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Speed test results for June 2015
Wednesday 01 July 2015 11:31:25 by Andrew Ferguson

The speed test results are in for June 2015 and apologies for the length of the article but we have expanded the main table to include 20 providers, to help ensure that more of the broadband providers and their relative speeds are visible to people. To see how things have changed in the last month you can compare with the May 2015 results.

Large Provider Fibre Based Connection Speed Tests June 2015
Provider Median Download Mean Download Median Upload Mean Upload
FTTC Overall (excludes Virgin Media) 29 Mbps 30.1 Mbps 8 Mbps 8.9 Mbps
BT 31.5 Mbps 32.2 Mbps 8.5 Mbps 9.1 Mbps
Plusnet 34.7 Mbps 34.9 Mbps 11.8 Mbps 11.3 Mbps
Sky 25.3 Mbps 24.8 Mbps 8 Mbps 7.4 Mbps
TalkTalk 28.6 Mbps 28.8 Mbps 1.8 Mbps 4.5 Mbps
Virgin Media 39.7 Mbps 46.9 Mbps 4 Mbps 5.6 Mbps

We noted a drop in the speed for FTTC services during May 2015, and this trend has continued though PlusNet where people seem to be complaining more about speeds showed the largest drop during June. Possible reasons for slowing FTTC speeds may be the fun and games that the G.INP is causing and increasing levels of crosstalk as more people sign-up, but none of these affect Virgin Media which also saw a drop. Overall FTTC speeds are still in line with where they were in February 2014 and as FTTC speeds are even more distance influenced that ADSL2+ we suspect that we have seen more long line customers and people testing across their Wi-Fi connection. For those worrying that FTTC is worse in rural areas, our comparison of rural exchange FTTC speeds versus the rest of the UK shows those testing from rural areas 0.5 Mbps faster in terms of the mean speed.

ADSL/ADSL2+ Connection Speed Tests June 2015
Provider Median Download Mean Download Median Upload Mean Upload
All Providers 5.2 Mbps 6.4 Mbps 0.6 Mbps 0.6 Mbps
BT 4.5 Mbps 5.8 Mbps 0.5 Mbps 0.5 Mbps
Plusnet 5.2 Mbps 6.3 Mbps 0.4 Mbps 0.5 Mbps
Sky 5.5 Mbps 6.8 Mbps 0.7 Mbps 0.7 Mbps
TalkTalk 5.7 Mbps 6.6 Mbps 0.6 Mbps 0.6 Mbps

The ASDL speed table looks pretty consistent apart from PlusNet where the median download speed 0.6 Mbps. ADSL/ADSL2+ speeds in rural areas shows slower download speeds with a median of 4.3 Mbps (mean 5.4 Mbps) mainly due to the lower availability of ADSL2+.

The 20 Fastest Broadband Provider Speeds in June 2015 - (ordered by median speed)
Smaller providers without enough speed and geographic data are not included
Provider Median Download Mean Download Median Upload Mean Upload Download Speed of top 10%
Hyperoptic 86.8 Mbps 160.6 Mbps 67.7 Mbps 136.8 Mbps 444 Mbps
Virgin Media 39.7 Mbps 46.9 Mbps 4 Mbps 5.6 Mbps 101.7 Mbps
AAISP 29.1 Mbps 30.2 Mbps 2.2 Mbps 7.6 Mbps 70.1 Mbps
Zen Internet 18 Mbps 26.9 Mbps 4.8 Mbps 7.4 Mbps 68.2 Mbps
XILO Communications 14.5 Mbps 25 Mbps 0.9 Mbps 5.2 Mbps 67.1 Mbps
BT 13.8 Mbps 20.4 Mbps 1.9 Mbps 5.2 Mbps 46.2 Mbps
EE Mobile (inc. Orange/T-Mobile) 12.5 Mbps 17.2 Mbps 1.6 Mbps 4.7 Mbps 36.8 Mbps
Relish 11.7 Mbps 16.2 Mbps 2.2 Mbps 2.1 Mbps 34.5 Mbps
IDNet 10.9 Mbps 21.4 Mbps 0.9 Mbps 5 Mbps 54.8 Mbps
Daisy
Wholesaler to providers like SSE and The Phone Co-Op
10.2 Mbps 18.2 Mbps 0.8 Mbps 5.8 Mbps 50.3 Mbps
Tooway Direct 10.2 Mbps 10.2 Mbps 0.4 Mbps 0.4 Mbps 17.1 Mbps
PlusNet 10.1 Mbps 18.1 Mbps 0.9 Mbps 5 Mbps 46.3 Mbps
Sky 8.7 Mbps 12.9 Mbps 0.6 Mbps 0.9 Mbps 30.8 Mbps
KC 8.6 Mbps 19.9 Mbps 0.8 Mbps 3.7 Mbps 68.2 Mbps
Vodafone Mobile 7.7 Mbps 11.9 Mbps 1.2 Mbps 2.6 Mbps 27 Mbps
TalkTalk 7.6 Mbps 13.1 Mbps 0.7 Mbps 1.7 Mbps 35.4 Mbps
Entanet 7.5 Mbps 21 Mbps 1 Mbps 13.3 Mbps 58.5 Mbps
EE Home Broadband 7.3 Mbps 12.2 Mbps 0.8 Mbps 2.6 Mbps 33.9 Mbps
O2 Mobile 6.8 Mbps 11 Mbps 1.3 Mbps 3.2 Mbps 26.3 Mbps
TalkTalk Business 6.6 Mbps 7.2 Mbps 0.7 Mbps 1.1 Mbps 15.8 Mbps

While not making it into the table due to a small sample size Gigaclear with a mean download of 92.5 Mbps may push Virgin Media into third place once their network footprint expands. The mean speeds from another three providers (Wight Fibre 48.3 Mbps, Origin Broadband 40 Mbps and Wessex Internet 24.9 Mbps) could once we see more tests might push even more of the big names further down the table.

