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Broadband Providers in Reading

Broadband Providers available in Reading include Virgin Media, Sky Broadband, and BT. Reading's fastest provider is Virgin Media, with a median speed of 77 Mbps. The most popular provider in Reading is also Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Reading in 2022 is 73 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 33 Mbps.

 

Reading Broadband Statistics

Reading has the best fibre access out of all major towns in the South East, and is among the top 10 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 85% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 87% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 99% of Reading's households.

Despite good broadband infrastructure, we see low speed test averages in Reading postcodes like RG1, RG30, RG4, RG2, and RG31. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 32.76 Mbps median internet speed in Reading, which is 11% below the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.

Reading increased access to Gigabit speeds by 83 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major towns like Dartford (gained 72 percentate points), Worthing (gained 54 percentate points), and Ewell (gained 50 percentate points).

 
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Broadband Providers

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Overall Performance
Customer Ratings
Virgin Media Logo
68 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
Above average
Average
 
88,238 Speed Tests
1516 reviews
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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
Average
 
45,368 Speed Tests
883 reviews
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BT Logo
69 /100
6.0 /10
BT
Above average
Average
 
43,591 Speed Tests
778 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
TalkTalk
About average
Average
 
12,621 Speed Tests
379 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
55 /100
6.10 /10
Plusnet
About average
Average
 
5,893 Speed Tests
444 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
59 /100
5.50 /10
Vodafone
About average
Average
 
3,255 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.60 /10
EE
About average
Above Average
 
3,254 Speed Tests
396 reviews
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Zen Internet Logo
65 /100
9.90 /10
Zen Internet
Above average
Above Average
 
1,433 Speed Tests
69 reviews
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Hyperoptic Logo
97 /100
9.60 /10
Hyperoptic
Above average
Above Average
 
1,399 Speed Tests
48 reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
Average
 
581 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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No Logo
82 /100
7.10 /10
Independent Fibre Networks
Above average
Above Average
 
381 Speed Tests
4 reviews
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Broadband Network Infrastructure in Reading

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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Reading

See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Reading 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
202185.42%87.46%99.31%
20202.49%87.50%99.28%
20192.53%74.34%99.29%
20182.61%60.22%99.34%
20171.69%78.32%98.93%
20160.00%0.16%98.26%

Map of Reading's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability

85.42%

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

Ultrafast Speeds

87.46%

of Reading residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband

99.31%

availability in Reading

Poor Broadband Speeds

None

of Reading is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Reading Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Reading

YearReading AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201831.5 Mbps26.27 Mbps19.91% Faster
201934.96 Mbps30.63 Mbps14.14% Faster
2020114.17 Mbps80.31 Mbps42.16% Faster
202171.56 Mbps66.05 Mbps8.34% Faster

Reading Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeReadingUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps21.45%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps27.41%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps20.52%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps8.69%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps16.86%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps5.07%3.60%

How Reading Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
Greater London5794.21 Mbps33.02—95.86 Mbps45.54 MbpsFaster
Birmingham941.32 Mbps29.29—107 Mbps38.47 MbpsFaster
Liverpool1134.53 Mbps25.52—89.6 Mbps34.58 MbpsFaster
Bristol943.13 Mbps30.35—109.9 Mbps42.28 MbpsFaster
Leicester935.89 Mbps27.45—99.24 Mbps37 MbpsFaster
Edinburgh874.24 Mbps29.96—107.47 Mbps38.02 MbpsFaster
Reading939.2 Mbps23.85—101.2 Mbps32.76 Mbps-
Nottingham2371.49 Mbps16.2—40.46 Mbps19.1 MbpsSlower
Sheffield932.42 Mbps23.73—68.81 Mbps32.06 MbpsSlower
Glasgow913.93 Mbps20.58—71.34 Mbps32 MbpsSlower

Reading 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 Reading Compares for Internet Speed in Reading

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
1Reading939.2 Mbps23.85—101.2 Mbps32.76 Mbps-

