United Kingdom Greater London Islington

Broadband Providers in Islington

Broadband Providers available in Islington include Virgin Media, BT, and Sky Broadband. Islington's fastest provider is Gigaclear, with a median speed of 127 Mbps. The most popular provider in Islington is Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Islington in 2022 is 90 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 53 Mbps.

 

Islington Broadband Statistics

Islington is among the 20 worst-off for fibre access out of all major cities in London, 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 82% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is also available to 82% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 96% of Islington's households.

Great broadband infrastructure results in very high speed test averages in Islington postcodes like N1, N7, N19, EC1V, and N5. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 53 Mbps median internet speed in Islington, which is 43% above the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps, and 16% above the median broadband speed of 46 Mbps in Greater London.

Islington increased access to Gigabit speeds by 73 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major cities like Waltham Forest (gained 70 percentate points), Croydon (gained 69 percentate points), and Bexley (gained 66 percentate points). In addition, real-world speed test data shows that Islington is significantly outperformed by Camden (21% faster), and is marginally faster than Greater London (16% slower).

 
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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
 
170,531 Speed Tests
1519 reviews
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BT Logo
69 /100
5.90 /10
BT
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Average
 
49,359 Speed Tests
780 reviews
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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
Average
 
21,510 Speed Tests
883 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
61 /100
5.50 /10
Vodafone
Above average
Average
 
14,343 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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Hyperoptic Logo
97 /100
9.50 /10
Hyperoptic
Above average
Above Average
 
12,907 Speed Tests
48 reviews
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Zen Internet Logo
65 /100
9.80 /10
Zen Internet
Above average
Above Average
 
12,057 Speed Tests
69 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
55 /100
6.10 /10
Plusnet
About average
Average
 
8,941 Speed Tests
444 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
TalkTalk
About average
Average
 
7,301 Speed Tests
379 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.50 /10
EE
About average
Above Average
 
5,840 Speed Tests
396 reviews
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No Logo
93 /100
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Optimity
Above average
 
4,543 Speed Tests
Too few reviews
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No Logo
82 /100
7.0 /10
Independent Fibre Networks
Above average
Above Average
 
3,301 Speed Tests
4 reviews
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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Islington

See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Islington 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
YearIslingtonGreater LondonIslingtonGreater LondonIslingtonGreater London
202182.21%80.02%82.21%81.71%96.27%97.82%
20209.21%13.98%80.65%78.10%96.24%97.61%
20193.00%7.07%83.39%77.11%96.70%97.87%
20184.49%6.94%79.95%70.70%98.94%98.26%
20172.74%3.96%68.98%56.93%96.03%96.62%
20160.00%0.00%1.59%2.74%92.29%92.50%

Map of Islington's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability

82.21%

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

Ultrafast Speeds

82.21%

of Islington residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband

96.27%

availability in Islington

Poor Broadband Speeds

3.50%

of Islington is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Islington Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Islington

YearIslington AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201852.66 Mbps26.27 Mbps100.46% Faster
201950.17 Mbps30.63 Mbps63.79% Faster
2020112.12 Mbps80.31 Mbps39.61% Faster
202189.56 Mbps66.05 Mbps35.59% Faster

Islington Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeIslingtonGreater LondonUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps29.24%19.27%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps27.68%22.33%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps12.65%26.44%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps7.84%11.95%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps18.54%15.83%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps4.05%4.19%3.60%

How Islington Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
Islington1884.21 Mbps36.35—124.73 Mbps52.85 Mbps-
Greater London5794.21 Mbps33.04—95.97 Mbps45.56 MbpsSlower
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
Bristol943.13 Mbps30.38—109.93 Mbps42.32 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

Islington 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 Islington Compares for Internet Speed in Greater London

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
6Kingston upon Thames939.64 Mbps37.69—173.55 Mbps53.68 MbpsFaster
7Harrow939.68 Mbps37.71—125.84 Mbps53.62 MbpsFaster
8Islington1884.21 Mbps36.35—124.73 Mbps52.85 Mbps-
9Hammersmith1029.53 Mbps37.02—129.08 Mbps51.82 MbpsSlower
10Hounslow942.69 Mbps36.58—112.21 Mbps50.83 MbpsSlower

