Broadband Statistics for Reading, Reading
Broadband Providers21
Fastest Speed939.2 Mbps
Median Speed32.37 Mbps
Fastest ProviderVirgin Media

Broadband Providers in Reading

Reading is among the top 20 fastest major towns in The United Kingdom with an average broadband speed of 66.93 Mbps in 2021. This is 1.33% faster than The United Kingdom's average download speed of 66.05 Mbps.

Residents in Reading have run speed tests on 21 broadband providers. This number is 242.58% above the United Kingdom average of 6.13 internet service providers. ISPs available in Reading include Virgin Media, BT, and Sky Broadband. The most common broadband provider in Reading is Virgin Media, with a maximum recorded internet speed of 939.2 Mbps, and the typical home user seeing speeds in the range of 54.42—216.7 Mbps.

Reading's fastest provider is also Virgin Media, and the highest speed we've seen from them is 939.2 Mbps. Overall, the average real-world broadband speed that users will see in Reading is 32.37 Mbps, which is 12.51% below the The United Kingdom national average of 37 Mbps, and 0% below the average of 32.37 Mbps in Reading.

Our research into internet speeds in Reading includes analysing postcove-level coverage data of broadband in RG1, RG30, RG4, RG2, and RG31.

Broadband Providers

  • Virgin Media in Reading
    808 Reviews
    86.19 Mbps

    Virgin Media's typical internet speed range in Reading is 54.42 to 216.7 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 939.2 Mbps. Reading residents have performed 67,966 speed tests on Virgin Media Broadband.

  • Glide in Reading
    6 Reviews
    73.66 Mbps

    Glide's typical internet speed range in Reading is 47.19 to 110.37 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 885.47 Mbps. Reading residents have performed 61 speed tests on Glide Broadband.

  • Hyperoptic in Reading
    31 Reviews
    62.31 Mbps

    Hyperoptic's typical internet speed range in Reading is 59.37 to 170.31 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 900.97 Mbps. Reading residents have performed 659 speed tests on Hyperoptic Broadband.

  • Independent Fibre Networks
    4 Reviews
    51.04 Mbps

    Independent Fibre Networks's typical internet speed range in Reading is 34.94 to 91.43 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 361.27 Mbps. Reading residents have performed 216 speed tests on Independent Fibre Networks Broadband.

  • Plusnet in Reading
    262 Reviews
    37.28 Mbps
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    Plusnet's typical internet speed range in Reading is 29.36 to 57.25 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 74.67 Mbps. Reading residents have performed 5,030 speed tests on Plusnet Broadband.

  • Gigaclear in Reading
    6 Reviews
    34.29 Mbps

    Gigaclear's typical internet speed range in Reading is 32.74 to 84.36 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 565.54 Mbps. Reading residents have performed 348 speed tests on Gigaclear Broadband.

  • The Phone Coop in Reading
    Not enough reviews
    33.44 Mbps

    The Phone Coop's typical internet speed range in Reading is 23.89 to 73.49 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 74.57 Mbps. Reading residents have performed 17 speed tests on The Phone Coop Broadband.

  • EE in Reading
    215 Reviews
    30.77 Mbps
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    EE's typical internet speed range in Reading is 24.71 to 44.11 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 908.11 Mbps. Reading residents have performed 2,618 speed tests on EE Broadband.

  • Vodafone in Reading
    133 Reviews
    30.04 Mbps
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    Vodafone's typical internet speed range in Reading is 20.88 to 60.95 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 917.7 Mbps. Reading residents have performed 2,526 speed tests on Vodafone Broadband.

  • TalkTalk in Reading
    220 Reviews
    24.84 Mbps
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    TalkTalk's typical internet speed range in Reading is 18.4 to 67.22 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 599.46 Mbps. Reading residents have performed 11,248 speed tests on TalkTalk Broadband.

  • Sky Broadband in Reading
    492 Reviews
    24.57 Mbps
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    Sky Broadband's typical internet speed range in Reading is 16.06 to 57.82 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 507.34 Mbps. Reading residents have performed 38,279 speed tests on Sky Broadband.

