Broadband Providers available in Southend-on-Sea include Virgin Media, BT, and Sky Broadband. Southend-on-Sea's fastest provider is Community Fibre, with a median speed of 216 Mbps. The most popular provider in Southend-on-Sea is Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Southend-on-Sea in 2022 is 78 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 37 Mbps.
Broadband speed data in Southend-on-Sea
|Average Speed||78 Mbps|
|Median Speed||37 Mbps|
|Fastest Provider||Community Fibre|
|Gigabit Fibre Availability||37.73%|
Southend-on-Sea has the third-best fibre access out of all major cities in the East of England, and is among the 50 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 38% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 79% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 99% of Southend-on-Sea's households.
Poor broadband infrastructure results in low speed test averages in Southend-on-Sea postcodes like SS0, SS2, SS1, SS9, and SS3. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 36.83 Mbps median internet speed in Southend-on-Sea, which is 0.14% below the United Kingdom national median of 36.88 Mbps.
Southend-on-Sea increased access to Gigabit speeds by 28 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major cities like Basildon (gained 11 percentate points), Colchester (gained 0.85 percentate points), and Luton (lost 0.32 percentage points). In addition, real-world speed test data shows that Southend-on-Sea is dramatically faster than Leigh-on-Sea (82% 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 Southend-on-Sea 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 Southend-on-Sea 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 Southend-on-Sea 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 Southend-on-Sea can obtain to 1,000+ Mbps broadband speeds
of Southend-on-Sea residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service
Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband
availability in Southend-on-Sea
Poor Broadband Speeds
of Southend-on-Sea is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps
|Year||Southend-on-Sea Average||United Kingdom Average||Difference|
|2018||25.19 Mbps||26.27 Mbps||4.11% Slower|
|2019||38.45 Mbps||30.63 Mbps||25.53% Faster|
|2020||91.16 Mbps||80.31 Mbps||13.51% Faster|
|2021||76.92 Mbps||66.05 Mbps||16.46% Faster|
|Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range|
|Internet Speed Range||Southend-on-Sea||United Kingdom|
|Very Slow: under 10 Mbps||20.03%||19.92%|
|Slow: 10-30 Mbps||23.83%||25.74%|
|Adequate: 30-60 Mbps||22.09%||25.20%|
|Good: 60-80 Mbps||9.73%||10.20%|
|Fast: 80-300 Mbps||17.66%||15.33%|
|Very Fast: over 300 Mbps||6.66%||3.60%|
|City / Town||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range||Median|
|Greater London||5794.21 Mbps||33.1—96.06 Mbps||45.61 Mbps||Faster|
|Birmingham||2786.06 Mbps||29.35—107.11 Mbps||38.56 Mbps||Faster|
|Bristol||943.13 Mbps||30.46—109.99 Mbps||42.42 Mbps||Faster|
|Leicester||935.89 Mbps||27.49—99.53 Mbps||37.05 Mbps||Faster|
|Edinburgh||874.24 Mbps||29.98—107.56 Mbps||38.13 Mbps||Faster|
|Southend-on-Sea||3158.97 Mbps||26.55—106.52 Mbps||36.83 Mbps||-|
|Liverpool||1134.53 Mbps||25.63—89.99 Mbps||34.68 Mbps||Slower|
|Nottingham||2371.49 Mbps||15.99—39.85 Mbps||18.81 Mbps||Slower|
|Sheffield||936.79 Mbps||23.81—68.97 Mbps||32.12 Mbps||Slower|
|Glasgow||913.93 Mbps||20.72—71.44 Mbps||32.11 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||Southend-on-Sea||3158.97 Mbps||26.55—106.52 Mbps||36.83 Mbps||-|
|2||Leigh-on-Sea||935.43 Mbps||14.03—46.35 Mbps||20.29 Mbps||Slower|
We analysed the results of people in Southend-on-Sea testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Southend-on-Sea ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Southend-on-Sea 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 Southend-on-Sea's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 41.1% were fast, 23.9% slow, and 35% broadly the same.
