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Broadband Providers in Ipswich

Broadband Providers available in Ipswich include Sky Broadband, Virgin Media, and BT. Ipswich's fastest provider is Virgin Media, with a median speed of 67 Mbps. The most popular provider in Ipswich is Sky Broadband. The average broadband speed in Ipswich in 2022 is 53 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 30 Mbps.

 

Ipswich Broadband Statistics

Ipswich is among the top 5 for fibre access out of all major towns in the East of England, and is among the top 100 best major towns in terms of fibre access across the UK as a whole. Our analysis of Ofcom coverage data shows that Gigabit fibre is available to 20% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 89% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 99% of Ipswich's households.

Despite good broadband infrastructure, we see low speed test averages in Ipswich postcodes like IP1, IP4, IP3, IP2, and IP10. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 30.32 Mbps median internet speed in Ipswich, which is 18% below the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps, and 0.03% below the median broadband speed of 30.33 Mbps in Suffolk.

Ipswich increased access to Gigabit speeds by 19 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major towns like Lowestoft (gained 9.90 percentate points). In addition, real-world speed test data shows that Ipswich is dramatically faster than Bramford (1504% slower), Sproughton (135% slower), and Belstead (8.21% slower).

 
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Broadband Providers

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Overall Performance
Customer Ratings
Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
Average
 
71,169 Speed Tests
883 reviews
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Virgin Media Logo
68 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
Above average
Average
 
41,015 Speed Tests
1518 reviews
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BT Logo
69 /100
5.90 /10
BT
Above average
Average
 
37,596 Speed Tests
780 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
TalkTalk
About average
Average
 
10,288 Speed Tests
379 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
55 /100
6.10 /10
Plusnet
About average
Average
 
5,820 Speed Tests
444 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.50 /10
EE
About average
Above Average
 
2,598 Speed Tests
396 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
61 /100
5.50 /10
Vodafone
Above average
Average
 
1,018 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
Average
 
301 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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CIX Logo
53 /100
7.60 /10
CIX
About average
Above Average
 
162 Speed Tests
2 reviews
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Zen Internet Logo
65 /100
9.80 /10
Zen Internet
Above average
Above Average
 
27 Speed Tests
69 reviews
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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Ipswich

See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Ipswich 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
YearIpswichSuffolkIpswichSuffolkIpswichSuffolk
202119.65%16.53%89.40%36.51%99.20%96.44%
20200.56%5.34%88.27%31.27%99.27%95.55%
20190.73%2.67%85.14%28.02%99.63%94.38%
20180.65%1.34%67.48%21.65%99.59%90.81%
20170.81%1.17%72.80%21.06%99.32%88.85%
20160.00%0.00%0.62%1.02%98.56%85.36%

Map of Ipswich's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability

19.65%

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

Ultrafast Speeds

89.40%

of Ipswich residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband

99.20%

availability in Ipswich

Poor Broadband Speeds

None

of Ipswich is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Ipswich Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Ipswich

YearIpswich AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201825.7 Mbps26.27 Mbps2.17% Slower
201927.49 Mbps30.63 Mbps10.25% Slower
202076.15 Mbps80.31 Mbps5.18% Slower
202152.86 Mbps66.05 Mbps19.97% Slower

Ipswich Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeIpswichSuffolkUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps24.02%23.38%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps26.22%28.03%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps26.04%26.66%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps8.19%8.98%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps13.20%10.72%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps2.33%2.24%3.60%

How Ipswich Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
Greater London5794.21 Mbps33.04—95.97 Mbps45.56 MbpsFaster
Birmingham2786.06 Mbps29.31—107.04 Mbps38.5 MbpsFaster
Liverpool1134.53 Mbps25.56—89.74 Mbps34.61 MbpsFaster
Sheffield934.82 Mbps23.76—68.87 Mbps32.08 MbpsFaster
Bristol943.13 Mbps30.38—109.93 Mbps42.32 MbpsFaster
Glasgow913.93 Mbps20.63—71.33 Mbps32 MbpsFaster
Leicester935.89 Mbps27.47—99.31 Mbps37.03 MbpsFaster
Edinburgh874.24 Mbps29.96—107.51 Mbps38.06 MbpsFaster
Ipswich930 Mbps22.67—69.04 Mbps30.32 Mbps-
Nottingham2371.49 Mbps16.11—40.25 Mbps18.99 MbpsSlower

Ipswich 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 Ipswich Compares for Internet Speed in Suffolk

