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Broadband Providers in Leicester

Broadband Providers available in Leicester include Virgin Media, Sky Broadband, and BT. Leicester's fastest provider is Hyperoptic, with a median speed of 138 Mbps. The most popular provider in Leicester is Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Leicester in 2022 is 65 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 37 Mbps.

 

Leicester Broadband Statistics

Leicester has the lowest fibre access out of all major cities in the East Midlands, and is among the 20 worst-off 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 15% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 94% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 99% of Leicester's households.

Despite poor broadband infrastructure, we see high speed test averages in Leicester postcodes like LE2, LE5, LE4, LE3, and LE1. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 37 Mbps median internet speed in Leicester, which is 0.43% above the United Kingdom national median of 36.84 Mbps.

Leicester increased access to Gigabit speeds by 13 percentage points in the past year. However, the buildout rate is slower than neighbouring major cities like Derby (gained 30 percentate points), Northampton (gained 25 percentate points), and Nottingham (gained 13 percentate points).

 
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Broadband Providers

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Overall Performance
Customer Ratings
Virgin Media Logo
68 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
Above average
Average
 
91,671 Speed Tests
1516 reviews
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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
Average
 
52,121 Speed Tests
883 reviews
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BT Logo
69 /100
6.0 /10
BT
Above average
Average
 
21,204 Speed Tests
778 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
TalkTalk
About average
Average
 
9,859 Speed Tests
379 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
59 /100
5.50 /10
Vodafone
About average
Average
 
4,885 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
55 /100
6.10 /10
Plusnet
About average
Average
 
4,076 Speed Tests
444 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.60 /10
EE
About average
Above Average
 
3,222 Speed Tests
396 reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
Average
 
1,305 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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Glide Logo
68 /100
7.50 /10
Glide
Above average
Above Average
 
965 Speed Tests
10 reviews
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Hyperoptic Logo
97 /100
9.60 /10
Hyperoptic
Above average
Above Average
 
626 Speed Tests
48 reviews
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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Leicester

See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Leicester 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
202114.85%94.18%99.29%
20201.86%92.16%99.72%
20192.18%93.02%99.74%
20180.49%85.27%99.23%
20170.29%83.12%97.27%
20160.00%0.00%96.08%

Map of Leicester's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability

14.85%

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

Ultrafast Speeds

94.18%

of Leicester residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband

99.29%

availability in Leicester

Poor Broadband Speeds

None

of Leicester is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Leicester Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Leicester

YearLeicester AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201823.51 Mbps26.27 Mbps10.51% Slower
201931.43 Mbps30.63 Mbps2.61% Faster
202068.69 Mbps80.31 Mbps14.47% Slower
202164.65 Mbps66.05 Mbps2.12% Slower

Leicester Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeLeicesterUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps20.70%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps22.97%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps22.47%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps10.06%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps20.89%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps2.92%3.60%

How Leicester Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
Greater London5794.21 Mbps33.02—95.86 Mbps45.54 MbpsFaster
Birmingham941.32 Mbps29.29—107 Mbps38.47 MbpsFaster
Bristol943.13 Mbps30.35—109.9 Mbps42.28 MbpsFaster
Edinburgh874.24 Mbps29.96—107.47 Mbps38.02 MbpsFaster
Leicester935.89 Mbps27.45—99.24 Mbps37 Mbps-
Liverpool1134.53 Mbps25.52—89.6 Mbps34.58 MbpsSlower
Nottingham2371.49 Mbps16.2—40.46 Mbps19.1 MbpsSlower
Sheffield932.42 Mbps23.73—68.81 Mbps32.06 MbpsSlower
Glasgow913.93 Mbps20.58—71.34 Mbps32 MbpsSlower

Leicester 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 Leicester Compares for Internet Speed in Leicester

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
1Leicester935.89 Mbps27.45—99.24 Mbps37 Mbps-

