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 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).
The median broadband speed in York has increased by 76% over the last five years.
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.
|Yorkshire and The Humber||36 Mbps|
|United Kingdom||37 Mbps|
▼ 6th lowest fibre access
Major Cities, Yorkshire and The Humber
▼ 11% below regional broadband speed
Yorkshire and The Humber
▼ 14% below national broadband speed
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 York 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 York 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 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+ Mbps||300+ Mbps||30+ Mbps|
of people living in York can obtain to 1,000+ Mbps broadband 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
|Year||York Average||United Kingdom Average||Difference|
|2018||20.99 Mbps||26.27 Mbps||20.10% Slower|
|2019||28.85 Mbps||30.63 Mbps||5.81% Slower|
|2020||56.32 Mbps||80.31 Mbps||29.87% Slower|
|2021||54.98 Mbps||66.05 Mbps||16.76% Slower|
|Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range|
|Internet Speed Range||York||United Kingdom|
|Very Slow: under 10 Mbps||21.91%||19.92%|
|Slow: 10-30 Mbps||25.53%||25.74%|
|Adequate: 30-60 Mbps||25.69%||25.20%|
|Good: 60-80 Mbps||11.27%||10.20%|
|Fast: 80-300 Mbps||13.10%||15.33%|
|Very Fast: over 300 Mbps||2.51%||3.60%|
|City / Town||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range||Median|
|Greater London||5794.21 Mbps||32.96—95.6 Mbps||45.49 Mbps||Faster|
|Birmingham||941.32 Mbps||29.26—106.92 Mbps||38.41 Mbps||Faster|
|Liverpool||1134.53 Mbps||25.5—89.41 Mbps||34.55 Mbps||Faster|
|Bristol||943.13 Mbps||30.28—109.85 Mbps||42.19 Mbps||Faster|
|Leicester||935.89 Mbps||27.38—98.99 Mbps||36.93 Mbps||Faster|
|Edinburgh||874.24 Mbps||29.95—107.42 Mbps||38 Mbps||Faster|
|York||6068.11 Mbps||23.39—69.75 Mbps||32.32 Mbps||-|
|Nottingham||2371.49 Mbps||16.34—40.87 Mbps||19.3 Mbps||Slower|
|Sheffield||932.42 Mbps||23.67—68.69 Mbps||32.02 Mbps||Slower|
|Glasgow||913.93 Mbps||20.52—71.3 Mbps||31.97 Mbps||Slower|
|Position||City||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range||Median||# Providers|
|1||Clifton Without||798.44 Mbps||71.38—72.56 Mbps||71.69 Mbps||3|
|2||Upper Poppleton||923.18 Mbps||31.27—109.99 Mbps||43.88 Mbps||13|
|3||Huntington||910.54 Mbps||22.41—89.95 Mbps||33.23 Mbps||10|
|4||York||6068.11 Mbps||23.39—69.75 Mbps||32.32 Mbps||15|
|5||Acaster Malbis||866.54 Mbps||22.18—61.84 Mbps||30.46 Mbps||11|
|6||Heslington||525.46 Mbps||14.27—50.74 Mbps||19.41 Mbps||9|
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|
|3||Bishopthorpe||64.38 Mbps||30.91—50.65 Mbps||36.47 Mbps||Faster|
|4||Huntington||910.54 Mbps||22.41—89.95 Mbps||33.23 Mbps||Faster|
|5||York||6068.11 Mbps||23.39—69.75 Mbps||32.32 Mbps||-|
|6||Acaster Malbis||866.54 Mbps||22.18—61.84 Mbps||30.46 Mbps||Slower|
|7||Heslington||525.46 Mbps||14.27—50.74 Mbps||19.41 Mbps||Slower|
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.
