United Kingdom Middlesbrough

Broadband Providers in Middlesbrough

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 Broadband Statistics

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).

 
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Overall Performance
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Virgin Media Logo
68 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
Above average
Average
 
30,706 Speed Tests
1516 reviews
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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
Average
 
21,496 Speed Tests
883 reviews
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BT Logo
69 /100
6.0 /10
BT
Above average
Average
 
8,019 Speed Tests
778 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
TalkTalk
About average
Average
 
1,284 Speed Tests
379 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.60 /10
EE
About average
Above Average
 
1,223 Speed Tests
396 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
55 /100
6.10 /10
Plusnet
About average
Average
 
1,086 Speed Tests
444 reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
Average
 
177 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
59 /100
5.50 /10
Vodafone
About average
Average
 
79 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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Zen Internet Logo
65 /100
9.90 /10
Zen Internet
Above average
Above Average
 
43 Speed Tests
69 reviews
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Glide Logo
68 /100
7.50 /10
Glide
Above average
Above Average
 
5 Speed Tests
10 reviews

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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Middlesbrough

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+ Mbps300+ Mbps30+ Mbps
20212.06%95.82%98.84%
20200.38%95.21%98.83%
20190.02%96.06%98.80%
20180.00%89.02%98.56%
20170.00%89.36%96.62%
20160.00%0.00%95.88%

Map of Middlesbrough's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability

2.06%

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

Ultrafast Speeds

95.82%

of Middlesbrough residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband

98.84%

availability in Middlesbrough

Poor Broadband Speeds

1.12%

of Middlesbrough is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Middlesbrough Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Middlesbrough

YearMiddlesbrough AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201821.43 Mbps26.27 Mbps18.42% Slower
201930.11 Mbps30.63 Mbps1.70% Slower
202086.8 Mbps80.31 Mbps8.08% Faster
202172.52 Mbps66.05 Mbps9.80% Faster

Middlesbrough Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeMiddlesbroughUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps23.06%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps21.84%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps19.77%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps7.71%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps21.96%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps5.66%3.60%

How Middlesbrough 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
Middlesbrough920.2 Mbps24.02—109.55 Mbps36.09 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

Middlesbrough 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 Middlesbrough Compares for Internet Speed in Middlesbrough

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
1Middlesbrough920.2 Mbps24.02—109.55 Mbps36.09 Mbps-

Middlesbrough Internet Speed Test Results

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.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 22:48:002115 secs110 Mbps15.11 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 22:39:033108 secs17.72 Mbps282.7 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 21:49:47262 secs27.53 Mbps26.07 Mbps
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 21:49:45260 secs36.16 Mbps34.19 Mbps
BT18 Jan 2022 20:31:41316 mins0.74 Mbps0.41 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 20:27:5432 mins47.01 Mbps44.41 Mbps
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 20:27:51389 secs4.66 Mbps4.64 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 20:11:25244 secs210.58 Mbps215.88 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 19:45:39251 secs28.16 Mbps16.48 MbpsNeeds help
BT18 Jan 2022 19:15:09277 secs5.07 Mbps17.37 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 19:09:30239 secs13.54 Mbps13.33 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 17:59:4925 mins280.4 Mbps379.47 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 17:14:34539 mins0.26 Mbps0.32 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
BT18 Jan 2022 16:34:24322 mins93.09 Mbps45.28 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 15:48:42243 secs281.6 Mbps285.06 Mbps
Shell Energy18 Jan 2022 14:55:0142 mins22.34 Mbps31.23 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 14:44:4745 mins215.64 Mbps215.59 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 14:45:27265 secs45.14 Mbps46 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 13:54:0827 mins130.38 Mbps153.65 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 13:39:30517 mins785.52 Mbps790.53 Mbps

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Middlesbrough

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Virgin Media912.12 Mbps51.81—202.54 Mbps
2BT920.2 Mbps24.15—75.06 Mbps
3Glide44.33 Mbps32.11—42.88 Mbps
4Zen Internet103.43 Mbps27.94—47.25 Mbps
5Vodafone73.7 Mbps25.25—47.45 Mbps
6TalkTalk306.63 Mbps15.43—43.38 Mbps
7EE375.35 Mbps12.5—36.84 Mbps
8Sky Broadband490.99 Mbps11.6—49.78 Mbps
9Plusnet74.59 Mbps12.18—35.9 Mbps
10Shell Energy68.73 Mbps7.53—30.8 Mbps

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Middlesbrough

How many broadband providers in Middlesbrough are there?

Middlesbrough has 10 ISPs tested by its 140,545 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Middlesbrough?

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.

Who is the best internet provider in Middlesbrough?

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.

What is the average internet speed in Middlesbrough?

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.

Is Virgin Media available in Middlesbrough?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Middlesbrough, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 912.12 Mbps.

Is Sky Broadband available in Middlesbrough?

Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Middlesbrough, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 490.99 Mbps.

Is BT available in Middlesbrough?

Broadband service from BT is available in Middlesbrough, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 920.2 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Middlesbrough?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 183 of Middlesbrough's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Middlesbrough?

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

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