Leicester Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Leicester testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Leicester ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Leicester 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 Leicester's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 42.1% were fast, 23.75% slow, and 34.16% broadly the same.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 23:31:58227 mins202.17 Mbps171.66 MbpsNeeds help
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 23:47:32234 secs30.84 Mbps44.69 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 22:32:231856 mins62.83 Mbps390.09 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 22:56:35211 mins1.31 Mbps34.38 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 22:41:30222 secs188.5 Mbps207.94 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 22:22:2627 mins4.74 Mbps12.26 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 22:26:00227 secs181.12 Mbps151.6 MbpsNeeds help
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 22:15:04387 secs45.38 Mbps33.43 MbpsNeeds help
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 22:15:24224 secs107.62 Mbps112.77 Mbps
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 21:49:3247 mins0.27 Mbps0.32 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Glide18 Jan 2022 21:51:5423 mins159.97 Mbps61.9 MbpsNeeds help
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 21:42:24311 mins46.12 Mbps49.79 Mbps
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 21:35:35317 mins1.35 Mbps1.5 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:05:23229 mins114.43 Mbps16.6 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:18:2223 mins1.43 Mbps6.01 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
TalkTalk18 Jan 2022 21:20:07221 secs19.43 Mbps18.15 Mbps
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 21:19:08272 secs35.64 Mbps36.64 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:15:52296 secs0.96 Mbps1.72 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:14:26216 secs27.22 Mbps16.36 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:02:5924 mins18.23 Mbps20.51 MbpsImproved

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Leicester

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Hyperoptic891.84 Mbps85.7—331.26 Mbps
2Contingency Networks893.92 Mbps18.8—38.06 Mbps
3Independent Fibre Networks357.56 Mbps67.1—162.44 Mbps
4Virgin Media935.89 Mbps45.4—167.2 Mbps
5Spitfire480.31 Mbps40.28—58.61 Mbps
6Cerberus Networks92.03 Mbps27.64—82.83 Mbps
7Glide866.03 Mbps22.84—85.08 Mbps
8Vodafone924.36 Mbps32.4—64.66 Mbps
9KCOM464.52 Mbps17.22—59.37 Mbps
10BT933.42 Mbps25.35—60.04 Mbps
11TalkTalk515.86 Mbps24.1—72.25 Mbps
12EE765.26 Mbps22.56—58.83 Mbps
13Sky Broadband496.21 Mbps15.85—54.05 Mbps
14Zen Internet291.92 Mbps10.22—30.32 Mbps
15Andrews & Arnold67.97 Mbps7.66—41.69 Mbps
16Shell Energy73.15 Mbps28.88—36.87 Mbps
17Origin Broadband41.15 Mbps10.02—37.61 Mbps
18CloudScape Connect73.21 Mbps15.58—34.82 Mbps
19Plusnet74.15 Mbps12.63—36.78 Mbps
20O2 Broadband32.34 Mbps5.46—12.1 Mbps
21CIX26.38 Mbps0.92—4.72 Mbps
22BazTel1.09 Mbps0.28—0.58 Mbps

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Leicester

How many broadband providers in Leicester are there?

Leicester has 22 ISPs tested by its 355,218 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Leicester?

Hyperoptic is the fastest broadband provider in Leicester with 891.84 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 85.7—331.26 Mbps.

Who is the best internet provider in Leicester?

The best internet provider in Leicester is Hyperoptic, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 85.7 to 331.26 Mbps.

What is the average internet speed in Leicester?

Users in Leicester see an average internet speed of 27.45 up to 531 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 935.89 Mbps.

Is Virgin Media available in Leicester?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Leicester, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 935.89 Mbps.

Is Sky Broadband available in Leicester?

Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Leicester, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 496.21 Mbps.

Is BT available in Leicester?

Broadband service from BT is available in Leicester, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 933.42 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Leicester?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 135 of Leicester's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Leicester?

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

Author: Thomas Buck

Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper

Published: 10 Nov 2019

Last Updated: 18 Jan 2022

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