Broadband Providers available in Walsall include Virgin Media, Sky Broadband, and TalkTalk. Walsall's fastest provider is Virgin Media, with a median speed of 82 Mbps. The most popular provider in Walsall is also Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Walsall in 2022 is 73 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 39 Mbps.
Walsall is among the 5 worst-off for fibre access out of all major cities in the West Midlands, 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 80% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 82% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 99% of Walsall's households.
Great broadband infrastructure results in high speed test averages in Walsall postcodes like WS3, WS2, WS9, WS1, and WV12. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 38.82 Mbps median internet speed in Walsall, which is 5.32% above the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.
Walsall increased access to Gigabit speeds by 70 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major cities like Birmingham (gained 66 percentate points), Coventry (gained 40 percentate points), and Stoke-on-Trent (gained 8.31 percentate points).
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 Walsall 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 Walsall 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 Walsall 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 Walsall can obtain to 1,000+ Mbps broadband speeds
of Walsall residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service
Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband
availability in Walsall
Poor Broadband Speeds
of Walsall is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps
|Year||Walsall Average||United Kingdom Average||Difference|
|2018||24.96 Mbps||26.27 Mbps||4.99% Slower|
|2019||30.38 Mbps||30.63 Mbps||0.82% Slower|
|2020||91.56 Mbps||80.31 Mbps||14.01% Faster|
|2021||72.53 Mbps||66.05 Mbps||9.81% Faster|
|Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range|
|Internet Speed Range||Walsall||United Kingdom|
|Very Slow: under 10 Mbps||18.98%||19.92%|
|Slow: 10-30 Mbps||24.62%||25.74%|
|Adequate: 30-60 Mbps||24.93%||25.20%|
|Good: 60-80 Mbps||10.68%||10.20%|
|Fast: 80-300 Mbps||16.38%||15.33%|
|Very Fast: over 300 Mbps||4.42%||3.60%|
|City / Town||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range||Median|
|Greater London||5794.21 Mbps||33.04—95.97 Mbps||45.56 Mbps||Faster|
|Bristol||943.13 Mbps||30.38—109.93 Mbps||42.32 Mbps||Faster|
|Walsall||942.86 Mbps||30.33—96.45 Mbps||38.82 Mbps||-|
|Birmingham||2786.06 Mbps||29.31—107.04 Mbps||38.5 Mbps||Slower|
|Liverpool||1134.53 Mbps||25.56—89.74 Mbps||34.61 Mbps||Slower|
|Nottingham||2371.49 Mbps||16.11—40.25 Mbps||18.99 Mbps||Slower|
|Sheffield||934.82 Mbps||23.76—68.87 Mbps||32.08 Mbps||Slower|
|Glasgow||913.93 Mbps||20.63—71.33 Mbps||32 Mbps||Slower|
|Leicester||935.89 Mbps||27.47—99.31 Mbps||37.03 Mbps||Slower|
|Edinburgh||874.24 Mbps||29.96—107.51 Mbps||38.06 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||Walsall||942.86 Mbps||30.33—96.45 Mbps||38.82 Mbps||-|
We analysed the results of people in Walsall testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Walsall ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Walsall 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 Walsall's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 40.38% were fast, 24.53% slow, and 35.09% broadly the same.
|Provider||Start Time||# Tests||Duration||Start Speed||End Speed||Status|
|Sky Broadband||20 Jan 2022 23:39:02||3||3 mins||11.28 Mbps||34.6 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 23:36:19||4||2 mins||20.86 Mbps||19.75 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 23:12:35||2||41 secs||3.68 Mbps||0.85 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|TalkTalk||20 Jan 2022 22:40:12||2||62 secs||10.22 Mbps||42.44 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 22:29:20||2||44 secs||216.51 Mbps||215.18 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 22:21:24||3||88 secs||19.47 Mbps||264.5 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 22:04:29||4||3 mins||204.76 Mbps||119.67 Mbps||Needs help|
|Sky Broadband||20 Jan 2022 21:47:32||3||3 mins||22.94 Mbps||37.71 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 21:35:36||5||12 mins||54.3 Mbps||100.57 Mbps||Improved|
|TalkTalk||20 Jan 2022 21:42:00||3||3 mins||15.98 Mbps||17.79 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 21:43:14||2||34 secs||396.2 Mbps||925.43 Mbps||Improved|
|Vodafone||20 Jan 2022 20:44:56||10||52 mins||24.9 Mbps||19.79 Mbps||Needs help|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 21:33:50||2||48 secs||15.49 Mbps||26.38 Mbps||Improved|
|EE||20 Jan 2022 20:38:32||10||48 mins||34.15 Mbps||49.4 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 20:38:12||5||45 mins||508.17 Mbps||473.61 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 21:15:27||2||5 mins||26.06 Mbps||30.61 Mbps||Improved|
|Vodafone||20 Jan 2022 21:01:07||3||65 secs||12.03 Mbps||12.63 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 20:37:10||2||2 mins||308.21 Mbps||311.71 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 20:34:40||2||54 secs||4.34 Mbps||164.14 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||20 Jan 2022 20:33:24||2||26 secs||109.1 Mbps||110.33 Mbps|
|#||Provider Name||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range|
|1||Virgin Media||935.11 Mbps||53.5—209.32 Mbps|
|2||Structured Communications||802.45 Mbps||45.31—127.87 Mbps|
|3||Zen Internet||773.3 Mbps||22.86—92.74 Mbps|
|4||CCS Leeds||92.07 Mbps||55.38—63.39 Mbps|
|5||Internet Central||85.84 Mbps||41.21—41.66 Mbps|
|6||BT||942.86 Mbps||25.95—66.68 Mbps|
|7||Glide||93.99 Mbps||30.12—92.2 Mbps|
|8||Hyperoptic||167.4 Mbps||5.51—52.75 Mbps|
|9||Vodafone||934.21 Mbps||28.92—60.56 Mbps|
|10||Sky Broadband||508.87 Mbps||25.65—61.8 Mbps|
|11||TalkTalk||918.56 Mbps||23.58—57.21 Mbps|
|12||CIX||148.45 Mbps||5.86—45.37 Mbps|
|13||EE||814.34 Mbps||20.57—55.99 Mbps|
|14||Plusnet||75.5 Mbps||16.68—43.59 Mbps|
|15||KCOM||70.28 Mbps||3.86—14.71 Mbps|
|16||Shell Energy||74.59 Mbps||9.84—31.76 Mbps|
|17||Cerberus Networks||16.49 Mbps||2.96—4.42 Mbps|
|18||The Phone Coop||11.77 Mbps||2.59—5.62 Mbps|
|Ward||Median Age||Rent Privately||Rent Council||Mortage||Commute via Public Transport||Work From Home|
Walsall has 18 ISPs tested by its 283,378 residents.
Virgin Media is the fastest broadband provider in Walsall with 935.11 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 53.5—209.32 Mbps.
The best internet provider in Walsall is Virgin Media, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 53.5 to 209.32 Mbps.
Users in Walsall see an average internet speed of 30.33 up to 559 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 942.86 Mbps.
Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Walsall, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 935.11 Mbps.
Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Walsall, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 508.87 Mbps.
Broadband service from TalkTalk is available in Walsall, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 918.56 Mbps.
Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 701 of Walsall's postcodes.
The broadband provider with the most users in Walsall is Virgin Media.
Author: Thomas Buck
Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper
Published: 10 Nov 2019
Last Updated: 20 Jan 2022