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Speed test results for March 2015
Wednesday 01 April 2015 13:16:00 by Andrew Ferguson

No Easter Eggs hidden in the speed test results, as we publish the analysis from our broadband speed test for the period of March 2015.

When Virgin Media finally makes the formal announcement and roll-out of its 200 Mbps to 300 Mbps option we can expect to see the Virgin Media speeds jump significantly and that will also have a large impact on the mean speeds in the areas of the UK where the cable provider has its network. Though at speeds like this the equipment you use to run the speed test will have an impact, and we will at that point start to split the results up based on the platform, since the Wi-Fi on a mobile phone and tablet is generally slower than what a full PC can manage.

Broadband Speeds March 2015 - Large Sample Size (ordered by median speed)
Provider Median Download Mean Download Median Upload Mean Upload % of tests at superfast speeds Speed of top 10%
Virgin Media 43.7 Mbps 52.1 Mbps 5.3 Mbps 6.1 Mbps 65.4% 108.1 Mbps
BT Consumer 16.3 Mbps 23.4 Mbps 3.9 Mbps 5.7 Mbps 33.8% 58.1 Mbps
Zen Internet 15.4 Mbps 26.4 Mbps 2.4 Mbps 7.5 Mbps 37.7% 71.3 Mbps
PlusNet 13.9 Mbps 22.2 Mbps 1 Mbps 6.3 Mbps 32.1% 57.1 Mbps
Sky 10.6 Mbps 15.8 Mbps 1 Mbps 4.9 Mbps 16.4% 35.3 Mbps
KC 10.5 Mbps 29.1 Mbps 0.8 Mbps 4.1 Mbps 20% 115.1 Mbps
TalkTalk 8.5 Mbps 14.6 Mbps 0.8 Mbps 2.1 Mbps 16.8% 36.9 Mbps
EE 7.3 Mbps 12.5 Mbps 0.8 Mbps 2.9 Mbps 13.8% 33.8 Mbps

The KC result is interesting as the fact that the superfast roll-out in the KC area which is at around 25% of premises is very FTTH heavy and the top percentile speed of 115 Mbps reflects this.

Our own forum and PlusNet's own forum are busy with a chat about peak time congestion and slow downs, but while there are short periods when speeds do seem to slow down there has been no real impact on the monthly averages. The fact that the speed issues seem to only affect certain gateways at the provider and may be mixed in with congestion issues on the WBMC wholesale network increases the difficulty in seeing any change in the overall figures. There have also been one or two other providers that have spotted some occasional congestion which is thought to be in the BT Wholesale network.

Broadband Speeds March 2015 - Reduced confidence due to smaller sample size
Provider Median Download Mean Download Median Upload Mean Upload % of tests at superfast speeds Speed of top 10%
Hyperoptic 79.1 Mbps 190.8 Mbps 66 Mbps 162.5 Mbps 72.7% 607 Mbps
Wessex Internet 27.5 Mbps 30.1 Mbps 5 Mbps 13.4 Mbps 33.3% 45.2 Mbps
AAISP 24.2 Mbps 29.1 Mbps 3.9 Mbps 5.7 Mbps 35.3% 37.6 Mbps
EE/Orange Mobile 16.5 Mbps 19.3 Mbps 3.2 Mbps 5.8 Mbps 23.4% 40.9 Mbps
Entanet 14.1 Mbps 28.9 Mbps 1.8 Mbps 10.8 Mbps 34.7% 72.8 Mbps
IDNet 13.5 Mbps 22.8 Mbps 0.9 Mbps 5.7 Mbps 28.3% 60.6 Mbps
Vodafone Mobile 9.9 Mbps 11.5 Mbps 1.3 Mbps 2.4 Mbps 2% 22.8 Mbps
O2 Mobile 8.8 Mbps 12.8 Mbps 2.1 Mbps 3.7 Mbps 10% 35.5 Mbps
Daisy (Fleur Telecom) 6.9 Mbps 14.8 Mbps 0.9 Mbps 4.6 Mbps 13.6% 34.8 Mbps
Eclipse 6.8 Mbps 14.1 Mbps 0.7 Mbps 3.8 Mbps 13.7% 38 Mbps
Demon Internet 6.1 Mbps 8.1 Mbps 0.6 Mbps 1.7 Mbps 1.1% 14 Mbps
Three 5.1 Mbps 10.6 Mbps 1.6 Mbps 2.9 Mbps 4.2% 22.5 Mbps
Post Office 3.5 Mbps 3.8 Mbps 0.3 Mbps 0.4 Mbps 0% 6.2 Mbps

