Living in Leeds and wondering what broadband option are available? Our page goes through the top providers in the city, the broadband packages you can get, and how to find a good deal.
Broadband deals in Leeds
Leeds is well-covered by BT’s Openreach network, as well as Virgin Media’s own infrastructure. So, residents of this West Yorkshire city have plenty of choice in providers and packages – and you can also enjoy access to gigabit broadband, with speeds of up to 1,000Mbps and beyond.
The speed and availability can vary from home to home, depending on where in/around Leeds you are. Nevertheless, those living in this area can shop around and compare broadband deals from a wide range of providers.
Whether you’re looking for the cheapest ADSL deal or ultrafast full fibre broadband, you’ll have lots of options to choose from.
Leeds internet providers
All of the UK’s major providers operate in Leeds, including:
There are also a number of smaller, independent companies that offer fibre broadband in certain areas.
Which is the best internet provider in Leeds?
It’s hard to say which is the best internet provider in Leeds, as that largely depends on things like speed, monthly cost, contract length, and any extras – as well as what you can get at your address.
If we’re purely looking at speed, the fastest broadband in Leeds is supplied by Virgin Media. Hyperoptic is a close second, thanks to its 100% fibre network.
Otherwise, you can get fast and ultrafast fibre broadband with any provider that uses BT’s Openreach network. This includes the likes of Sky, EE, Plusnet, TalkTalk, Vodafone, NOW, and BT.
What types of broadband can I get in Leeds?
Being one of the UK’s largest cities, Leeds is well-connected to all types of broadband.
Standard ADSL broadband is the most common and basic type of internet connection. It uses your copper phone wires to deliver internet to your home, with speeds averaging around 10-11Mbps.
In Leeds, fibre optic broadband is just as widely available – and there’s more to enjoy compared with ADSL if you can get it. It’s much faster and more reliable, as it uses fibre optic cables to deliver your home internet connection. If you live in Leeds, you’ll most likely have access to some form of fibre broadband – there are two main types:
- Fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) – this uses fibre optic cables to connect the exchange to the nearest street cabinet to your home, before using copper phone wires between the cabinet and your home. Speeds are usually anywhere between 36-68Mpbs
- Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) – this uses fibre cables all the way between the exchange to your home, resulting in a quicker, more stable connection. Speeds usually range from 100Mbps all the way to 1,000Mbps (1Gbps) and above
For more on the differences between the two, visit our page on FTTP and FTTC broadband.
Generally, FTTC is a lot more common than FTTP across the UK. Luckily, Leeds enjoys widespread coverage with Openreach’s FTTP network – in fact, it was one of the first UK cities to receive Openreach’s full fibre services back in 2018.
Finally, there’s also cable broadband, which uses both fibre optic and coaxial cables to provide ultrafast gigabit broadband. Currently, only Virgin Media operates a cable network – as a result, it provides the fastest broadband on the market, up to 1,130Mbps.
Like FTTP, whether you’re served by Virgin Media’s network depends on where you live. Luckily for Leeds residents, Virgin Media has great coverage across the city.
Getting fibre broadband in Leeds
Most homes in Leeds will have access to fibre optic broadband. The speeds you can get – and the availability of packages – will depend on your address.
Luckily, much of Leeds is covered by Openreach’s full fibre network, meaning many households will be able to enjoy ultrafast speeds of anywhere between 100Mbps to more than 1,000Mbps.
Even if you don’t have access to these speeds, you’ll still be able to get fast fibre broadband with speeds between 36-68Mbps – which is quick enough for most households.
How to compare deals for my postcode
Wondering what broadband deals are available in your area? You can use our quick and easy postcode checker. Just enter your postcode, and you’ll be able to see all the deals you can get at your address from providers we work with.
What broadband speed can I expect in Leeds?
Again, that depends on where you live in/around Leeds, as well as the speed that suits your needs best. Leeds has excellent broadband connectivity, and ultrafast fibre broadband is widely available from a range of providers.
Wondering what speed you’re currently getting? Use our broadband speed test to see your home broadband speed – that way, you can check if you’re getting the advertised speeds, and decide whether you need a faster broadband package.