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 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).
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 Reading 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 Reading 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 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+ Mbps||300+ Mbps||30+ Mbps|
of people living in Reading can obtain to 1,000+ Mbps broadband speeds
of Reading residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service
Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband
availability in Reading
Poor Broadband Speeds
of Reading is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps
|Year||Reading Average||United Kingdom Average||Difference|
|2018||31.5 Mbps||26.27 Mbps||19.91% Faster|
|2019||34.96 Mbps||30.63 Mbps||14.14% Faster|
|2020||114.17 Mbps||80.31 Mbps||42.16% Faster|
|2021||71.56 Mbps||66.05 Mbps||8.34% Faster|
|Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range|
|Internet Speed Range||Reading||United Kingdom|
|Very Slow: under 10 Mbps||21.45%||19.92%|
|Slow: 10-30 Mbps||27.41%||25.74%|
|Adequate: 30-60 Mbps||20.52%||25.20%|
|Good: 60-80 Mbps||8.69%||10.20%|
|Fast: 80-300 Mbps||16.86%||15.33%|
|Very Fast: over 300 Mbps||5.07%||3.60%|
|City / Town||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range||Median|
|Greater London||5794.21 Mbps||33.02—95.86 Mbps||45.54 Mbps||Faster|
|Birmingham||941.32 Mbps||29.29—107 Mbps||38.47 Mbps||Faster|
|Liverpool||1134.53 Mbps||25.52—89.6 Mbps||34.58 Mbps||Faster|
|Bristol||943.13 Mbps||30.35—109.9 Mbps||42.28 Mbps||Faster|
|Leicester||935.89 Mbps||27.45—99.24 Mbps||37 Mbps||Faster|
|Edinburgh||874.24 Mbps||29.96—107.47 Mbps||38.02 Mbps||Faster|
|Reading||939.2 Mbps||23.85—101.2 Mbps||32.76 Mbps||-|
|Nottingham||2371.49 Mbps||16.2—40.46 Mbps||19.1 Mbps||Slower|
|Sheffield||932.42 Mbps||23.73—68.81 Mbps||32.06 Mbps||Slower|
|Glasgow||913.93 Mbps||20.58—71.34 Mbps||32 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||Reading||939.2 Mbps||23.85—101.2 Mbps||32.76 Mbps||-|
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.
|Provider||Start Time||# Tests||Duration||Start Speed||End Speed||Status|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 23:49:49||3||9 mins||147.33 Mbps||348.42 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 23:37:15||2||29 secs||150.3 Mbps||164.21 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 23:22:42||6||5 mins||6.81 Mbps||36.14 Mbps||Improved|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 23:10:41||8||6 mins||117.71 Mbps||129.27 Mbps|
|BT||18 Jan 2022 23:10:10||4||5 mins||183.33 Mbps||34.06 Mbps||Needs help|
|Hyperoptic||18 Jan 2022 23:03:53||2||91 secs||169.1 Mbps||167.37 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 22:38:37||2||116 secs||16.29 Mbps||86.71 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 22:28:40||3||39 secs||1.99 Mbps||44.23 Mbps||Improved|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 22:11:30||2||13 mins||20.26 Mbps||29.84 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 22:23:21||2||33 secs||159.14 Mbps||201.71 Mbps||Improved|
|BT||18 Jan 2022 22:22:05||2||35 secs||0.64 Mbps||0.94 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 22:17:49||3||2 mins||289.04 Mbps||575.6 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 22:02:33||2||16 mins||323.35 Mbps||205.65 Mbps||Needs help|
|Vodafone||18 Jan 2022 21:55:23||12||23 mins||10.45 Mbps||10.88 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 22:14:19||3||2 mins||424.8 Mbps||429.74 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 21:36:18||3||13 mins||8.14 Mbps||18.58 Mbps||Improved|
|TalkTalk||18 Jan 2022 21:45:36||2||3 mins||35.01 Mbps||34.78 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 21:06:36||4||91 secs||2.51 Mbps||2.6 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 21:02:47||2||23 secs||60.73 Mbps||66.42 Mbps|
|BT||18 Jan 2022 20:53:43||2||20 secs||26.63 Mbps||27.73 Mbps|
|#||Provider Name||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range|
|1||Hyperoptic||904.53 Mbps||61.46—241.74 Mbps|
|2||Virgin Media||939.2 Mbps||47.73—213.69 Mbps|
|3||Glide||885.47 Mbps||47.19—117.69 Mbps|
|4||Gigaclear||565.54 Mbps||32.76—93.11 Mbps|
|5||Independent Fibre Networks||371.36 Mbps||34.94—97.61 Mbps|
|6||Vodafone||917.7 Mbps||22.13—62.1 Mbps|
|7||EE||908.11 Mbps||25.54—48.84 Mbps|
|8||TalkTalk||599.46 Mbps||18.56—66.67 Mbps|
|9||Cerberus Networks||138.44 Mbps||8.1—76.05 Mbps|
|10||BT||935.36 Mbps||19.89—37 Mbps|
|11||Plusnet||74.67 Mbps||25.66—57.9 Mbps|
|12||The Phone Coop||74.57 Mbps||17.16—70.56 Mbps|
|13||Sky Broadband||508.32 Mbps||16.74—56.5 Mbps|
|14||uno||74.67 Mbps||12.9—53.15 Mbps|
|15||Origin Broadband||73.1 Mbps||15.77—38.29 Mbps|
|16||Spitfire||94.47 Mbps||1.92—55.84 Mbps|
|17||Zen Internet||303.11 Mbps||18.49—25.7 Mbps|
|18||KCOM||32.22 Mbps||0—16.85 Mbps|
|19||Shell Energy||73.83 Mbps||10.34—33.03 Mbps|
|20||Andrews & Arnold||46.21 Mbps||0.85—6.51 Mbps|
|21||Zone Broadband||11.65 Mbps||0.2—3.09 Mbps|
Reading has 21 ISPs tested by its 163,203 residents.
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.
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.
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.
Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Reading, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 939.2 Mbps.
Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Reading, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 508.32 Mbps.
Broadband service from BT is available in Reading, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 935.36 Mbps.
Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 114 of Reading's postcodes.
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