Broadband Providers available in Nottingham include Virgin Media, Sky Broadband, and TalkTalk. Nottingham's fastest provider is Community Fibre, with a median speed of 95 Mbps. The most popular provider in Nottingham is Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Nottingham in 2022 is 30 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 19 Mbps.
Nottingham has the second-best fibre access out of all major cities in the East Midlands, 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 27% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 94% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 99% of Nottingham's households.
Poor broadband infrastructure results in very low speed test averages in Nottingham postcodes like NG8, NG7, NG5, NG3, and NG6. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 19.1 Mbps median internet speed in Nottingham, which is 48% below the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.
Nottingham increased access to Gigabit speeds by 13 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major cities like Leicester (gained 13 percentate points).
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 Nottingham 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 Nottingham 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 Nottingham 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 Nottingham can obtain to 1,000+ Mbps broadband speeds
of Nottingham residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service
Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband
availability in Nottingham
Poor Broadband Speeds
of Nottingham is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps
|Year||Nottingham Average||United Kingdom Average||Difference|
|2018||23.67 Mbps||26.27 Mbps||9.90% Slower|
|2019||31.62 Mbps||30.63 Mbps||3.23% Faster|
|2020||72.29 Mbps||80.31 Mbps||9.99% Slower|
|2021||30.35 Mbps||66.05 Mbps||54.05% Slower|
|Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range|
|Internet Speed Range||Nottingham||United Kingdom|
|Very Slow: under 10 Mbps||18.13%||19.92%|
|Slow: 10-30 Mbps||50.64%||25.74%|
|Adequate: 30-60 Mbps||22.59%||25.20%|
|Good: 60-80 Mbps||4.98%||10.20%|
|Fast: 80-300 Mbps||3.05%||15.33%|
|Very Fast: over 300 Mbps||0.60%||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|
|Liverpool||1134.53 Mbps||25.52—89.6 Mbps||34.58 Mbps||Faster|
|Sheffield||932.42 Mbps||23.73—68.81 Mbps||32.06 Mbps||Faster|
|Bristol||943.13 Mbps||30.35—109.9 Mbps||42.28 Mbps||Faster|
|Glasgow||913.93 Mbps||20.58—71.34 Mbps||32 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|
|Nottingham||2371.49 Mbps||16.2—40.46 Mbps||19.1 Mbps||-|
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||Nottingham||2371.49 Mbps||16.2—40.46 Mbps||19.1 Mbps||-|
We analysed the results of people in Nottingham testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Nottingham ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Nottingham 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 Nottingham's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 42.2% were fast, 25.78% slow, and 32.02% broadly the same.
|Provider||Start Time||# Tests||Duration||Start Speed||End Speed||Status|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 23:49:05||5||7 mins||469.55 Mbps||488.66 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 23:31:24||3||4 mins||77.69 Mbps||78.31 Mbps|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 23:29:42||3||93 secs||13.83 Mbps||14.39 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 23:24:23||2||23 secs||52.1 Mbps||46 Mbps||Needs help|
|EE||18 Jan 2022 22:44:50||3||4 mins||27.68 Mbps||26.47 Mbps|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 22:25:03||2||28 secs||48.46 Mbps||36.65 Mbps||Needs help|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 22:20:46||6||2 mins||14.32 Mbps||5.87 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 22:07:41||3||6 mins||25.56 Mbps||26.45 Mbps|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 21:41:48||2||27 secs||63.87 Mbps||68.31 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 21:20:06||5||15 mins||67.09 Mbps||65.62 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 21:14:31||3||3 mins||42.98 Mbps||21.05 Mbps||Needs help|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 21:01:28||2||2 mins||50.39 Mbps||71.08 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 21:00:41||2||29 secs||28.37 Mbps||46.99 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 20:54:32||2||98 secs||234.71 Mbps||232.26 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 20:19:16||3||16 mins||59.48 Mbps||7.93 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Plusnet||18 Jan 2022 20:32:26||2||22 secs||1.8 Mbps||4.4 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 20:16:41||2||12 mins||144.71 Mbps||185.27 Mbps||Improved|
|EE||18 Jan 2022 20:09:13||3||11 mins||0.28 Mbps||22.95 Mbps||Improved|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 19:31:33||3||28 mins||1.85 Mbps||15.15 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 18:47:48||12||58 mins||73.17 Mbps||18.44 Mbps||Needs help|
|#||Provider Name||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range|
|1||Community Fibre||930.22 Mbps||77.07—298.62 Mbps|
|2||Zen Internet||899.4 Mbps||33.19—90.03 Mbps|
|3||Hyperoptic||915.33 Mbps||51.87—167.4 Mbps|
|4||Spitfire||174.35 Mbps||0—53.44 Mbps|
|5||Glide||917.71 Mbps||40.63—138.74 Mbps|
|6||BT||917.16 Mbps||23.02—74.33 Mbps|
|7||Zone Broadband||213.29 Mbps||54.69—69.29 Mbps|
|8||Vodafone||535.29 Mbps||29.07—62.24 Mbps|
|9||CIX||338.15 Mbps||19.23—65.03 Mbps|
|10||EE||915.12 Mbps||22.89—58.55 Mbps|
|11||Sky Broadband||518.61 Mbps||17.43—55.8 Mbps|
|12||TalkTalk||516.63 Mbps||21.21—49.49 Mbps|
|13||Virgin Media||2371.49 Mbps||16.09—38.84 Mbps|
|14||KCOM||76.2 Mbps||16.46—47.64 Mbps|
|15||I Need Broadband||45.05 Mbps||26.04—29.72 Mbps|
|16||Plusnet||74.67 Mbps||10.8—49.09 Mbps|
|17||Shell Energy||73.54 Mbps||19.7—36.85 Mbps|
|18||Origin Broadband||74.57 Mbps||12.45—32.39 Mbps|
Nottingham has 18 ISPs tested by its 331,069 residents.
Community Fibre is the fastest broadband provider in Nottingham with 930.22 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 77.07—298.62 Mbps.
The best internet provider in Nottingham is Community Fibre, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 77.07 to 298.62 Mbps.
Users in Nottingham see an average internet speed of 16.2 up to 2583 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 2371.49 Mbps.
Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Nottingham, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 2371.49 Mbps.
Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Nottingham, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 518.61 Mbps.
Broadband service from TalkTalk is available in Nottingham, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 516.63 Mbps.
Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 2009 of Nottingham's postcodes.
The broadband provider with the most users in Nottingham is Virgin Media.
Author: Thomas Buck
Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper
Published: 10 Nov 2019
Last Updated: 18 Jan 2022