United Kingdom Wakefield

Broadband Providers in Wakefield

Broadband Providers available in Wakefield include BT, Virgin Media, and Plusnet. Wakefield's fastest provider is Zen Internet, with a median speed of 231 Mbps. The most popular provider in Wakefield is BT. The average broadband speed in Wakefield in 2022 is 73 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 46 Mbps.

 

Wakefield Broadband Statistics

Wakefield is among the 5 worst-off for fibre access out of all major cities in Yorkshire and The Humber, 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 24% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 76% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 98% of Wakefield's households.

Despite poor broadband infrastructure, we see very high speed test averages in Wakefield postcodes like WF2, WF1, WF10, WF8, and WF5. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 46 Mbps median internet speed in Wakefield, which is 26% above the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.

Wakefield increased access to Gigabit speeds by 2.70 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major cities like Barnsley (gained 2.14 percentate points) and Kingston upon Hull (gained 0.04 percentate points). In addition, real-world speed test data shows that Wakefield is marginally outperformed by Crigglestone (14% faster), and is dramatically faster than Walton (101% slower) and Crofton (49% slower).

 
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BT Logo
69 /100
6.0 /10
BT
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17,828 Speed Tests
778 reviews
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Virgin Media Logo
68 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
Above average
Average
 
17,280 Speed Tests
1516 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
55 /100
6.10 /10
Plusnet
About average
Average
 
7,179 Speed Tests
444 reviews
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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
Average
 
6,065 Speed Tests
883 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
59 /100
5.50 /10
Vodafone
About average
Average
 
4,661 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
TalkTalk
About average
Average
 
2,971 Speed Tests
379 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.60 /10
EE
About average
Above Average
 
2,597 Speed Tests
396 reviews
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Zen Internet Logo
65 /100
9.90 /10
Zen Internet
Above average
Above Average
 
392 Speed Tests
69 reviews
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CIX Logo
53 /100
7.70 /10
CIX
About average
Above Average
 
315 Speed Tests
2 reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
Average
 
98 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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Origin Broadband Logo
48 /100
5.50 /10
Origin Broadband
About average
Average
 
88 Speed Tests
29 reviews
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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Wakefield

See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Wakefield 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
202124.30%75.50%98.36%
202021.60%73.55%98.02%
201913.56%65.31%98.12%
20181.61%43.32%95.87%
20170.11%46.47%95.22%
20160.00%0.00%94.45%

Map of Wakefield's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability

24.30%

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

Ultrafast Speeds

75.50%

of Wakefield residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband

98.36%

availability in Wakefield

Poor Broadband Speeds

1.57%

of Wakefield is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Wakefield Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Wakefield

YearWakefield AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201828.91 Mbps26.27 Mbps10.05% Faster
201935.7 Mbps30.63 Mbps16.55% Faster
202097.76 Mbps80.31 Mbps21.73% Faster
202171.85 Mbps66.05 Mbps8.78% Faster

Wakefield Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeWakefieldUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps18.13%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps22.86%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps24.14%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps14.18%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps16.82%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps3.88%3.60%

How Wakefield Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
Wakefield931.44 Mbps34.14—93.65 Mbps46.41 Mbps-
Greater London5794.21 Mbps33.02—95.86 Mbps45.54 MbpsSlower
Birmingham941.32 Mbps29.29—107 Mbps38.47 MbpsSlower
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
Bristol943.13 Mbps30.35—109.9 Mbps42.28 MbpsSlower
Glasgow913.93 Mbps20.58—71.34 Mbps32 MbpsSlower
Leicester935.89 Mbps27.45—99.24 Mbps37 MbpsSlower
Edinburgh874.24 Mbps29.96—107.47 Mbps38.02 MbpsSlower

Cities and Provider Internet Speeds in Wakefield

PositionCityMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian# Providers
1Crigglestone929.67 Mbps36.91—115.88 Mbps52.78 Mbps11
2Wakefield931.44 Mbps34.14—93.65 Mbps46.41 Mbps17
3Normanton907.11 Mbps32.76—106.87 Mbps45.61 Mbps8
4Crofton872.54 Mbps23.01—55.44 Mbps31.17 Mbps12
5Featherstone910.13 Mbps21.23—70.88 Mbps30.82 Mbps9
6South Elmsall914.83 Mbps22.97—55.03 Mbps28.38 Mbps7
7Sitlington74.01 Mbps24.78—38.92 Mbps25.41 Mbps4
8Hemsworth756.05 Mbps18.03—43.1 Mbps24.41 Mbps9

Wakefield 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 Wakefield Compares for Internet Speed in Wakefield

