United Kingdom Salford

Broadband Providers in Salford

Broadband Providers available in Salford include Virgin Media, Sky Broadband, and BT. Salford's fastest provider is Hyperoptic, with a median speed of 91 Mbps. The most popular provider in Salford is Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Salford in 2022 is 68 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 38 Mbps.


Salford Broadband Statistics

Salford has the third-best fibre access out of all major cities in the North West, and is among the top 100 best 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 86% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 87% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 98% of Salford's households.

Great broadband infrastructure results in high speed test averages in Salford postcodes like M27, M28, M30, M6, and M7. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 38.07 Mbps median internet speed in Salford, which is 3.28% above the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.

Salford increased access to Gigabit speeds by 30 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major cities like Wirral (gained 19 percentate points), Oldham (gained 11 percentate points), and Wigan (gained 9.40 percentate points).

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Broadband Providers

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Virgin Media Logo
68 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
Above average
46,005 Speed Tests
1519 reviews
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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
33,616 Speed Tests
883 reviews
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BT Logo
69 /100
5.90 /10
Above average
25,764 Speed Tests
780 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
61 /100
5.50 /10
Above average
23,915 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
About average
10,100 Speed Tests
379 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
55 /100
6.10 /10
About average
6,053 Speed Tests
444 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.50 /10
About average
Above Average
4,480 Speed Tests
396 reviews
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Hyperoptic Logo
97 /100
9.50 /10
Above average
Above Average
3,654 Speed Tests
48 reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
1,690 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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Glide Logo
67 /100
7.40 /10
Above average
Above Average
939 Speed Tests
10 reviews
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CIX Logo
53 /100
7.60 /10
About average
Above Average
286 Speed Tests
2 reviews
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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Salford

See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Salford 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

Map of Salford's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability


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

Ultrafast Speeds


of Salford residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband


availability in Salford

Poor Broadband Speeds


of Salford is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Salford Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Salford

YearSalford AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201818.45 Mbps26.27 Mbps29.77% Slower
201925.3 Mbps30.63 Mbps17.40% Slower
202068.71 Mbps80.31 Mbps14.44% Slower
202167.08 Mbps66.05 Mbps1.56% Faster

Salford Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeSalfordUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps18.83%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps22.82%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps24.98%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps11.18%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps18.93%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps3.27%3.60%

How Salford Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
Greater London5794.21 Mbps33.04—95.97 Mbps45.56 MbpsFaster
Birmingham2786.06 Mbps29.31—107.04 Mbps38.5 MbpsFaster
Bristol943.13 Mbps30.38—109.93 Mbps42.32 MbpsFaster
Salford935.56 Mbps29.5—96.54 Mbps38.07 Mbps-
Liverpool1134.53 Mbps25.56—89.74 Mbps34.61 MbpsSlower
Nottingham2371.49 Mbps16.11—40.25 Mbps18.99 MbpsSlower
Sheffield934.82 Mbps23.76—68.87 Mbps32.08 MbpsSlower
Glasgow913.93 Mbps20.63—71.33 Mbps32 MbpsSlower
Leicester935.89 Mbps27.47—99.31 Mbps37.03 MbpsSlower
Edinburgh874.24 Mbps29.96—107.51 Mbps38.06 MbpsSlower

Salford 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 Salford Compares for Internet Speed in Salford

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
1Salford935.56 Mbps29.5—96.54 Mbps38.07 Mbps-

Salford Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Salford testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Salford ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Salford 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 Salford's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 40.27% were fast, 25.19% slow, and 34.54% broadly the same.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
BT20 Jan 2022 23:51:3442 mins35.11 Mbps34.1 Mbps
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 23:52:33251 secs167.05 Mbps218.11 MbpsImproved
TalkTalk20 Jan 2022 23:42:5225 mins45.02 Mbps7.21 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 23:16:56239 secs451.93 Mbps477.45 Mbps
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 22:30:24437 mins3.03 Mbps5.61 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 21:52:582104 secs50.98 Mbps51.07 Mbps
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 21:53:15255 secs43.94 Mbps59.65 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 21:52:53243 secs14.49 Mbps13.34 Mbps
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 21:19:40533 mins0.84 Mbps3.93 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
TalkTalk20 Jan 2022 21:37:411011 mins56 Mbps17.81 MbpsNeeds help
Vodafone20 Jan 2022 21:26:0724 mins63.66 Mbps69.95 Mbps
Vodafone20 Jan 2022 20:54:23417 mins33.55 Mbps55.25 MbpsImproved
BT20 Jan 2022 21:11:06223 secs98.94 Mbps145.65 MbpsImproved
TalkTalk20 Jan 2022 21:02:3276 mins20.57 Mbps36.82 MbpsImproved
Hyperoptic20 Jan 2022 20:59:48294 secs45.32 Mbps15.36 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 20:44:1432 mins25.51 Mbps45.26 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 20:20:24522 mins1.18 Mbps1.7 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 20:32:59217 secs19.95 Mbps40.13 MbpsImproved
Vodafone20 Jan 2022 20:19:2424 mins55.39 Mbps55.28 Mbps
Shell Energy20 Jan 2022 20:20:26216 secs2.66 Mbps3.41 MbpsNeeds help, very slow

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Salford

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Internetty540.15 Mbps9.05—522.84 Mbps
2Hyperoptic897.99 Mbps57.68—241.8 Mbps
3telcom (Velocity Fibre)644.11 Mbps27.38—196.27 Mbps
4Glide876.58 Mbps54.93—172.06 Mbps
5Virgin Media931.68 Mbps47.52—169.48 Mbps
6Zen Internet811.16 Mbps25.32—93.05 Mbps
7BT913.48 Mbps35.59—135.33 Mbps
8CIX414.42 Mbps56.92—96.45 Mbps
9Vodafone935.56 Mbps30.07—64.81 Mbps
10TalkTalk830.87 Mbps27.79—70.46 Mbps
11EE767.47 Mbps16.73—56.25 Mbps
12Sky Broadband478.14 Mbps17.6—52.69 Mbps
13Plusnet74.72 Mbps14.56—41.02 Mbps
14Origin Broadband74.32 Mbps14.87—34.19 Mbps
15O2 Broadband33.78 Mbps9.75—29.39 Mbps
16Shell Energy74.68 Mbps6.32—31.74 Mbps
17Andrews & Arnold3.68 Mbps0—3.49 Mbps

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Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Salford

How many broadband providers in Salford are there?

Salford has 17 ISPs tested by its 254,408 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Salford?

Hyperoptic is the fastest broadband provider in Salford with 897.99 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 57.68—241.8 Mbps.

Who is the best internet provider in Salford?

The best internet provider in Salford is Internetty, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 9.05 to 522.84 Mbps.

What is the average internet speed in Salford?

Users in Salford see an average internet speed of 29.5 up to 556 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 935.56 Mbps.

Is Virgin Media available in Salford?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Salford, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 931.68 Mbps.

Is Sky Broadband available in Salford?

Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Salford, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 478.14 Mbps.

Is BT available in Salford?

Broadband service from BT is available in Salford, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 913.48 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Salford?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 3285 of Salford's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Salford?

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

Author: Thomas Buck

Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper

Published: 10 Nov 2019

Last Updated: 20 Jan 2022

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