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Broadband Providers in Wigan

Broadband Providers available in Wigan include Virgin Media, Sky Broadband, and BT. Wigan's fastest provider is B4RN, with a median speed of 359 Mbps. The most popular provider in Wigan is Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Wigan in 2022 is 78 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 41 Mbps.

 

Wigan Broadband Statistics

Wigan has the second-lowest fibre access out of all major cities in the North West, and is among the 20 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 12% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 89% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 99% of Wigan's households.

Despite poor broadband infrastructure, we see high speed test averages in Wigan postcodes like WN2, WN7, WN5, WA3, and WN3. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 41.25 Mbps median internet speed in Wigan, which is 12% above the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.

Wigan increased access to Gigabit speeds by 9.40 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major cities like Cheshire West and Chester (gained 8.00 percentate points) and Rochdale (gained 1.90 percentate points). In addition, real-world speed test data shows that Wigan is dramatically faster than Shevington (1193% slower).

 
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Overall Performance
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Virgin Media Logo
68 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
Above average
Average
 
54,175 Speed Tests
1519 reviews
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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
Average
 
31,855 Speed Tests
883 reviews
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BT Logo
69 /100
5.90 /10
BT
Above average
Average
 
17,809 Speed Tests
780 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
TalkTalk
About average
Average
 
6,077 Speed Tests
379 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
55 /100
6.10 /10
Plusnet
About average
Average
 
4,671 Speed Tests
444 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
61 /100
5.50 /10
Vodafone
Above average
Average
 
3,852 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.50 /10
EE
About average
Above Average
 
1,635 Speed Tests
396 reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
Average
 
467 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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Zen Internet Logo
65 /100
9.80 /10
Zen Internet
Above average
Above Average
 
117 Speed Tests
69 reviews
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No Logo
28 /100
6.80 /10
Boundless Networks
Below average
Above Average
 
69 Speed Tests
1 review
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Glide Logo
67 /100
7.40 /10
Glide
Above average
Above Average
 
56 Speed Tests
10 reviews
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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Wigan

See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Wigan 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
202111.83%88.70%98.87%
20202.43%85.36%98.94%
20190.18%64.57%99.15%
20180.05%72.38%99.01%
20170.00%76.26%98.08%
20160.00%0.00%97.94%

Map of Wigan's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability

11.83%

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

Ultrafast Speeds

88.70%

of Wigan residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband

98.87%

availability in Wigan

Poor Broadband Speeds

1.11%

of Wigan is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Wigan Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Wigan

YearWigan AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201827.84 Mbps26.27 Mbps5.98% Faster
201930.2 Mbps30.63 Mbps1.40% Slower
202071.16 Mbps80.31 Mbps11.39% Slower
202178.88 Mbps66.05 Mbps19.42% Faster

Wigan Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeWiganUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps19.36%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps24.97%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps21.95%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps8.80%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps20.33%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps4.60%3.60%

How Wigan Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
Greater London5794.21 Mbps33.04—95.97 Mbps45.56 MbpsFaster
Bristol943.13 Mbps30.38—109.93 Mbps42.32 MbpsFaster
Wigan1196.6 Mbps31.29—106.62 Mbps41.25 Mbps-
Birmingham2786.06 Mbps29.31—107.04 Mbps38.5 MbpsSlower
Liverpool1134.53 Mbps25.56—89.74 Mbps34.61 MbpsSlower
Nottingham2371.49 Mbps16.11—40.25 Mbps18.99 MbpsSlower
Sheffield934.82 Mbps23.76—68.87 Mbps32.08 MbpsSlower
Glasgow913.93 Mbps20.63—71.33 Mbps32 MbpsSlower
Leicester935.89 Mbps27.47—99.31 Mbps37.03 MbpsSlower
Edinburgh874.24 Mbps29.96—107.51 Mbps38.06 MbpsSlower

Wigan 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 Wigan Compares for Internet Speed in Wigan

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
1Wigan1196.6 Mbps31.29—106.62 Mbps41.25 Mbps-
2Shevington71.76 Mbps1.91—14.75 Mbps3.19 MbpsSlower

