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Speed test results for May 2015
Wednesday 03 June 2015 11:02:50 by Andrew Ferguson

The speed test results for May 2015 are out and so it is time to see if your own speed test is above or below average for your provider.

Looking at the national picture quickly, England recorded an average (mean) download speed of 26 Mbps and 5.8 Mbps Upload, Northern Ireland 22.4 Mbps and 4.5 Mbps, Scotland 23.4 Mbps and 5 Mbps and Wales 21.3 Mbps and 4.4 Mbps. London is the fastest English region with an average download of 31.3 Mbps and the East of England is the slowest at 21.3 Mbps.

Large Provider Fibre Based Connection Speed Tests May 2015
Provider Median Download Mean Download Median Upload Mean Upload
FTTC Overall (excludes Virgin Media) 31.6 Mbps 32.9 Mbps 8.5 Mbps 9.4 Mbps
BT 33.7 Mbps 35 Mbps 8.8 Mbps 9.6 Mbps
Plusnet 37.3 Mbps 39 Mbps 13.6 Mbps 12.2 Mbps
Sky 26.9 Mbps 26.6 Mbps 8.2 Mbps 7.7 Mbps
TalkTalk 31.2 Mbps 31.1 Mbps 1.8 Mbps 5.1 Mbps
Virgin Media 44.8 Mbps 52.9 Mbps 5.6 Mbps 6.1 Mbps

Oddly there has been a drop in the speeds of the fibre based services, but PlusNet has bucked the trend and show a small increase. It will be interesting to see if this is just a small monthly blip or whether the trend continues. We ran out of time for this batch of results, but when we publish the June results we should be able to talk about peak versus off-peak speeds and look at the historical trends too.

ADSL/ADSL2+ Connection Speed Tests May 2015
Provider Median Download Mean Download Median Upload Mean Upload
All Providers 5.4 Mbps 6.4 Mbps 0.6 Mbps 0.6 Mbps
BT 4.5 Mbps 5.8 Mbps 0.4 Mbps 0.5 Mbps
Plusnet 5.8 Mbps 6.7 Mbps 0.5 Mbps 0.5 Mbps
Sky 5.6 Mbps 6.8 Mbps 0.7 Mbps 0.7 Mbps
TalkTalk 5.9 Mbps 6.7 Mbps 0.6 Mbps 0.6 Mbps

BT and Sky users appear to be a bit slower, but PlusNet and TalkTalk customers are maybe getting a better deal. Of course the result for individuals will vary greatly with the largest factor being the distance to the telephone exchange, but knowing if you are above average or not is useful. The long term trend for ADSL and ADSL2+ speeds is for them to still be rising, this is helping by the continued roll-out of ADSL2+ by BT Wholesale and while the LLU providers are not expanding so rapidly now, there are plenty still switching to their ADSL2+ services to escape the old up to 8 Mbps BT Wholesale IPStream Max system. The headlines often look at just the fibre speeds, but the majority are still on older exchange based services for now.

The 15 Fastest Broadband Provider Speeds in May 2015 - (ordered by median speed)
Provider Median Download Mean Download Median Upload Mean Upload Speed of top 10%
Hyperoptic 70.4 Mbps 145.4 Mbps 45.6 Mbps 116 Mbps 364 Mbps
Virgin Media 44.8 Mbps 52.9 Mbps 5.9 Mbps 6.1 Mbps 108 Mbps
AAISP 26.5 Mbps 26.9 Mbps 4.3 Mbps 6.4 Mbps 62.4 Mbps
Zen Internet 20.7 Mbps 28.9 Mbps 5.6 Mbps 7.8 Mbps 70.2 Mbps
IDNet 17.5 Mbps 25.6 Mbps 3.4 Mbps 5.6 Mbps 65.6 Mbps
BT 16.8 Mbps 22.9 Mbps 3.9 Mbps 5.8 Mbps 55.6 Mbps
PlusNet 13.7 Mbps 22.4 Mbps 1 Mbps 6.2 Mbps 57.4 Mbps
EE Mobile (inc. Orange/T-Mobile) 12.8 Mbps 19.3 Mbps 2 Mbps 5 Mbps 44.2 Mbps
Relish 10.9 Mbps 13.8 Mbps 1.5 Mbps 2.4 Mbps 29.6 Mbps
XILO Communications 10 Mbps 20.5 Mbps 0.9 Mbps 4.4 Mbps 57.6 Mbps
Sky 10 15 Mbps 1 Mbps 3.9 Mbps 34.3 Mbps
Entanet 9.8 Mbps 22.7 Mbps 1.4 Mbps 9 Mbps 71.6 Mbps
Vodafone Mobile 9.4 Mbps 12.4 Mbps 1.5 Mbps 2.9 Mbps 25.9 Mbps
TalkTalk 8.2 Mbps 14.2 Mbps 0.8 Mbps 2 Mbps 36.4 Mbps
EE Home Broadband 8.2 Mbps 13 Mbps 0.8 Mbps 3.1 Mbps 34.6 Mbps

XILO has crept into the top 15 speed table this month, by virtue of a better sample size, pushing Daisy down into 16th and KC into 17th place. KC is an unusual one, as while their median (7.6 Mbps) speed is very low the mean speed at 26.1 Mbps and top 10% at 80.4 Mbps shows the problem of a FTTP heavy roll-out, i.e. while those who have access to Lightstream get great speeds the slow speed of the roll-out is hurting others. Wessex Internet has dropped out of the chart because the sample size was too small for May.

One of the satellite providers was at the bottom of the table with a median of 2.8 Mbps (mean 4 Mbps) for downloads (0.3 Mbps median upload and 0.7 Mbps mean) with the fastest 10% getting speeds of 10.4 Mbps or faster, which does not bode well for any Government ambitions to make wider use of satellite based connections to satisfy the 2 Mbps Universal Service Commitment.


Posted by Hubz about 1 year ago
Is that the mean speed of the top 10% ?
Posted by mike41 about 1 year ago
Independent tests such as TBB's based on everyday user experience are so useful when we come to choose a new or replacement ISP. Thank you.
Posted by jrawle about 1 year ago
Aren't the FTTC speeds pretty meaningless, as they don't distinguish between customers on an "up to 38" and "up to 76" package? The averages for a particular provider will depend on the proportion of customers on each product more than the performance of those products. PlusNet shows higher upload speeds because their 38 package includes the full "up to 19.5 Mbps" upload, whereas BT's is limited to 9.5.
Posted by postie90 about 1 year ago
I agree wholeheartedly re the KC slow rollout of lightstream. our area is not even mentioned in the rollout, but that said our choices of moving is limited to 1 or 2 others literally.
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