|Provider||Start Time||# Tests||Duration||Start Speed||End Speed||Status|
|Virgin Media||24 Jan 2022 23:45:32||2||26 secs||44.76 Mbps||63.03 Mbps||Improved|
|BT||24 Jan 2022 22:44:37||2||36 secs||9.3 Mbps||88.01 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||24 Jan 2022 22:17:20||3||10 mins||0.33 Mbps||6.82 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Virgin Media||24 Jan 2022 21:43:22||6||14 mins||319.45 Mbps||380.4 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||24 Jan 2022 21:38:19||2||23 secs||328.02 Mbps||288.27 Mbps||Needs help|
|BT||24 Jan 2022 21:22:09||2||25 secs||94.7 Mbps||104.5 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||24 Jan 2022 21:14:19||2||23 secs||110.65 Mbps||110.47 Mbps|
|Plusnet||24 Jan 2022 21:08:04||2||42 secs||49.19 Mbps||65.41 Mbps||Improved|
|Plusnet||24 Jan 2022 19:23:25||2||20 mins||1.45 Mbps||2.58 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Virgin Media||24 Jan 2022 19:05:33||4||37 mins||93.64 Mbps||209.82 Mbps||Improved|
|EE||24 Jan 2022 19:03:32||13||34 mins||32.9 Mbps||31.47 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||24 Jan 2022 17:56:11||10||97 mins||299.32 Mbps||270.12 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||24 Jan 2022 19:14:15||3||6 mins||8.18 Mbps||50.74 Mbps||Improved|
|Sky Broadband||24 Jan 2022 18:46:53||2||2 mins||95.97 Mbps||88.56 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||24 Jan 2022 18:21:28||2||41 secs||81.49 Mbps||71.46 Mbps||Needs help|
|EE||24 Jan 2022 18:18:50||2||2 mins||1.78 Mbps||26.6 Mbps||Improved|
|TalkTalk||24 Jan 2022 18:20:26||2||27 secs||46.51 Mbps||48.13 Mbps|
|BT||24 Jan 2022 17:58:15||2||25 secs||32.94 Mbps||32.93 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||24 Jan 2022 17:48:31||2||5 mins||538.39 Mbps||535.99 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||24 Jan 2022 17:15:07||5||4 mins||6.57 Mbps||56.39 Mbps||Improved|
|#||Provider Name||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range|
|1||Community Fibre||792.65 Mbps||211.69—296.19 Mbps|
|2||Virgin Media||3158.97 Mbps||62.54—234.47 Mbps|
|3||Hyperoptic||564.11 Mbps||47.55—165.79 Mbps|
|4||Vodafone||538.36 Mbps||41.45—74.06 Mbps|
|5||Independent Fibre Networks||163.66 Mbps||4.24—117.51 Mbps|
|6||CIX||86.2 Mbps||73.01—76.81 Mbps|
|7||Zen Internet||464.14 Mbps||19.99—64.71 Mbps|
|8||uno||70.57 Mbps||4.7—67.96 Mbps|
|9||BT||913.02 Mbps||20.31—60.21 Mbps|
|10||TalkTalk||468.38 Mbps||27.65—48.31 Mbps|
|11||EE||879.59 Mbps||15.72—45.68 Mbps|
|12||Sky Broadband||461.03 Mbps||15.93—53.89 Mbps|
|13||Plusnet||74.81 Mbps||12.64—36.72 Mbps|
|14||Glide||149.82 Mbps||9.16—22.14 Mbps|
|15||Shell Energy||72.27 Mbps||5.32—22.2 Mbps|
Southend-on-Sea has 15 ISPs tested by its 182,463 residents.
Community Fibre is the fastest broadband provider in Southend-on-Sea with 792.65 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 211.69—296.19 Mbps.
The best internet provider in Southend-on-Sea is Community Fibre, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 211.69 to 296.19 Mbps.
Users in Southend-on-Sea see an average internet speed of 26.55 up to 475 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 3158.97 Mbps.
Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Southend-on-Sea, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 3158.97 Mbps.
Broadband service from BT is available in Southend-on-Sea, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 913.02 Mbps.
Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Southend-on-Sea, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 461.03 Mbps.
Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 32 of Southend-on-Sea's postcodes.
The broadband provider with the most users in Southend-on-Sea is Virgin Media.
Author: Thomas Buck
Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper
Published: 10 Nov 2019
Last Updated: 24 Jan 2022
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