United Kingdom Southampton

Broadband Providers in Southampton

Broadband Providers available in Southampton include Virgin Media, Sky Broadband, and TalkTalk. Southampton's fastest provider is Hyperoptic, with a median speed of 138 Mbps. The most popular provider in Southampton is Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Southampton in 2022 is 86 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 38 Mbps.

 

Southampton Broadband Statistics

Southampton has the best fibre access out of all major cities in the South East, 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 93% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 98% of Southampton's households.

Great broadband infrastructure results in high speed test averages in Southampton postcodes like SO16, SO19, SO15, SO18, and SO14. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 37.77 Mbps median internet speed in Southampton, which is 2.52% above the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.

Southampton increased access to Gigabit speeds by 82 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major cities like Basingstoke (gained 82 percentate points), Portsmouth (gained 17 percentate points), and Brighton (gained 10 percentate points).

 
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Broadband Providers

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Provider
Overall Performance
Customer Ratings
Virgin Media Logo
68 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
Above average
Average
 
119,840 Speed Tests
1516 reviews
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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
Average
 
62,944 Speed Tests
883 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
TalkTalk
About average
Average
 
23,838 Speed Tests
379 reviews
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BT Logo
69 /100
6.0 /10
BT
Above average
Average
 
22,545 Speed Tests
778 reviews
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toob Logo
94 /100
7.90 /10
toob
Above average
Above Average
 
22,122 Speed Tests
3 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
55 /100
6.10 /10
Plusnet
About average
Average
 
9,126 Speed Tests
444 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.60 /10
EE
About average
Above Average
 
3,223 Speed Tests
396 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
59 /100
5.50 /10
Vodafone
About average
Average
 
1,568 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
Average
 
1,234 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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Andrews & Arnold Logo
72 /100
10 /10
Andrews & Arnold
Above average
Above Average
 
1,075 Speed Tests
10 reviews
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CIX Logo
53 /100
7.70 /10
CIX
About average
Above Average
 
491 Speed Tests
2 reviews
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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Southampton

See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Southampton 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
202186.39%92.83%98.36%
20204.47%88.52%97.88%
20192.54%90.55%98.55%
201815.97%85.03%97.93%
20171.74%69.58%96.50%
20160.00%0.00%96.29%

Map of Southampton's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability

86.39%

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

Ultrafast Speeds

92.83%

of Southampton residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband

98.36%

availability in Southampton

Poor Broadband Speeds

1.42%

of Southampton is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Southampton Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Southampton

YearSouthampton AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201823.95 Mbps26.27 Mbps8.83% Slower
201930.11 Mbps30.63 Mbps1.70% Slower
202092.81 Mbps80.31 Mbps15.56% Faster
202186 Mbps66.05 Mbps30.20% Faster

Southampton Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeSouthamptonUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps21.85%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps21.83%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps21.12%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps8.62%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps19.29%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps7.31%3.60%

How Southampton 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
Bristol943.13 Mbps30.35—109.9 Mbps42.28 MbpsFaster
Edinburgh874.24 Mbps29.96—107.47 Mbps38.02 MbpsFaster
Southampton946.59 Mbps28.43—110.11 Mbps37.77 Mbps-
Liverpool1134.53 Mbps25.52—89.6 Mbps34.58 MbpsSlower
Nottingham2371.49 Mbps16.2—40.46 Mbps19.1 MbpsSlower
Sheffield932.42 Mbps23.73—68.81 Mbps32.06 MbpsSlower
Glasgow913.93 Mbps20.58—71.34 Mbps32 MbpsSlower
Leicester935.89 Mbps27.45—99.24 Mbps37 MbpsSlower

Southampton 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 Southampton Compares for Internet Speed in Southampton

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
1Southampton946.59 Mbps28.43—110.11 Mbps37.77 Mbps-

