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Broadband Providers in York

Broadband Providers available in York include BT, Sky Broadband, and Virgin Media. York's fastest provider is Zen Internet, with a median speed of 70 Mbps. The most popular provider in York is BT. The average broadband speed in York in 2022 is 55 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 32 Mbps.


York Broadband Statistics

York is among the top 5 for fibre access out of all major cities in Yorkshire and The Humber, and is among the top 50 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 70% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 89% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 97% of York's households.

Despite good broadband infrastructure, we see low speed test averages in York postcodes like YO24, YO31, YO10, YO26, and YO1. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 32 Mbps median internet speed in York, which is 12% below the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.

York increased access to Gigabit speeds by 8.49 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major cities like Wakefield (gained 2.70 percentate points), Barnsley (gained 2.14 percentate points), and Kingston upon Hull (gained 0.04 percentate points). In addition, real-world speed test data shows that York is dramatically outperformed by Clifton Without (122% faster) and Bishopthorpe (13% faster), and is dramatically faster than Heslington (67% slower).

Local broadband speeds over time

The median broadband speed in York has increased by 76% over the last five years.


Local broadband speeds in context

As of 2022, the median broadband speed in York is 11% lower than the Yorkshire and The Humber and 14% lower than the UK overall.

York32 Mbps
Yorkshire and The Humber36 Mbps
United Kingdom37 Mbps

York 2022 Broadband Scorecard

6th lowest fibre access

Major Cities, Yorkshire and The Humber

11% below regional broadband speed

Yorkshire and The Humber

14% below national broadband speed

UK Overall

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Broadband Providers

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BT Logo
70 /100
6.0 /10
Above average
41,929 Speed Tests
776 reviews
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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
29,245 Speed Tests
878 reviews
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Virgin Media Logo
69 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
Above average
11,572 Speed Tests
1502 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
About average
8,417 Speed Tests
379 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
54 /100
6.20 /10
About average
6,851 Speed Tests
442 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.60 /10
About average
Above Average
2,376 Speed Tests
395 reviews
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Zen Internet Logo
67 /100
9.90 /10
Zen Internet
Above average
Above Average
2,120 Speed Tests
69 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
60 /100
5.50 /10
About average
1,013 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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No Logo
92 /100
8.40 /10
Pure Fibre
Above average
Above Average
385 Speed Tests
4 reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
353 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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CIX Logo
53 /100
7.70 /10
About average
Above Average
64 Speed Tests
2 reviews
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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for York

See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the York 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

Map of York's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability


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

Ultrafast Speeds


of York residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband


availability in York

Poor Broadband Speeds


of York is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

York Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in York

YearYork AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201820.99 Mbps26.27 Mbps20.10% Slower
201928.85 Mbps30.63 Mbps5.81% Slower
202056.32 Mbps80.31 Mbps29.87% Slower
202154.98 Mbps66.05 Mbps16.76% Slower

York Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeYorkUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps21.91%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps25.53%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps25.69%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps11.27%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps13.10%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps2.51%3.60%

How York Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
Greater London5794.21 Mbps32.96—95.6 Mbps45.49 MbpsFaster
Birmingham941.32 Mbps29.26—106.92 Mbps38.41 MbpsFaster
Liverpool1134.53 Mbps25.5—89.41 Mbps34.55 MbpsFaster
Bristol943.13 Mbps30.28—109.85 Mbps42.19 MbpsFaster
Leicester935.89 Mbps27.38—98.99 Mbps36.93 MbpsFaster
Edinburgh874.24 Mbps29.95—107.42 Mbps38 MbpsFaster
York6068.11 Mbps23.39—69.75 Mbps32.32 Mbps-
Nottingham2371.49 Mbps16.34—40.87 Mbps19.3 MbpsSlower
Sheffield932.42 Mbps23.67—68.69 Mbps32.02 MbpsSlower
Glasgow913.93 Mbps20.52—71.3 Mbps31.97 MbpsSlower

Cities and Provider Internet Speeds in York

PositionCityMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian# Providers
1Clifton Without798.44 Mbps71.38—72.56 Mbps71.69 Mbps3
2Upper Poppleton923.18 Mbps31.27—109.99 Mbps43.88 Mbps13
3Huntington910.54 Mbps22.41—89.95 Mbps33.23 Mbps10
4York6068.11 Mbps23.39—69.75 Mbps32.32 Mbps15
5Acaster Malbis866.54 Mbps22.18—61.84 Mbps30.46 Mbps11
6Heslington525.46 Mbps14.27—50.74 Mbps19.41 Mbps9

