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Broadband Providers in Sandwell

Broadband Providers available in Sandwell include Sky Broadband, Virgin Media, and BT. Sandwell's fastest provider is CIX, with a median speed of 369 Mbps. The most popular provider in Sandwell is Sky Broadband. The average broadband speed in Sandwell in 2022 is 67 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 37 Mbps.

 

Sandwell Broadband Statistics

Sandwell has the third-lowest fibre access out of all major cities in the West Midlands, 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 78% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 88% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 100% of Sandwell's households.

Great broadband infrastructure results in high speed test averages in Sandwell postcodes like DY4, B70, B71, B69, and B68. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 37.45 Mbps median internet speed in Sandwell, which is 1.60% above the United Kingdom national median of 36.86 Mbps.

Sandwell increased access to Gigabit speeds by 72 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major cities like Walsall (gained 70 percentate points), Birmingham (gained 66 percentate points), and Coventry (gained 40 percentate points).

 
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Broadband Providers

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Overall Performance
Customer Ratings
Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
Average
 
61,539 Speed Tests
883 reviews
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Virgin Media Logo
68 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
Above average
Average
 
57,908 Speed Tests
1520 reviews
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BT Logo
69 /100
5.90 /10
BT
Above average
Average
 
18,403 Speed Tests
780 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
TalkTalk
About average
Average
 
13,486 Speed Tests
379 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
61 /100
5.50 /10
Vodafone
Above average
Average
 
6,559 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
55 /100
6.10 /10
Plusnet
About average
Average
 
4,868 Speed Tests
444 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.50 /10
EE
About average
Above Average
 
3,666 Speed Tests
396 reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
Average
 
636 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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The Phone Coop Logo
48 /100
N/A
The Phone Coop
About average
 
108 Speed Tests
Too few reviews
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Zen Internet Logo
65 /100
9.80 /10
Zen Internet
Above average
Above Average
 
67 Speed Tests
69 reviews
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No Logo
44 /100
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Internet Central
About average
 
59 Speed Tests
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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Sandwell

See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Sandwell 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
202177.88%87.99%99.80%
20206.11%83.23%99.76%
20191.51%79.46%99.85%
20180.14%72.44%99.58%
20170.12%58.11%98.76%
20160.00%0.00%94.50%

Map of Sandwell's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability

77.88%

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

Ultrafast Speeds

87.99%

of Sandwell residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband

99.80%

availability in Sandwell

Poor Broadband Speeds

None

of Sandwell is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Sandwell Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Sandwell

YearSandwell AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201822.61 Mbps26.27 Mbps13.93% Slower
201926.61 Mbps30.63 Mbps13.12% Slower
202044.26 Mbps80.31 Mbps44.89% Slower
202165.8 Mbps66.05 Mbps0.38% Slower

Sandwell Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeSandwellUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps21.00%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps24.45%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps25.11%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps10.58%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps16.16%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps2.69%3.60%

How Sandwell 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
Edinburgh874.24 Mbps29.96—107.51 Mbps38.06 MbpsFaster
Sandwell934.67 Mbps30.22—90.7 Mbps37.45 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

Sandwell 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 Sandwell Compares for Internet Speed in Sandwell

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
1Sandwell934.67 Mbps30.22—90.7 Mbps37.45 Mbps-

