Broadband Providers in Southend-on-Sea

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 Speed78 Mbps
Median Speed37 Mbps
Fastest ProviderCommunity Fibre
Gigabit Fibre Availability37.73%

Southend-on-Sea Broadband Statistics

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).

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Virgin Media Logo
68 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
Above average
43,346 Speed Tests
1535 reviews
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BT Logo
69 /100
5.90 /10
Above average
27,054 Speed Tests
785 reviews
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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
23,535 Speed Tests
887 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.50 /10
About average
Above Average
4,828 Speed Tests
398 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
54 /100
6.10 /10
About average
4,761 Speed Tests
445 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
About average
3,750 Speed Tests
383 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
61 /100
5.50 /10
Above average
742 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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Zen Internet Logo
66 /100
9.80 /10
Zen Internet
Above average
Above Average
394 Speed Tests
69 reviews
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Hyperoptic Logo
97 /100
9.40 /10
Above average
Above Average
205 Speed Tests
49 reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
168 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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Glide Logo
67 /100
7.40 /10
Above average
Above Average
78 Speed Tests
10 reviews
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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Southend-on-Sea

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.

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Map of Southend-on-Sea's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability


of people living in Southend-on-Sea can obtain to 1,000+ Mbps broadband speeds

Ultrafast Speeds


of Southend-on-Sea residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband


availability in Southend-on-Sea

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of Southend-on-Sea is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Southend-on-Sea Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Southend-on-Sea

YearSouthend-on-Sea AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201825.19 Mbps26.27 Mbps4.11% Slower
201938.45 Mbps30.63 Mbps25.53% Faster
202091.16 Mbps80.31 Mbps13.51% Faster
202176.92 Mbps66.05 Mbps16.46% Faster

Southend-on-Sea Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeSouthend-on-SeaUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps20.03%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps23.83%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps22.09%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps9.73%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps17.66%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps6.66%3.60%

How Southend-on-Sea Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
Greater London5794.21 Mbps33.1—96.06 Mbps45.61 MbpsFaster
Birmingham2786.06 Mbps29.35—107.11 Mbps38.56 MbpsFaster
Bristol943.13 Mbps30.46—109.99 Mbps42.42 MbpsFaster
Leicester935.89 Mbps27.49—99.53 Mbps37.05 MbpsFaster
Edinburgh874.24 Mbps29.98—107.56 Mbps38.13 MbpsFaster
Southend-on-Sea3158.97 Mbps26.55—106.52 Mbps36.83 Mbps-
Liverpool1134.53 Mbps25.63—89.99 Mbps34.68 MbpsSlower
Nottingham2371.49 Mbps15.99—39.85 Mbps18.81 MbpsSlower
Sheffield936.79 Mbps23.81—68.97 Mbps32.12 MbpsSlower
Glasgow913.93 Mbps20.72—71.44 Mbps32.11 MbpsSlower

Southend-on-Sea 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 Southend-on-Sea Compares for Internet Speed in Southend-on-Sea

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
1Southend-on-Sea3158.97 Mbps26.55—106.52 Mbps36.83 Mbps-
2Leigh-on-Sea935.43 Mbps14.03—46.35 Mbps20.29 MbpsSlower

Southend-on-Sea Internet Speed Test Results

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.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 23:45:32226 secs44.76 Mbps63.03 MbpsImproved
BT24 Jan 2022 22:44:37236 secs9.3 Mbps88.01 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 22:17:20310 mins0.33 Mbps6.82 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 21:43:22614 mins319.45 Mbps380.4 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 21:38:19223 secs328.02 Mbps288.27 MbpsNeeds help
BT24 Jan 2022 21:22:09225 secs94.7 Mbps104.5 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 21:14:19223 secs110.65 Mbps110.47 Mbps
Plusnet24 Jan 2022 21:08:04242 secs49.19 Mbps65.41 MbpsImproved
Plusnet24 Jan 2022 19:23:25220 mins1.45 Mbps2.58 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 19:05:33437 mins93.64 Mbps209.82 MbpsImproved
EE24 Jan 2022 19:03:321334 mins32.9 Mbps31.47 Mbps
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 17:56:111097 mins299.32 Mbps270.12 Mbps
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 19:14:1536 mins8.18 Mbps50.74 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband24 Jan 2022 18:46:5322 mins95.97 Mbps88.56 Mbps
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 18:21:28241 secs81.49 Mbps71.46 MbpsNeeds help
EE24 Jan 2022 18:18:5022 mins1.78 Mbps26.6 MbpsImproved
TalkTalk24 Jan 2022 18:20:26227 secs46.51 Mbps48.13 Mbps
BT24 Jan 2022 17:58:15225 secs32.94 Mbps32.93 Mbps
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 17:48:3125 mins538.39 Mbps535.99 Mbps
Virgin Media24 Jan 2022 17:15:0754 mins6.57 Mbps56.39 MbpsImproved

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Southend-on-Sea

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Community Fibre792.65 Mbps211.69—296.19 Mbps
2Virgin Media3158.97 Mbps62.54—234.47 Mbps
3Hyperoptic564.11 Mbps47.55—165.79 Mbps
4Vodafone538.36 Mbps41.45—74.06 Mbps
5Independent Fibre Networks163.66 Mbps4.24—117.51 Mbps
6CIX86.2 Mbps73.01—76.81 Mbps
7Zen Internet464.14 Mbps19.99—64.71 Mbps
8uno70.57 Mbps4.7—67.96 Mbps
9BT913.02 Mbps20.31—60.21 Mbps
10TalkTalk468.38 Mbps27.65—48.31 Mbps
11EE879.59 Mbps15.72—45.68 Mbps
12Sky Broadband461.03 Mbps15.93—53.89 Mbps
13Plusnet74.81 Mbps12.64—36.72 Mbps
14Glide149.82 Mbps9.16—22.14 Mbps
15Shell Energy72.27 Mbps5.32—22.2 Mbps

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Southend-on-Sea

How many broadband providers in Southend-on-Sea are there?

Southend-on-Sea has 15 ISPs tested by its 182,463 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Southend-on-Sea?

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.

Who is the best internet provider in Southend-on-Sea?

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.

What is the average internet speed in Southend-on-Sea?

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.

Is Virgin Media available in Southend-on-Sea?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Southend-on-Sea, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 3158.97 Mbps.

Is BT available in Southend-on-Sea?

Broadband service from BT is available in Southend-on-Sea, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 913.02 Mbps.

Is Sky Broadband available in Southend-on-Sea?

Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Southend-on-Sea, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 461.03 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Southend-on-Sea?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 32 of Southend-on-Sea's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Southend-on-Sea?

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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