Broadband Statistics for Preston, Lancashire
Broadband Providers15
Fastest Speed907.54 Mbps
Average Speed35.37 Mbps
Fastest ProviderBT

Preston, Lancashire Broadband Options

Preston residents have run speed tests on 15 broadband providers. This number is 149.58% above the United Kingdom average of 6.01 internet service providers. ISPs available in Preston include Virgin Media, TalkTalk, and BT. The most common broadband provider in Preston is Virgin Media, with a maximum recorded internet speed of 892.01 Mbps, and the typical home user seeing speeds in the range of 49.78—219.52 Mbps. Preston's fastest provider is BT, and the highest speed we've seen from them is 907.54 Mbps. Overall, the average real-world broadband speed that users will see in Preston is 35.37 Mbps, which is 3.49% below the The United Kingdom national average of 36.65 Mbps, and 7.77% above the average of 32.82 Mbps in Lancashire. Internet speeds in Preston are typically faster than Newton, but slower than Aughton. Nearby cities include Hutton with speeds 0—31.49 Mbps, Woodplumpton with speeds 31.95—33.17 Mbps, and Leyland with speeds 31.83—71.68 Mbps.

Broadband Providers

  • Solway Communications
    87.02 — 282.36 Mbps
    623.9 Mbps
    100.14 Mbps
  • CIX in Preston
    93.74 — 185.34 Mbps
    212.36 Mbps
    93.92 Mbps
  • Virgin Media in Preston
    49.78 — 219.52 Mbps
    892.01 Mbps
    76.72 Mbps
  • Hyperoptic in Preston
    42.5 — 61.96 Mbps
    811.18 Mbps
    55.22 Mbps
  • BT in Preston
    30.78 — 72.75 Mbps
    907.54 Mbps
    41.07 Mbps
  • TalkTalk in Preston
    22.52 — 59.58 Mbps
    413.68 Mbps
    29.41 Mbps
  • Vodafone in Preston
    27.48 — 46.06 Mbps
    214.71 Mbps
    32 Mbps
  • Sky Broadband in Preston
    19.47 — 53.84 Mbps
    307.27 Mbps
    27.96 Mbps
  • EE in Preston
    22.11 — 37.6 Mbps
    524.15 Mbps
    25.26 Mbps
  • Boundless Networks
    26.17 — 28.45 Mbps
    32.7 Mbps
    26.17 Mbps
  • Zen Internet in Preston
    16.85 — 46.18 Mbps
    183.02 Mbps
    21.84 Mbps
  • Plusnet in Preston
    15.18 — 30.74 Mbps
    74.31 Mbps
    15.26 Mbps
  • KCOM in Preston
    5.51 — 30.78 Mbps
    69.42 Mbps
    9.23 Mbps
  • Post Office Broadband in Preston
    6.89 — 24.28 Mbps
    73.49 Mbps
    8.23 Mbps
  • Glide in Preston
    0.28 — 9.08 Mbps
    25.46 Mbps
    2.32 Mbps

Broadband in Preston


Fastest city in The United Kingdom


Best speed range city in Lancashire

907.54 Mbps

Preston's fastest speed

26.72—88.38 Mbps

Typical speed range available to Preston residents

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Preston Broadband Speed Map

Preston Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangePrestonLancashireUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps27.57%30.22%28.66%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps29.88%29.60%26.52%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps22.45%23.42%20.91%
Good: 60-80 Mbps6.62%6.64%8.46%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps12.12%8.98%13.12%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps1.36%1.14%2.33%

How Preston Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
London5284.34 Mbps34.83—93.77 Mbps47.22 MbpsFaster
Birmingham936.73 Mbps27.77—95.58 Mbps36.44 MbpsFaster
Bristol941.78 Mbps28.81—108.57 Mbps39.7 MbpsFaster
Edinburgh705.74 Mbps31.34—108.74 Mbps41.17 MbpsFaster
Preston907.54 Mbps26.72—88.38 Mbps35.37 Mbps-
Liverpool1134.53 Mbps22.22—86.42 Mbps31.26 MbpsSlower
Nottingham934.56 Mbps23.48—53.44 Mbps28.15 MbpsSlower
Sheffield932.42 Mbps21.81—64.39 Mbps29.73 MbpsSlower
Glasgow913.93 Mbps16.22—69.54 Mbps26.21 MbpsSlower
Leicester917.75 Mbps25.15—92.23 Mbps35.1 MbpsSlower

Preston 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 Preston Compares for Internet Speed in Lancashire

