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Broadband Providers in Poole

Broadband Providers available in Poole include Virgin Media, Sky Broadband, and BT. Poole's fastest provider is Trunk Networks, with a median speed of 488 Mbps. The most popular provider in Poole is Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Poole in 2022 is 78 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 44 Mbps.

 

Poole Broadband Statistics

Poole is among the top 10 for fibre access out of all major towns in the South West, and is among the top 100 best major towns 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 4.05% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 83% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 98% of Poole's households.

Great broadband infrastructure results in high speed test averages in Poole postcodes like BH15, BH12, BH14, BH17, and BH13. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 44.13 Mbps median internet speed in Poole, which is 20% above the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.

Poole increased access to Gigabit speeds by 0.73 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is slower than neighbouring major towns like Bournemouth (gained 29 percentate points), Weston-super-Mare (gained 22 percentate points), and Taunton (gained 11 percentate points).

Local broadband speeds over time

The median broadband speed in Poole has increased by 77% over the last five years.

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Local broadband speeds in context

As of 2022, the median broadband speed in Poole is 25% higher than the South West and 17% higher than the UK overall.

Poole44 Mbps
South West33 Mbps
United Kingdom37 Mbps

Poole 2022 Broadband Scorecard

2nd lowest fibre access

Major Towns, South West

25% above regional broadband speed

South West

17% above national broadband speed

UK Overall

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Broadband Providers

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Virgin Media Logo
69 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
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Average
 
65,318 Speed Tests
1502 reviews
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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
Average
 
13,886 Speed Tests
878 reviews
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BT Logo
70 /100
6.0 /10
BT
Above average
Average
 
11,421 Speed Tests
776 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
TalkTalk
About average
Average
 
4,428 Speed Tests
379 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
54 /100
6.20 /10
Plusnet
About average
Average
 
3,303 Speed Tests
442 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.60 /10
EE
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Above Average
 
1,725 Speed Tests
395 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
60 /100
5.50 /10
Vodafone
About average
Average
 
943 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
Average
 
222 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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No Logo
71 /100
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Juice Broadband
Above average
 
142 Speed Tests
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Zen Internet Logo
67 /100
9.90 /10
Zen Internet
Above average
Above Average
 
62 Speed Tests
69 reviews
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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Poole

See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Poole 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
20214.05%83.39%98.43%
20203.32%83.67%98.84%
20193.34%87.45%99.22%
20183.38%79.13%99.12%
20170.03%67.44%97.97%
20160.00%0.00%97.68%

Map of Poole's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability

4.05%

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

Ultrafast Speeds

83.39%

of Poole residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband

98.43%

availability in Poole

Poor Broadband Speeds

1.35%

of Poole is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Poole Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Poole

YearPoole AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201826.19 Mbps26.27 Mbps0.30% Slower
201935.25 Mbps30.63 Mbps15.08% Faster
202071.64 Mbps80.31 Mbps10.80% Slower
202177.41 Mbps66.05 Mbps17.20% Faster

Poole Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangePooleUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps18.93%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps22.50%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps20.08%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps7.52%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps27.20%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps3.78%3.60%

How Poole Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
Greater London5794.21 Mbps32.96—95.6 Mbps45.49 MbpsFaster
Poole936.29 Mbps31.44—110.59 Mbps44.13 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
Bristol943.13 Mbps30.28—109.85 Mbps42.19 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

Poole 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 Poole Compares for Internet Speed in Poole

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
1Poole936.29 Mbps31.44—110.59 Mbps44.13 Mbps-

Poole Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Poole testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Poole ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Poole 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 Poole's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 45.18% were fast, 23.04% slow, and 31.77% broadly the same.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 23:45:01223 secs57.61 Mbps58.3 Mbps
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 23:18:32215 mins36.16 Mbps35.63 Mbps
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 23:03:2334 mins254.59 Mbps358.7 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 22:57:47255 secs18.28 Mbps17.16 Mbps
TalkTalk14 Jan 2022 22:36:15249 secs11.11 Mbps14.65 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 22:33:39228 secs99.74 Mbps97.58 Mbps
TalkTalk14 Jan 2022 22:20:0728 mins40.31 Mbps40.77 Mbps
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 22:13:02242 secs12.95 Mbps56.8 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 21:40:48228 mins27.94 Mbps29.88 Mbps
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 22:06:48230 secs376.53 Mbps375.67 Mbps
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 20:18:23975 mins34.67 Mbps33.07 Mbps
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 21:33:23245 secs16.14 Mbps21.02 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 21:22:0243 mins5.22 Mbps60.56 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 21:16:1023 mins122.08 Mbps217.6 MbpsImproved
BT14 Jan 2022 21:09:25381 secs23.43 Mbps21.36 Mbps
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 20:57:394113 secs15.95 Mbps2.24 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 20:53:38263 secs10.1 Mbps10.16 Mbps
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 20:28:31219 mins53.08 Mbps55.79 Mbps
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 20:35:21238 secs97 Mbps106.22 Mbps
Virgin Media14 Jan 2022 20:29:56372 secs16.64 Mbps29.89 MbpsImproved

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Poole

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Trunk Networks579.06 Mbps0—487.88 Mbps
2Virgin Media936.29 Mbps50.84—185.37 Mbps
3Wessex Internet104.23 Mbps62.38—103.18 Mbps
4Juice Broadband426.65 Mbps13.79—59.96 Mbps
5Zen Internet163.76 Mbps28.34—66.82 Mbps
6BT901.84 Mbps20.68—53.69 Mbps
7EE455.47 Mbps22.15—49.7 Mbps
8Vodafone531.84 Mbps20.17—54.81 Mbps
9Sky Broadband501.94 Mbps23.47—53.3 Mbps
10TalkTalk678.35 Mbps21.63—44.27 Mbps
11KCOM141.86 Mbps12.26—48.79 Mbps
12Plusnet74.63 Mbps10.02—36.24 Mbps
13Shell Energy72.32 Mbps10.36—33.9 Mbps
14iDNET37.21 Mbps3.55—18.78 Mbps
15CIX49.99 Mbps5.77—25.74 Mbps

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Poole

How many broadband providers in Poole are there?

Poole has 15 ISPs tested by its 150,092 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Poole?

Trunk Networks is the fastest broadband provider in Poole with 579.06 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 0—487.88 Mbps.

Who is the best internet provider in Poole?

The best internet provider in Poole is Trunk Networks, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 0 to 487.88 Mbps.

What is the average internet speed in Poole?

Users in Poole see an average internet speed of 31.44 up to 371 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 936.29 Mbps.

Is Virgin Media available in Poole?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Poole, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 936.29 Mbps.

Is Sky Broadband available in Poole?

Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Poole, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 501.94 Mbps.

Is BT available in Poole?

Broadband service from BT is available in Poole, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 901.84 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Poole?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 59 of Poole's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Poole?

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

Author: Thomas Buck

Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper

Published: 10 Nov 2019

Last Updated: 14 Jan 2022

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