United Kingdom Greater London Waltham Forest

Broadband Providers in Waltham Forest

Broadband Providers available in Waltham Forest include Virgin Media, BT, and Sky Broadband. Waltham Forest's fastest provider is Community Fibre, with a median speed of 125 Mbps. The most popular provider in Waltham Forest is Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Waltham Forest in 2022 is 88 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 49 Mbps.

 

Waltham Forest Broadband Statistics

Waltham Forest is among the top 10 for fibre access out of all major cities in Greater London, and is among the top 10 best major cities in terms of fibre access in London. Our analysis of Ofcom coverage data shows that Gigabit fibre is available to 89% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 90% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 98% of Waltham Forest's households.

Great broadband infrastructure results in very high speed test averages in Waltham Forest postcodes like E17, E4, E10, and E11. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 49 Mbps median internet speed in Waltham Forest, which is 33% above the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps, and 7.72% above the median broadband speed of 46 Mbps in Greater London.

Waltham Forest increased access to Gigabit speeds by 70 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major cities like Croydon (gained 69 percentate points), Bexley (gained 66 percentate points), and Greater London (gained 65 percentate points). In addition, real-world speed test data shows that Waltham Forest is significantly faster than Hackney (45% slower), Redbridge (18% slower), and Forest Gate (18% slower).

 
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Overall Performance
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Virgin Media Logo
68 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
Above average
Average
 
190,196 Speed Tests
1519 reviews
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BT Logo
69 /100
5.90 /10
BT
Above average
Average
 
38,784 Speed Tests
780 reviews
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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
Average
 
24,728 Speed Tests
883 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
TalkTalk
About average
Average
 
17,443 Speed Tests
379 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
55 /100
6.10 /10
Plusnet
About average
Average
 
9,250 Speed Tests
444 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.50 /10
EE
About average
Above Average
 
5,976 Speed Tests
396 reviews
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Spitfire Logo
88 /100
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Spitfire
Above average
 
5,143 Speed Tests
Too few reviews
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No Logo
82 /100
7.0 /10
Independent Fibre Networks
Above average
Above Average
 
2,669 Speed Tests
4 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
61 /100
5.50 /10
Vodafone
Above average
Average
 
2,377 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
Average
 
2,081 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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Zen Internet Logo
65 /100
9.80 /10
Zen Internet
Above average
Above Average
 
806 Speed Tests
69 reviews
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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Waltham Forest

See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Waltham Forest 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
YearWaltham ForestGreater LondonWaltham ForestGreater LondonWaltham ForestGreater London
202189.43%80.02%90.23%81.71%97.62%97.82%
202019.01%13.98%90.77%78.10%98.14%97.61%
201920.04%7.07%94.54%77.11%99.08%97.87%
201820.02%6.94%88.22%70.70%99.06%98.26%
201719.78%3.96%86.19%56.93%98.35%96.62%
20160.00%0.00%18.39%2.74%79.50%92.50%

Gigabit Availability

89.43%

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

Ultrafast Speeds

90.23%

of Waltham Forest residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband

97.62%

availability in Waltham Forest

Poor Broadband Speeds

2.27%

of Waltham Forest is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Waltham Forest Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Waltham Forest

YearWaltham Forest AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201822.03 Mbps26.27 Mbps16.14% Slower
201937.18 Mbps30.63 Mbps21.38% Faster
202094.86 Mbps80.31 Mbps18.12% Faster
202187.93 Mbps66.05 Mbps33.13% Faster

Waltham Forest Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeWaltham ForestGreater LondonUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps18.43%19.27%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps19.46%22.33%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps19.38%26.44%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps9.53%11.95%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps27.31%15.83%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps5.89%4.19%3.60%

How Waltham Forest Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
Waltham Forest939.55 Mbps34.9—122.58 Mbps49.13 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

Waltham Forest 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 Waltham Forest Compares for Internet Speed in Greater London

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
11Haringey943.48 Mbps36.92—142.09 Mbps49.89 MbpsFaster
12Hillingdon945.28 Mbps38.45—110.45 Mbps49.67 MbpsFaster
13Waltham Forest939.55 Mbps34.9—122.58 Mbps49.13 Mbps-
14Wandsworth3167.42 Mbps35.3—97.23 Mbps47.05 MbpsSlower
15Bexley937.39 Mbps34.35—115.99 Mbps46.58 MbpsSlower