  • BT in Reading
    408 Reviews
    22.84 Mbps
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    BT's typical internet speed range in Reading is 20.02 to 36.55 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 935.36 Mbps. Reading residents have performed 40,073 speed tests on BT Broadband.

  • Zen Internet in Reading
    37 Reviews
    18.53 Mbps

    Zen Internet's typical internet speed range in Reading is 18.47 to 18.65 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 303.11 Mbps. Reading residents have performed 1,714 speed tests on Zen Internet Broadband.

  • Origin Broadband in Reading
    19 Reviews
    17.6 Mbps

    Origin Broadband's typical internet speed range in Reading is 15.18 to 36.45 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 73.1 Mbps. Reading residents have performed 72 speed tests on Origin Broadband.

  • Shell Energy in Reading
    32 Reviews
    14.28 Mbps
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    Shell Energy's typical internet speed range in Reading is 10.19 to 33.13 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 73.83 Mbps. Reading residents have performed 518 speed tests on Shell Energy Broadband.

  • uno in Reading
    Not enough reviews
    12.7 Mbps

    uno's typical internet speed range in Reading is 10.59 to 49.94 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 73.24 Mbps. Reading residents have performed 35 speed tests on uno Broadband.

  • Cerberus Networks in Reading
    Not enough reviews
    9.4 Mbps

    Cerberus Networks's typical internet speed range in Reading is 6.81 to 73.9 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 138.44 Mbps. Reading residents have performed 34 speed tests on Cerberus Networks Broadband.

  • Spitfire in Reading
    Not enough reviews
    1.93 Mbps

    Spitfire's typical internet speed range in Reading is 1.92 to 55.84 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 94.47 Mbps. Reading residents have performed 28 speed tests on Spitfire Broadband.

  • Andrews & Arnold in Reading
    7 Reviews
    0.94 Mbps

    Andrews & Arnold's typical internet speed range in Reading is 0.89 to 20.76 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 66.39 Mbps. Reading residents have performed 10 speed tests on Andrews & Arnold Broadband.

  • Zone Broadband
    Not enough reviews
    0.41 Mbps

    Zone Broadband's typical internet speed range in Reading is 0.2 to 3.09 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 11.65 Mbps. Reading residents have performed 4 speed tests on Zone Broadband.

Broadband in Reading

1st

Best speed range city in Reading

939.2 Mbps

Reading's fastest speed

23.56—98.45 Mbps

Typical speed range available to Reading residents

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Average Broadband Speeds in Reading

YearReading AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201830.35 Mbps26.27 Mbps15.53% Faster
201930.21 Mbps30.63 Mbps1.37% Slower
2020123.01 Mbps80.31 Mbps53.17% Faster
202166.93 Mbps66.05 Mbps1.33% Faster

Reading Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeReadingUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps26.67%28.66%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps22.87%26.52%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps18.35%20.91%
Good: 60-80 Mbps7.98%8.46%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps17.13%13.12%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps7.00%2.33%