No surprise that Hyperoptic is at the top of the table once more, Gigaclear and B4RN would also be up there but there is not enough geographic dispersed tests to give us the confidence to feature them. As the two other providers grow their footprint this is likely to change.

The mobile providers continue to feature well in the table and for those where fixed line broadband is slow but mobile coverage is good may provide a very real alternative so long as your data use volume is within an affordable range.

Fixed wireless operator Wessex Internet is waving the flag once more for the technology and show what can be achieved. We have in the last month added tracking for two of the popular satellite broadband operators, the volume of tests is still low but over time we may be able to provide a summary and show how ADSL, ADSL2+, FTTC, FTTH, cable, fixed wireless, 4G and satellite all compare to one another.

ADSL2+ Connection Speed Tests March 2015
Provider Median Download Mean Download Median Upload Mean Upload
All Providers 4.4 Mbps 7.4 Mbps 0.6 Mbps 0.8 Mbps
BT 4.8 Mbps 6 Mbps 0.4 Mbps 0.5 Mbps
Plusnet 5.8 Mbps 6.8 Mbps 0.5 Mbps 0.5 Mbps
Sky 5.9 Mbps 7.2 Mbps 0.7 Mbps 0.7 Mbps
TalkTalk 6 Mbps 6.9 Mbps 0.6 Mbps 0.6 Mbps
All Providers includes the larger named providers and tests from other operators also offering ADSL2+
Fibre Based Connection Speed Tests March 2015
Provider Median Download Mean Download Median Upload Mean Upload
FTTC Overall (excludes Virgin Media) 32.1 Mbps 33.3 Mbps 8.6 Mbps 9.8 Mbps
BT 34.6 Mbps 35.6 Mbps 8.8 Mbps 9.9 Mbps
Plusnet 36.8 Mbps 38.4 Mbps 12.5 Mbps 11.7 Mbps
Sky 27.8 Mbps 27.4 Mbps 8.2 Mbps 8.2 Mbps
TalkTalk 32 Mbps 31.8 Mbps 1.9 Mbps 5.5 Mbps
Virgin Media 43.7 Mbps 52.1 Mbps 5.3 Mbps 6.1 Mbps
Each provider includes multiple products, so result will vary depending on popularity of speed/price points

As is normal the FTTC speeds are dominated by what ever speed the entry level product is offering, hence the slow uploads for TalkTalk FTTC and most of the difference in download speeds is a factor of the popularity of the up to 76 Mbps product. PlusNet win because their up to 76 Mbps service is standard pricing cheaper than the others, thus proving more popular.

After Easter we will be adding some of the Q1 2015 results for the various parts of the UK to our blog pages, so people can keep up to speed with how speeds are improving or not improving in the different parts of the UK.

Comments

Posted by adslmax about 1 year ago
Virgin Media will not roll out 200 to 300Meg option until next year!
Posted by WWWombat about 1 year ago
That Wessex result isn't bad, is it? Any idea what equipment they use?
Posted by Dixinormous about 1 year ago
I would suggest that you are wrong, pretty much as per, adslmax.

There's a schedule in place and rollout will start in 2015.
Posted by michael2909 about 1 year ago
EE seem to be the worst performing. Are they likely to improve their service soon?
Posted by philjonrose about 1 year ago
Post office bottom of the pile again !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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