Broadband Providers available in Manchester include Virgin Media, BT, and Vodafone. Manchester's fastest provider is Cerberus Networks, with a median speed of 342 Mbps. The most popular provider in Manchester is Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Manchester in 2022 is 67 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 35 Mbps.
Manchester is among the top 10 for fibre access out of all major cities in the North West, and is among the 50 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 68% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 77% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 96% of Manchester's households.
Poor broadband infrastructure results in low speed test averages in Manchester postcodes like M40, M22, M20, M9, and M14. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 35.02 Mbps median internet speed in Manchester, which is 4.94% below the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.
Manchester increased access to Gigabit speeds by 49 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major cities like Stockport (gained 33 percentate points), Salford (gained 30 percentate points), and Wirral (gained 19 percentate points). In addition, real-world speed test data shows that Manchester is dramatically faster than Ringway (1063% slower).
We rank each provider relative to all providers in The United Kingdom based on their median download and upload speeds, measured round trip time latencies, and the percentage of speeds tests that exceed 50 Mbps.
Customer ratings are based on local reviews matched to Manchester IP addresses. Providers can be scored on a range of 1 to 10, and ranked relative to all providers in The United Kingdom.
Median Speed Test Result
The median is the middle result in the range of tests we measured for each provider in Manchester in the past year. Median speeds provide a better comparison than raw averages because they control for the longtail of tests related to Wi-Fi issues. The charts below represent the distribution of tests associated with each provider from low to high.
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See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Manchester area. Availability is based on population in postcodes marked as served by Ofcom Connected Nations reports, according to the most recent census.
|1,000+ Mbps||300+ Mbps||30+ Mbps|
of people living in Manchester can obtain to 1,000+ Mbps broadband speeds
of Manchester residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service
Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband
availability in Manchester
Poor Broadband Speeds
of Manchester is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps
|Year||Manchester Average||United Kingdom Average||Difference|
|2018||24.16 Mbps||26.27 Mbps||8.03% Slower|
|2019||30.34 Mbps||30.63 Mbps||0.95% Slower|
|2020||79.91 Mbps||80.31 Mbps||0.50% Slower|
|2021||66.01 Mbps||66.05 Mbps||0.06% Slower|
|Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range|
|Internet Speed Range||Manchester||United Kingdom|
|Very Slow: under 10 Mbps||24.31%||19.92%|
|Slow: 10-30 Mbps||26.42%||25.74%|
|Adequate: 30-60 Mbps||22.46%||25.20%|
|Good: 60-80 Mbps||8.95%||10.20%|
|Fast: 80-300 Mbps||14.48%||15.33%|
|Very Fast: over 300 Mbps||3.37%||3.60%|
|City / Town||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range||Median|
|Greater London||5794.21 Mbps||33.02—95.86 Mbps||45.54 Mbps||Faster|
|Birmingham||941.32 Mbps||29.29—107 Mbps||38.47 Mbps||Faster|
|Bristol||943.13 Mbps||30.35—109.9 Mbps||42.28 Mbps||Faster|
|Leicester||935.89 Mbps||27.45—99.24 Mbps||37 Mbps||Faster|
|Edinburgh||874.24 Mbps||29.96—107.47 Mbps||38.02 Mbps||Faster|
|Manchester||1644.2 Mbps||26.77—81.71 Mbps||35.02 Mbps||-|
|Liverpool||1134.53 Mbps||25.52—89.6 Mbps||34.58 Mbps||Slower|
|Nottingham||2371.49 Mbps||16.2—40.46 Mbps||19.1 Mbps||Slower|
|Sheffield||932.42 Mbps||23.73—68.81 Mbps||32.06 Mbps||Slower|
|Glasgow||913.93 Mbps||20.58—71.34 Mbps||32 Mbps||Slower|
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.
|Position||City / Town||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range||Median|
|1||Manchester||1644.2 Mbps||26.77—81.71 Mbps||35.02 Mbps||-|
|2||Ringway||371.75 Mbps||2.9—41.96 Mbps||3.01 Mbps||Slower|
We analysed the results of people in Manchester testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Manchester ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Manchester 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 Manchester's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 41.85% were fast, 26.36% slow, and 31.79% broadly the same.
