mbps12.26—49.75 Mbps
20EE915.22 Mbps10.26—42 Mbps
21Shell Energy74.63 Mbps14.9—36.98 Mbps
22Plusnet74.86 Mbps9.01—35.31 Mbps
23KCOM94 Mbps6.06—7.77 Mbps
24O2 Broadband3.08 Mbps0.18—1.01 Mbps

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Croydon

How many broadband providers in Croydon are there?

Croydon has 24 ISPs tested by its 385,346 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Croydon?

Community Fibre is the fastest broadband provider in Croydon with 939.59 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 75.01—238.09 Mbps.

Who is the best internet provider in Croydon?

The best internet provider in Croydon is Community Fibre, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 75.01 to 238.09 Mbps.

What is the average internet speed in Croydon?

Users in Croydon see an average internet speed of 29.13 up to 405 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 939.65 Mbps.

Is Virgin Media available in Croydon?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Croydon, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 939.65 Mbps.

Is BT available in Croydon?

Broadband service from BT is available in Croydon, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 933.12 Mbps.

Is TalkTalk available in Croydon?

Broadband service from TalkTalk is available in Croydon, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 652.41 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Croydon?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 1184 of Croydon's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Croydon?

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

Author: Thomas Buck

Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper

Published: 10 Nov 2019

Last Updated: 20 Jan 2022

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