Broadband Providers available in Sheffield include Sky Broadband, BT, and Virgin Media. Sheffield's fastest provider is KCOM, with a median speed of 596 Mbps. The most popular provider in Sheffield is Sky Broadband. The average broadband speed in Sheffield in 2022 is 52 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 32 Mbps.
Sheffield has the lowest fibre access out of all major cities in Yorkshire and The Humber, and is among the 20 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 13% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 56% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 98% of Sheffield's households.
Poor broadband infrastructure results in low speed test averages in Sheffield postcodes like S5, S6, S2, S10, and S8. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 32.06 Mbps median internet speed in Sheffield, which is 13% below the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.
Sheffield increased access to Gigabit speeds by 11 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major cities like York (gained 8.49 percentate points), Wakefield (gained 2.70 percentate points), and Barnsley (gained 2.14 percentate points). In addition, real-world speed test data shows that Sheffield is marginally outperformed by Bradfield (11% faster), and is dramatically faster than Stocksbridge (310% slower) and Ecclesfield (23% slower).
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 Sheffield 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 Sheffield 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 Sheffield 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 Sheffield can obtain to 1,000+ Mbps broadband speeds
of Sheffield residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service
Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband
availability in Sheffield
Poor Broadband Speeds
of Sheffield is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps
|Year||Sheffield Average||United Kingdom Average||Difference|
|2018||18.27 Mbps||26.27 Mbps||30.45% Slower|
|2019||25.3 Mbps||30.63 Mbps||17.40% Slower|
|2020||54.45 Mbps||80.31 Mbps||32.20% Slower|
|2021||51.52 Mbps||66.05 Mbps||22.00% Slower|
|Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range|
|Internet Speed Range||Sheffield||United Kingdom|
|Very Slow: under 10 Mbps||21.60%||19.92%|
|Slow: 10-30 Mbps||26.44%||25.74%|
|Adequate: 30-60 Mbps||25.35%||25.20%|
|Good: 60-80 Mbps||10.74%||10.20%|
|Fast: 80-300 Mbps||14.02%||15.33%|
|Very Fast: over 300 Mbps||1.86%||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|
|Sheffield||932.42 Mbps||23.73—68.81 Mbps||32.06 Mbps||-|
|Nottingham||2371.49 Mbps||16.2—40.46 Mbps||19.1 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||Bradfield||925.75 Mbps||25.79—93.14 Mbps||35.57 Mbps||Faster|
|2||Sheffield||932.42 Mbps||23.73—68.81 Mbps||32.06 Mbps||-|
|3||Ecclesfield||833.48 Mbps||18.27—50.67 Mbps||26 Mbps||Slower|
|4||Stocksbridge||514.47 Mbps||5.49—23.49 Mbps||7.81 Mbps||Slower|
We analysed the results of people in Sheffield testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Sheffield ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Sheffield 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 Sheffield's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 40.67% were fast, 24.09% slow, and 35.24% broadly the same.
|Provider||Start Time||# Tests||Duration||Start Speed||End Speed||Status|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 23:55:52||2||64 secs||7.1 Mbps||45.62 Mbps||Improved|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 23:48:42||2||22 secs||14.08 Mbps||17.78 Mbps||Improved|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 23:25:43||2||2 mins||38.69 Mbps||70.14 Mbps||Improved|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 23:14:43||3||3 mins||15.48 Mbps||15.47 Mbps|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 22:28:48||3||16 mins||79.12 Mbps||66.34 Mbps||Needs help|
|TalkTalk||18 Jan 2022 22:41:57||3||49 secs||0.61 Mbps||20.95 Mbps||Improved|
|Plusnet||18 Jan 2022 22:22:51||2||4 mins||30.94 Mbps||36.56 Mbps||Improved|
|Plusnet||18 Jan 2022 22:07:07||3||10 mins||17.7 Mbps||36.58 Mbps||Improved|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 22:09:57||2||48 secs||26.43 Mbps||23.53 Mbps||Needs help|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 22:04:14||3||76 secs||60.81 Mbps||63.42 Mbps|
|Pine Media||18 Jan 2022 22:03:08||2||30 secs||2.48 Mbps||4.46 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|BT||18 Jan 2022 21:42:00||3||2 mins||10.15 Mbps||12.46 Mbps||Improved|
|BT||18 Jan 2022 21:27:11||2||13 mins||3.09 Mbps||0.2 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 21:01:43||4||33 mins||34.31 Mbps||124.78 Mbps||Improved|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 21:28:56||3||75 secs||33.16 Mbps||32.98 Mbps|
|TalkTalk||18 Jan 2022 21:05:58||2||3 mins||39.15 Mbps||12.31 Mbps||Needs help|
|Sky Broadband||18 Jan 2022 21:07:13||2||74 secs||19.4 Mbps||6.55 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|EE||18 Jan 2022 21:06:33||2||24 secs||40.47 Mbps||39.73 Mbps|
|BT||18 Jan 2022 20:51:11||3||7 mins||69.71 Mbps||70.27 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 20:49:23||2||3 mins||182.64 Mbps||183.88 Mbps|
|#||Provider Name||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range|
|1||KCOM||787.38 Mbps||129.58—755.51 Mbps|
|2||Hyperoptic||920.97 Mbps||61.41—220.01 Mbps|
|3||Zone Broadband||594.21 Mbps||28.69—84.8 Mbps|
|4||Glide||866.88 Mbps||42.76—154.52 Mbps|
|5||Pine Media||784.4 Mbps||35.59—186.85 Mbps|
|6||Virgin Media||921.36 Mbps||44.79—138.98 Mbps|
|7||iDNET||786.52 Mbps||7.56—89.77 Mbps|
|8||Zen Internet||635.82 Mbps||58.81—62.92 Mbps|
|9||BT||920.82 Mbps||25.93—67.93 Mbps|
|10||Vodafone||932.42 Mbps||26.71—59.89 Mbps|
|11||EE||911.38 Mbps||25.34—58.87 Mbps|
|12||TalkTalk||523.78 Mbps||21.91—51.69 Mbps|
|13||Sky Broadband||506.69 Mbps||18.07—52.42 Mbps|
|14||uno||373.71 Mbps||18.21—46.05 Mbps|
|15||Plusnet||250.58 Mbps||17.73—50.14 Mbps|
|16||Origin Broadband||389.04 Mbps||14.69—42.24 Mbps|
|17||Shell Energy||74.5 Mbps||6.94—34.01 Mbps|
|18||Andrews & Arnold||26.44 Mbps||3.48—21 Mbps|
|19||CIX||73.26 Mbps||1.79—28.53 Mbps|
Sheffield has 19 ISPs tested by its 582,506 residents.
KCOM is the fastest broadband provider in Sheffield with 787.38 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 129.58—755.51 Mbps.
The best internet provider in Sheffield is KCOM, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 129.58 to 755.51 Mbps.
Users in Sheffield see an average internet speed of 23.73 up to 1145 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 932.42 Mbps.
Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Sheffield, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 506.69 Mbps.
Broadband service from BT is available in Sheffield, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 920.82 Mbps.
Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Sheffield, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 921.36 Mbps.
Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 2012 of Sheffield's postcodes.
The broadband provider with the most users in Sheffield is Sky Broadband.
Author: Thomas Buck
Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper
Published: 10 Nov 2019
Last Updated: 18 Jan 2022