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Broadband Providers in Wirral

Broadband Providers available in Wirral include Virgin Media, BT, and Sky Broadband. Wirral's fastest provider is Hyperoptic, with a median speed of 124 Mbps. The most popular provider in Wirral is Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Wirral in 2022 is 71 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 40 Mbps.

 

Wirral Broadband Statistics

Wirral is among the 10 worst-off for fibre access out of all major cities in the North West, 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 52% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 76% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 98% of Wirral's households.

Despite poor broadband infrastructure, we see high speed test averages in Wirral postcodes like CH43, CH63, CH62, CH41, and CH45. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 40.21 Mbps median internet speed in Wirral, which is 9.09% above the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.

Wirral increased access to Gigabit speeds by 19 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major cities like Oldham (gained 11 percentate points), Wigan (gained 9.40 percentate points), and Cheshire West and Chester (gained 8.00 percentate points).

 
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Broadband Providers

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Overall Performance
Customer Ratings
Virgin Media Logo
68 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
Above average
Average
 
44,714 Speed Tests
1520 reviews
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BT Logo
69 /100
5.90 /10
BT
Above average
Average
 
40,832 Speed Tests
780 reviews
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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
Average
 
38,146 Speed Tests
883 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
55 /100
6.10 /10
Plusnet
About average
Average
 
9,152 Speed Tests
444 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
TalkTalk
About average
Average
 
5,653 Speed Tests
379 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.50 /10
EE
About average
Above Average
 
5,482 Speed Tests
396 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
61 /100
5.50 /10
Vodafone
Above average
Average
 
722 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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Zen Internet Logo
65 /100
9.80 /10
Zen Internet
Above average
Above Average
 
252 Speed Tests
69 reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
Average
 
205 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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Hyperoptic Logo
97 /100
9.50 /10
Hyperoptic
Above average
Above Average
 
14 Speed Tests
48 reviews
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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Wirral

See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Wirral 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
202151.72%76.05%98.28%
202032.76%68.82%97.40%
20196.26%57.58%96.96%
20180.43%41.01%96.10%
20170.35%18.69%95.92%
20160.00%0.07%95.26%

Map of Wirral's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability

51.72%

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

Ultrafast Speeds

76.05%

of Wirral residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband

98.28%

availability in Wirral

Poor Broadband Speeds

1.67%

of Wirral is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Wirral Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Wirral

YearWirral AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201839.19 Mbps26.27 Mbps49.18% Faster
201929.13 Mbps30.63 Mbps4.90% Slower
202081.15 Mbps80.31 Mbps1.05% Faster
202169.57 Mbps66.05 Mbps5.33% Faster

Wirral Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeWirralUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps18.47%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps23.14%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps26.04%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps10.30%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps18.10%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps3.94%3.60%

How Wirral 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
Wirral937.28 Mbps30.64—93.01 Mbps40.21 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

Wirral 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 Wirral Compares for Internet Speed in Wirral

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
1Wirral937.28 Mbps30.64—93.01 Mbps40.21 Mbps-

Wirral Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Wirral testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Wirral ran 3 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Wirral 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 Wirral's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 40.42% were fast, 22.76% slow, and 36.82% broadly the same.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 23:47:07249 secs70.03 Mbps70.82 Mbps
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 23:06:09369 secs44.04 Mbps22.07 MbpsNeeds help
Plusnet20 Jan 2022 22:38:03246 secs10.02 Mbps36.62 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 22:16:05243 secs40.22 Mbps40.53 Mbps
BT20 Jan 2022 22:15:43223 secs131.23 Mbps140.97 Mbps
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 22:12:47264 secs190.43 Mbps189.39 Mbps
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 21:53:4842 mins23.43 Mbps57.85 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 21:34:17312 mins345.31 Mbps169.69 MbpsNeeds help
TalkTalk20 Jan 2022 21:18:50912 mins35.36 Mbps33.53 Mbps
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 21:05:58411 mins0.88 Mbps10.83 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 21:15:05235 secs28.07 Mbps34.39 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 20:45:4135 mins17.45 Mbps32.13 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 20:42:28284 secs37.9 Mbps37.16 Mbps
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 20:42:11229 secs55.16 Mbps67.28 MbpsImproved
TalkTalk20 Jan 2022 19:58:03640 mins9.51 Mbps16.07 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 19:56:511436 mins9.65 Mbps23.37 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 20:20:501011 mins20.79 Mbps19.39 Mbps
Sky Broadband20 Jan 2022 20:23:382107 secs12.62 Mbps12.94 Mbps
Virgin Media20 Jan 2022 20:19:01214 secs7.8 Mbps914.83 MbpsImproved
BT20 Jan 2022 19:48:2724 mins2.63 Mbps5.55 MbpsNeeds help, very slow

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Wirral

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Hyperoptic654.35 Mbps89.31—451.35 Mbps
2Glide834.63 Mbps11.9—21.75 Mbps
3Virgin Media937.28 Mbps54.56—190.69 Mbps
4BT916.21 Mbps36.39—79.53 Mbps
5EE812.88 Mbps28.82—71.25 Mbps
6CCS Leeds64.71 Mbps0—55.31 Mbps
7Zen Internet906.56 Mbps36.48—70.6 Mbps
8Sky Broadband506.71 Mbps21.71—58.24 Mbps
9TalkTalk492.82 Mbps20.2—50.6 Mbps
10Vodafone512.39 Mbps25—52.77 Mbps
11Plusnet74.78 Mbps16.31—45.89 Mbps
12CIX52.05 Mbps6.6—7.48 Mbps
13Origin Broadband60.33 Mbps12.33—17.02 Mbps
14Internet Central59.38 Mbps0.82—17.03 Mbps
15Shell Energy74.01 Mbps5.81—26.27 Mbps
16KCOM53.43 Mbps6.44—17.31 Mbps

Smaller Towns, Villages, and Wards in Wirral

WardMedian AgeRent PrivatelyRent CouncilMortageCommute via Public TransportWork From Home
Birkenhead33.028.59%5.21%19.88%21.68%2.15%
Wallasey46.011.93%1.09%39.68%15.97%4.43%

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Wirral

How many broadband providers in Wirral are there?

Wirral has 16 ISPs tested by its 323,235 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Wirral?

Hyperoptic is the fastest broadband provider in Wirral with 654.35 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 89.31—451.35 Mbps.

Who is the best internet provider in Wirral?

The best internet provider in Wirral is Hyperoptic, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 89.31 to 451.35 Mbps.

What is the average internet speed in Wirral?

Users in Wirral see an average internet speed of 30.64 up to 614 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 937.28 Mbps.

Is Virgin Media available in Wirral?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Wirral, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 937.28 Mbps.

Is BT available in Wirral?

Broadband service from BT is available in Wirral, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 916.21 Mbps.

Is Sky Broadband available in Wirral?

Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Wirral, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 506.71 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Wirral?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 5604 of Wirral's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Wirral?

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

Author: Thomas Buck

Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper

Published: 10 Nov 2019

Last Updated: 20 Jan 2022

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