How Reading Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
London5794.21 Mbps34.22—94.02 Mbps46.83 MbpsFaster
Birmingham941.32 Mbps28.83—104.01 Mbps37.51 MbpsFaster
Liverpool1134.53 Mbps24.42—88.84 Mbps33.31 MbpsFaster
Bristol941.78 Mbps29.91—109.64 Mbps41.69 MbpsFaster
Leicester933.42 Mbps26.89—94.13 Mbps36.55 MbpsFaster
Edinburgh869.7 Mbps31.78—108.45 Mbps40.03 MbpsFaster
Reading939.2 Mbps23.56—98.45 Mbps32.37 Mbps-
Nottingham934.56 Mbps21.77—51.15 Mbps26.09 MbpsSlower
Sheffield932.42 Mbps23.32—67.69 Mbps31.69 MbpsSlower
Glasgow913.93 Mbps19.29—70.5 Mbps30.82 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 Mbps23.56—98.45 Mbps32.37 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, 43.91% were fast, 26.03% slow, and 30.06% broadly the same.
Most Recent Tests
ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Virgin Media16 Oct 2021 23:22:33246 secs4.15 Mbps5.81 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
TalkTalk16 Oct 2021 21:08:01238 secs18.71 Mbps22.23 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media16 Oct 2021 20:44:1135 mins0.14 Mbps0.19 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media16 Oct 2021 20:43:44227 secs12.19 Mbps13.57 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband16 Oct 2021 20:34:40224 secs137.09 Mbps136.39 Mbps
Sky Broadband16 Oct 2021 20:26:4352 mins2.06 Mbps4.34 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media16 Oct 2021 20:05:16617 mins208.47 Mbps162.19 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media16 Oct 2021 20:11:2537 mins119.47 Mbps154.58 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media16 Oct 2021 20:14:58357 secs68.03 Mbps80.56 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband16 Oct 2021 20:11:12233 secs6.11 Mbps10.98 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media16 Oct 2021 20:00:13226 secs0.38 Mbps0.14 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media16 Oct 2021 19:59:37243 secs252.87 Mbps182.53 MbpsNeeds help
Sky Broadband16 Oct 2021 19:57:31229 secs16.43 Mbps18.68 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media16 Oct 2021 19:28:12215 mins4.07 Mbps3.99 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media16 Oct 2021 19:15:17357 secs1.85 Mbps8.58 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
BT16 Oct 2021 18:42:26427 mins0.73 Mbps54.42 MbpsImproved
TalkTalk16 Oct 2021 18:15:36550 mins25.75 Mbps24.78 Mbps
BT16 Oct 2021 18:54:29259 secs1.33 Mbps7.95 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media16 Oct 2021 18:37:53210 mins475.37 Mbps445.03 Mbps
Virgin Media16 Oct 2021 18:33:19478 secs11.92 Mbps15.75 MbpsImproved

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Reading

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Hyperoptic900.97 Mbps59.37—170.31 Mbps
2Virgin Media939.2 Mbps54.42—216.7 Mbps
3Glide885.47 Mbps47.19—110.37 Mbps
4Gigaclear565.54 Mbps32.74—84.36 Mbps
5Independent Fibre Networks361.27 Mbps34.94—91.43 Mbps
6The Phone Coop74.57 Mbps23.89—73.49 Mbps
7Vodafone917.7 Mbps20.88—60.95 Mbps
8EE908.11 Mbps24.71—44.11 Mbps
9Plusnet74.67 Mbps29.36—57.25 Mbps
10BT935.36 Mbps20.02—36.55 Mbps
11TalkTalk599.46 Mbps18.4—67.22 Mbps
12Sky Broadband507.34 Mbps16.06—57.82 Mbps
13Cerberus Networks138.44 Mbps6.81—73.9 Mbps
14Spitfire94.47 Mbps1.92—55.84 Mbps
15uno73.24 Mbps10.59—49.94 Mbps
16KCOM32.22 Mbps0—16.85 Mbps
17Origin Broadband73.1 Mbps15.18—36.45 Mbps
18Zen Internet303.11 Mbps18.47—18.65 Mbps
19Shell Energy73.83 Mbps10.19—33.13 Mbps
20Andrews & Arnold66.39 Mbps0.89—20.76 Mbps
21Zone Broadband11.65 Mbps0.2—3.09 Mbps

Reading Broadband Speed Map

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 54.42—216.7 Mbps.
Who is the best internet provider in Reading?
The best internet provider in Reading is Virgin Media, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 54.42 to 216.7 Mbps.
What is the average internet speed in Reading?
Users in Reading see an average internet speed of 23.56 up to 506 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 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 Sky Broadband available in Reading?
Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Reading, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 507.34 Mbps.
Is BT full fibre available in Reading?
Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 84 of Reading's postcodes.
Who is the the most popular broadband provider in Reading?
The broadband provider with the most users in Reading is Virgin Media.

Last updated: 19 Oct 2021