Broadband Providers available in Middlesbrough include Virgin Media, Sky Broadband, and BT. Middlesbrough's fastest provider is Virgin Media, with a median speed of 82 Mbps. The most popular provider in Middlesbrough is also Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Middlesbrough in 2022 is 73 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 36 Mbps.
Middlesbrough has the second-best fibre access out of all major towns in the North East, and is among the 50 worst-off major towns 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 2.06% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 96% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 99% of Middlesbrough's households.
Poor broadband infrastructure results in low speed test averages in Middlesbrough postcodes like TS5, TS3, TS1, TS4, and TS8. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 36.09 Mbps median internet speed in Middlesbrough, which is 2.04% below the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.
Middlesbrough increased access to Gigabit speeds by 1.68 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major towns like South Shields (gained 0.47 percentate points), Darlington (gained 0.38 percentate points), and Redcar (lost 0.06 percentage points). In addition, real-world speed test data shows that Middlesbrough is marginally faster than Nunthorpe (4.67% 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 Middlesbrough 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 Middlesbrough 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 Middlesbrough 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 Middlesbrough can obtain to 1,000+ Mbps broadband speeds
of Middlesbrough residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service
Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband
availability in Middlesbrough
Poor Broadband Speeds
of Middlesbrough is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps
|Year||Middlesbrough Average||United Kingdom Average||Difference|
|2018||21.43 Mbps||26.27 Mbps||18.42% Slower|
|2019||30.11 Mbps||30.63 Mbps||1.70% Slower|
|2020||86.8 Mbps||80.31 Mbps||8.08% Faster|
|2021||72.52 Mbps||66.05 Mbps||9.80% Faster|
|Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range|
|Internet Speed Range||Middlesbrough||United Kingdom|
|Very Slow: under 10 Mbps||23.06%||19.92%|
|Slow: 10-30 Mbps||21.84%||25.74%|
|Adequate: 30-60 Mbps||19.77%||25.20%|
|Good: 60-80 Mbps||7.71%||10.20%|
|Fast: 80-300 Mbps||21.96%||15.33%|
|Very Fast: over 300 Mbps||5.66%||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|
|Middlesbrough||920.2 Mbps||24.02—109.55 Mbps||36.09 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||Middlesbrough||920.2 Mbps||24.02—109.55 Mbps||36.09 Mbps||-|
We analysed the results of people in Middlesbrough testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Middlesbrough ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Middlesbrough 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 Middlesbrough's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 39.44% were fast, 24.76% slow, and 35.79% broadly the same.
|Provider||Start Time||# Tests||Duration||Start Speed||End Speed||Status|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 22:48:00||2||115 secs||110 Mbps||15.11 Mbps||Needs help|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 22:39:03||3||108 secs||17.72 Mbps||282.7 Mbps||Improved|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 21:49:47||2||62 secs||27.53 Mbps||26.07 Mbps|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 21:49:45||2||60 secs||36.16 Mbps||34.19 Mbps|
|BT||18 Jan 2022 20:31:41||3||16 mins||0.74 Mbps||0.41 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 20:27:54||3||2 mins||47.01 Mbps||44.41 Mbps|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 20:27:51||3||89 secs||4.66 Mbps||4.64 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 20:11:25||2||44 secs||210.58 Mbps||215.88 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 19:45:39||2||51 secs||28.16 Mbps||16.48 Mbps||Needs help|
|BT||18 Jan 2022 19:15:09||2||77 secs||5.07 Mbps||17.37 Mbps||Improved|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 19:09:30||2||39 secs||13.54 Mbps||13.33 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 17:59:49||2||5 mins||280.4 Mbps||379.47 Mbps||Improved|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 17:14:34||5||39 mins||0.26 Mbps||0.32 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|BT||18 Jan 2022 16:34:24||3||22 mins||93.09 Mbps||45.28 Mbps||Needs help|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 15:48:42||2||43 secs||281.6 Mbps||285.06 Mbps|
|Shell Energy||18 Jan 2022 14:55:01||4||2 mins||22.34 Mbps||31.23 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 14:44:47||4||5 mins||215.64 Mbps||215.59 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 14:45:27||2||65 secs||45.14 Mbps||46 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 13:54:08||2||7 mins||130.38 Mbps||153.65 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 13:39:30||5||17 mins||785.52 Mbps||790.53 Mbps|
|#||Provider Name||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range|
|1||Virgin Media||912.12 Mbps||51.81—202.54 Mbps|
|2||BT||920.2 Mbps||24.15—75.06 Mbps|
|3||Glide||44.33 Mbps||32.11—42.88 Mbps|
|4||Zen Internet||103.43 Mbps||27.94—47.25 Mbps|
|5||Vodafone||73.7 Mbps||25.25—47.45 Mbps|
|6||TalkTalk||306.63 Mbps||15.43—43.38 Mbps|
|7||EE||375.35 Mbps||12.5—36.84 Mbps|
|8||Sky Broadband||490.99 Mbps||11.6—49.78 Mbps|
|9||Plusnet||74.59 Mbps||12.18—35.9 Mbps|
|10||Shell Energy||68.73 Mbps||7.53—30.8 Mbps|
Middlesbrough has 10 ISPs tested by its 140,545 residents.
Virgin Media is the fastest broadband provider in Middlesbrough with 912.12 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 51.81—202.54 Mbps.
The best internet provider in Middlesbrough is Virgin Media, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 51.81 to 202.54 Mbps.
Users in Middlesbrough see an average internet speed of 24.02 up to 407 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 920.2 Mbps.
Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Middlesbrough, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 912.12 Mbps.
Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Middlesbrough, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 490.99 Mbps.
Broadband service from BT is available in Middlesbrough, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 920.2 Mbps.
Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 183 of Middlesbrough's postcodes.
The broadband provider with the most users in Middlesbrough is Virgin Media.
Author: Thomas Buck
Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper
Published: 10 Nov 2019
Last Updated: 18 Jan 2022