United Kingdom Rochdale

Broadband Providers in Rochdale

Broadband Providers available in Rochdale include Zen Internet, Sky Broadband, and Virgin Media. Rochdale's fastest provider is also Virgin Media, with a median speed of 82 Mbps. The most popular provider in Rochdale is Zen Internet. The average broadband speed in Rochdale in 2022 is 65 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 44 Mbps.

 

Rochdale Broadband Statistics

Rochdale has the lowest fibre access out of all major cities in the North West, and is among the 10 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 11% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 64% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 98% of Rochdale's households.

Despite poor broadband infrastructure, we see very high speed test averages in Rochdale postcodes like M24, OL16, OL11, OL12, and OL10. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 44.48 Mbps median internet speed in Rochdale, which is 21% above the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.

Rochdale increased access to Gigabit speeds by 1.90 percentage points in the past year. However, the buildout rate is slower than neighbouring major cities like Bolton (gained 89 percentate points), Warrington (gained 88 percentate points), and Trafford (gained 69 percentate points).

 
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Overall Performance
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Zen Internet Logo
65 /100
9.90 /10
Zen Internet
Above average
Above Average
 
302,314 Speed Tests
69 reviews
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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
Average
 
33,494 Speed Tests
883 reviews
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Virgin Media Logo
68 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
Above average
Average
 
32,702 Speed Tests
1516 reviews
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BT Logo
69 /100
6.0 /10
BT
Above average
Average
 
19,491 Speed Tests
778 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
TalkTalk
About average
Average
 
11,363 Speed Tests
379 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
55 /100
6.10 /10
Plusnet
About average
Average
 
6,602 Speed Tests
444 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.60 /10
EE
About average
Above Average
 
3,973 Speed Tests
396 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
59 /100
5.50 /10
Vodafone
About average
Average
 
3,016 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
Average
 
104 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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iDNET Logo
78 /100
6.10 /10
iDNET
Above average
Average
 
8 Speed Tests
3 reviews
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CIX Logo
53 /100
7.70 /10
CIX
About average
Above Average
 
6 Speed Tests
2 reviews
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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Rochdale

See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Rochdale 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
202110.51%64.46%98.41%
20208.61%60.23%98.38%
20198.45%64.34%98.49%
20181.97%53.69%98.36%
20170.00%14.19%98.09%
20160.00%0.00%97.42%

Map of Rochdale's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability

10.51%

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

Ultrafast Speeds

64.46%

of Rochdale residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband

98.41%

availability in Rochdale

Poor Broadband Speeds

1.49%

of Rochdale is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Rochdale Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Rochdale

YearRochdale AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201826.84 Mbps26.27 Mbps2.17% Faster
201935.98 Mbps30.63 Mbps17.47% Faster
202067.3 Mbps80.31 Mbps16.20% Slower
202165.24 Mbps66.05 Mbps1.23% Slower

Rochdale Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeRochdaleUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps13.51%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps20.54%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps28.61%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps21.25%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps13.22%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps2.87%3.60%

How Rochdale Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
Greater London5794.21 Mbps33.02—95.86 Mbps45.54 MbpsFaster
Rochdale1562.03 Mbps35.81—73.34 Mbps44.48 Mbps-
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

Rochdale 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 Rochdale Compares for Internet Speed in Rochdale

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
1Rochdale1562.03 Mbps35.81—73.34 Mbps44.48 Mbps-

Rochdale Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Rochdale testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Rochdale ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Rochdale 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 Rochdale's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 41.38% were fast, 23.36% slow, and 35.26% broadly the same.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Zen Internet18 Jan 2022 23:14:21216 secs18.42 Mbps10.62 MbpsNeeds help
TalkTalk18 Jan 2022 22:34:09315 mins0.21 Mbps0.18 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
TalkTalk18 Jan 2022 22:25:26356 secs21.01 Mbps15.17 MbpsNeeds help
Zen Internet18 Jan 2022 22:23:20243 secs93.83 Mbps72.43 MbpsNeeds help
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 22:15:24227 secs20.14 Mbps17.62 MbpsNeeds help
Zen Internet18 Jan 2022 22:12:34224 secs242.73 Mbps304.23 MbpsImproved
Zen Internet18 Jan 2022 21:13:0547 mins11.63 Mbps21.84 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 20:34:14223 mins162.34 Mbps252.08 MbpsImproved
Zen Internet18 Jan 2022 20:48:3823 mins49.35 Mbps64.5 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 20:35:36615 mins49.22 Mbps51.76 Mbps
Zen Internet18 Jan 2022 19:42:561366 mins808.37 Mbps199.97 MbpsNeeds help
TalkTalk18 Jan 2022 20:43:00224 secs22.15 Mbps21.18 Mbps
BT18 Jan 2022 20:30:21312 mins3.09 Mbps6.39 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Zen Internet18 Jan 2022 20:35:40231 secs29.76 Mbps26.08 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 20:28:08224 secs145.79 Mbps169 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 20:07:02215 mins31.59 Mbps31.65 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 20:16:48392 secs286.65 Mbps187.71 MbpsNeeds help
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 19:57:0122 mins5.17 Mbps6.64 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Zen Internet18 Jan 2022 19:06:36322 mins7.34 Mbps49.55 MbpsImproved
Zen Internet18 Jan 2022 19:14:1166 mins36.15 Mbps39.12 Mbps

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Rochdale

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Virgin Media925.8 Mbps54.25—206.38 Mbps
2iDNET145.59 Mbps51.43—84.19 Mbps
3Zen Internet1562.03 Mbps36.85—73.39 Mbps
4CIX73.67 Mbps45.32—71.1 Mbps
5BT937.14 Mbps27.4—68.58 Mbps
6Vodafone537.29 Mbps31.68—55.86 Mbps
7EE570.24 Mbps12.62—50.25 Mbps
8TalkTalk651.51 Mbps26.06—49.4 Mbps
9Sky Broadband488.27 Mbps20.15—53.61 Mbps
10Glide31.48 Mbps0—29.91 Mbps
11Plusnet74.25 Mbps27.17—47.88 Mbps
12Shell Energy71.58 Mbps10.18—29.05 Mbps

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Rochdale

How many broadband providers in Rochdale are there?

Rochdale has 12 ISPs tested by its 220,001 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Rochdale?

Virgin Media is the fastest broadband provider in Rochdale with 925.8 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 54.25—206.38 Mbps.

Who is the best internet provider in Rochdale?

The best internet provider in Rochdale is Virgin Media, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 54.25 to 206.38 Mbps.

What is the average internet speed in Rochdale?

Users in Rochdale see an average internet speed of 35.81 up to 856 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 1562.03 Mbps.

Is Zen Internet available in Rochdale?

Broadband service from Zen Internet is available in Rochdale, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 1562.03 Mbps.

Is Sky Broadband available in Rochdale?

Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Rochdale, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 488.27 Mbps.

Is Virgin Media available in Rochdale?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Rochdale, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 925.8 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Rochdale?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 189 of Rochdale's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Rochdale?

The broadband provider with the most users in Rochdale is Zen Internet.

Author: Thomas Buck

Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper

Published: 10 Nov 2019

Last Updated: 18 Jan 2022

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