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Top 10 Fastest Broadband ISPs for February 2003
Monday 03 March 2003 00:38:00 by jez

Monthly results from our ISP Speed Test are out again. The shorter month of February saw the top three contenders maintain their fighting positions amongst a generally faster set of speed results compared with last month. In comparison to last month, every ISP in the top 10 has increased in speed apart from Freedom to Surf who slipped by roughly 2.5 Kbps average.

Our results are now accurate to one decimal place to help differentiate between closely matched providers. Congratulations to BT Broadband for rising 9 places and 26 Kbps average to secure 4th position, and Demon for climbing 4 places and 16 Kbps average to 8th place.

Please note that smaller ISPs may be excluded from this list due to a lack or absence of speed test data. ISPs are ranked by average downstream speed for 512Kbps connections with a minimum of 150 confirmed test results ("total" column). Also, these tests do not include any services offered at faster than 512Kbps such as Bulldog's PrimeTime services.

Rank

ISP

Downstream

Upstream

Total

1 Nildram 446.3 Kbps 237.0 Kbps 2488
2 Eclipse Internet 433.2 Kbps 235.9 Kbps 917
3 Zen Internet 432.4 Kbps 234.8 Kbps 1159
4 BT Broadband 428.2 Kbps 231.3 Kbps 1110
5 Boltblue broadband 426.0 Kbps 233.3 Kbps 249
6 PlusNet 424.3 Kbps 236.2 Kbps 1903
7 PIPEX Internet Limited 423.9 Kbps 236.7 Kbps 4804
8 Demon 419.3 Kbps 220.5 Kbps 905
9 Freedom 2 Surf PLC 415.6 Kbps 236.0 Kbps 513
10 AOL 415.2 Kbps 228.6 Kbps 1137

ISPs ranked between 11th and 15th position:

Rank

ISP

Downstream

Upstream

Total

11 BTOpenworld 412.8 Kbps 220.0 Kbps 7662
12 One.Tel 411.7 Kbps 215.5 Kbps 253
13 Tiscali 408.3 Kbps 232.7 Kbps 748
14 Clara.net 406.0 Kbps 224.2 Kbps 184
15 Freeserve 404.7 Kbps 239.7 Kbps 3175

ISPs with a greater number of speed test results should be considered to be a more accurate representation of network performance. In addition, we urge our users to try our ISP Comparator which considers other factors such as reliability and customer service. Remember to ask in our Message Boards if you're choosing a new ISP! To view a list of previous months results, click here.

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