Wigan Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Wigan testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Wigan ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Wigan 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 Wigan's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 40.83% were fast, 24.66% slow, and 34.51% broadly the same.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 22:12:31329 mins6.99 Mbps6.65 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 22:36:2222 mins43.28 Mbps35.18 MbpsNeeds help
BT20 Jan 2022 22:10:35224 mins23.83 Mbps286.85 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 22:12:553107 secs66.15 Mbps67.84 Mbps
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 22:11:26363 secs77.59 Mbps83.71 Mbps
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 21:59:32231 secs108.27 Mbps47.07 MbpsNeeds help
BT20 Jan 2022 21:57:0822 mins36.67 Mbps34.21 Mbps
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 21:52:47230 secs23.26 Mbps23.66 Mbps
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 21:51:02227 secs68.82 Mbps68.46 Mbps
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 21:45:22243 secs264.56 Mbps340.48 MbpsImproved
BT20 Jan 2022 21:42:52237 secs23.12 Mbps22.92 Mbps
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 21:13:27323 mins6.91 Mbps6.92 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Vodafone20 Jan 2022 21:22:09233 secs54.95 Mbps51.98 Mbps
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 21:19:0129 secs6.92 Mbps35.06 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 20:49:29212 mins37.59 Mbps36.97 Mbps
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 20:16:08228 mins3.42 Mbps4.34 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 20:26:00217 secs242.62 Mbps269.97 MbpsImproved
BT20 Jan 2022 20:24:46219 secs16.84 Mbps8 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
BT20 Jan 2022 19:52:2022 mins69.58 Mbps67.78 Mbps
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 19:43:40219 secs96.32 Mbps103.36 Mbps

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Wigan

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1B4RN939.37 Mbps177.45—473.16 Mbps
2Virgin Media931.89 Mbps51.87—184.58 Mbps
3BT820.87 Mbps26.76—89.89 Mbps
4FibreNest169.57 Mbps0—20.81 Mbps
5Zen Internet1196.6 Mbps17.98—44.53 Mbps
6Glide98.14 Mbps29.64—95.57 Mbps
7Vodafone759.63 Mbps25.91—64.3 Mbps
8TalkTalk485.54 Mbps25.04—55.12 Mbps
9Sky Broadband478.96 Mbps24.46—57.48 Mbps
10EE333.59 Mbps18.62—54.35 Mbps
11Plusnet74.58 Mbps18.74—40.05 Mbps
12Boundless Networks50.26 Mbps12.16—28.97 Mbps
13Origin Broadband65 Mbps8.17—26.64 Mbps
14Shell Energy73.13 Mbps9.03—33.59 Mbps
15Spitfire18.15 Mbps0—14.93 Mbps
16KCOM65.84 Mbps0.94—36.37 Mbps
17O2 Broadband13.28 Mbps2.62—5.29 Mbps

Smaller Towns, Villages, and Wards in Wigan

WardMedian AgeRent PrivatelyRent CouncilMortageCommute via Public TransportWork From Home
Atherton39.013.63%16.43%35.96%9.53%3.08%
Golborne40.012.54%16.73%36.62%6.77%2.92%
Hindley39.010.79%20.79%36.07%10.67%2.56%

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Wigan

How many broadband providers in Wigan are there?

Wigan has 17 ISPs tested by its 326,088 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Wigan?

B4RN is the fastest broadband provider in Wigan with 939.37 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 177.45—473.16 Mbps.

Who is the best internet provider in Wigan?

The best internet provider in Wigan is B4RN, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 177.45 to 473.16 Mbps.

What is the average internet speed in Wigan?

Users in Wigan see an average internet speed of 31.29 up to 472 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 1196.6 Mbps.

Is Virgin Media available in Wigan?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Wigan, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 931.89 Mbps.

Is Sky Broadband available in Wigan?

Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Wigan, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 478.96 Mbps.

Is BT available in Wigan?

Broadband service from BT is available in Wigan, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 820.87 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Wigan?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 441 of Wigan's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Wigan?

The broadband provider with the most users in Wigan is Virgin Media.

Author: Thomas Buck

Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper

Published: 10 Nov 2019

Last Updated: 20 Jan 2022

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