Waltham Forest Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Waltham Forest testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Waltham Forest ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Waltham Forest 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 Waltham Forest's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 44.99% were fast, 26.14% slow, and 28.87% broadly the same.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 23:30:4624 mins4.88 Mbps12.85 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 23:30:56335 secs108.23 Mbps67.46 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 23:22:2127 mins0.77 Mbps1.01 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 22:51:16313 mins218.76 Mbps193.21 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 22:37:24217 secs34.63 Mbps83.93 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 22:36:43242 secs0.23 Mbps2.37 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 22:28:19228 secs353.43 Mbps364.64 Mbps
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 22:26:0622 mins216.29 Mbps214.21 Mbps
BT20 Jan 2022 22:02:49725 mins35.24 Mbps285.68 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 22:02:52820 mins571.29 Mbps578.24 Mbps
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 21:48:17428 mins93.8 Mbps93.77 Mbps
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 22:02:5549 mins31.23 Mbps112.44 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 22:07:53362 secs96 Mbps121.98 MbpsImproved
BT20 Jan 2022 22:01:53293 secs496.95 Mbps477.48 Mbps
TalkTalk20 Jan 2022 21:46:11242 secs92.99 Mbps90.4 Mbps
BT20 Jan 2022 21:16:23229 mins6.24 Mbps19.47 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 21:39:06231 secs35.01 Mbps204.54 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 21:31:1735 mins12.02 Mbps29.7 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 21:33:4422 mins25.46 Mbps338.96 MbpsImproved
Vodafone20 Jan 2022 21:25:02310 mins6.22 Mbps5.39 MbpsNeeds help, very slow

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Waltham Forest

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Community Fibre846.6 Mbps93.83—274.44 Mbps
2Hyperoptic914.99 Mbps46.88—168.57 Mbps
3Virgin Media939.55 Mbps50.17—200.88 Mbps
4Velocity197.15 Mbps0—92.61 Mbps
5Independent Fibre Networks434.6 Mbps47.47—113.42 Mbps
6Spitfire930.86 Mbps73.88—93.5 Mbps
7FastNet201 Mbps47.78—73.15 Mbps
8Glide760.68 Mbps33.48—94.13 Mbps
9Cerberus Networks393.31 Mbps19.71—76.32 Mbps
10BT933.44 Mbps24.28—70.24 Mbps
11KCOM67.59 Mbps0—50.43 Mbps
12Vodafone936.41 Mbps29.99—65.96 Mbps
13EE650.63 Mbps14.83—62.16 Mbps
14Zen Internet365.59 Mbps19.68—67.62 Mbps
15CIX93.1 Mbps22.36—71.49 Mbps
16Origin Broadband69.09 Mbps28.08—61.92 Mbps
17Sky Broadband440.11 Mbps18.02—63.08 Mbps
18TalkTalk527.04 Mbps19.05—52.66 Mbps
19Andrews & Arnold135.38 Mbps11.58—69.9 Mbps
20Plusnet74.29 Mbps11.87—41.36 Mbps
21Shell Energy74.09 Mbps6.69—33.69 Mbps

Smaller Towns, Villages, and Wards in Waltham Forest

WardMedian AgeRent PrivatelyRent CouncilMortageCommute via Public TransportWork From Home
Chingford41.08.94%7.42%39.27%33.08%4.59%
Higham Hill31.020.85%19.37%28.29%56.62%2.77%
Leyton31.042.64%1.72%27.62%65.50%2.71%
Leytonstone32.035.88%2.65%26.34%63.92%4.01%
Walthamstow32.027.72%8.82%31.02%60.88%3.05%

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Waltham Forest

How many broadband providers in Waltham Forest are there?

Waltham Forest has 21 ISPs tested by its 276,700 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Waltham Forest?

Community Fibre is the fastest broadband provider in Waltham Forest with 846.6 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 93.83—274.44 Mbps.

Who is the best internet provider in Waltham Forest?

The best internet provider in Waltham Forest is Community Fibre, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 93.83 to 274.44 Mbps.

What is the average internet speed in Waltham Forest?

Users in Waltham Forest see an average internet speed of 34.9 up to 322 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 939.55 Mbps.

Is Virgin Media available in Waltham Forest?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Waltham Forest, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 939.55 Mbps.

Is BT available in Waltham Forest?

Broadband service from BT is available in Waltham Forest, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 933.44 Mbps.

Is Sky Broadband available in Waltham Forest?

Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Waltham Forest, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 440.11 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Waltham Forest?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 657 of Waltham Forest's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Waltham Forest?

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

Author: Thomas Buck

Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper

Published: 10 Nov 2019

Last Updated: 20 Jan 2022

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