Preston, Lancashire Broadband Options

Preston residents have run speed tests on 12 providers. This number is 107.97% above the United Kingdom average of 5.77 providers. ISPs available in Preston include Virgin Media, TalkTalk, and BT. The most common provider in Preston is Virgin Media, with a maximum recorded speed of 742.19 Mbps, and the typical home user seeing speeds in the range of 36.3—146.55 Mbps. Preston's fastest provider is BT, and the highest speed we've seen from them is 774.23 Mbps. Overall, the average real-world speed users will see in Preston is 28.56 Mbps, which is 8.34% below the The United Kingdom national average of 31.16 Mbps, and 7.53% above the average of 26.56 Mbps in Lancashire. Internet speeds in Preston are typically faster than Hapton, but slower than Parbold. Nearby cities include Hutton with speeds 15.23—66.15 Mbps, Woodplumpton with speeds 12.51—32.96 Mbps, and Leyland with speeds 21.43—75.04 Mbps.


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  • BT in Preston
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  • Plusnet in Preston
  • Post Office Broadband in Preston
  • CIX in Preston
  • Glide in Preston
  • KCOM in Preston

Internet in Preston


Fastest city in The United Kingdom


Best speed range city in Lancashire

774.23 Mbps

Preston's fastest speed

19.7—68.43 Mbps

Typical speed range available to Preston residents

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Preston Competitive Speed Map

How Preston Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed Range50% 
London5284.34 Mbps30.13—91.03 Mbps41.88 MbpsFaster
Birmingham936.64 Mbps19.6—81.75 Mbps30.33 MbpsFaster
Bristol937.97 Mbps20.94—93.23 Mbps30.81 MbpsFaster
Leicester910.64 Mbps19.4—80.63 Mbps29.04 MbpsFaster
Edinburgh870.81 Mbps18.87—99.64 Mbps31.2 MbpsFaster
Preston774.23 Mbps19.7—68.43 Mbps28.56 Mbps-
Liverpool836.13 Mbps14.99—68.1 Mbps22.39 MbpsSlower
Nottingham917.03 Mbps16.75—66.71 Mbps25.23 MbpsSlower
Sheffield926.7 Mbps16.24—55.21 Mbps22.94 MbpsSlower
Glasgow898.7 Mbps10.27—52.47 Mbps14.92 MbpsSlower

Preston Over Time

How Preston Compares for Internet Speed in Lancashire

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed Range50% 
12Leyland624.59 Mbps21.43—75.04 Mbps30.44 MbpsFaster
13Parbold69.6 Mbps25.75—35.21 Mbps29.29 MbpsFaster
14Preston774.23 Mbps19.7—68.43 Mbps28.56 Mbps-
15Hapton63.99 Mbps19.95—45.08 Mbps28.56 MbpsSlower
16Whittington335.29 Mbps19.89—64.46 Mbps28.1 MbpsSlower

Preston Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Preston test providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Preston ran 4 speed tests per session. Looking at download speeds, if the Preston 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 speed tests that don't vary by that much, we consider the final result to be the same. For Preston's residents, of the speed tests we measured, 42.15% were fast, 21.49% slow, and 36.36% broadly the same.
Most Recent Tests
ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
TalkTalk27 Feb 2021 11:59:1220 secs13.16 Mbps13.85 Mbps
TalkTalk26 Feb 2021 23:13:22109 secs0.28 Mbps2.4 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
TalkTalk26 Feb 2021 10:53:5130 secs9.62 Mbps9.16 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
TalkTalk25 Feb 2021 10:49:3530 secs8.14 Mbps8.25 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
BT25 Feb 2021 09:27:16222 secs142.07 Mbps137.71 Mbps
TalkTalk24 Feb 2021 09:15:1186 secs1.08 Mbps0.33 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
TalkTalk22 Feb 2021 13:36:06213 mins24.98 Mbps15.39 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media21 Feb 2021 16:08:502114 secs174.2 Mbps168.48 Mbps
Plusnet21 Feb 2021 08:11:08239 secs16.21 Mbps24.48 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband18 Feb 2021 04:12:4333 mins29.44 Mbps29.65 Mbps
BT16 Feb 2021 23:27:17215 mins50.03 Mbps50.47 Mbps
BT16 Feb 2021 21:27:3723 mins43.51 Mbps40.81 Mbps
BT16 Feb 2021 17:10:4623 mins63.42 Mbps26.81 MbpsNeeds help
TalkTalk16 Feb 2021 17:08:14462 secs48.38 Mbps53.68 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media15 Feb 2021 20:25:01210 mins96.97 Mbps106.25 Mbps
BT15 Feb 2021 17:42:43311 mins2.96 Mbps42.15 MbpsImproved
TalkTalk15 Feb 2021 15:54:53225 secs34.92 Mbps34.35 Mbps
Sky Broadband15 Feb 2021 11:48:3532 mins3.27 Mbps1.5 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
TalkTalk15 Feb 2021 11:37:28229 secs73.3 Mbps73.24 Mbps
TalkTalk15 Feb 2021 08:50:561129 mins2.81 Mbps24.22 MbpsImproved

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Preston

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Virgin Media742.19 Mbps36.3—146.55 Mbps
2BT774.23 Mbps22.47—69.98 Mbps
3Zen Internet83.25 Mbps43.03—68.43 Mbps
4TalkTalk378.03 Mbps16.53—52.55 Mbps
5CIX63.94 Mbps0.13—30.13 Mbps
6Vodafone206.84 Mbps20.54—38.09 Mbps
7Sky Broadband147.03 Mbps13.48—47.59 Mbps
8EE201.99 Mbps19.44—35.9 Mbps
9Glide110.06 Mbps3.18—20.14 Mbps
10Plusnet74.03 Mbps14.24—29.32 Mbps
11KCOM60.03 Mbps5.51—12.13 Mbps
12Post Office Broadband70.85 Mbps5.79—21.99 Mbps

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Preston

Preston has 12 ISPs tested by its 141,818 residents.
BT is the fastest provider in Preston with 774.23 Mbps, and an average speed range of 22.47—69.98 Mbps.
The best provider in Preston in Virgin Media, and their users typically see speeds in the range of 36.3 to 146.55 Mbps.
Users in Preston see an average internet speed of 19.7 up to 725 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 774.23 Mbps.
Virgin Media is available in Preston, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 742.19 Mbps.
TalkTalk is available in Preston, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 378.03 Mbps.
BT is available in Preston, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 774.23 Mbps.
The provider with the most users in Preston is Virgin Media.

Last updated: 27 Feb 2021