Broadband Providers available in Wolverhampton include Virgin Media, Sky Broadband, and TalkTalk. Wolverhampton's fastest provider is Independent Fibre Networks, with a median speed of 316 Mbps. The most popular provider in Wolverhampton is Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Wolverhampton in 2022 is 70 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 39 Mbps.
Wolverhampton has the lowest fibre access out of all major cities in the West Midlands, and is among the 10 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 6.85% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 94% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 99% of Wolverhampton's households.
Despite poor broadband infrastructure, we see high speed test averages in Wolverhampton postcodes like WV10, WV6, WV14, WV4, and WV3. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 39.3 Mbps median internet speed in Wolverhampton, which is 6.68% above the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.
Wolverhampton increased access to Gigabit speeds by 6.53 percentage points in the past year. However, the buildout rate is slower than neighbouring major cities like Dudley (gained 87 percentate points), Solihull (gained 75 percentate points), and Sandwell (gained 72 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 Wolverhampton 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 Wolverhampton 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 Wolverhampton 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 Wolverhampton can obtain to 1,000+ Mbps broadband speeds
of Wolverhampton residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service
Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband
availability in Wolverhampton
Poor Broadband Speeds
of Wolverhampton is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps
|Year||Wolverhampton Average||United Kingdom Average||Difference|
|2018||24.35 Mbps||26.27 Mbps||7.31% Slower|
|2019||31.04 Mbps||30.63 Mbps||1.34% Faster|
|2020||57.16 Mbps||80.31 Mbps||28.83% Slower|
|2021||68.82 Mbps||66.05 Mbps||4.19% Faster|
|Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range|
|Internet Speed Range||Wolverhampton||United Kingdom|
|Very Slow: under 10 Mbps||19.48%||19.92%|
|Slow: 10-30 Mbps||22.26%||25.74%|
|Adequate: 30-60 Mbps||24.05%||25.20%|
|Good: 60-80 Mbps||11.91%||10.20%|
|Fast: 80-300 Mbps||18.74%||15.33%|
|Very Fast: over 300 Mbps||3.57%||3.60%|
|City / Town||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range||Median|
|Greater London||5794.21 Mbps||33.02—95.86 Mbps||45.54 Mbps||Faster|
|Bristol||943.13 Mbps||30.35—109.9 Mbps||42.28 Mbps||Faster|
|Wolverhampton||935.56 Mbps||30.04—97.52 Mbps||39.3 Mbps||-|
|Birmingham||941.32 Mbps||29.29—107 Mbps||38.47 Mbps||Slower|
|Liverpool||1134.53 Mbps||25.52—89.6 Mbps||34.58 Mbps||Slower|
|Nottingham||2371.49 Mbps||16.2—40.46 Mbps||19.1 Mbps||Slower|
|Sheffield||932.42 Mbps||23.73—68.81 Mbps||32.06 Mbps||Slower|
|Glasgow||913.93 Mbps||20.58—71.34 Mbps||32 Mbps||Slower|
|Leicester||935.89 Mbps||27.45—99.24 Mbps||37 Mbps||Slower|
|Edinburgh||874.24 Mbps||29.96—107.47 Mbps||38.02 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||Wolverhampton||935.56 Mbps||30.04—97.52 Mbps||39.3 Mbps||-|
We analysed the results of people in Wolverhampton testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Wolverhampton ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Wolverhampton 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 Wolverhampton's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 41.33% were fast, 23.82% slow, and 34.86% broadly the same.
|Provider||Start Time||# Tests||Duration||Start Speed||End Speed||Status|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 21:18:30||30||159 mins||0.15 Mbps||44.85 Mbps||Improved|
|BT||18 Jan 2022 23:48:48||2||107 secs||316.95 Mbps||373.64 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 23:46:23||3||3 mins||54.11 Mbps||193.66 Mbps||Improved|
|BT||18 Jan 2022 22:32:06||8||23 mins||47.06 Mbps||85.56 Mbps||Improved|
|Vodafone||18 Jan 2022 22:21:36||6||30 mins||73.96 Mbps||16.73 Mbps||Needs help|
|TalkTalk||18 Jan 2022 22:40:06||2||2 mins||38.5 Mbps||37.65 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 22:28:03||2||73 secs||209.14 Mbps||208.37 Mbps|
|TalkTalk||18 Jan 2022 22:16:33||2||30 secs||64.02 Mbps||64.1 Mbps|
|TalkTalk||18 Jan 2022 21:34:35||2||12 mins||19.36 Mbps||18.27 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 21:46:30||2||18 secs||184.74 Mbps||184.82 Mbps|
|TalkTalk||18 Jan 2022 21:02:38||2||5 mins||13.17 Mbps||13.4 Mbps|
|TalkTalk||18 Jan 2022 21:01:20||2||34 secs||24.08 Mbps||26.26 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 19:17:33||7||81 mins||0.37 Mbps||0.31 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|TalkTalk||18 Jan 2022 20:36:07||2||2 mins||66.03 Mbps||68.5 Mbps|
|Plusnet||18 Jan 2022 20:27:28||5||3 mins||0.27 Mbps||14.82 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 20:02:48||3||11 mins||0.08 Mbps||85.44 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 19:46:02||2||26 mins||905.38 Mbps||871.85 Mbps|
|TalkTalk||18 Jan 2022 19:50:19||3||54 secs||33.56 Mbps||56.58 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 19:14:34||4||10 mins||52.29 Mbps||323.37 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 19:24:45||2||39 secs||113.74 Mbps||143.72 Mbps||Improved|
|#||Provider Name||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range|
|1||Independent Fibre Networks||371.64 Mbps||0—316.36 Mbps|
|2||Glide||482.59 Mbps||47.55—122.48 Mbps|
|3||Virgin Media||935.56 Mbps||47.39—192.92 Mbps|
|4||CIX||930.84 Mbps||27.11—138.01 Mbps|
|5||Zen Internet||563.62 Mbps||44.45—216.16 Mbps|
|6||The Phone Coop||150.43 Mbps||58.37—129.87 Mbps|
|7||BT||929.71 Mbps||33.03—67.97 Mbps|
|8||Internet Central||158.15 Mbps||26.19—51.73 Mbps|
|9||Vodafone||543.46 Mbps||25.66—56.16 Mbps|
|10||Sky Broadband||487.1 Mbps||20.32—57.73 Mbps|
|11||TalkTalk||522.51 Mbps||21.92—55.33 Mbps|
|12||EE||532.38 Mbps||18.38—47.07 Mbps|
|13||Plusnet||74.75 Mbps||15.02—71.41 Mbps|
|14||Airband||39.88 Mbps||1.79—37.04 Mbps|
|15||Origin Broadband||28.33 Mbps||0—14.71 Mbps|
|16||Shell Energy||74.64 Mbps||7.57—27.94 Mbps|
Wolverhampton has 16 ISPs tested by its 262,008 residents.
Independent Fibre Networks is the fastest broadband provider in Wolverhampton with 371.64 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 0—316.36 Mbps.
The best internet provider in Wolverhampton is Independent Fibre Networks, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 0 to 316.36 Mbps.
Users in Wolverhampton see an average internet speed of 30.04 up to 546 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 935.56 Mbps.
Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Wolverhampton, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 935.56 Mbps.
Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Wolverhampton, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 487.1 Mbps.
Broadband service from TalkTalk is available in Wolverhampton, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 522.51 Mbps.
Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 207 of Wolverhampton's postcodes.
The broadband provider with the most users in Wolverhampton is Virgin Media.
Author: Thomas Buck
Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper
Published: 10 Nov 2019
Last Updated: 18 Jan 2022