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 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).
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 Salford 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 Salford 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 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+ Mbps||300+ Mbps||30+ Mbps|
of people living in Salford can obtain to 1,000+ Mbps broadband 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
|Year||Salford Average||United Kingdom Average||Difference|
|2018||18.45 Mbps||26.27 Mbps||29.77% Slower|
|2019||25.3 Mbps||30.63 Mbps||17.40% Slower|
|2020||68.71 Mbps||80.31 Mbps||14.44% Slower|
|2021||67.08 Mbps||66.05 Mbps||1.56% Faster|
|Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range|
|Internet Speed Range||Salford||United Kingdom|
|Very Slow: under 10 Mbps||18.83%||19.92%|
|Slow: 10-30 Mbps||22.82%||25.74%|
|Adequate: 30-60 Mbps||24.98%||25.20%|
|Good: 60-80 Mbps||11.18%||10.20%|
|Fast: 80-300 Mbps||18.93%||15.33%|
|Very Fast: over 300 Mbps||3.27%||3.60%|
|City / Town||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range||Median|
|Greater London||5794.21 Mbps||33.04—95.97 Mbps||45.56 Mbps||Faster|
|Birmingham||2786.06 Mbps||29.31—107.04 Mbps||38.5 Mbps||Faster|
|Bristol||943.13 Mbps||30.38—109.93 Mbps||42.32 Mbps||Faster|
|Salford||935.56 Mbps||29.5—96.54 Mbps||38.07 Mbps||-|
|Liverpool||1134.53 Mbps||25.56—89.74 Mbps||34.61 Mbps||Slower|
|Nottingham||2371.49 Mbps||16.11—40.25 Mbps||18.99 Mbps||Slower|
|Sheffield||934.82 Mbps||23.76—68.87 Mbps||32.08 Mbps||Slower|
|Glasgow||913.93 Mbps||20.63—71.33 Mbps||32 Mbps||Slower|
|Leicester||935.89 Mbps||27.47—99.31 Mbps||37.03 Mbps||Slower|
|Edinburgh||874.24 Mbps||29.96—107.51 Mbps||38.06 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||Salford||935.56 Mbps||29.5—96.54 Mbps||38.07 Mbps||-|
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.
|Provider||Start Time||# Tests||Duration||Start Speed||End Speed||Status|
|BT||20 Jan 2022 23:51:34||4||2 mins||35.11 Mbps||34.1 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 23:52:33||2||51 secs||167.05 Mbps||218.11 Mbps||Improved|
|TalkTalk||20 Jan 2022 23:42:52||2||5 mins||45.02 Mbps||7.21 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 23:16:56||2||39 secs||451.93 Mbps||477.45 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 22:30:24||4||37 mins||3.03 Mbps||5.61 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Sky Broadband||20 Jan 2022 21:52:58||2||104 secs||50.98 Mbps||51.07 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 21:53:15||2||55 secs||43.94 Mbps||59.65 Mbps||Improved|
|Sky Broadband||20 Jan 2022 21:52:53||2||43 secs||14.49 Mbps||13.34 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 21:19:40||5||33 mins||0.84 Mbps||3.93 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|TalkTalk||20 Jan 2022 21:37:41||10||11 mins||56 Mbps||17.81 Mbps||Needs help|
|Vodafone||20 Jan 2022 21:26:07||2||4 mins||63.66 Mbps||69.95 Mbps|
|Vodafone||20 Jan 2022 20:54:23||4||17 mins||33.55 Mbps||55.25 Mbps||Improved|
|BT||20 Jan 2022 21:11:06||2||23 secs||98.94 Mbps||145.65 Mbps||Improved|
|TalkTalk||20 Jan 2022 21:02:32||7||6 mins||20.57 Mbps||36.82 Mbps||Improved|
|Hyperoptic||20 Jan 2022 20:59:48||2||94 secs||45.32 Mbps||15.36 Mbps||Needs help|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 20:44:14||3||2 mins||25.51 Mbps||45.26 Mbps||Improved|
|Sky Broadband||20 Jan 2022 20:20:24||5||22 mins||1.18 Mbps||1.7 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 20:32:59||2||17 secs||19.95 Mbps||40.13 Mbps||Improved|
|Vodafone||20 Jan 2022 20:19:24||2||4 mins||55.39 Mbps||55.28 Mbps|
|Shell Energy||20 Jan 2022 20:20:26||2||16 secs||2.66 Mbps||3.41 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|#||Provider Name||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range|
|1||Internetty||540.15 Mbps||9.05—522.84 Mbps|
|2||Hyperoptic||897.99 Mbps||57.68—241.8 Mbps|
|3||telcom (Velocity Fibre)||644.11 Mbps||27.38—196.27 Mbps|
|4||Glide||876.58 Mbps||54.93—172.06 Mbps|
|5||Virgin Media||931.68 Mbps||47.52—169.48 Mbps|
|6||Zen Internet||811.16 Mbps||25.32—93.05 Mbps|
|7||BT||913.48 Mbps||35.59—135.33 Mbps|
|8||CIX||414.42 Mbps||56.92—96.45 Mbps|
|9||Vodafone||935.56 Mbps||30.07—64.81 Mbps|
|10||TalkTalk||830.87 Mbps||27.79—70.46 Mbps|
|11||EE||767.47 Mbps||16.73—56.25 Mbps|
|12||Sky Broadband||478.14 Mbps||17.6—52.69 Mbps|
|13||Plusnet||74.72 Mbps||14.56—41.02 Mbps|
|14||Origin Broadband||74.32 Mbps||14.87—34.19 Mbps|
|15||O2 Broadband||33.78 Mbps||9.75—29.39 Mbps|
|16||Shell Energy||74.68 Mbps||6.32—31.74 Mbps|
|17||Andrews & Arnold||3.68 Mbps||0—3.49 Mbps|
|Ward||Median Age||Rent Privately||Rent Council||Mortage||Commute via Public Transport||Work From Home|
Salford has 17 ISPs tested by its 254,408 residents.
Hyperoptic is the fastest broadband provider in Salford with 897.99 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 57.68—241.8 Mbps.
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.
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.
Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Salford, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 931.68 Mbps.
Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Salford, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 478.14 Mbps.
Broadband service from BT is available in Salford, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 913.48 Mbps.
Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 3285 of Salford's postcodes.
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