United Kingdom Peterborough

Broadband Providers in Peterborough

Broadband Providers available in Peterborough include Virgin Media, Sky Broadband, and BT. Peterborough's fastest provider is O2 Broadband, with a median speed of 108 Mbps. The most popular provider in Peterborough is Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Peterborough in 2022 is 79 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 40 Mbps.


Peterborough Broadband Statistics

Peterborough has the best fibre access out of all major cities in the East of England, and is among the top 100 best 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 83% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 96% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 100% of Peterborough's households.

Great broadband infrastructure results in high speed test averages in Peterborough postcodes like PE1, PE2, PE4, and PE3. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 40 Mbps median internet speed in Peterborough, which is 7.27% above the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.

Peterborough increased access to Gigabit speeds by 36 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major cities like Chelmsford (gained 33 percentate points), Southend-on-Sea (gained 28 percentate points), and Basildon (gained 11 percentate points). In addition, real-world speed test data shows that Peterborough is marginally outperformed by Eye (15% faster), and is dramatically faster than Ailsworth (94% slower) and Northborough (29% slower).

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Broadband Providers

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Virgin Media Logo
68 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
Above average
44,010 Speed Tests
1516 reviews
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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
18,729 Speed Tests
883 reviews
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BT Logo
69 /100
6.0 /10
Above average
14,613 Speed Tests
778 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
About average
3,712 Speed Tests
379 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
59 /100
5.50 /10
About average
3,550 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.60 /10
About average
Above Average
2,690 Speed Tests
396 reviews
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No Logo
79 /100
Contingency Networks
Above average
1,659 Speed Tests
Too few reviews
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Plusnet Logo
55 /100
6.10 /10
About average
1,605 Speed Tests
444 reviews
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No Logo
82 /100
7.10 /10
Independent Fibre Networks
Above average
Above Average
823 Speed Tests
4 reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
200 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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Zen Internet Logo
65 /100
9.90 /10
Zen Internet
Above average
Above Average
133 Speed Tests
69 reviews
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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Peterborough

See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Peterborough area. Availability is based on population in postcodes marked as served by Ofcom Connected Nations reports, according to the most recent census.

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Map of Peterborough's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability


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

Ultrafast Speeds


of Peterborough residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband


availability in Peterborough

Poor Broadband Speeds


of Peterborough is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Peterborough Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Peterborough

YearPeterborough AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201829.88 Mbps26.27 Mbps13.74% Faster
201934.61 Mbps30.63 Mbps12.99% Faster
202085.48 Mbps80.31 Mbps6.44% Faster
202177.22 Mbps66.05 Mbps16.91% Faster

Peterborough Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangePeterboroughUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps19.60%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps22.56%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps22.66%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps9.68%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps19.45%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps6.06%3.60%

How Peterborough Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
Greater London5794.21 Mbps33.02—95.86 Mbps45.54 MbpsFaster
Bristol943.13 Mbps30.35—109.9 Mbps42.28 MbpsFaster
Peterborough938.18 Mbps29.22—108.26 Mbps39.52 Mbps-
Birmingham941.32 Mbps29.29—107 Mbps38.47 MbpsSlower
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
Leicester935.89 Mbps27.45—99.24 Mbps37 MbpsSlower
Edinburgh874.24 Mbps29.96—107.47 Mbps38.02 MbpsSlower

Cities and Provider Internet Speeds in Peterborough

PositionCityMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian# Providers
1Peterborough938.18 Mbps29.22—108.26 Mbps39.52 Mbps17
2Bainton946.21 Mbps23.1—50.18 Mbps30.26 Mbps11

Peterborough 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 Peterborough Compares for Internet Speed in Peterborough

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
1Eye378.42 Mbps35.08—89.45 Mbps45.27 MbpsFaster
2Peterborough938.18 Mbps29.22—108.26 Mbps39.52 Mbps-
3Northborough73.18 Mbps22.04—54.94 Mbps30.66 MbpsSlower
4Bainton946.21 Mbps23.1—50.18 Mbps30.26 MbpsSlower

