The darkness of winter is starting to fade and another month has passed by meaning that after a few days to verify the results we are now ready to publish our speed test results for January 2015.
|Broadband Speeds January 2015 - Large Sample Size|
|Provider||Median Download||Mean Download||Median Upload||Mean Upload||% of tests at superfast speeds||Speed of top 10%|
|Virgin Media||40.3 Mbps||48.4 Mbps||5.3 Mbps||7.5 Mbps||61.6%||105.6 Mbps|
|Zen Internet||19.5 Mbps||27.6 Mbps||4.1 Mbps||6.3 Mbps||42.5%||68.1 Mbps|
|BT Consumer||16.4 Mbps||23 Mbps||3.2 Mbps||5.4 Mbps||34.1%||56.6 Mbps|
|PlusNet||12.5 Mbps||21.4 Mbps||0.9 Mbps||5.4 Mbps||30.4%||57.7 Mbps|
|Sky||9.8 Mbps||14.5 Mbps||0.9 Mbps||3.4 Mbps||14.8%||34.1 Mbps|
|KC||8.2 Mbps||22.4 Mbps||0.7 Mbps||3.9 Mbps||20.5%||53.1 Mbps|
|TalkTalk||8.2 Mbps||14.2 Mbps||0.7 Mbps||1.9 Mbps||16.2%||36.9 Mbps|
|EE||6.9 Mbps||12.4 Mbps||0.8 Mbps||2.4 Mbps||13.8%||34.7 Mbps|
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.
For the large sample size providers we have included an extra column this month, the speed that the fastest 10% at each provider are getting. This column gives some idea of the proportion of users who are buying the fastest services from each provider, and it is possible that as people feel the reduced cost of fuel and other essentials that we might see more people upgrading to the faster broadband options at the various providers, particularly as the special offers now include the faster services too.
|Broadband Speeds January 2015 - Reduced confidence due to smaller sample size|
|Provider||Median Download||Mean Download||Median Upload||Mean Upload||% of tests at superfast speeds|
|Hyperoptic||44.4 Mbps||109.9 Mbps||54.2 Mbps||129.9 Mbps||65.9%|
|AAISP||21 Mbps||27.1 Mbps||4.4 Mbps||6.7 Mbps||36.4%|
|EE/Orange Mobile||15 Mbps||20.3 Mbps||2.6 Mbps||3.7 Mbps||22.1%|
|Relish||14.1 Mbps||16.1 Mbps||1.8 Mbps||2.4 Mbps||12%|
|IDNet||11.3 Mbps||20.6 Mbps||0.8 Mbps||4.1 Mbps||26.5%|
|Entanet||9.5 Mbps||25.9 Mbps||0.9 Mbps||9.8 Mbps||24.5%|
|T-Mobile||8.7 Mbps||13 Mbps||1.1 Mbps||2.9 Mbps||5.7%|
|Vodafone Mobile||7.4 Mbps||10 Mbps||0.9 Mbps||2.3 Mbps||7.5%|
|Eclipse||6.9 Mbps||13.8 Mbps||0.7 Mbps||2 Mbps||15%|
|Daisy||6.9 Mbps||13.3 Mbps||0.6 Mbps||2.3 Mbps||10.3%|
|Demon Internet||6 Mbps||8 Mbps||0.7 Mbps||1 Mbps||0%|
|Three||4.9 Mbps||8 Mbps||1.3 Mbps||1.9 Mbps||5.2%|
|Post Office||3.7 Mbps||4.3 Mbps||0.3 Mbps||0.4 Mbps||0%|
|O2 Mobile||3.3 Mbps||9.9 Mbps||0.7 Mbps||2.6 Mbps||5.6%|
The smaller sample table includes some new entrants, not because their speeds have improved but because we have enough tests in the month to talk about their results. Andrews & Arnold (AAISP) show what is possible for a highly technically focused provider. Daisy Group is a new entrant and with recent acquisitions may now be a regular entry in the lists. The low speeds at the Post Office are reflective of their up to 8 Mbps products and Demon Internet is the disappointing entry because while they were at the forefront of the broadband revolution in 2000, they seem to be slow adopting the fibre based products.
Remember that we offer two versions of the speed test currently with the new version running on desktops, mobiles, tablets and games consoles and the more traditional tester. Where those running the test provide a postcode the results will also appear on map page.
Our tracking of locations allows us to look at the long term trends for areas, so Wales which is usually at the bottom of the coverage and speed tables in the UK for the four nations has shown its median download speed rise from 6.6 Mbps to 10.6 Mbps in the last 12 months, and the top quartile speed has gone from 18.9 Mbps to 30.1 Mbps. With areas like Conwy and Powys now starting to see the fibre roll-outs taking superfast coverage above 20% at last for those parts of Wales, we are expecting the speeds to continue improving in Wales in 2015.