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 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).
The median broadband speed in Plymouth has increased by 78% over the last five years.
As of 2022, the median broadband speed in Plymouth is 19% higher than the South West and 9.82% higher than the UK overall.
|South West||33 Mbps|
|United Kingdom||37 Mbps|
▼ Lowest fibre access
Major Cities, South West
▲ 19% above regional broadband speed
▲ 9.82% above national broadband speed
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 Plymouth 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 Plymouth 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 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+ Mbps||300+ Mbps||30+ Mbps|
of people living in Plymouth can obtain to 1,000+ Mbps broadband speeds
of Plymouth residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service
Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband
availability in Plymouth
Poor Broadband Speeds
of Plymouth is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps
|Year||Plymouth Average||United Kingdom Average||Difference|
|2018||26.28 Mbps||26.27 Mbps||0.04% Faster|
|2019||33.15 Mbps||30.63 Mbps||8.23% Faster|
|2020||94.26 Mbps||80.31 Mbps||17.37% Faster|
|2021||84.25 Mbps||66.05 Mbps||27.55% Faster|
|Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range|
|Internet Speed Range||Plymouth||United Kingdom|
|Very Slow: under 10 Mbps||19.21%||19.92%|
|Slow: 10-30 Mbps||21.15%||25.74%|
|Adequate: 30-60 Mbps||21%||25.20%|
|Good: 60-80 Mbps||7.22%||10.20%|
|Fast: 80-300 Mbps||25.23%||15.33%|
|Very Fast: over 300 Mbps||6.19%||3.60%|
|City / Town||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range||Median|
|Greater London||5794.21 Mbps||32.96—95.6 Mbps||45.49 Mbps||Faster|
|Bristol||943.13 Mbps||30.28—109.85 Mbps||42.19 Mbps||Faster|
|Plymouth||935.57 Mbps||31.11—115.83 Mbps||40.82 Mbps||-|
|Birmingham||941.32 Mbps||29.26—106.92 Mbps||38.41 Mbps||Slower|
|Liverpool||1134.53 Mbps||25.5—89.41 Mbps||34.55 Mbps||Slower|
|Nottingham||2371.49 Mbps||16.34—40.87 Mbps||19.3 Mbps||Slower|
|Sheffield||932.42 Mbps||23.67—68.69 Mbps||32.02 Mbps||Slower|
|Glasgow||913.93 Mbps||20.52—71.3 Mbps||31.97 Mbps||Slower|
|Leicester||935.89 Mbps||27.38—98.99 Mbps||36.93 Mbps||Slower|
|Edinburgh||874.24 Mbps||29.95—107.42 Mbps||38 Mbps||Slower|
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||Plymouth||935.57 Mbps||31.11—115.83 Mbps||40.82 Mbps||-|
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.
|Provider||Start Time||# Tests||Duration||Start Speed||End Speed||Status|
|Virgin Media||14 Jan 2022 23:51:58||2||25 secs||55.22 Mbps||48.59 Mbps||Needs help|
|Virgin Media||14 Jan 2022 23:18:31||2||36 secs||82.95 Mbps||107.4 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||14 Jan 2022 23:03:16||2||8 mins||12 Mbps||74.05 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||14 Jan 2022 22:02:39||3||29 mins||102.17 Mbps||111.26 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||14 Jan 2022 22:17:33||2||25 secs||32.44 Mbps||102.15 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||14 Jan 2022 22:01:39||2||7 mins||44.52 Mbps||50.59 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||14 Jan 2022 21:53:45||3||5 mins||5.86 Mbps||18.61 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||14 Jan 2022 21:52:11||2||24 secs||513.85 Mbps||521.37 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||14 Jan 2022 21:23:41||10||19 mins||56.22 Mbps||68.77 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||14 Jan 2022 21:32:23||2||8 mins||160.17 Mbps||24.89 Mbps||Needs help|
|Virgin Media||14 Jan 2022 21:40:07||2||51 secs||2.58 Mbps||1.63 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Virgin Media||14 Jan 2022 21:15:50||12||7 mins||5.08 Mbps||3.31 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Virgin Media||14 Jan 2022 21:02:35||2||17 mins||1.95 Mbps||79.39 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||14 Jan 2022 21:03:40||6||12 mins||0.19 Mbps||0.52 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Sky Broadband||14 Jan 2022 20:50:11||2||11 mins||3.34 Mbps||2.97 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Virgin Media||14 Jan 2022 20:54:02||2||58 secs||117.21 Mbps||125.57 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||14 Jan 2022 20:45:00||2||60 secs||27.17 Mbps||115.55 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||14 Jan 2022 20:31:08||4||8 mins||292.94 Mbps||45.43 Mbps||Needs help|
|Virgin Media||14 Jan 2022 20:19:07||7||16 mins||206.36 Mbps||39.15 Mbps||Needs help|
|Virgin Media||14 Jan 2022 20:34:05||2||23 secs||3.78 Mbps||11.17 Mbps||Improved|
|#||Provider Name||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range|
|1||Virgin Media||935.57 Mbps||59.11—211.9 Mbps|
|2||Glide||358.56 Mbps||37.35—184.53 Mbps|
|3||CIX||93.29 Mbps||47.73—89.68 Mbps|
|4||BT||923.29 Mbps||16.49—52.8 Mbps|
|5||EE||493.82 Mbps||15.61—51.78 Mbps|
|6||TalkTalk||520.33 Mbps||22.32—46.49 Mbps|
|7||Sky Broadband||516.59 Mbps||15.54—47.86 Mbps|
|8||Zen Internet||102.35 Mbps||19.02—35.13 Mbps|
|9||Vodafone||206.67 Mbps||11.29—43.58 Mbps|
|10||Plusnet||74.53 Mbps||16.23—33.24 Mbps|
|11||Shell Energy||72.51 Mbps||8.18—30.66 Mbps|
|12||KCOM||30.67 Mbps||0.97—11.29 Mbps|
Plymouth has 12 ISPs tested by its 263,100 residents.
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.
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.
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.
Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Plymouth, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 935.57 Mbps.
Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Plymouth, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 516.59 Mbps.
Broadband service from BT is available in Plymouth, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 923.29 Mbps.
Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 486 of Plymouth's postcodes.
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