Reading Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Reading testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Reading ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Reading 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 Reading's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 41.98% were fast, 26.12% slow, and 31.9% broadly the same.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 23:49:4939 mins147.33 Mbps348.42 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 23:37:15229 secs150.3 Mbps164.21 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 23:22:4265 mins6.81 Mbps36.14 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 23:10:4186 mins117.71 Mbps129.27 Mbps
BT18 Jan 2022 23:10:1045 mins183.33 Mbps34.06 MbpsNeeds help
Hyperoptic18 Jan 2022 23:03:53291 secs169.1 Mbps167.37 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 22:38:372116 secs16.29 Mbps86.71 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 22:28:40339 secs1.99 Mbps44.23 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 22:11:30213 mins20.26 Mbps29.84 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 22:23:21233 secs159.14 Mbps201.71 MbpsImproved
BT18 Jan 2022 22:22:05235 secs0.64 Mbps0.94 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 22:17:4932 mins289.04 Mbps575.6 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 22:02:33216 mins323.35 Mbps205.65 MbpsNeeds help
Vodafone18 Jan 2022 21:55:231223 mins10.45 Mbps10.88 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 22:14:1932 mins424.8 Mbps429.74 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:36:18313 mins8.14 Mbps18.58 MbpsImproved
TalkTalk18 Jan 2022 21:45:3623 mins35.01 Mbps34.78 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:06:36491 secs2.51 Mbps2.6 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 21:02:47223 secs60.73 Mbps66.42 Mbps
BT18 Jan 2022 20:53:43220 secs26.63 Mbps27.73 Mbps

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Reading

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Hyperoptic904.53 Mbps61.46—241.74 Mbps
2Virgin Media939.2 Mbps47.73—213.69 Mbps
3Glide885.47 Mbps47.19—117.69 Mbps
4Gigaclear565.54 Mbps32.76—93.11 Mbps
5Independent Fibre Networks371.36 Mbps34.94—97.61 Mbps
6Vodafone917.7 Mbps22.13—62.1 Mbps
7EE908.11 Mbps25.54—48.84 Mbps
8TalkTalk599.46 Mbps18.56—66.67 Mbps
9Cerberus Networks138.44 Mbps8.1—76.05 Mbps
10BT935.36 Mbps19.89—37 Mbps
11Plusnet74.67 Mbps25.66—57.9 Mbps
12The Phone Coop74.57 Mbps17.16—70.56 Mbps
13Sky Broadband508.32 Mbps16.74—56.5 Mbps
14uno74.67 Mbps12.9—53.15 Mbps
15Origin Broadband73.1 Mbps15.77—38.29 Mbps
16Spitfire94.47 Mbps1.92—55.84 Mbps
17Zen Internet303.11 Mbps18.49—25.7 Mbps
18KCOM32.22 Mbps0—16.85 Mbps
19Shell Energy73.83 Mbps10.34—33.03 Mbps
20Andrews & Arnold46.21 Mbps0.85—6.51 Mbps
21Zone Broadband11.65 Mbps0.2—3.09 Mbps

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Reading

How many broadband providers in Reading are there?

Reading has 21 ISPs tested by its 163,203 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Reading?

Virgin Media is the fastest broadband provider in Reading with 939.2 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 47.73—213.69 Mbps.

Who is the best internet provider in Reading?

The best internet provider in Reading is Hyperoptic, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 61.46 to 241.74 Mbps.

What is the average internet speed in Reading?

Users in Reading see an average internet speed of 23.85 up to 516 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 939.2 Mbps.

Is Virgin Media available in Reading?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Reading, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 939.2 Mbps.

Is Sky Broadband available in Reading?

Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Reading, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 508.32 Mbps.

Is BT available in Reading?

Broadband service from BT is available in Reading, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 935.36 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Reading?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 114 of Reading's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Reading?

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

Author: Thomas Buck

Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper

Published: 10 Nov 2019

Last Updated: 18 Jan 2022

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