Sandwell Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Sandwell testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Sandwell ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Sandwell 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 Sandwell's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 40.74% were fast, 25.69% slow, and 33.57% broadly the same.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 23:52:3532 mins325.8 Mbps368.88 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 23:04:48296 secs150.41 Mbps141.25 Mbps
Vodafone20 Jan 2022 22:41:0322 mins13.24 Mbps14.55 Mbps
TalkTalk20 Jan 2022 21:53:55316 mins30.26 Mbps33.51 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 21:47:4824 mins12.37 Mbps16.1 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 21:01:55213 mins30.59 Mbps37.81 MbpsImproved
Vodafone20 Jan 2022 21:11:22230 secs1.85 Mbps1.1 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
TalkTalk20 Jan 2022 20:51:3533 mins12.65 Mbps25.08 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 20:46:5157 mins26.02 Mbps19.55 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 19:56:0742 mins110.19 Mbps92.82 MbpsNeeds help
TalkTalk20 Jan 2022 19:45:45287 secs3.29 Mbps3.15 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 19:16:40620 mins211.68 Mbps190.08 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 18:55:20614 mins111.52 Mbps108.63 Mbps
TalkTalk20 Jan 2022 19:08:51243 secs0.3 Mbps0.11 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 18:16:211124 mins158.09 Mbps7.05 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 17:44:12378 secs5.97 Mbps14.5 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 17:30:26137 mins282.29 Mbps346.96 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 17:13:15416 mins216.4 Mbps193.33 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 17:20:30211 secs15.69 Mbps30.67 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 16:59:47319 mins24.59 Mbps22.75 Mbps

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Sandwell

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1CIX527.02 Mbps244.03—452.25 Mbps
2iDNET404.07 Mbps41—293.54 Mbps
3Independent Fibre Networks363.36 Mbps56.92—164.97 Mbps
4Virgin Media934.67 Mbps48.63—205.67 Mbps
5BT925.41 Mbps35.49—83.17 Mbps
6Spitfire73.98 Mbps60.82—72.81 Mbps
7Internet Central845.76 Mbps22.99—62.06 Mbps
8uno57.52 Mbps0—54.61 Mbps
9Zen Internet784.91 Mbps17.16—59 Mbps
10Cerberus Networks51.94 Mbps48.82—51.13 Mbps
11TalkTalk667.7 Mbps27.39—54.62 Mbps
12Vodafone933.83 Mbps27.09—57.6 Mbps
13EE902.92 Mbps23.67—56.52 Mbps
14Sky Broadband502.62 Mbps24.56—59.58 Mbps
15The Phone Coop293.09 Mbps5.77—65 Mbps
16Plusnet74.77 Mbps14.01—47.07 Mbps
17O2 Broadband51.14 Mbps9.65—34.17 Mbps
18Shell Energy74.68 Mbps9.11—32.51 Mbps
19Andrews & Arnold32.41 Mbps0—0.74 Mbps

Smaller Towns, Villages, and Wards in Sandwell

WardMedian AgeRent PrivatelyRent CouncilMortageCommute via Public TransportWork From Home
Cradley Heath38.012.54%24.82%29.73%14.26%2.81%
Great Barr38.09.66%12.89%38.00%16.99%2.81%
Smethwick29.019.63%25.44%20.73%31.22%1.91%
Tipton35.011.91%25.24%31.16%14.99%2.05%
Wednesbury39.08.38%23.42%29.08%16.06%1.94%
West Bromwich36.014.66%22.42%20.72%23.34%2.27%

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Sandwell

How many broadband providers in Sandwell are there?

Sandwell has 19 ISPs tested by its 327,378 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Sandwell?

CIX is the fastest broadband provider in Sandwell with 527.02 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 244.03—452.25 Mbps.

Who is the best internet provider in Sandwell?

The best internet provider in Sandwell is CIX, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 244.03 to 452.25 Mbps.

What is the average internet speed in Sandwell?

Users in Sandwell see an average internet speed of 30.22 up to 665 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 934.67 Mbps.

Is Sky Broadband available in Sandwell?

Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Sandwell, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 502.62 Mbps.

Is Virgin Media available in Sandwell?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Sandwell, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 934.67 Mbps.

Is BT available in Sandwell?

Broadband service from BT is available in Sandwell, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 925.41 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Sandwell?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 1554 of Sandwell's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Sandwell?

The broadband provider with the most users in Sandwell is Sky Broadband.

Author: Thomas Buck

Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper

Published: 10 Nov 2019

Last Updated: 20 Jan 2022

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