York 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 York Compares for Internet Speed in York

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
3Bishopthorpe64.38 Mbps30.91—50.65 Mbps36.47 MbpsFaster
4Huntington910.54 Mbps22.41—89.95 Mbps33.23 MbpsFaster
5York6068.11 Mbps23.39—69.75 Mbps32.32 Mbps-
6Acaster Malbis866.54 Mbps22.18—61.84 Mbps30.46 MbpsSlower
7Heslington525.46 Mbps14.27—50.74 Mbps19.41 MbpsSlower

York Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in York testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in York ran 3 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the York 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 York's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 40.74% were fast, 22.23% slow, and 37.02% broadly the same.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
BT14 Jan 2022 22:37:47348 secs28.86 Mbps32.46 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 22:09:32216 secs3.3 Mbps3.3 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 21:45:32374 secs3.59 Mbps15.09 MbpsImproved
BT14 Jan 2022 21:37:23223 secs15.08 Mbps18.47 MbpsImproved
BT14 Jan 2022 20:48:49228 secs33.12 Mbps34.7 Mbps
Vodafone14 Jan 2022 20:07:4124 mins4.3 Mbps6.45 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
TalkTalk14 Jan 2022 19:23:52313 mins22.83 Mbps21.88 Mbps
BT14 Jan 2022 19:36:45349 secs31.56 Mbps32.46 Mbps
TalkTalk14 Jan 2022 17:35:56230 secs0.75 Mbps1.28 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 16:52:0962 mins31.27 Mbps35.66 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 16:44:5152 mins54.1 Mbps32.88 MbpsNeeds help
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 16:02:2635 mins16.24 Mbps49.92 MbpsImproved
Plusnet14 Jan 2022 15:55:2934 mins0.07 Mbps0.09 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
BT14 Jan 2022 15:43:5933 mins91.1 Mbps91.15 Mbps
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 15:38:52224 secs69.29 Mbps68.32 Mbps
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 15:23:183106 secs32.46 Mbps29.7 Mbps
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 14:42:033101 secs67.66 Mbps54.86 MbpsNeeds help
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 14:39:53374 secs28.56 Mbps31.54 MbpsImproved
BT14 Jan 2022 14:30:0152 mins67.36 Mbps4.36 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Sky Broadband14 Jan 2022 14:10:5128 mins4.01 Mbps8.88 MbpsNeeds help, very slow

Summary of Internet Service Providers in York

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1Pure Fibre927.53 Mbps40.84—436.56 Mbps
2Virgin Media931.52 Mbps37.78—111.48 Mbps
3Zen Internet619.7 Mbps69.26—72.35 Mbps
4KCOM706.75 Mbps0.99—11.29 Mbps
5BT6068.11 Mbps29.54—72.88 Mbps
6TalkTalk904.45 Mbps23.3—62.95 Mbps
7Glide380.56 Mbps21.15—68.87 Mbps
8CIX93.44 Mbps13.57—81.34 Mbps
9Vodafone550.31 Mbps24.09—54.7 Mbps
10Sky Broadband714.38 Mbps16.72—53.31 Mbps
11EE304.67 Mbps12.36—44.73 Mbps
12Plusnet74.7 Mbps12.86—36.96 Mbps
13iDNET101.71 Mbps3.97—23.58 Mbps
14Shell Energy73.57 Mbps5.81—24.6 Mbps
15O2 Broadband62.8 Mbps3.76—15.21 Mbps

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in York

How many broadband providers in York are there?

York has 15 ISPs tested by its 209,893 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in York?

Zen Internet is the fastest broadband provider in York with 619.7 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 69.26—72.35 Mbps.

Who is the best internet provider in York?

The best internet provider in York is Pure Fibre, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 40.84 to 436.56 Mbps.

What is the average internet speed in York?

Users in York see an average internet speed of 23.39 up to 1078 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 6068.11 Mbps.

Is BT available in York?

Broadband service from BT is available in York, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 6068.11 Mbps.

Is Sky Broadband available in York?

Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in York, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 714.38 Mbps.

Is Virgin Media available in York?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in York, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 931.52 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in York?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 368 of York's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in York?

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

Author: Thomas Buck

Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper

Published: 10 Nov 2019

Last Updated: 14 Jan 2022

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