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Broadband Providers in Plymouth

Broadband Providers available in Plymouth include Virgin Media, Sky Broadband, and BT. Plymouth's fastest provider is Virgin Media, with a median speed of 92 Mbps. The most popular provider in Plymouth is also Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Plymouth in 2022 is 85 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 41 Mbps.

 

Plymouth Broadband Statistics

Plymouth has the third-best fibre access out of all major cities in the South West, 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 only 0.64% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 90% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 98% of Plymouth's households.

Great broadband infrastructure results in high speed test averages in Plymouth postcodes like PL6, PL5, PL4, PL1, and PL9. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 40.82 Mbps median internet speed in Plymouth, which is 11% above the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.

Plymouth increased access to Gigabit speeds by 0.47 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is slower than neighbouring major cities like Bristol (gained 11 percentate points) and Bath (gained 0.75 percentate points).

Local broadband speeds over time

The median broadband speed in Plymouth has increased by 78% over the last five years.

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Local broadband speeds in context

As of 2022, the median broadband speed in Plymouth is 19% higher than the South West and 9.82% higher than the UK overall.

Plymouth41 Mbps
South West33 Mbps
United Kingdom37 Mbps

Plymouth 2022 Broadband Scorecard

Lowest fibre access

Major Cities, South West

19% above regional broadband speed

South West

9.82% above national broadband speed

UK Overall

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Broadband Providers

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Provider
Overall Performance
Customer Ratings
Virgin Media Logo
69 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
Above average
Average
 
94,090 Speed Tests
1502 reviews
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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
Average
 
32,440 Speed Tests
878 reviews
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BT Logo
70 /100
6.0 /10
BT
Above average
Average
 
14,726 Speed Tests
776 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
TalkTalk
About average
Average
 
12,401 Speed Tests
379 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
54 /100
6.20 /10
Plusnet
About average
Average
 
3,974 Speed Tests
442 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.60 /10
EE
About average
Above Average
 
2,911 Speed Tests
395 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
60 /100
5.50 /10
Vodafone
About average
Average
 
525 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
Average
 
353 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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Zen Internet Logo
67 /100
9.90 /10
Zen Internet
Above average
Above Average
 
49 Speed Tests
69 reviews
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Glide Logo
68 /100
7.50 /10
Glide
Above average
Above Average
 
25 Speed Tests
10 reviews
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CIX Logo
53 /100
7.70 /10
CIX
About average
Above Average
 
12 Speed Tests
2 reviews
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Broadband Network Infrastructure in Plymouth

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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Plymouth

See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Plymouth 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
20210.64%90.28%97.83%
20200.17%90.30%98.19%
20190.15%94.18%98.92%
20180.10%91.57%98.85%
20170.01%82.71%97.50%
20160.00%0.00%97.10%

Map of Plymouth's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability

None

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

Ultrafast Speeds

90.28%

of Plymouth residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband

97.83%

availability in Plymouth

Poor Broadband Speeds

1.48%

of Plymouth is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Plymouth Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Plymouth

YearPlymouth AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201826.28 Mbps26.27 Mbps0.04% Faster
201933.15 Mbps30.63 Mbps8.23% Faster
202094.26 Mbps80.31 Mbps17.37% Faster
202184.25 Mbps66.05 Mbps27.55% Faster

Plymouth Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangePlymouthUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps19.21%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps21.15%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps21%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps7.22%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps25.23%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps6.19%3.60%

How Plymouth Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
Greater London5794.21 Mbps32.96—95.6 Mbps45.49 MbpsFaster
Bristol943.13 Mbps30.28—109.85 Mbps42.19 MbpsFaster
Plymouth935.57 Mbps31.11—115.83 Mbps40.82 Mbps-
Birmingham941.32 Mbps29.26—106.92 Mbps38.41 MbpsSlower
Liverpool1134.53 Mbps25.5—89.41 Mbps34.55 MbpsSlower
Nottingham2371.49 Mbps16.34—40.87 Mbps19.3 MbpsSlower
Sheffield932.42 Mbps23.67—68.69 Mbps32.02 MbpsSlower
Glasgow913.93 Mbps20.52—71.3 Mbps31.97 MbpsSlower
Leicester935.89 Mbps27.38—98.99 Mbps36.93 MbpsSlower
Edinburgh874.24 Mbps29.95—107.42 Mbps38 MbpsSlower

Plymouth 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 Plymouth Compares for Internet Speed in Plymouth

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
1Plymouth935.57 Mbps31.11—115.83 Mbps40.82 Mbps-

Plymouth Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Plymouth testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Plymouth ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Plymouth 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 Plymouth's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 41.73% were fast, 24.18% slow, and 34.09% broadly the same.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 23:51:58225 secs55.22 Mbps48.59 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 23:18:31236 secs82.95 Mbps107.4 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 23:03:1628 mins12 Mbps74.05 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 22:02:39329 mins102.17 Mbps111.26 Mbps
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 22:17:33225 secs32.44 Mbps102.15 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 22:01:3927 mins44.52 Mbps50.59 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 21:53:4535 mins5.86 Mbps18.61 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 21:52:11224 secs513.85 Mbps521.37 Mbps
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 21:23:411019 mins56.22 Mbps68.77 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 21:32:2328 mins160.17 Mbps24.89 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 21:40:07251 secs2.58 Mbps1.63 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 21:15:50127 mins5.08 Mbps3.31 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 21:02:35217 mins1.95 Mbps79.39 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 21:03:40612 mins0.19 Mbps0.52 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 20:50:11211 mins3.34 Mbps2.97 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 20:54:02258 secs117.21 Mbps125.57 Mbps
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 20:45:00260 secs27.17 Mbps115.55 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 20:31:0848 mins292.94 Mbps45.43 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 20:19:07716 mins206.36 Mbps39.15 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 20:34:05223 secs3.78 Mbps11.17 MbpsImproved

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Plymouth

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Virgin Media935.57 Mbps59.11—211.9 Mbps
2Glide358.56 Mbps37.35—184.53 Mbps
3CIX93.29 Mbps47.73—89.68 Mbps
4BT923.29 Mbps16.49—52.8 Mbps
5EE493.82 Mbps15.61—51.78 Mbps
6TalkTalk520.33 Mbps22.32—46.49 Mbps
7Sky Broadband516.59 Mbps15.54—47.86 Mbps
8Zen Internet102.35 Mbps19.02—35.13 Mbps
9Vodafone206.67 Mbps11.29—43.58 Mbps
10Plusnet74.53 Mbps16.23—33.24 Mbps
11Shell Energy72.51 Mbps8.18—30.66 Mbps
12KCOM30.67 Mbps0.97—11.29 Mbps

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Plymouth

How many broadband providers in Plymouth are there?

Plymouth has 12 ISPs tested by its 263,100 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Plymouth?

Virgin Media is the fastest broadband provider in Plymouth with 935.57 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 59.11—211.9 Mbps.

Who is the best internet provider in Plymouth?

The best internet provider in Plymouth is Virgin Media, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 59.11 to 211.9 Mbps.

What is the average internet speed in Plymouth?

Users in Plymouth see an average internet speed of 31.11 up to 335 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 935.57 Mbps.

Is Virgin Media available in Plymouth?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Plymouth, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 935.57 Mbps.

Is Sky Broadband available in Plymouth?

Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Plymouth, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 516.59 Mbps.

Is BT available in Plymouth?

Broadband service from BT is available in Plymouth, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 923.29 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Plymouth?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 486 of Plymouth's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Plymouth?

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

Author: Thomas Buck

Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper

Published: 10 Nov 2019

Last Updated: 14 Jan 2022

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