Islington Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Islington testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Islington ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Islington 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 Islington's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 44.72% were fast, 26.74% slow, and 28.54% broadly the same.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Zen Internet20 Jan 2022 23:32:50216 mins67.38 Mbps1.39 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 23:23:1933 mins21.5 Mbps24.13 MbpsImproved
BT20 Jan 2022 23:24:0842 mins9.07 Mbps4.72 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
BT20 Jan 2022 23:19:0323 mins8.85 Mbps8.05 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 23:08:02219 secs31.22 Mbps14.71 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 22:52:1584 mins23.74 Mbps75.93 MbpsImproved
BT20 Jan 2022 22:47:22259 secs68.48 Mbps65.31 Mbps
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 22:47:11219 secs205.68 Mbps211.41 Mbps
Vodafone20 Jan 2022 22:06:54427 mins12.67 Mbps20.97 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 22:20:4962 mins1.79 Mbps18.74 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 21:57:0148 mins6.79 Mbps18.03 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 21:52:5023 mins41.92 Mbps36.22 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 21:39:37224 secs36.57 Mbps38.34 Mbps
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 21:24:39268 secs134.17 Mbps215.68 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 21:18:40234 secs44.81 Mbps27.89 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 21:03:20610 mins42.16 Mbps37.54 MbpsNeeds help
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 20:53:57218 mins0.08 Mbps0.86 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 21:10:51240 secs1.99 Mbps5.52 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 20:53:1724 mins72.92 Mbps77.89 Mbps
BT20 Jan 2022 20:38:10215 mins5.78 Mbps7.65 MbpsNeeds help, very slow

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Islington

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Gigaclear383.15 Mbps87.26—381.93 Mbps
2G.Network946.73 Mbps75.02—291.55 Mbps
3Glide882.51 Mbps82.16—272.18 Mbps
4Community Fibre941.74 Mbps78.68—266.43 Mbps
5Hyperoptic923.99 Mbps93.88—156.73 Mbps
6Optimity932.27 Mbps50.21—262.31 Mbps
7Virgin Media936.81 Mbps53.33—205.47 Mbps
8Spitfire945.28 Mbps74.68—149.12 Mbps
9FastNet668.29 Mbps4.09—30.71 Mbps
10Zen Internet934.35 Mbps28.37—96.94 Mbps
11Independent Fibre Networks372.24 Mbps41.6—102.37 Mbps
12telcom (Velocity Fibre)718.68 Mbps36.01—86.4 Mbps
13BT1884.21 Mbps30.72—70.62 Mbps
14CIX425.45 Mbps17.77—81 Mbps
15Andrews & Arnold149.92 Mbps23.24—71.53 Mbps
16Vodafone936.48 Mbps28.82—60.32 Mbps
17CloudScape Connect72.75 Mbps35.07—60.72 Mbps
18TalkTalk478.27 Mbps25.76—60.54 Mbps
19iDNET147.77 Mbps24.62—52.62 Mbps
20EE566.49 Mbps13.51—59.43 Mbps
21Sky Broadband478.06 Mbps13.88—53.39 Mbps
22Cerberus Networks196.81 Mbps12.11—34.63 Mbps
23Plusnet75.46 Mbps12.8—43.06 Mbps
24Structured Communications409.52 Mbps21.98—26.75 Mbps
25KCOM394.92 Mbps4.72—31.76 Mbps
26Shell Energy74.15 Mbps5.66—26.06 Mbps
27Gradwell29.78 Mbps8.15—17.28 Mbps
28uno7.59 Mbps5.38—6.39 Mbps

Smaller Towns, Villages, and Wards in Islington

WardMedian AgeRent PrivatelyRent CouncilMortageCommute via Public TransportWork From Home
Archway33.019.12%34.41%20.95%58.79%6.53%
Barnsbury31.028.42%28.49%13.71%55.10%5.62%
Canonbury32.020.74%36.72%16.11%57.89%4.41%
Clerkenwell31.024.92%34.89%16.25%39.43%6.49%
Farringdon31.024.92%34.89%16.25%39.43%6.49%
Finsbury31.024.92%34.89%16.25%39.43%6.49%
Highbury33.024.94%21.39%23.02%58.32%7.21%
Holloway30.024.63%22.57%14.18%63.07%3.85%
Lower Holloway30.024.63%22.57%14.18%63.07%3.85%
Mildmay31.022.30%35.76%19.11%59.89%5.94%
Upper Holloway33.024.47%21.62%17.66%60.55%6.06%

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Islington

How many broadband providers in Islington are there?

Islington has 28 ISPs tested by its 239,142 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Islington?

Gigaclear is the fastest broadband provider in Islington with 383.15 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 87.26—381.93 Mbps.

Who is the best internet provider in Islington?

The best internet provider in Islington is Gigaclear, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 87.26 to 381.93 Mbps.

What is the average internet speed in Islington?

Users in Islington see an average internet speed of 36.35 up to 311 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 1884.21 Mbps.

Is Virgin Media available in Islington?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Islington, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 936.81 Mbps.

Is BT available in Islington?

Broadband service from BT is available in Islington, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 1884.21 Mbps.

Is Sky Broadband available in Islington?

Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Islington, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 478.06 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Islington?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 88 of Islington's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Islington?

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

Author: Thomas Buck

Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper

Published: 10 Nov 2019

Last Updated: 20 Jan 2022

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