Tooway Direct is a new name and is one of the satellite broadband providers in the UK and while they feature well in terms of median download speed the upload speeds are not inspiring and the low speed of the top 10% at 17.1 Mbps shows that while some do get faster through package choice. There was one interesting observation when reviewing the results and on another unnamed satellite provider one person was doing speed tests just before midnight and then shortly after and large difference in speed pointed towards pretty harsh traffic management, this was repeated over a few days suggesting it was not simply user congestion.

EE Mobile which is the combination of EE, T-Mobile and Orange users and includes 3G and 4G tests makes a good case for using mobile broadband if fixed line services are slow and a decent mobile signal is available, but the only problem with most mobile packages is the expensive data limits, a quandary we see people trying to square on our forums as they know they can get 4G but their data use profile (which really only needs to be average at around 20 to 30GB per month) find the cost often means people stick with relatively slow fixed line services.

Comments

Posted by ahockings about 1 year ago
But surely the likes of Hyperoptic and Gigaclear should be higher than this?
It's only 160Mbps because most I suspect choose 100meg and a few 1Gbps.
Surely since we know they can deliver up to 940ish Mbps (due to the limitations of Ethernet), their figures should be much higher??
Posted by ahockings about 1 year ago
On the 4G point, that 20 -30GB is going to rise fairly soon.
One of the problems I found is that while we watch Netflix over a 1.7Mbps ADSL connection the data usage is quite low since Netflix then delivers an SD picture.
As soon as you switch to cellular (EE in my case), you get HD, which is lovely but three times the data usage!
10 -15 hours of viewing and bang goes the data.
Posted by Blackmamba about 1 year ago
Hi Andrews Staff plus Broadband Watchers.
Glad to see you are advertising the average (mean) result for BT FTTC over the last month this result I would think is over a large sample size.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) about 1 year ago
Hyperoptic has 20/100/1000 products, so yes if everyone was on 1000 it would be higher.
Posted by ahockings about 1 year ago
Sorry, I missed the top 10% 444Mbps bit.
Posted by uniquename about 1 year ago
@Blackmamba
I wonder if it is all BT FTTC or just Infinity. Estimates below 15Mbps aren't allowed to sign up for that, and go on "Unlimited Broadband with Fibre"
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) about 1 year ago
All BT FTTC
Posted by generallee94 about 1 year ago
Why would only PLusnet be affected by G.INP issues and crosstalk... and long lines and wireless testing???

Wouldn't that apply to all tests using any type of DSL or at least FTTC.
Posted by Blackmamba about 1 year ago
Hi Uni
I is very inportant to have the data correct on FTTC at a mile (15 meg down) so customers can order as required. I have been tracking the average speed (mean) over the last 7 months and it has been very erractic.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) about 1 year ago
How does tracking the mean help with plotting speeds for those at a mile from cabinet?
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) about 1 year ago
@generallee84 We said across a number of providers there was a drop but largest was at plusnet where also moans about congestion are getting more common
Posted by gerarda about 1 year ago
"For those worrying that FTTC is worse in rural areas, our comparison of rural exchange FTTC speeds versus the rest of the UK shows those testing from rural areas 0.5 Mbps faster in terms of the mean speed". The laws of physics do not change in rural areas, just the number of very long lines that make FTTC worse there. Those long line of course not generally being FTTC ones so not in your stats
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) about 1 year ago
On long lines true that is why speed tests are not used in the county stats

Have had plenty of people doubt the speed of fttc as they say no one lives near cabs etc etc
Posted by gerarda about 1 year ago
You also have to remember that BT have cherry picked the cabinets to enable - so these are likely to be where most of the premises are clustered round the cabinet.
Posted by Blackmamba about 1 year ago
Hi Andrew Staff
At what distance do you class a long line on FTTC or is it lines that are not suitable for service and are barred by Openreach from there weekly routene test.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) about 1 year ago
http://www.thinkbroadband.com/guide/fibre-broadband.html#what-speed
Posted by Blackmamba about 1 year ago
Hi Andrew Staff
Thanks for your reply.
My calculation for a long line was over 1 mile from the Cab to the Post Code so my window was between .90 to .99 mile this should give a reading of 15 meg down which Surrey was contracted to but failed with 1000 customers above the result.
Posted by WWWombat about 1 year ago
@gerarda

Cherry-picked cabinets eh?

You're right, in principle, of course. A cabinet with a good proportion of short lines is a good prospect commercially, as well as speed wise.

But by the time the existing & new contracts complete, I reckon almost all cabs will have been converted, plus many new EO conversions.

So, when cherry-picked == nearly all, you're right.
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