Broadband Providers in Oldham

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 Speed70 Mbps
Median Speed38 Mbps
Fastest ProviderVirgin Media
Gigabit Fibre Availability22.27%

Oldham Broadband Statistics

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).

 
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Overall Performance
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Virgin Media Logo
68 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
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Average
 
35,535 Speed Tests
1534 reviews
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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
Average
 
29,074 Speed Tests
887 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
TalkTalk
About average
Average
 
9,745 Speed Tests
383 reviews
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BT Logo
69 /100
5.90 /10
BT
Above average
Average
 
9,707 Speed Tests
785 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.50 /10
EE
About average
Above Average
 
2,554 Speed Tests
398 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
61 /100
5.50 /10
Vodafone
Above average
Average
 
2,287 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
54 /100
6.10 /10
Plusnet
About average
Average
 
2,141 Speed Tests
445 reviews
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Zen Internet Logo
66 /100
9.80 /10
Zen Internet
Above average
Above Average
 
457 Speed Tests
69 reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
Average
 
172 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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No Logo
43 /100
7.0 /10
O2 Broadband
About average
Above Average
 
9 Speed Tests
82 reviews
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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Oldham

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+ Mbps300+ Mbps30+ Mbps
202122.27%89.81%99.73%
202011.51%76.12%99.65%
20196.49%81.34%99.72%
20180.01%64.53%99.64%
20170.00%72.63%98.99%
20160.00%0.00%98.83%

Map of Oldham's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability

22.27%

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

Ultrafast Speeds

89.81%

of Oldham residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband

99.73%

availability in Oldham

Poor Broadband Speeds

None

of Oldham is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Oldham Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Oldham

YearOldham AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201822.65 Mbps26.27 Mbps13.78% Slower
201926.67 Mbps30.63 Mbps12.93% Slower
202059.16 Mbps80.31 Mbps26.34% Slower
202169.03 Mbps66.05 Mbps4.51% Faster

Oldham Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeOldhamUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps18.73%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps24.15%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps24.42%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps9.72%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps19.92%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps3.06%3.60%

How Oldham Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
Greater London5794.21 Mbps33.1—96.06 Mbps45.61 MbpsFaster
Birmingham2786.06 Mbps29.35—107.11 Mbps38.56 MbpsFaster
Bristol943.13 Mbps30.46—109.99 Mbps42.42 MbpsFaster
Oldham934.66 Mbps30—104.11 Mbps38.32 Mbps-
Liverpool1134.53 Mbps25.63—89.99 Mbps34.68 MbpsSlower
Nottingham2371.49 Mbps15.99—39.85 Mbps18.81 MbpsSlower
Sheffield936.79 Mbps23.81—68.97 Mbps32.12 MbpsSlower
Glasgow913.93 Mbps20.72—71.44 Mbps32.11 MbpsSlower
Leicester935.89 Mbps27.49—99.53 Mbps37.05 MbpsSlower
Edinburgh874.24 Mbps29.98—107.56 Mbps38.13 MbpsSlower

Cities and Provider Internet Speeds in Oldham

PositionCityMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian# Providers
1Saddleworth939.53 Mbps33.18—73 Mbps43.61 Mbps11
2Oldham934.66 Mbps30—104.11 Mbps38.32 Mbps13

Oldham 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 Oldham Compares for Internet Speed in Oldham

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
1Saddleworth939.53 Mbps33.18—73 Mbps43.61 MbpsFaster
2Oldham934.66 Mbps30—104.11 Mbps38.32 Mbps-

Oldham Internet Speed Test Results

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.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
BT24 Jan 2022 23:18:2225 mins8.11 Mbps29.12 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 23:12:35251 secs215.45 Mbps215.12 Mbps
TalkTalk24 Jan 2022 22:26:163115 secs20.53 Mbps21.38 Mbps
TalkTalk24 Jan 2022 22:11:53284 secs23.08 Mbps1.13 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 21:07:44312 mins18 Mbps107.64 MbpsImproved
TalkTalk24 Jan 2022 20:09:09520 mins30.4 Mbps31.83 Mbps
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 20:07:46213 mins442.83 Mbps407.46 Mbps
Sky Broadband24 Jan 2022 19:33:5262 mins470.06 Mbps298.13 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 18:44:0026 mins304.15 Mbps339 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 18:24:31321 mins2.82 Mbps40.73 MbpsImproved
TalkTalk24 Jan 2022 18:12:36256 secs12.93 Mbps4.46 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 17:19:441023 mins18.54 Mbps31.55 MbpsImproved
Plusnet24 Jan 2022 16:39:20313 mins26.13 Mbps27.34 Mbps
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 16:48:47229 secs2.61 Mbps1.49 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 16:45:00236 secs5.32 Mbps6.33 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 16:06:4932 mins106.17 Mbps107.62 Mbps
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 15:48:4087 mins110.21 Mbps13.96 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 15:30:58229 secs41.56 Mbps41.98 Mbps
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 15:13:24210 mins23.2 Mbps141.89 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 15:02:29413 mins103.84 Mbps93.06 MbpsNeeds help

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Oldham

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Virgin Media932.72 Mbps60.4—205.21 Mbps
2Zen Internet790.89 Mbps16.74—58.33 Mbps
3BT916.34 Mbps25.09—73.27 Mbps
4EE822.64 Mbps24.04—57.26 Mbps
5KCOM84.81 Mbps15.69—51.92 Mbps
6Vodafone934.66 Mbps24.72—56.36 Mbps
7TalkTalk549.06 Mbps22.59—53.87 Mbps
8Sky Broadband470.41 Mbps21.88—57.01 Mbps
9iDNET64.53 Mbps0—0.3 Mbps
10Plusnet74.67 Mbps19.71—42.67 Mbps
11Andrews & Arnold69.08 Mbps2.48—18.19 Mbps
12Shell Energy74.13 Mbps18.85—34.87 Mbps
13O2 Broadband42.99 Mbps3.33—13.95 Mbps

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Oldham

How many broadband providers in Oldham are there?

Oldham has 13 ISPs tested by its 235,623 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Oldham?

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.

Who is the best internet provider in Oldham?

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.

What is the average internet speed in Oldham?

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.

Is Virgin Media available in Oldham?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Oldham, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 932.72 Mbps.

Is Sky Broadband available in Oldham?

Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Oldham, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 470.41 Mbps.

Is TalkTalk available in Oldham?

Broadband service from TalkTalk is available in Oldham, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 549.06 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Oldham?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 1034 of Oldham's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Oldham?

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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