United Kingdom Manchester

Broadband Providers in Manchester

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 Broadband Statistics

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).

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Broadband Providers

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Virgin Media Logo
68 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
Above average
147,020 Speed Tests
1516 reviews
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BT Logo
69 /100
6.0 /10
Above average
97,873 Speed Tests
778 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
59 /100
5.50 /10
About average
73,745 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
About average
68,474 Speed Tests
379 reviews
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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
68,272 Speed Tests
883 reviews
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Hyperoptic Logo
97 /100
9.60 /10
Above average
Above Average
29,443 Speed Tests
48 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
55 /100
6.10 /10
About average
15,671 Speed Tests
444 reviews
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Zen Internet Logo
65 /100
9.90 /10
Zen Internet
Above average
Above Average
9,666 Speed Tests
69 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.60 /10
About average
Above Average
8,756 Speed Tests
396 reviews
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No Logo
85 /100
telcom (Velocity Fibre)
Above average
6,091 Speed Tests
Too few reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
4,465 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Manchester

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+ Mbps300+ Mbps30+ Mbps

Map of Manchester's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability


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

Ultrafast 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

Manchester Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Manchester

YearManchester AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201824.16 Mbps26.27 Mbps8.03% Slower
201930.34 Mbps30.63 Mbps0.95% Slower
202079.91 Mbps80.31 Mbps0.50% Slower
202166.01 Mbps66.05 Mbps0.06% Slower

Manchester Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeManchesterUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps24.31%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps26.42%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps22.46%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps8.95%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps14.48%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps3.37%3.60%

How Manchester 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
Leicester935.89 Mbps27.45—99.24 Mbps37 MbpsFaster
Edinburgh874.24 Mbps29.96—107.47 Mbps38.02 MbpsFaster
Manchester1644.2 Mbps26.77—81.71 Mbps35.02 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

Manchester 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 Manchester Compares for Internet Speed in Manchester

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
1Manchester1644.2 Mbps26.77—81.71 Mbps35.02 Mbps-
2Ringway371.75 Mbps2.9—41.96 Mbps3.01 MbpsSlower

Manchester Internet Speed Test Results

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.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 23:41:5642 mins106.34 Mbps112 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 23:36:1757 mins48.99 Mbps10.33 MbpsNeeds help
Hyperoptic18 Jan 2022 23:09:13227 mins27.9 Mbps30.5 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 23:13:21226 secs119.43 Mbps119.98 Mbps
TalkTalk18 Jan 2022 23:09:46224 secs50.55 Mbps36.58 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 23:03:1662 mins74.61 Mbps99.28 MbpsImproved
TalkTalk18 Jan 2022 22:54:3325 mins16.91 Mbps16.62 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 22:42:29215 mins324.32 Mbps376.03 MbpsImproved
TalkTalk18 Jan 2022 22:47:44227 secs30.07 Mbps33.01 Mbps
Plusnet18 Jan 2022 22:46:32277 secs31.7 Mbps43.52 MbpsImproved
Vodafone18 Jan 2022 22:34:13268 secs1.56 Mbps1.57 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Plusnet18 Jan 2022 22:33:39238 secs42.58 Mbps16.03 MbpsNeeds help
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 21:56:39214 mins71.76 Mbps47.17 MbpsNeeds help
Vodafone18 Jan 2022 21:47:4424 mins80.59 Mbps103.53 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:35:4143 mins9.91 Mbps55.31 MbpsImproved
BT18 Jan 2022 20:39:34456 mins25.61 Mbps39.1 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 21:35:43224 secs43.66 Mbps34.16 MbpsNeeds help
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 21:32:32243 secs39.93 Mbps40.64 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:16:0632 mins118.51 Mbps194.61 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:10:0227 mins7.23 Mbps0.92 MbpsNeeds help, very slow

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Manchester

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Cerberus Networks527.18 Mbps265.39—492.05 Mbps
2Hyperoptic934.67 Mbps62.66—234.8 Mbps
3FibreNest472.86 Mbps74.17—146.52 Mbps
4Virgin Media1644.2 Mbps35.67—192.28 Mbps
5Glide834.65 Mbps64.68—164.13 Mbps
6KCOM382.95 Mbps12.89—61.9 Mbps
7telcom (Velocity Fibre)941.91 Mbps71.33—97.8 Mbps
8CIX892.41 Mbps21.15—68.62 Mbps
9Internetty613.13 Mbps36.82—90.94 Mbps
10Zen Internet921.91 Mbps31.62—66.39 Mbps
11Vodafone936.32 Mbps29.06—64.7 Mbps
12BT940.2 Mbps24.13—57.62 Mbps
13Country Connect92.5 Mbps7.84—74.54 Mbps
14TalkTalk739.34 Mbps26.2—56.7 Mbps
15EE898.46 Mbps20.49—58.36 Mbps
16Sky Broadband500.94 Mbps16.43—55.17 Mbps
17Airband146.36 Mbps14.09—42.8 Mbps
18Shell Energy74.62 Mbps10.6—64.22 Mbps
19Plusnet74.67 Mbps13.16—44.63 Mbps
20Andrews & Arnold66.52 Mbps11.8—13.25 Mbps
21Origin Broadband49.74 Mbps12.71—32.82 Mbps
22Pure Broadband70.83 Mbps8.92—17.84 Mbps
23Internet Central22.89 Mbps8.08—9.77 Mbps
24Wi-Manx38.28 Mbps6.94—8.16 Mbps
25Gradwell7.57 Mbps3.85—5.97 Mbps

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Manchester

How many broadband providers in Manchester are there?

Manchester has 25 ISPs tested by its 547,627 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Manchester?

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.

Who is the best internet provider in Manchester?

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.

What is the average internet speed in Manchester?

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.

Is Virgin Media available in Manchester?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Manchester, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 1644.2 Mbps.

Is BT available in Manchester?

Broadband service from BT is available in Manchester, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 940.2 Mbps.

Is Vodafone available in Manchester?

Broadband service from Vodafone is available in Manchester, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 936.32 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Manchester?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 2630 of Manchester's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Manchester?

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

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