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Speed test results for November 2014
Tuesday 02 December 2014 11:29:23 by Andrew Ferguson

The top broadband providers in terms of speeds seen on our speed tester for November 2014 are now ready to be published.

Broadband Speeds November 2014 - Large Sample Size
Provider Median Download Mean Download Median Upload Mean Upload % of tests at superfast speeds
Virgin Media 33.1 Mbps 43.5 Mbps 3 Mbps 4.9 Mbps 54.9%
Zen Internet 13.2 Mbps 25.3 Mbps 0.9 Mbps 6.1 Mbps 34.5%
BT Consumer 12.5 Mbps 20.3 Mbps 0.9 Mbps 4.6 Mbps 28.6%
PlusNet 9.6 Mbps 18.7 Mbps 0.8 Mbps 4.6 Mbps 25%
KC 8.3 Mbps 15.1 Mbps 0.8 Mbps 2.3 Mbps 10.9%
Sky 7.9 Mbps 12.6 Mbps 0.9 Mbps 3.7 Mbps 10.9%
EE 6.6 Mbps 11 Mbps 0.8 Mbps 1.9 Mbps 10.1%
TalkTalk (*) 6.4 Mbps 10.5 Mbps 0.7 Mbps 1.2 Mbps 9%

* TalkTalk figures are slightly lower as provider appears to have re-used old AOL IP blocks for a lot of FTTC customers. December 2014 figures will merge AOL and TalkTalk IP blocks.

Median speed is the average where 50% of people get this speed or faster. Mean speed is the arithmetic mean and the difference to the median speed reflects the level of popularity of higher speed products at a provider.

Broadband Speeds November 2014 - Reduced confidence due to smaller sample size
Provider Median Download Mean Download Median Upload Mean Upload % of tests at superfast speeds
Hyperoptic 73.3 Mbps 167.1 Mbps 53.9 Mbps 127.8 Mbps 53.8%
ClaraNet 13.6 Mbps 20.9 Mbps 1 Mbps 7.5 Mbps 20%
Relish 13.1 Mbps 15.8 Mbps 2.3 Mbps 2.4 Mbps 3.8%
AAISP 12.8 Mbps 21.5 Mbps 1 Mbps 4.2 Mbps 19.4%
EE/Orange Mobile 11.3 Mbps 14.7 Mbps 1.5 Mbps 3.4 Mbps 12.3%
Entanet 8.2 Mbps 19.1 Mbps 0.9 Mbps 8.2 Mbps 21.7%
Vodafone Mobile 8 Mbps 12.1 Mbps 1.7 Mbps 2.7 Mbps 10.1%
IDNet 6.7 Mbps 16 Mbps 0.7 Mbps 3.7 Mbps 15.9%

The second set of providers may be missing your provider but given enough speed test results from different locations we are happy to include them. We want to try and provide information on as wide a range of broadband providers as possible and this is particularly important in the SME sector where the smaller providers are often the more popular choice for the personalised touches they can add when dealing with them.

The overall provider figures do hide some interesting facts and the battle between cable broadband and FTTC based services is very close is November 2014. Median cable download speed of 33.5 Mbps versus FTTC at 32.5 Mbps, when back in August it was 45.9 Mbps versus 34.3 Mbps. For those chasing upload speed FTTC has been leading since it was first rolled out and is currently 7.6 Mbps versus 3 Mbps. Though both look tiny compared to FTTH with a median of 94.7 Mbps download and 32.2 Mbps upload.

UK Regional Broadband Speeds November 2014
Area of UK Median Download Mean Download Median Upload Mean Upload
England 11.4 Mbps 21.7 Mbps 1 Mbps 4.2 Mbps
Northern Ireland 10.9 Mbps 19.2 Mbps 1.1 Mbps 3.7 Mbps
Scotland 9.4 Mbps 19.7 Mbps 0.8 Mbps 5.5 Mbps
Wales 6.8 Mbps 15.9 Mbps 0.8 Mbps 3.6 Mbps
East of England 9.9 Mbps 19.5 Mbps 0.9 Mbps 3.6 Mbps
East Midlands 11.5 Mbps 21.5 Mbps 1 Mbps 3.7 Mbps
London 13.7 Mbps 26.2 Mbps 1.6 Mbps 6.2 Mbps
North East 11.4 Mbps 21.4 Mbps 1 Mbps 3.7 Mbps
North West 10.7 Mbps 21 Mbps 0.9 Mbps 3.7 Mbps
South East 13.1 Mbps 23.5 Mbps 1.1 Mbps 4.9 Mbps
South West 9.1 Mbps 18.3 Mbps 0.9 Mbps 3.5 Mbps
West Midlands 11.7 Mbps 22.8 Mbps 1 Mbps 3.8 Mbps
Yorkshire and Humber 10.3 Mbps 19.7 Mbps 0.9 Mbps 3.4 Mbps

We will blog more about the individual provider speed profiles and a more in-depth look at the speeds across the local authorities that make up the regions during December, for example in London the median download speed for the boroughs varies enormously from the slowest at 12 Mbps in Tower Hamlets to the fastest 30.6 Mbps in the London Borough of Hounslow, reflecting availability of faster speeds and take-up of the faster services.

Comments

Posted by TheEulerID over 2 years ago
A scatter plot of mean download speed for DSL operators against "superfast" percentage (i.e. VDSL takeup) reveals a very strong correlation (R-square 0.93).
Extending the regression line gives a forecast of a mean of 55mbps should there be 100% takeup. Of course, we don't know the balance of 40 vs 80mbps packages
Posted by TheEulerID over 2 years ago
A scatter plot of mean download speed for DSL operators against "superfast" percentage (i.e. VDSL takeup) reveals a very strong correlation (R-square 0.93).
Extending the regression line gives a forecast of a mean of 55mbps should there be 100% takeup. Of course, we don't know the balance of 40 vs 80mbps packages
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 2 years ago
If you look at the blog for October 2014 you can get a feel for the split in 80 and 40 product speeds. The November profiles will go up over the next few weeks along with a lot more analysis and peeks at the local authority picture.


Posted by Blackmamba over 2 years ago
Hi Andrew Staff
I am glad to see the South East result as 13.1 for November Median Download.
Posted by Blackmamba over 2 years ago
Hi Andrews Staff and Others.
I have checked the results for Surrey on my D/base as the SCC project is just filling in on Cab provision so the results are on 90%+ (SCC+ BT commercial).
Englind 11.4 Median. South East 13.1 Median. ( Surrey 16.2 + Median 2/12/14)
Posted by johnmiles101 over 2 years ago
When the November profiles are published will the speeds for super-fast and standard DSL be broken out for each provider? In the figures above (with the two technologies aggregated) one can't really compare the speeds of different providers given the different proportions of super-fast lines.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 2 years ago
The profiles went up onto the blog on Wednesday.

http://blog.thinkbroadband.com/2014/12/detailed-analysis-of-november-2014-speed-tests/

Plenty of other ways of looking at the data too, but need more hours in the day.
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