|Provider||Start Time||# Tests||Duration||Start Speed||End Speed||Status|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 23:41:56||4||2 mins||106.34 Mbps||112 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 23:36:17||5||7 mins||48.99 Mbps||10.33 Mbps||Needs help|
|Hyperoptic||18 Jan 2022 23:09:13||2||27 mins||27.9 Mbps||30.5 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 23:13:21||2||26 secs||119.43 Mbps||119.98 Mbps|
|TalkTalk||18 Jan 2022 23:09:46||2||24 secs||50.55 Mbps||36.58 Mbps||Needs help|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 23:03:16||6||2 mins||74.61 Mbps||99.28 Mbps||Improved|
|TalkTalk||18 Jan 2022 22:54:33||2||5 mins||16.91 Mbps||16.62 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 22:42:29||2||15 mins||324.32 Mbps||376.03 Mbps||Improved|
|TalkTalk||18 Jan 2022 22:47:44||2||27 secs||30.07 Mbps||33.01 Mbps|
|Plusnet||18 Jan 2022 22:46:32||2||77 secs||31.7 Mbps||43.52 Mbps||Improved|
|Vodafone||18 Jan 2022 22:34:13||2||68 secs||1.56 Mbps||1.57 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Plusnet||18 Jan 2022 22:33:39||2||38 secs||42.58 Mbps||16.03 Mbps||Needs help|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 21:56:39||2||14 mins||71.76 Mbps||47.17 Mbps||Needs help|
|Vodafone||18 Jan 2022 21:47:44||2||4 mins||80.59 Mbps||103.53 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 21:35:41||4||3 mins||9.91 Mbps||55.31 Mbps||Improved|
|BT||18 Jan 2022 20:39:34||4||56 mins||25.61 Mbps||39.1 Mbps||Improved|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 21:35:43||2||24 secs||43.66 Mbps||34.16 Mbps||Needs help|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 21:32:32||2||43 secs||39.93 Mbps||40.64 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 21:16:06||3||2 mins||118.51 Mbps||194.61 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 21:10:02||2||7 mins||7.23 Mbps||0.92 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|#||Provider Name||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range|
|1||Cerberus Networks||527.18 Mbps||265.39—492.05 Mbps|
|2||Hyperoptic||934.67 Mbps||62.66—234.8 Mbps|
|3||FibreNest||472.86 Mbps||74.17—146.52 Mbps|
|4||Virgin Media||1644.2 Mbps||35.67—192.28 Mbps|
|5||Glide||834.65 Mbps||64.68—164.13 Mbps|
|6||KCOM||382.95 Mbps||12.89—61.9 Mbps|
|7||telcom (Velocity Fibre)||941.91 Mbps||71.33—97.8 Mbps|
|8||CIX||892.41 Mbps||21.15—68.62 Mbps|
|9||Internetty||613.13 Mbps||36.82—90.94 Mbps|
|10||Zen Internet||921.91 Mbps||31.62—66.39 Mbps|
|11||Vodafone||936.32 Mbps||29.06—64.7 Mbps|
|12||BT||940.2 Mbps||24.13—57.62 Mbps|
|13||Country Connect||92.5 Mbps||7.84—74.54 Mbps|
|14||TalkTalk||739.34 Mbps||26.2—56.7 Mbps|
|15||EE||898.46 Mbps||20.49—58.36 Mbps|
|16||Sky Broadband||500.94 Mbps||16.43—55.17 Mbps|
|17||Airband||146.36 Mbps||14.09—42.8 Mbps|
|18||Shell Energy||74.62 Mbps||10.6—64.22 Mbps|
|19||Plusnet||74.67 Mbps||13.16—44.63 Mbps|
|20||Andrews & Arnold||66.52 Mbps||11.8—13.25 Mbps|
|21||Origin Broadband||49.74 Mbps||12.71—32.82 Mbps|
|22||Pure Broadband||70.83 Mbps||8.92—17.84 Mbps|
|23||Internet Central||22.89 Mbps||8.08—9.77 Mbps|
|24||Wi-Manx||38.28 Mbps||6.94—8.16 Mbps|
|25||Gradwell||7.57 Mbps||3.85—5.97 Mbps|
Manchester has 25 ISPs tested by its 547,627 residents.
Cerberus Networks is the fastest broadband provider in Manchester with 527.18 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 265.39—492.05 Mbps.
The best internet provider in Manchester is Cerberus Networks, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 265.39 to 492.05 Mbps.
Users in Manchester see an average internet speed of 26.77 up to 748 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 1644.2 Mbps.
Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Manchester, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 1644.2 Mbps.
Broadband service from BT is available in Manchester, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 940.2 Mbps.
Broadband service from Vodafone is available in Manchester, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 936.32 Mbps.
Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 2630 of Manchester's postcodes.
The broadband provider with the most users in Manchester is Virgin Media.
Author: Thomas Buck
Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper
Published: 10 Nov 2019
Last Updated: 18 Jan 2022