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
1Crigglestone929.67 Mbps36.91—115.88 Mbps52.78 MbpsFaster
2Wakefield931.44 Mbps34.14—93.65 Mbps46.41 Mbps-
3Normanton907.11 Mbps32.76—106.87 Mbps45.61 MbpsSlower
4Crofton872.54 Mbps23.01—55.44 Mbps31.17 MbpsSlower

Wakefield Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Wakefield testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Wakefield ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Wakefield 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 Wakefield's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 38.62% were fast, 25.16% slow, and 36.22% broadly the same.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Sky Broadband18 Jan 2022 23:31:57220 mins56.21 Mbps57.27 Mbps
Vodafone18 Jan 2022 23:07:1122 mins35.88 Mbps55.42 MbpsImproved
Vodafone18 Jan 2022 23:01:3654 mins26.34 Mbps14.76 MbpsNeeds help
BT18 Jan 2022 22:59:39231 secs19.16 Mbps25.59 MbpsImproved
Vodafone18 Jan 2022 21:11:381331 mins3.93 Mbps112.88 MbpsImproved
Vodafone18 Jan 2022 20:48:09295 secs275.83 Mbps255.3 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 20:20:32253 secs41.39 Mbps39.33 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 20:05:0442 mins217.49 Mbps205.16 Mbps
Vodafone18 Jan 2022 19:37:30233 secs7.87 Mbps17.63 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 19:02:06532 mins6.97 Mbps31.77 MbpsImproved
Vodafone18 Jan 2022 19:16:02287 secs107.5 Mbps107.57 Mbps
Vodafone18 Jan 2022 18:48:21227 mins94.47 Mbps100.65 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 18:45:2522 mins327.83 Mbps336.34 Mbps
Vodafone18 Jan 2022 18:33:24224 secs47.08 Mbps57.3 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 18:31:01380 secs16.31 Mbps30.03 MbpsImproved
EE18 Jan 2022 18:05:21219 secs26.02 Mbps28.5 Mbps
Vodafone18 Jan 2022 18:00:45225 secs68.29 Mbps67.69 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 17:31:48221 secs322.25 Mbps339.97 Mbps
BT18 Jan 2022 17:09:3143 mins28.31 Mbps3.33 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
BT18 Jan 2022 17:09:30398 secs5.13 Mbps5.98 MbpsNeeds help, very slow

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Wakefield

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Zen Internet671.05 Mbps197.97—297.83 Mbps
2Virgin Media931.44 Mbps71.03—201.67 Mbps
3Independent Fibre Networks371.67 Mbps46.88—115.46 Mbps
4KCOM415.45 Mbps24.94—72.19 Mbps
5Origin Broadband492.43 Mbps30.42—125.31 Mbps
6Unchained ISP204 Mbps35.14—85.43 Mbps
7BT905.24 Mbps37.48—72.58 Mbps
8TalkTalk730.33 Mbps19.56—55.22 Mbps
9Vodafone924.67 Mbps26.42—58.72 Mbps
10Zone Broadband215.9 Mbps20.25—41.66 Mbps
11EE915.09 Mbps23.49—64.11 Mbps
12Sky Broadband458.73 Mbps25.29—63.41 Mbps
13Plusnet74.74 Mbps24.44—55.54 Mbps
14Spitfire92.66 Mbps8.93—58.62 Mbps
15CIX485.32 Mbps4.64—13.76 Mbps
16Shell Energy61.41 Mbps9.43—29.48 Mbps
17The Phone Coop17.29 Mbps2.38—3.18 Mbps

Smaller Towns, Villages, and Wards in Wakefield

WardMedian AgeRent PrivatelyRent CouncilMortageCommute via Public TransportWork From Home
Castleford41.015.24%8.59%38.72%9.57%2.07%
Ossett42.011.42%12.01%36.74%7.82%3.79%
Pontefract39.09.96%15.86%37.61%8.94%2.77%

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Wakefield

How many broadband providers in Wakefield are there?

Wakefield has 17 ISPs tested by its 345,038 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Wakefield?

Zen Internet is the fastest broadband provider in Wakefield with 671.05 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 197.97—297.83 Mbps.

Who is the best internet provider in Wakefield?

The best internet provider in Wakefield is Zen Internet, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 197.97 to 297.83 Mbps.

What is the average internet speed in Wakefield?

Users in Wakefield see an average internet speed of 34.14 up to 592 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 931.44 Mbps.

Is BT available in Wakefield?

Broadband service from BT is available in Wakefield, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 905.24 Mbps.

Is Virgin Media available in Wakefield?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Wakefield, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 931.44 Mbps.

Is Plusnet available in Wakefield?

Broadband service from Plusnet is available in Wakefield, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 74.74 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Wakefield?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 547 of Wakefield's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Wakefield?

The broadband provider with the most users in Wakefield is BT.

Author: Thomas Buck

Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper

Published: 10 Nov 2019

Last Updated: 18 Jan 2022

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