Broadband Providers in Luton

Broadband Providers available in Luton include Virgin Media, Plusnet, and TalkTalk. Luton's fastest provider is CIX, with a median speed of 88 Mbps. The most popular provider in Luton is Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Luton in 2022 is 60 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 15 Mbps.

 

Broadband speed data in Luton

Average Speed60 Mbps
Median Speed15 Mbps
Fastest ProviderCIX
Gigabit Fibre AvailabilityNone

Luton Broadband Statistics

Luton has the lowest fibre access out of all major cities in the East of England, and is the worst major city in terms of fibre access across the UK as a whole. Our analysis of Ofcom coverage data shows that Gigabit fibre is available to only 0.18% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 95% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 100% of Luton's households.

Poor broadband infrastructure results in very low speed test averages in Luton postcodes like LU2, LU3, LU1, and LU4. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 15.13 Mbps median internet speed in Luton, which is 59% below the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.

Luton's access to Gigabit speeds stagnated in the past year. The buildout rate has also stagnated relative to neighbouring major cities like Peterborough (gained 36 percentate points), Chelmsford (gained 33 percentate points), and Southend-on-Sea (gained 28 percentate points).

 
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Broadband Providers

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Provider
Overall Performance
Customer Ratings
Virgin Media Logo
68 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
Above average
Average
 
2,734 Speed Tests
1534 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
54 /100
6.10 /10
Plusnet
About average
Average
 
236 Speed Tests
445 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
TalkTalk
About average
Average
 
131 Speed Tests
383 reviews
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BT Logo
69 /100
5.90 /10
BT
Above average
Average
 
62 Speed Tests
785 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
61 /100
5.50 /10
Vodafone
Above average
Average
 
35 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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Fastest median speed
 
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CIX Logo
55 /100
7.60 /10
CIX
About average
Above Average
 
2 Speed Tests
2 reviews

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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Luton

See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Luton 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
20210.18%95.16%99.71%
20200.50%95.56%99.84%
20190.52%96.87%99.88%
20180.05%91.71%99.90%
20170.05%80.04%99.22%
20160.00%0.00%99.08%

Map of Luton's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability

None

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

Ultrafast Speeds

95.16%

of Luton residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband

99.71%

availability in Luton

Poor Broadband Speeds

None

of Luton is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Luton Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Luton

YearLuton AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201818.17 Mbps26.27 Mbps30.83% Slower
201954.86 Mbps30.63 Mbps79.11% Faster
2020285.47 Mbps80.31 Mbps255.46% Faster
202163.04 Mbps66.05 Mbps4.56% Slower

Luton Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeLutonUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps41.27%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps26.28%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps11.88%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps4.17%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps12.43%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps3.97%3.60%

How Luton Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
Greater London5794.21 Mbps33.1—96.06 Mbps45.61 MbpsFaster
Birmingham2786.06 Mbps29.35—107.11 Mbps38.56 MbpsFaster
Liverpool1134.53 Mbps25.63—89.99 Mbps34.68 MbpsFaster
Nottingham2371.49 Mbps15.99—39.85 Mbps18.81 MbpsFaster
Sheffield936.79 Mbps23.81—68.97 Mbps32.12 MbpsFaster
Bristol943.13 Mbps30.46—109.99 Mbps42.42 MbpsFaster
Glasgow913.93 Mbps20.72—71.44 Mbps32.11 MbpsFaster
Leicester935.89 Mbps27.49—99.53 Mbps37.05 MbpsFaster
Edinburgh874.24 Mbps29.98—107.56 Mbps38.13 MbpsFaster
Luton917.35 Mbps8.99—87.22 Mbps15.13 Mbps-

Luton 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 Luton Compares for Internet Speed in Luton

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
1Luton917.35 Mbps8.99—87.22 Mbps15.13 Mbps-

Luton Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Luton testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Luton ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Luton 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 Luton's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 45.04% were fast, 25.95% slow, and 29.01% broadly the same.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Plusnet24 Jan 2022 20:51:47246 secs8.41 Mbps16.13 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 14:39:0539 mins0.26 Mbps4.01 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 12:58:18224 secs0.99 Mbps0.93 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 07:32:45312 mins6.07 Mbps16.43 MbpsImproved
BT23 Jan 2022 10:13:46263 secs67.2 Mbps26.85 MbpsNeeds help
Vodafone23 Jan 2022 09:59:372108 secs17.76 Mbps16.7 Mbps
BT23 Jan 2022 00:49:3823 mins68.26 Mbps52.45 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media22 Jan 2022 01:44:0332 mins0.36 Mbps5.09 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media21 Jan 2022 14:54:38326 mins0.83 Mbps15.08 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media21 Jan 2022 14:20:2022 mins2.31 Mbps2.25 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media21 Jan 2022 13:34:08259 secs2.23 Mbps1.87 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media21 Jan 2022 12:31:4522 mins2.15 Mbps3.15 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media21 Jan 2022 07:17:09232 secs3.58 Mbps3.97 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Vodafone20 Jan 2022 16:52:45825 mins28.07 Mbps14.62 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 16:09:07424 mins0.75 Mbps16.11 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 11:23:06258 secs6.23 Mbps9.3 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media19 Jan 2022 16:15:27310 mins1.69 Mbps1.61 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media19 Jan 2022 14:25:09380 secs4.97 Mbps9.32 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media19 Jan 2022 12:39:49211 mins7.57 Mbps6.6 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media19 Jan 2022 12:00:18212 secs4.96 Mbps6.25 MbpsNeeds help, very slow

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Luton

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1CIX658.22 Mbps0—87.52 Mbps
2BT773.36 Mbps25.87—80.1 Mbps
3Virgin Media917.35 Mbps7.08—92.93 Mbps
4TalkTalk524.54 Mbps36.08—62.03 Mbps
5Vodafone73.77 Mbps27.77—39.56 Mbps
6Plusnet74.45 Mbps19.24—44.22 Mbps

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Luton

How many broadband providers in Luton are there?

Luton has 6 ISPs tested by its 214,109 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Luton?

CIX is the fastest broadband provider in Luton with 658.22 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 0—87.52 Mbps.

Who is the best internet provider in Luton?

The best internet provider in Luton is TalkTalk, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 36.08 to 62.03 Mbps.

What is the average internet speed in Luton?

Users in Luton see an average internet speed of 8.99 up to 706 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 917.35 Mbps.

Is Virgin Media available in Luton?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Luton, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 917.35 Mbps.

Is Plusnet available in Luton?

Broadband service from Plusnet is available in Luton, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 74.45 Mbps.

Is TalkTalk available in Luton?

Broadband service from TalkTalk is available in Luton, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 524.54 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Luton?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 61 of Luton's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Luton?

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

Author: Thomas Buck

Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper

Published: 10 Nov 2019

Last Updated: 24 Jan 2022

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