United Kingdom Greater London Kensington

Broadband Providers in Kensington

Broadband Providers available in Kensington include Virgin Media, BT, and Hyperoptic. Kensington's fastest provider is G.Network, with a median speed of 113 Mbps. The most popular provider in Kensington is Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Kensington in 2022 is 109 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 66 Mbps.

 

Kensington Broadband Statistics

Kensington is among the top 100 for fibre access out of all major towns in the UK, and is the worst major town in terms of fibre access in Greater London. Our analysis of Ofcom coverage data shows that Gigabit fibre is available to 85% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 87% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 97% of Kensington's households.

Despite poor broadband infrastructure, we see very high speed test averages in Kensington postcodes like SW3, W11, W8, W10, and SW7. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 66 Mbps median internet speed in Kensington, which is 78% above the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps, and 44% above the median broadband speed of 46 Mbps in Greater London.

Kensington increased access to Gigabit speeds by 76 percentage points in the past year. In addition, real-world speed test data shows that Kensington is significantly faster than Greater London (44% slower), Wandsworth (39% slower), and Hammersmith (27% slower).

 
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Overall Performance
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Virgin Media Logo
68 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
Above average
Average
 
93,690 Speed Tests
1519 reviews
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BT Logo
69 /100
5.90 /10
BT
Above average
Average
 
83,395 Speed Tests
780 reviews
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Hyperoptic Logo
97 /100
9.50 /10
Hyperoptic
Above average
Above Average
 
45,063 Speed Tests
48 reviews
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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
Average
 
21,168 Speed Tests
883 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
61 /100
5.50 /10
Vodafone
Above average
Average
 
12,848 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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Zen Internet Logo
65 /100
9.80 /10
Zen Internet
Above average
Above Average
 
10,584 Speed Tests
69 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.50 /10
EE
About average
Above Average
 
5,180 Speed Tests
396 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
55 /100
6.10 /10
Plusnet
About average
Average
 
4,272 Speed Tests
444 reviews
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Community Fibre Logo
96 /100
9.70 /10
Community Fibre
Above average
Above Average
 
4,135 Speed Tests
16 reviews
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Spitfire Logo
88 /100
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Spitfire
Above average
 
3,027 Speed Tests
Too few reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
TalkTalk
About average
Average
 
1,816 Speed Tests
379 reviews
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Broadband Network Infrastructure in Kensington

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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Kensington

See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Kensington 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
YearKensingtonGreater LondonKensingtonGreater LondonKensingtonGreater London
202184.65%80.02%87.08%81.71%96.91%97.82%
20208.78%13.98%84.89%78.10%96.43%97.61%
20192.76%7.07%84.34%77.11%96.94%97.87%
20184.18%6.94%77.18%70.70%97.95%98.26%
20172.74%3.96%68.54%56.93%96.52%96.62%
20160.00%0.00%1.33%2.74%93.13%92.50%

Map of Kensington's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability

84.65%

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

Ultrafast Speeds

87.08%

of Kensington residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband

96.91%

availability in Kensington

Poor Broadband Speeds

2.83%

of Kensington is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Kensington Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Kensington

YearKensington AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201863.36 Mbps26.27 Mbps141.19% Faster
201979.56 Mbps30.63 Mbps159.75% Faster
2020133.5 Mbps80.31 Mbps66.23% Faster
2021107.43 Mbps66.05 Mbps62.65% Faster

Kensington Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeKensingtonGreater LondonUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps14.58%19.27%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps16.46%22.33%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps18.43%26.44%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps15.02%11.95%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps26.81%15.83%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps8.71%4.19%3.60%

How Kensington Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
Kensington1622.61 Mbps50.18—179.5 Mbps65.6 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

Kensington 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 Kensington Compares for Internet Speed in Greater London

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
1Kensington1622.61 Mbps50.18—179.5 Mbps65.6 Mbps-
2Camden3453.27 Mbps46.52—189.05 Mbps63.87 MbpsSlower
3Richmond941.64 Mbps39.91—187.07 Mbps57.42 MbpsSlower