Peterborough Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Peterborough testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Peterborough ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Peterborough 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 Peterborough's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 40.34% were fast, 24.17% slow, and 35.49% broadly the same.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Independent Fibre Networks18 Jan 2022 21:29:53932 mins46.3 Mbps10.92 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:00:5543 mins110.38 Mbps76.74 MbpsNeeds help
BT18 Jan 2022 21:02:21214 secs10.22 Mbps19.03 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 20:26:18226 mins1.5 Mbps2.31 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Independent Fibre Networks18 Jan 2022 20:42:2624 mins19.62 Mbps10.17 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 20:03:22436 mins201.71 Mbps63.6 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 19:49:25233 secs624.03 Mbps117.49 MbpsNeeds help
TalkTalk18 Jan 2022 19:30:08367 secs17.37 Mbps21.45 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 19:16:42251 secs59.8 Mbps60.07 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 18:30:26258 secs216.3 Mbps215.01 Mbps
BT18 Jan 2022 17:40:21226 secs13.34 Mbps21.55 MbpsImproved
BT18 Jan 2022 17:16:30241 secs285.15 Mbps294.44 Mbps
Vodafone18 Jan 2022 16:16:29619 mins3.65 Mbps36.55 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 16:06:43528 mins44.92 Mbps215.88 MbpsImproved
BT18 Jan 2022 16:31:1252 mins208.85 Mbps256.93 MbpsImproved
BT18 Jan 2022 16:19:48298 secs3.35 Mbps3.99 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 16:16:06298 secs110.53 Mbps110.16 Mbps
BT18 Jan 2022 16:07:4426 mins443.11 Mbps384.61 MbpsNeeds help
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 16:05:58238 secs10.12 Mbps8.57 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 15:48:0858 mins92.27 Mbps79.55 MbpsNeeds help

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Peterborough

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1O2 Broadband644.55 Mbps83.1—190.97 Mbps
2Virgin Media936.95 Mbps46.85—206.34 Mbps
3Gigaclear340.61 Mbps32.21—197.65 Mbps
4Independent Fibre Networks372.16 Mbps39.11—107.94 Mbps
5Contingency Networks583.95 Mbps60.62—75.92 Mbps
6Vodafone938.18 Mbps29.53—67.05 Mbps
7BT927.48 Mbps21.96—68.26 Mbps
8Andrews & Arnold60.48 Mbps41.53—58.68 Mbps
9CloudScape Connect35.8 Mbps0—34.66 Mbps
10EE922.23 Mbps23.41—51.88 Mbps
11TalkTalk505.84 Mbps18.92—52.06 Mbps
12Sky Broadband472.7 Mbps17.01—51.87 Mbps
13KCOM252.65 Mbps11.34—37.89 Mbps
14Zen Internet95.96 Mbps17.36—39.42 Mbps
15Plusnet74.61 Mbps12.36—34.34 Mbps
16Shell Energy74.3 Mbps6.58—25.73 Mbps
17Spitfire11.9 Mbps0—7 Mbps

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Peterborough

How many broadband providers in Peterborough are there?

Peterborough has 17 ISPs tested by its 201,041 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Peterborough?

O2 Broadband is the fastest broadband provider in Peterborough with 644.55 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 83.1—190.97 Mbps.

Who is the best internet provider in Peterborough?

The best internet provider in Peterborough is O2 Broadband, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 83.1 to 190.97 Mbps.

What is the average internet speed in Peterborough?

Users in Peterborough see an average internet speed of 29.22 up to 441 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 938.18 Mbps.

Is Virgin Media available in Peterborough?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Peterborough, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 936.95 Mbps.

Is Sky Broadband available in Peterborough?

Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Peterborough, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 472.7 Mbps.

Is BT available in Peterborough?

Broadband service from BT is available in Peterborough, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 927.48 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Peterborough?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 212 of Peterborough's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Peterborough?

The broadband provider with the most users in Peterborough is Virgin Media.

Author: Thomas Buck

Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper

Published: 10 Nov 2019

Last Updated: 18 Jan 2022

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