|Provider||Start Time||# Tests||Duration||Start Speed||End Speed||Status|
|BT||14 Jan 2022 22:37:47||3||48 secs||28.86 Mbps||32.46 Mbps||Improved|
|Sky Broadband||14 Jan 2022 22:09:32||2||16 secs||3.3 Mbps||3.3 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Sky Broadband||14 Jan 2022 21:45:32||3||74 secs||3.59 Mbps||15.09 Mbps||Improved|
|BT||14 Jan 2022 21:37:23||2||23 secs||15.08 Mbps||18.47 Mbps||Improved|
|BT||14 Jan 2022 20:48:49||2||28 secs||33.12 Mbps||34.7 Mbps|
|Vodafone||14 Jan 2022 20:07:41||2||4 mins||4.3 Mbps||6.45 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|TalkTalk||14 Jan 2022 19:23:52||3||13 mins||22.83 Mbps||21.88 Mbps|
|BT||14 Jan 2022 19:36:45||3||49 secs||31.56 Mbps||32.46 Mbps|
|TalkTalk||14 Jan 2022 17:35:56||2||30 secs||0.75 Mbps||1.28 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Sky Broadband||14 Jan 2022 16:52:09||6||2 mins||31.27 Mbps||35.66 Mbps||Improved|
|Sky Broadband||14 Jan 2022 16:44:51||5||2 mins||54.1 Mbps||32.88 Mbps||Needs help|
|Sky Broadband||14 Jan 2022 16:02:26||3||5 mins||16.24 Mbps||49.92 Mbps||Improved|
|Plusnet||14 Jan 2022 15:55:29||3||4 mins||0.07 Mbps||0.09 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|BT||14 Jan 2022 15:43:59||3||3 mins||91.1 Mbps||91.15 Mbps|
|Sky Broadband||14 Jan 2022 15:38:52||2||24 secs||69.29 Mbps||68.32 Mbps|
|Sky Broadband||14 Jan 2022 15:23:18||3||106 secs||32.46 Mbps||29.7 Mbps|
|Sky Broadband||14 Jan 2022 14:42:03||3||101 secs||67.66 Mbps||54.86 Mbps||Needs help|
|Sky Broadband||14 Jan 2022 14:39:53||3||74 secs||28.56 Mbps||31.54 Mbps||Improved|
|BT||14 Jan 2022 14:30:01||5||2 mins||67.36 Mbps||4.36 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Sky Broadband||14 Jan 2022 14:10:51||2||8 mins||4.01 Mbps||8.88 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|#||Provider Name||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range|
|1||Pure Fibre||927.53 Mbps||40.84—436.56 Mbps|
|2||Virgin Media||931.52 Mbps||37.78—111.48 Mbps|
|3||Zen Internet||619.7 Mbps||69.26—72.35 Mbps|
|4||KCOM||706.75 Mbps||0.99—11.29 Mbps|
|5||BT||6068.11 Mbps||29.54—72.88 Mbps|
|6||TalkTalk||904.45 Mbps||23.3—62.95 Mbps|
|7||Glide||380.56 Mbps||21.15—68.87 Mbps|
|8||CIX||93.44 Mbps||13.57—81.34 Mbps|
|9||Vodafone||550.31 Mbps||24.09—54.7 Mbps|
|10||Sky Broadband||714.38 Mbps||16.72—53.31 Mbps|
|11||EE||304.67 Mbps||12.36—44.73 Mbps|
|12||Plusnet||74.7 Mbps||12.86—36.96 Mbps|
|13||iDNET||101.71 Mbps||3.97—23.58 Mbps|
|14||Shell Energy||73.57 Mbps||5.81—24.6 Mbps|
|15||O2 Broadband||62.8 Mbps||3.76—15.21 Mbps|
York has 15 ISPs tested by its 209,893 residents.
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.
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.
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.
Broadband service from BT is available in York, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 6068.11 Mbps.
Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in York, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 714.38 Mbps.
Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in York, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 931.52 Mbps.
Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 368 of York's postcodes.
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