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 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).
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 Peterborough 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 Peterborough 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 Peterborough 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 Peterborough can obtain to 1,000+ Mbps broadband 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
|Year||Peterborough Average||United Kingdom Average||Difference|
|2018||29.88 Mbps||26.27 Mbps||13.74% Faster|
|2019||34.61 Mbps||30.63 Mbps||12.99% Faster|
|2020||85.48 Mbps||80.31 Mbps||6.44% Faster|
|2021||77.22 Mbps||66.05 Mbps||16.91% Faster|
|Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range|
|Internet Speed Range||Peterborough||United Kingdom|
|Very Slow: under 10 Mbps||19.60%||19.92%|
|Slow: 10-30 Mbps||22.56%||25.74%|
|Adequate: 30-60 Mbps||22.66%||25.20%|
|Good: 60-80 Mbps||9.68%||10.20%|
|Fast: 80-300 Mbps||19.45%||15.33%|
|Very Fast: over 300 Mbps||6.06%||3.60%|
|City / Town||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range||Median|
|Greater London||5794.21 Mbps||33.02—95.86 Mbps||45.54 Mbps||Faster|
|Bristol||943.13 Mbps||30.35—109.9 Mbps||42.28 Mbps||Faster|
|Peterborough||938.18 Mbps||29.22—108.26 Mbps||39.52 Mbps||-|
|Birmingham||941.32 Mbps||29.29—107 Mbps||38.47 Mbps||Slower|
|Liverpool||1134.53 Mbps||25.52—89.6 Mbps||34.58 Mbps||Slower|
|Nottingham||2371.49 Mbps||16.2—40.46 Mbps||19.1 Mbps||Slower|
|Sheffield||932.42 Mbps||23.73—68.81 Mbps||32.06 Mbps||Slower|
|Glasgow||913.93 Mbps||20.58—71.34 Mbps||32 Mbps||Slower|
|Leicester||935.89 Mbps||27.45—99.24 Mbps||37 Mbps||Slower|
|Edinburgh||874.24 Mbps||29.96—107.47 Mbps||38.02 Mbps||Slower|
|Position||City||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range||Median||# Providers|
|1||Peterborough||938.18 Mbps||29.22—108.26 Mbps||39.52 Mbps||17|
|2||Bainton||946.21 Mbps||23.1—50.18 Mbps||30.26 Mbps||11|
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||Eye||378.42 Mbps||35.08—89.45 Mbps||45.27 Mbps||Faster|
|2||Peterborough||938.18 Mbps||29.22—108.26 Mbps||39.52 Mbps||-|
|3||Northborough||73.18 Mbps||22.04—54.94 Mbps||30.66 Mbps||Slower|
|4||Bainton||946.21 Mbps||23.1—50.18 Mbps||30.26 Mbps||Slower|
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.
|Provider||Start Time||# Tests||Duration||Start Speed||End Speed||Status|
|Independent Fibre Networks||18 Jan 2022 21:29:53||9||32 mins||46.3 Mbps||10.92 Mbps||Needs help|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 21:00:55||4||3 mins||110.38 Mbps||76.74 Mbps||Needs help|
|BT||18 Jan 2022 21:02:21||2||14 secs||10.22 Mbps||19.03 Mbps||Improved|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 20:26:18||2||26 mins||1.5 Mbps||2.31 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Independent Fibre Networks||18 Jan 2022 20:42:26||2||4 mins||19.62 Mbps||10.17 Mbps||Needs help|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 20:03:22||4||36 mins||201.71 Mbps||63.6 Mbps||Needs help|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 19:49:25||2||33 secs||624.03 Mbps||117.49 Mbps||Needs help|
|TalkTalk||18 Jan 2022 19:30:08||3||67 secs||17.37 Mbps||21.45 Mbps||Improved|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 19:16:42||2||51 secs||59.8 Mbps||60.07 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 18:30:26||2||58 secs||216.3 Mbps||215.01 Mbps|
|BT||18 Jan 2022 17:40:21||2||26 secs||13.34 Mbps||21.55 Mbps||Improved|
|BT||18 Jan 2022 17:16:30||2||41 secs||285.15 Mbps||294.44 Mbps|
|Vodafone||18 Jan 2022 16:16:29||6||19 mins||3.65 Mbps||36.55 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 16:06:43||5||28 mins||44.92 Mbps||215.88 Mbps||Improved|
|BT||18 Jan 2022 16:31:12||5||2 mins||208.85 Mbps||256.93 Mbps||Improved|
|BT||18 Jan 2022 16:19:48||2||98 secs||3.35 Mbps||3.99 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 16:16:06||2||98 secs||110.53 Mbps||110.16 Mbps|
|BT||18 Jan 2022 16:07:44||2||6 mins||443.11 Mbps||384.61 Mbps||Needs help|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 16:05:58||2||38 secs||10.12 Mbps||8.57 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 15:48:08||5||8 mins||92.27 Mbps||79.55 Mbps||Needs help|
|#||Provider Name||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range|
|1||O2 Broadband||644.55 Mbps||83.1—190.97 Mbps|
|2||Virgin Media||936.95 Mbps||46.85—206.34 Mbps|
|3||Gigaclear||340.61 Mbps||32.21—197.65 Mbps|
|4||Independent Fibre Networks||372.16 Mbps||39.11—107.94 Mbps|
|5||Contingency Networks||583.95 Mbps||60.62—75.92 Mbps|
|6||Vodafone||938.18 Mbps||29.53—67.05 Mbps|
|7||BT||927.48 Mbps||21.96—68.26 Mbps|
|8||Andrews & Arnold||60.48 Mbps||41.53—58.68 Mbps|
|9||CloudScape Connect||35.8 Mbps||0—34.66 Mbps|
|10||EE||922.23 Mbps||23.41—51.88 Mbps|
|11||TalkTalk||505.84 Mbps||18.92—52.06 Mbps|
|12||Sky Broadband||472.7 Mbps||17.01—51.87 Mbps|
|13||KCOM||252.65 Mbps||11.34—37.89 Mbps|
|14||Zen Internet||95.96 Mbps||17.36—39.42 Mbps|
|15||Plusnet||74.61 Mbps||12.36—34.34 Mbps|
|16||Shell Energy||74.3 Mbps||6.58—25.73 Mbps|
|17||Spitfire||11.9 Mbps||0—7 Mbps|
Peterborough has 17 ISPs tested by its 201,041 residents.
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.
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.
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.
Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Peterborough, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 936.95 Mbps.
Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Peterborough, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 472.7 Mbps.
Broadband service from BT is available in Peterborough, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 927.48 Mbps.
Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 212 of Peterborough's postcodes.
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