Broadband Providers available in Oldham include Virgin Media, Sky Broadband, and TalkTalk. Oldham's fastest provider is Virgin Media, with a median speed of 89 Mbps. The most popular provider in Oldham is also Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Oldham in 2022 is 70 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 38 Mbps.
Broadband speed data in Oldham
|Average Speed||70 Mbps|
|Median Speed||38 Mbps|
|Fastest Provider||Virgin Media|
|Gigabit Fibre Availability||22.27%|
Oldham is among the 5 worst-off for fibre access out of all major cities in the North West, and is among the 20 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 22% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 90% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 100% of Oldham's households.
Despite poor broadband infrastructure, we see high speed test averages in Oldham postcodes like OL9, OL8, OL4, OL1, and M35. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 38 Mbps median internet speed in Oldham, which is 3.90% above the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.
Oldham increased access to Gigabit speeds by 11 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major cities like Wigan (gained 9.40 percentate points), Cheshire West and Chester (gained 8.00 percentate points), and Rochdale (gained 1.90 percentate points). In addition, real-world speed test data shows that Oldham is marginally outperformed by Saddleworth (14% faster).
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 Oldham 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 Oldham 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 Oldham 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 Oldham can obtain to 1,000+ Mbps broadband speeds
of Oldham residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service
Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband
availability in Oldham
Poor Broadband Speeds
of Oldham is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps
|Year||Oldham Average||United Kingdom Average||Difference|
|2018||22.65 Mbps||26.27 Mbps||13.78% Slower|
|2019||26.67 Mbps||30.63 Mbps||12.93% Slower|
|2020||59.16 Mbps||80.31 Mbps||26.34% Slower|
|2021||69.03 Mbps||66.05 Mbps||4.51% Faster|
|Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range|
|Internet Speed Range||Oldham||United Kingdom|
|Very Slow: under 10 Mbps||18.73%||19.92%|
|Slow: 10-30 Mbps||24.15%||25.74%|
|Adequate: 30-60 Mbps||24.42%||25.20%|
|Good: 60-80 Mbps||9.72%||10.20%|
|Fast: 80-300 Mbps||19.92%||15.33%|
|Very Fast: over 300 Mbps||3.06%||3.60%|
|City / Town||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range||Median|
|Greater London||5794.21 Mbps||33.1—96.06 Mbps||45.61 Mbps||Faster|
|Birmingham||2786.06 Mbps||29.35—107.11 Mbps||38.56 Mbps||Faster|
|Bristol||943.13 Mbps||30.46—109.99 Mbps||42.42 Mbps||Faster|
|Oldham||934.66 Mbps||30—104.11 Mbps||38.32 Mbps||-|
|Liverpool||1134.53 Mbps||25.63—89.99 Mbps||34.68 Mbps||Slower|
|Nottingham||2371.49 Mbps||15.99—39.85 Mbps||18.81 Mbps||Slower|
|Sheffield||936.79 Mbps||23.81—68.97 Mbps||32.12 Mbps||Slower|
|Glasgow||913.93 Mbps||20.72—71.44 Mbps||32.11 Mbps||Slower|
|Leicester||935.89 Mbps||27.49—99.53 Mbps||37.05 Mbps||Slower|
|Edinburgh||874.24 Mbps||29.98—107.56 Mbps||38.13 Mbps||Slower|
|Position||City||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range||Median||# Providers|
|1||Saddleworth||939.53 Mbps||33.18—73 Mbps||43.61 Mbps||11|
|2||Oldham||934.66 Mbps||30—104.11 Mbps||38.32 Mbps||13|
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||Saddleworth||939.53 Mbps||33.18—73 Mbps||43.61 Mbps||Faster|
|2||Oldham||934.66 Mbps||30—104.11 Mbps||38.32 Mbps||-|
We analysed the results of people in Oldham testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Oldham ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Oldham 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 Oldham's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 38.57% were fast, 23.62% slow, and 37.81% broadly the same.