Southampton Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Southampton testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Southampton ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Southampton 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 Southampton's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 42.42% were fast, 25.45% slow, and 32.13% broadly the same.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 22:48:55654 mins16.39 Mbps48.13 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 23:27:3268 mins62.22 Mbps60.65 Mbps
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 22:56:26226 secs19.62 Mbps27.02 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 22:50:1222 mins9.53 Mbps14.81 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 22:34:04230 secs46.89 Mbps54.82 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:54:59624 mins31.48 Mbps23.78 MbpsNeeds help
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 22:11:16259 secs42.36 Mbps53.34 MbpsImproved
Plusnet18 Jan 2022 22:05:27253 secs5.08 Mbps7.23 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 22:04:21244 secs37.57 Mbps10.78 MbpsNeeds help
toob18 Jan 2022 21:51:3536 mins79.74 Mbps19.02 MbpsNeeds help
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 21:46:32227 secs27.41 Mbps31.36 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:05:591126 mins2.41 Mbps14.9 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:23:1322 mins0.67 Mbps44.88 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:18:07371 secs110.77 Mbps29.8 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:10:3238 mins22.44 Mbps0.11 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 21:13:1653 mins16.87 Mbps35.38 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 20:59:57491 secs11.67 Mbps207.19 MbpsImproved
toob18 Jan 2022 20:56:4922 mins65.93 Mbps66.91 Mbps
TalkTalk18 Jan 2022 20:54:41392 secs37.37 Mbps37.33 Mbps
EE18 Jan 2022 20:45:3844 mins7.67 Mbps3.86 MbpsNeeds help, very slow

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Southampton

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Cerberus Networks466.43 Mbps98.27—301.6 Mbps
2toob946.59 Mbps61.94—474.74 Mbps
3Hyperoptic916.47 Mbps85.48—382.16 Mbps
4Virgin Media937.41 Mbps48.02—206.94 Mbps
5FastNet276.11 Mbps23.47—66.7 Mbps
6Vostron846.24 Mbps48.85—92.2 Mbps
7Independent Fibre Networks351.36 Mbps34.08—116.03 Mbps
8Glide189.41 Mbps16.3—92.88 Mbps
9CIX472.79 Mbps29.87—35.14 Mbps
10BT913.12 Mbps16.45—59.42 Mbps
11Vodafone567.45 Mbps24.43—54.99 Mbps
12CCS Leeds96.69 Mbps11.9—64.29 Mbps
13Zen Internet532.43 Mbps17.59—71.18 Mbps
14TalkTalk523.83 Mbps22.47—55.48 Mbps
15Andrews & Arnold72.6 Mbps34.56—39.41 Mbps
16Sky Broadband508.03 Mbps17.64—51.45 Mbps
17EE465.56 Mbps15.77—46.9 Mbps
18Plusnet74.72 Mbps15.77—55.54 Mbps
19Spitfire81.1 Mbps1.99—24.41 Mbps
20Shell Energy71.42 Mbps5.18—25.63 Mbps
21iDNET1.82 Mbps0.53—0.89 Mbps

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Southampton

How many broadband providers in Southampton are there?

Southampton has 21 ISPs tested by its 252,796 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Southampton?

Hyperoptic is the fastest broadband provider in Southampton with 916.47 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 85.48—382.16 Mbps.

Who is the best internet provider in Southampton?

The best internet provider in Southampton is toob, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 61.94 to 474.74 Mbps.

What is the average internet speed in Southampton?

Users in Southampton see an average internet speed of 28.43 up to 393 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 946.59 Mbps.

Is Virgin Media available in Southampton?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Southampton, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 937.41 Mbps.

Is Sky Broadband available in Southampton?

Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Southampton, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 508.03 Mbps.

Is TalkTalk available in Southampton?

Broadband service from TalkTalk is available in Southampton, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 523.83 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Southampton?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 52 of Southampton's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Southampton?

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

Author: Thomas Buck

Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper

Published: 10 Nov 2019

Last Updated: 18 Jan 2022

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