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Broadband Providers in Sheffield

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 Broadband Statistics

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).

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Broadband Providers

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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
88,947 Speed Tests
883 reviews
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BT Logo
69 /100
6.0 /10
Above average
87,039 Speed Tests
778 reviews
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Virgin Media Logo
68 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
Above average
68,950 Speed Tests
1516 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
About average
44,055 Speed Tests
379 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
55 /100
6.10 /10
About average
43,728 Speed Tests
444 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.60 /10
About average
Above Average
10,434 Speed Tests
396 reviews
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Pine Media Logo
71 /100
Pine Media
Above average
6,362 Speed Tests
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Glide Logo
68 /100
7.50 /10
Above average
Above Average
2,174 Speed Tests
10 reviews
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Hyperoptic Logo
97 /100
9.60 /10
Above average
Above Average
2,151 Speed Tests
48 reviews
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Zen Internet Logo
65 /100
9.90 /10
Zen Internet
Above average
Above Average
1,888 Speed Tests
69 reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
1,780 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Sheffield

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+ Mbps300+ Mbps30+ Mbps

Map of Sheffield's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability


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

Ultrafast 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

Sheffield Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Sheffield

YearSheffield AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201818.27 Mbps26.27 Mbps30.45% Slower
201925.3 Mbps30.63 Mbps17.40% Slower
202054.45 Mbps80.31 Mbps32.20% Slower
202151.52 Mbps66.05 Mbps22.00% Slower

Sheffield Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeSheffieldUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps21.60%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps26.44%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps25.35%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps10.74%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps14.02%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps1.86%3.60%

How Sheffield Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
Greater London5794.21 Mbps33.02—95.86 Mbps45.54 MbpsFaster
Birmingham941.32 Mbps29.29—107 Mbps38.47 MbpsFaster
Liverpool1134.53 Mbps25.52—89.6 Mbps34.58 MbpsFaster
Bristol943.13 Mbps30.35—109.9 Mbps42.28 MbpsFaster
Leicester935.89 Mbps27.45—99.24 Mbps37 MbpsFaster
Edinburgh874.24 Mbps29.96—107.47 Mbps38.02 MbpsFaster
Sheffield932.42 Mbps23.73—68.81 Mbps32.06 Mbps-
Nottingham2371.49 Mbps16.2—40.46 Mbps19.1 MbpsSlower
Glasgow913.93 Mbps20.58—71.34 Mbps32 MbpsSlower

Cities and Provider Internet Speeds in Sheffield

PositionCityMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian# Providers
1Bradfield925.75 Mbps25.79—93.14 Mbps35.57 Mbps15
2Sheffield932.42 Mbps23.73—68.81 Mbps32.06 Mbps19
3Ecclesfield833.48 Mbps18.27—50.67 Mbps26 Mbps13

Sheffield 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 Sheffield Compares for Internet Speed in Sheffield

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
1Bradfield925.75 Mbps25.79—93.14 Mbps35.57 MbpsFaster
2Sheffield932.42 Mbps23.73—68.81 Mbps32.06 Mbps-
3Ecclesfield833.48 Mbps18.27—50.67 Mbps26 MbpsSlower
4Stocksbridge514.47 Mbps5.49—23.49 Mbps7.81 MbpsSlower

Sheffield Internet Speed Test Results

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.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 23:55:52264 secs7.1 Mbps45.62 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 23:48:42222 secs14.08 Mbps17.78 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 23:25:4322 mins38.69 Mbps70.14 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 23:14:4333 mins15.48 Mbps15.47 Mbps
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 22:28:48316 mins79.12 Mbps66.34 MbpsNeeds help
TalkTalk18 Jan 2022 22:41:57349 secs0.61 Mbps20.95 MbpsImproved
Plusnet18 Jan 2022 22:22:5124 mins30.94 Mbps36.56 MbpsImproved
Plusnet18 Jan 2022 22:07:07310 mins17.7 Mbps36.58 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 22:09:57248 secs26.43 Mbps23.53 MbpsNeeds help
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 22:04:14376 secs60.81 Mbps63.42 Mbps
Pine Media18 Jan 2022 22:03:08230 secs2.48 Mbps4.46 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
BT18 Jan 2022 21:42:0032 mins10.15 Mbps12.46 MbpsImproved
BT18 Jan 2022 21:27:11213 mins3.09 Mbps0.2 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 21:01:43433 mins34.31 Mbps124.78 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 21:28:56375 secs33.16 Mbps32.98 Mbps
TalkTalk18 Jan 2022 21:05:5823 mins39.15 Mbps12.31 MbpsNeeds help
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 21:07:13274 secs19.4 Mbps6.55 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
EE18 Jan 2022 21:06:33224 secs40.47 Mbps39.73 Mbps
BT18 Jan 2022 20:51:1137 mins69.71 Mbps70.27 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 20:49:2323 mins182.64 Mbps183.88 Mbps

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Sheffield

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1KCOM787.38 Mbps129.58—755.51 Mbps
2Hyperoptic920.97 Mbps61.41—220.01 Mbps
3Zone Broadband594.21 Mbps28.69—84.8 Mbps
4Glide866.88 Mbps42.76—154.52 Mbps
5Pine Media784.4 Mbps35.59—186.85 Mbps
6Virgin Media921.36 Mbps44.79—138.98 Mbps
7iDNET786.52 Mbps7.56—89.77 Mbps
8Zen Internet635.82 Mbps58.81—62.92 Mbps
9BT920.82 Mbps25.93—67.93 Mbps
10Vodafone932.42 Mbps26.71—59.89 Mbps
11EE911.38 Mbps25.34—58.87 Mbps
12TalkTalk523.78 Mbps21.91—51.69 Mbps
13Sky Broadband506.69 Mbps18.07—52.42 Mbps
14uno373.71 Mbps18.21—46.05 Mbps
15Plusnet250.58 Mbps17.73—50.14 Mbps
16Origin Broadband389.04 Mbps14.69—42.24 Mbps
17Shell Energy74.5 Mbps6.94—34.01 Mbps
18Andrews & Arnold26.44 Mbps3.48—21 Mbps
19CIX73.26 Mbps1.79—28.53 Mbps

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Sheffield

How many broadband providers in Sheffield are there?

Sheffield has 19 ISPs tested by its 582,506 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Sheffield?

KCOM is the fastest broadband provider in Sheffield with 787.38 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 129.58—755.51 Mbps.

Who is the best internet provider in Sheffield?

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.

What is the average internet speed in Sheffield?

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.

Is Sky Broadband available in Sheffield?

Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Sheffield, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 506.69 Mbps.

Is BT available in Sheffield?

Broadband service from BT is available in Sheffield, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 920.82 Mbps.

Is Virgin Media available in Sheffield?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Sheffield, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 921.36 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Sheffield?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 2012 of Sheffield's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Sheffield?

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

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