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Broadband Providers in Portsmouth

Broadband Providers available in Portsmouth include Virgin Media, Sky Broadband, and BT. Portsmouth's fastest provider is Origin Broadband, with a median speed of 82 Mbps. The most popular provider in Portsmouth is Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Portsmouth in 2022 is 92 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 50 Mbps.

 

Portsmouth Broadband Statistics

Portsmouth has the third-lowest fibre access out of all major cities in the South East, and is among the 20 worst-off 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 19% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 94% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 98% of Portsmouth's households.

Despite poor broadband infrastructure, we see very high speed test averages in Portsmouth postcodes like PO6, PO1, PO2, PO4, and PO5. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 50 Mbps median internet speed in Portsmouth, which is 36% above the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.

Portsmouth increased access to Gigabit speeds by 17 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major cities like Brighton (gained 10 percentate points) and Gillingham (gained 2.63 percentate points).

 
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Overall Performance
Customer Ratings
Virgin Media Logo
68 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
Above average
Average
 
112,693 Speed Tests
1516 reviews
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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
Average
 
20,086 Speed Tests
883 reviews
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BT Logo
69 /100
6.0 /10
BT
Above average
Average
 
11,446 Speed Tests
778 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
55 /100
6.10 /10
Plusnet
About average
Average
 
4,204 Speed Tests
444 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
TalkTalk
About average
Average
 
3,387 Speed Tests
379 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.60 /10
EE
About average
Above Average
 
2,409 Speed Tests
396 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
59 /100
5.50 /10
Vodafone
About average
Average
 
1,778 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
Average
 
395 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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Glide Logo
68 /100
7.50 /10
Glide
Above average
Above Average
 
141 Speed Tests
10 reviews
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Zen Internet Logo
65 /100
9.90 /10
Zen Internet
Above average
Above Average
 
71 Speed Tests
69 reviews
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CIX Logo
53 /100
7.70 /10
CIX
About average
Above Average
 
63 Speed Tests
2 reviews
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Broadband Network Infrastructure in Portsmouth

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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Portsmouth

See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Portsmouth 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
202118.58%94.48%98.14%
20201.85%93.64%98.34%
20191.55%90.89%98.56%
20181.02%80.63%98.17%
20170.00%39.29%97.33%
20160.00%0.00%97.14%

Map of Portsmouth's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability

18.58%

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

Ultrafast Speeds

94.48%

of Portsmouth residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband

98.14%

availability in Portsmouth

Poor Broadband Speeds

1.48%

of Portsmouth is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Portsmouth Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Portsmouth

YearPortsmouth AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201832.53 Mbps26.27 Mbps23.83% Faster
201943.15 Mbps30.63 Mbps40.87% Faster
2020120.21 Mbps80.31 Mbps49.68% Faster
202191.36 Mbps66.05 Mbps38.32% Faster

Portsmouth Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangePortsmouthUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps19.63%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps19.34%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps17.12%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps7.96%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps29.41%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps6.55%3.60%

How Portsmouth Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
Portsmouth940.31 Mbps33.84—147.67 Mbps50 Mbps-
Greater London5794.21 Mbps33.02—95.86 Mbps45.54 MbpsSlower
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
Bristol943.13 Mbps30.35—109.9 Mbps42.28 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

Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth Compares for Internet Speed in Portsmouth

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
1Portsmouth940.31 Mbps33.84—147.67 Mbps50 Mbps-

Portsmouth Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Portsmouth testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Portsmouth ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 44.21% were fast, 26.16% slow, and 29.63% broadly the same.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 22:28:16235 secs63.02 Mbps15.29 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 22:08:24313 mins105.88 Mbps109.13 Mbps
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 22:15:34210 secs3.81 Mbps0.76 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 22:04:44274 secs61.02 Mbps36.43 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:52:11312 mins111.81 Mbps109.97 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:51:02213 mins111.22 Mbps110.53 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:52:4743 mins176.91 Mbps201.66 MbpsImproved
BT18 Jan 2022 21:42:4436 mins0.16 Mbps0.36 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
BT18 Jan 2022 21:46:46222 secs0.87 Mbps2.61 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 21:38:0822 mins1.36 Mbps60.8 MbpsImproved
BT18 Jan 2022 21:36:53219 secs5.72 Mbps0.46 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
BT18 Jan 2022 21:35:44276 secs2.11 Mbps1.75 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
BT18 Jan 2022 21:33:33466 secs26.35 Mbps53.4 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 21:27:39260 secs0.77 Mbps65.99 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:19:45228 secs37.83 Mbps48.05 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 20:27:091150 mins11.29 Mbps111.69 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 20:51:04325 mins220.01 Mbps225.52 Mbps
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 21:14:41280 secs0.3 Mbps0.1 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 20:25:40212 secs109.95 Mbps110.16 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 19:15:58526 mins106.32 Mbps92.36 MbpsNeeds help

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Portsmouth

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Hyperoptic506.34 Mbps55.84—80.48 Mbps
2Glide878.1 Mbps28.68—123.68 Mbps
3Virgin Media935.8 Mbps51.51—206.51 Mbps
4Zen Internet713.61 Mbps16.11—92.08 Mbps
5CIX894.97 Mbps39.59—87.5 Mbps
6Origin Broadband93.84 Mbps81.68—85.37 Mbps
7CCS Leeds186.99 Mbps33.27—96.76 Mbps
8uno137.03 Mbps30.99—73.73 Mbps
9BT902.22 Mbps15.41—62.19 Mbps
10Andrews & Arnold95.96 Mbps15.39—64.33 Mbps
11TalkTalk276.75 Mbps28.55—69.74 Mbps
12EE499.42 Mbps15.04—53.65 Mbps
13Vodafone507.22 Mbps21.43—49.1 Mbps
14Sky Broadband505.01 Mbps12.65—49.8 Mbps
15Spitfire55.11 Mbps7.75—16.52 Mbps
16Plusnet74.66 Mbps4.3—33.58 Mbps
17Shell Energy73.91 Mbps7.01—32.46 Mbps

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Portsmouth

How many broadband providers in Portsmouth are there?

Portsmouth has 17 ISPs tested by its 215,133 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Portsmouth?

Origin Broadband is the fastest broadband provider in Portsmouth with 93.84 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 81.68—85.37 Mbps.

Who is the best internet provider in Portsmouth?

The best internet provider in Portsmouth is Virgin Media, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 51.51 to 206.51 Mbps.

What is the average internet speed in Portsmouth?

Users in Portsmouth see an average internet speed of 33.84 up to 206 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 940.31 Mbps.

Is Virgin Media available in Portsmouth?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Portsmouth, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 935.8 Mbps.

Is Sky Broadband available in Portsmouth?

Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Portsmouth, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 505.01 Mbps.

Is BT available in Portsmouth?

Broadband service from BT is available in Portsmouth, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 902.22 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Portsmouth?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 95 of Portsmouth's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Portsmouth?

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

Author: Thomas Buck

Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper

Published: 10 Nov 2019

Last Updated: 18 Jan 2022

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