|Provider||Start Time||# Tests||Duration||Start Speed||End Speed||Status|
|BT||24 Jan 2022 23:18:22||2||5 mins||8.11 Mbps||29.12 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||24 Jan 2022 23:12:35||2||51 secs||215.45 Mbps||215.12 Mbps|
|TalkTalk||24 Jan 2022 22:26:16||3||115 secs||20.53 Mbps||21.38 Mbps|
|TalkTalk||24 Jan 2022 22:11:53||2||84 secs||23.08 Mbps||1.13 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Virgin Media||24 Jan 2022 21:07:44||3||12 mins||18 Mbps||107.64 Mbps||Improved|
|TalkTalk||24 Jan 2022 20:09:09||5||20 mins||30.4 Mbps||31.83 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||24 Jan 2022 20:07:46||2||13 mins||442.83 Mbps||407.46 Mbps|
|Sky Broadband||24 Jan 2022 19:33:52||6||2 mins||470.06 Mbps||298.13 Mbps||Needs help|
|Virgin Media||24 Jan 2022 18:44:00||2||6 mins||304.15 Mbps||339 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||24 Jan 2022 18:24:31||3||21 mins||2.82 Mbps||40.73 Mbps||Improved|
|TalkTalk||24 Jan 2022 18:12:36||2||56 secs||12.93 Mbps||4.46 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Virgin Media||24 Jan 2022 17:19:44||10||23 mins||18.54 Mbps||31.55 Mbps||Improved|
|Plusnet||24 Jan 2022 16:39:20||3||13 mins||26.13 Mbps||27.34 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||24 Jan 2022 16:48:47||2||29 secs||2.61 Mbps||1.49 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Virgin Media||24 Jan 2022 16:45:00||2||36 secs||5.32 Mbps||6.33 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Virgin Media||24 Jan 2022 16:06:49||3||2 mins||106.17 Mbps||107.62 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||24 Jan 2022 15:48:40||8||7 mins||110.21 Mbps||13.96 Mbps||Needs help|
|Virgin Media||24 Jan 2022 15:30:58||2||29 secs||41.56 Mbps||41.98 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||24 Jan 2022 15:13:24||2||10 mins||23.2 Mbps||141.89 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||24 Jan 2022 15:02:29||4||13 mins||103.84 Mbps||93.06 Mbps||Needs help|
|#||Provider Name||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range|
|1||Virgin Media||932.72 Mbps||60.4—205.21 Mbps|
|2||Zen Internet||790.89 Mbps||16.74—58.33 Mbps|
|3||BT||916.34 Mbps||25.09—73.27 Mbps|
|4||EE||822.64 Mbps||24.04—57.26 Mbps|
|5||KCOM||84.81 Mbps||15.69—51.92 Mbps|
|6||Vodafone||934.66 Mbps||24.72—56.36 Mbps|
|7||TalkTalk||549.06 Mbps||22.59—53.87 Mbps|
|8||Sky Broadband||470.41 Mbps||21.88—57.01 Mbps|
|9||iDNET||64.53 Mbps||0—0.3 Mbps|
|10||Plusnet||74.67 Mbps||19.71—42.67 Mbps|
|11||Andrews & Arnold||69.08 Mbps||2.48—18.19 Mbps|
|12||Shell Energy||74.13 Mbps||18.85—34.87 Mbps|
|13||O2 Broadband||42.99 Mbps||3.33—13.95 Mbps|
Oldham has 13 ISPs tested by its 235,623 residents.
Virgin Media is the fastest broadband provider in Oldham with 932.72 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 60.4—205.21 Mbps.
The best internet provider in Oldham is Virgin Media, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 60.4 to 205.21 Mbps.
Users in Oldham see an average internet speed of 30 up to 494 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 934.66 Mbps.
Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Oldham, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 932.72 Mbps.
Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Oldham, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 470.41 Mbps.
Broadband service from TalkTalk is available in Oldham, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 549.06 Mbps.
Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 1034 of Oldham's postcodes.
The broadband provider with the most users in Oldham is Virgin Media.
Author: Thomas Buck
Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper
Published: 10 Nov 2019
Last Updated: 24 Jan 2022
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