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
11Chorley742.68 Mbps34.31—322.76 Mbps36.78 MbpsFaster
12Aughton683.96 Mbps31.07—75.86 Mbps36.59 MbpsFaster
13Preston907.54 Mbps26.72—88.38 Mbps35.37 Mbps-
14Newton703.02 Mbps29.02—79.83 Mbps34.6 MbpsSlower
15Burscough804.52 Mbps27.84—60.38 Mbps33.76 MbpsSlower

Preston Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Preston testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Preston ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband 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 broadband speed tests that don't vary by that much, we consider the final result to be the same. For Preston's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 43.76% were fast, 23.92% slow, and 32.32% broadly the same.
Most Recent Tests
ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Plusnet26 Jul 2021 23:00:0024 mins25.61 Mbps22.72 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media26 Jul 2021 22:39:1022 mins221.25 Mbps236.31 Mbps
Virgin Media26 Jul 2021 22:27:58281 secs10.59 Mbps8.18 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Solway Communications26 Jul 2021 22:11:58317 secs61.76 Mbps177.74 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media26 Jul 2021 22:05:15226 secs35.21 Mbps36.54 Mbps
Sky Broadband26 Jul 2021 22:00:48222 secs97.38 Mbps107.82 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media26 Jul 2021 20:56:3372 mins143.87 Mbps120.41 MbpsNeeds help
TalkTalk26 Jul 2021 20:08:4739 mins5.66 Mbps1.69 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media26 Jul 2021 19:39:56218 mins50.79 Mbps109.35 MbpsImproved
Plusnet26 Jul 2021 18:55:03430 mins20.36 Mbps39.45 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media26 Jul 2021 18:04:21632 mins26.54 Mbps102.03 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media26 Jul 2021 16:55:5272 mins37.98 Mbps55.95 MbpsImproved
Plusnet26 Jul 2021 16:50:51227 secs4.97 Mbps4.35 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
TalkTalk26 Jul 2021 15:57:54223 mins71.89 Mbps72.79 Mbps
Virgin Media26 Jul 2021 16:09:183114 secs28.6 Mbps87.97 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband26 Jul 2021 15:52:40232 secs24.9 Mbps22.88 Mbps
Plusnet26 Jul 2021 15:25:41218 secs1.53 Mbps5.68 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
BT26 Jul 2021 14:11:1824 secs24.99 Mbps5.19 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
BT26 Jul 2021 13:03:26214 secs4.35 Mbps10.29 MbpsImproved
BT26 Jul 2021 12:37:0928 mins36.26 Mbps34.96 Mbps

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Preston

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Solway Communications623.9 Mbps87.02—282.36 Mbps
2CIX212.36 Mbps93.74—185.34 Mbps
3Virgin Media892.01 Mbps49.78—219.52 Mbps
4Hyperoptic811.18 Mbps42.5—61.96 Mbps
5BT907.54 Mbps30.78—72.75 Mbps
6TalkTalk413.68 Mbps22.52—59.58 Mbps
7Zen Internet183.02 Mbps16.85—46.18 Mbps
8Vodafone214.71 Mbps27.48—46.06 Mbps
9Sky Broadband307.27 Mbps19.47—53.84 Mbps
10Boundless Networks32.7 Mbps26.17—28.45 Mbps
11EE524.15 Mbps22.11—37.6 Mbps
12KCOM69.42 Mbps5.51—30.78 Mbps
13Plusnet74.31 Mbps15.18—30.74 Mbps
14Post Office Broadband73.49 Mbps6.89—24.28 Mbps
15Glide25.46 Mbps0.28—9.08 Mbps

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Preston

How many broadband providers in Preston are there?
Preston has 15 ISPs tested by its 141,818 residents.
Who is the fastest broadband provider in Preston?
BT is the fastest broadband provider in Preston with 907.54 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 30.78—72.75 Mbps.
Who is the best internet provider in Preston?
The best internet provider in Preston is Solway Communications, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 87.02 to 282.36 Mbps.
What is the average internet speed in Preston?
Users in Preston see an average internet speed of 26.72 up to 594 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 907.54 Mbps.
Is Virgin Media available in Preston?
Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Preston, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 892.01 Mbps.
Is TalkTalk available in Preston?
Broadband service from TalkTalk is available in Preston, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 413.68 Mbps.
Is BT available in Preston?
Broadband service from BT is available in Preston, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 907.54 Mbps.
Who is the the most popular broadband provider in Preston?
The broadband provider with the most users in Preston is Virgin Media.

Last updated: 26 Jul 2021