Kensington Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Kensington testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Kensington ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Kensington 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 Kensington's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 37.73% were fast, 23.22% slow, and 39.05% broadly the same.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
BT20 Jan 2022 23:47:302101 secs53.19 Mbps53.53 Mbps
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 23:11:14230 mins462.52 Mbps496.12 Mbps
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 22:56:41424 mins2.54 Mbps42.48 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 22:57:0442 mins42.57 Mbps27.67 MbpsNeeds help
Community Fibre20 Jan 2022 22:53:3434 mins0.04 Mbps131.39 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 21:40:08360 mins482.06 Mbps484.45 Mbps
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 22:04:182120 secs0.65 Mbps42.14 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 21:45:09212 secs133.84 Mbps138.57 Mbps
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 20:53:49650 mins117.46 Mbps213.45 MbpsImproved
Hyperoptic20 Jan 2022 21:13:44389 secs37.85 Mbps491.73 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 20:09:02360 mins476.82 Mbps485.25 Mbps
BT20 Jan 2022 21:05:01240 secs8.09 Mbps10.31 MbpsImproved
Hyperoptic20 Jan 2022 20:36:04233 secs2.26 Mbps16.56 MbpsImproved
Community Fibre20 Jan 2022 20:16:33230 secs3.54 Mbps4.96 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Hyperoptic20 Jan 2022 19:57:3935 mins109.98 Mbps106.27 Mbps
Vodafone20 Jan 2022 19:42:50237 secs12.83 Mbps9.34 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 19:08:17230 mins467.91 Mbps449.33 Mbps
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 19:05:40231 secs215.88 Mbps218.28 Mbps
Hyperoptic20 Jan 2022 19:00:16395 secs537.56 Mbps540.48 Mbps
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 17:37:11360 mins491.9 Mbps463.21 Mbps

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Kensington

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1G.Network936.51 Mbps75.13—299.04 Mbps
2Hyperoptic941.02 Mbps93.29—274.91 Mbps
3Virgin Media1622.61 Mbps89.45—274.06 Mbps
4FastNet491.07 Mbps91.95—204.89 Mbps
5Community Fibre939.53 Mbps74.08—238.31 Mbps
6Vostron854.5 Mbps6.19—169.48 Mbps
7iDNET916.05 Mbps36.02—150.23 Mbps
8Gigaclear276.89 Mbps47.36—178.99 Mbps
9CCS Leeds98.81 Mbps54.25—90.91 Mbps
10Sky Broadband515.61 Mbps31.13—72.24 Mbps
11Cerberus Networks302.99 Mbps16.94—93.84 Mbps
12Glide329.91 Mbps29.98—94.9 Mbps
13BT943.49 Mbps45.38—73.78 Mbps
14Zen Internet921.13 Mbps42.82—61.16 Mbps
15Spitfire909.38 Mbps51.13—61.2 Mbps
16Structured Communications429.59 Mbps15.64—67.04 Mbps
17Vodafone937.33 Mbps27.22—59.09 Mbps
18EE882.47 Mbps24.87—65.04 Mbps
19CIX327.77 Mbps17.43—65.49 Mbps
20Andrews & Arnold217.42 Mbps12.93—53.65 Mbps
21TalkTalk573.72 Mbps8.96—36.79 Mbps
22O2 Broadband68.17 Mbps14.88—34.33 Mbps
23Plusnet74.73 Mbps10.36—35.73 Mbps
24KCOM72.84 Mbps15.69—28.37 Mbps
25Shell Energy74.45 Mbps5.94—18.86 Mbps

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Kensington

How many broadband providers in Kensington are there?

Kensington has 25 ISPs tested by its 156,197 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Kensington?

G.Network is the fastest broadband provider in Kensington with 936.51 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 75.13—299.04 Mbps.

Who is the best internet provider in Kensington?

The best internet provider in Kensington is Hyperoptic, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 93.29 to 274.91 Mbps.

What is the average internet speed in Kensington?

Users in Kensington see an average internet speed of 50.18 up to 149 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 1622.61 Mbps.

Is Virgin Media available in Kensington?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Kensington, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 1622.61 Mbps.

Is BT available in Kensington?

Broadband service from BT is available in Kensington, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 943.49 Mbps.

Is Hyperoptic available in Kensington?

Broadband service from Hyperoptic is available in Kensington, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 941.02 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Kensington?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 71 of Kensington's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Kensington?

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

Author: Thomas Buck

Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper

Published: 10 Nov 2019

Last Updated: 20 Jan 2022

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