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
24Hunston908.65 Mbps25.72—45.07 Mbps31.03 MbpsFaster
25Bury St919.76 Mbps25.17—59.69 Mbps30.61 MbpsFaster
26Ipswich930 Mbps22.67—69.04 Mbps30.32 Mbps-
27Ashfield cum Thorpe916.68 Mbps21.39—65.31 Mbps29.2 MbpsSlower
28Barnardiston918.01 Mbps21.87—54.13 Mbps28.37 MbpsSlower

Ipswich Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Ipswich testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Ipswich ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Ipswich 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 Ipswich's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 35.83% were fast, 20.35% slow, and 43.82% broadly the same.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
BT20 Jan 2022 23:14:20239 secs13.16 Mbps12.59 Mbps
BT20 Jan 2022 23:07:46228 secs11.7 Mbps12.68 Mbps
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 23:03:02254 secs17.04 Mbps16.45 Mbps
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 22:47:51225 secs36.37 Mbps36.03 Mbps
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 22:31:02247 secs72.31 Mbps72.06 Mbps
BT20 Jan 2022 22:26:34259 secs20.18 Mbps20.01 Mbps
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 22:23:3122 mins24.61 Mbps22.38 Mbps
BT20 Jan 2022 22:16:48253 secs59.12 Mbps64.71 Mbps
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 21:38:582114 secs44.9 Mbps48.95 Mbps
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 21:10:33218 mins5.89 Mbps5.9 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 21:26:39276 secs35.59 Mbps65.71 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 21:20:46246 secs191.79 Mbps194.32 Mbps
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 20:58:35311 mins106.57 Mbps110.03 Mbps
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 21:08:27237 secs178.96 Mbps131.71 MbpsNeeds help
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 21:04:10233 secs3.89 Mbps0.84 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 21:01:3422 mins34.33 Mbps26.95 MbpsNeeds help
BT20 Jan 2022 20:58:52228 secs26.61 Mbps31.23 MbpsImproved
BT20 Jan 2022 20:53:3922 mins61.49 Mbps32.54 MbpsNeeds help
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 20:51:04260 secs12.23 Mbps14.52 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 20:42:34261 secs77.05 Mbps91.25 MbpsImproved

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Ipswich

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Cerberus Networks363.01 Mbps12.82—358.21 Mbps
2Virgin Media930 Mbps44.02—174.33 Mbps
3CIX774.32 Mbps52.81—74.32 Mbps
4CCS Leeds140.02 Mbps34.81—85.26 Mbps
5BT920.52 Mbps24.77—68.52 Mbps
6iDNET60.89 Mbps18.88—40.98 Mbps
7Vodafone911.42 Mbps27.14—58.08 Mbps
8KCOM93.52 Mbps12.06—69.88 Mbps
9Zen Internet73.82 Mbps16.56—50.82 Mbps
10EE301.06 Mbps19.63—54.57 Mbps
11TalkTalk820.11 Mbps23.22—45.58 Mbps
12Sky Broadband509.22 Mbps15.37—50.73 Mbps
13Plusnet74.77 Mbps16.72—37.02 Mbps
14Shell Energy73.69 Mbps10.6—31.69 Mbps
15WiSpire22.79 Mbps11.43—18.09 Mbps
16Hyperoptic19.41 Mbps0.96—9.98 Mbps

Smaller Towns, Villages, and Wards in Ipswich

WardMedian AgeRent PrivatelyRent CouncilMortageCommute via Public TransportWork From Home
Whitton41.04.94%30.05%27.13%10.62%2.82%

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Ipswich

How many broadband providers in Ipswich are there?

Ipswich has 16 ISPs tested by its 137,532 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Ipswich?

Virgin Media is the fastest broadband provider in Ipswich with 930 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 44.02—174.33 Mbps.

Who is the best internet provider in Ipswich?

The best internet provider in Ipswich is Cerberus Networks, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 12.82 to 358.21 Mbps.

What is the average internet speed in Ipswich?

Users in Ipswich see an average internet speed of 22.67 up to 1131 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 930 Mbps.

Is Sky Broadband available in Ipswich?

Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Ipswich, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 509.22 Mbps.

Is Virgin Media available in Ipswich?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Ipswich, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 930 Mbps.

Is BT available in Ipswich?

Broadband service from BT is available in Ipswich, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 920.52 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Ipswich?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 187 of Ipswich's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Ipswich?

The broadband provider with the most users in Ipswich is Sky Broadband.

Author: Thomas Buck

Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper

Published: 10 Nov 2019

Last Updated: 20 Jan 2022

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