October 2015 has seen Hyperoptic knocked into second place as Gigaclear who have been expanding now have enough users testing to make it into the speed test table and their median download speed is just beating Hyperoptic.
The fibre based broadband table is surprisingly stable compared to the previous month, and if Vodafone Broadband continues to expand we might in a few months be able to add them, which may seem odd as we don't have EE in the table already, but Vodafone Broadband has the majority of people who join the new fixed line broadband buying a FTTC service from day 1.
|Large Provider Fibre Based Connection Speed Tests October 2015|
|Provider||Median Download||Mean Download||Median Upload||Mean Upload|
|FTTC Overall (excludes Virgin Media)||26 Mbps||27.2 Mbps||7.4 Mbps||8.1 Mbps|
|BT||29.1 Mbps||29.9 Mbps||8.5 Mbps||8.9 Mbps|
|Plusnet||29.7 Mbps||31.1 Mbps||8.7 Mbps||9.6 Mbps|
|Sky||22 Mbps||22.3 Mbps||7.4 Mbps||6.7 Mbps|
|TalkTalk||25.9 Mbps||26.1 Mbps||2 Mbps||4.5 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||41.7 Mbps||50.3 Mbps||5.7 Mbps||6.7 Mbps|
Hopefully in a few years ADSL and ADSL2+ will be the dial-up of 2010, i.e. so few users that sample sizes are so small that we can drop this table but that is still some way away due to the price differential between the ADSL services and fibre based products.
|ADSL/ADSL2+ Connection Speed Tests October 2015|
|Provider/Area||Median Download||Mean Download||Median Upload||Mean Upload|
|All Providers||5.2 Mbps||6.6 Mbps||0.8 Mbps||0.8 Mbps|
|BT||4.7 Mbps||6.2 Mbps||0.7 Mbps||0.7 Mbps|
|Plusnet||5 Mbps||6.1 Mbps||0.7 Mbps||0.7 Mbps|
|Sky||5.2 Mbps||6.6 Mbps||0.8 Mbps||0.8 Mbps|
|TalkTalk||5.5 Mbps||6.6 Mbps||0.8 Mbps||0.7 Mbps|
|Rural ADSL||3.6 Mbps||4.4 Mbps||0.4 Mbps||0.5 Mbps|
The disparity between the national ADSL/ADSL2+ figure and what people get on the rural exchanges where no LLU or WBC ADSL2+ is available remains very apparent and when you consider that the median speed means that half the tests we saw were under 3.6 Mbps explains nicely why those who cannot order anything faster are not so vocal in complaining. Our forums also carry a steady stream of people discovering that even though there is only one wholesaler at the most rural exchanges the choice of retail ISP still makes a difference to the peak time performance.
|The 20 Fastest UK Broadband Providers in October 2015
(ordered by median speed)
Smaller providers without enough geographic data samples are not included
|Provider||Median Download||Mean Download||Median Upload||Mean Upload||Download Speed of top 10%|
|Gigaclear||51.9 Mbps||98.6 Mbps||38.8 Mbps||94.6 Mbps||251 Mbps|
|Hyperoptic||51.6 Mbps||101.6 Mbps||41.9 Mbps||99 Mbps||343 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||41.7 Mbps||50.3 Mbps||5.7 Mbps||6.7 Mbps||106.7 Mbps|
|Vodafone Broadband||19.7 Mbps||23.8 Mbps||8.4 Mbps||8.7 Mbps||52.5 Mbps|
|AAISP||16.7 Mbps||28.8 Mbps||2 Mbps||6.8 Mbps||72.7 Mbps|
|IDNet||14.9 Mbps||23.1 Mbps||1.2 Mbps||5.5 Mbps||62 Mbps|
|BT||14.5 Mbps||19.9 Mbps||3.7 Mbps||5.7 Mbps||41.8 Mbps|
|EE Mobile||14.1 Mbps||18.8 Mbps||2.2 Mbps||6 Mbps||42.3 Mbps|
|Zen Internet||13.6 Mbps||23.1 Mbps||3.9 Mbps||7 Mbps||64.8 Mbps|
|Relish||13.4 Mbps||17.8 Mbps||1.5 Mbps||2.1 Mbps||37.1 Mbps|
|Daisy||13.4 Mbps||21.2 Mbps||4.2 Mbps||7.2 Mbps||49.1 Mbps|
|XILO Communications||13.2 Mbps||23.2 Mbps||1 Mbps||5.5 Mbps||66.4 Mbps|
|Keycom||11.6 Mbps||16.5 Mbps||8.5 Mbps||17.1 Mbps||40.8 Mbps|
|Claranet SOHO||10.7 Mbps||24.3 Mbps||5.2 Mbps||13.2 Mbps||76.7 Mbps|
|Plusnet||9.7 Mbps||17.1 Mbps||1.1 Mbps||4.9 Mbps||39 Mbps|
|Entanet||9.5 Mbps||20.3 Mbps||1.3 Mbps||7.8 Mbps||54.1 Mbps|
|Vodafone Mobile||8.9 Mbps||13.8 Mbps||2.1 Mbps||4.1 Mbps||31.2 Mbps|
|Sky||8.7 Mbps||12.7 Mbps||1.1 Mbps||3.4 Mbps||30.2 Mbps|
|Tooway Direct||8.3 Mbps||8.7 Mbps||0.4 Mbps||0.5 Mbps||18.6 Mbps|
|KC||7.4 Mbps||24.1 Mbps||0.9 Mbps||7.5 Mbps||57.2 Mbps|
TalkTalk got pushed out of the top 20 this month with a median download 7.4 Mbps, along with 02 Mobile (6.9 Mbps), EE (6.3 Mbps), Eclipse (5.9 Mbps), Three (5.8 Mbps), Demon (5.4 Mbps) and the Post Office (2.8 Mbps).
B4RN did not make the table due to sample size but otherwise it would be at the top with a median download speed of 115.2 Mbps. Call Flow Solutions who are starting to deploy to a larger foot print did not make the sample size cut either but managed a median download speed of 13.7 Mbps.
Some may question including the speed tests from people using phones and tablets on fixed line broadband which by implication will always be a Wi-Fi based connection, but 35.7% of the speed tests carried out using a phone (18.4%) or tablet (17.3%) it is clear that people are very interested in the performance of their handheld devices and that fixed line providers need to pay careful attention to any Wi-Fi routers they provide, i.e. a low cost solution for a provider might waste more time and money with people seeking support or getting poor video streaming experiences.
|Comparison of different hardware and its effect on speed test
results - October 2015
Median download speed
|All Providers||14.7 Mbps||11.3 Mbps||12.4 Mbps|
|BT||15.1 Mbps||12.9 Mbps||15.4 Mbps|
|Plusnet||11.1 Mbps||8 Mbps||10.5 Mbps|
|Sky||9.7 Mbps||8.6 Mbps||8.3 Mbps|
|TalkTalk||7.9 Mbps||7.2 Mbps||8.4 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||46.3 Mbps||28.8 Mbps||35.8 Mbps|
It is interesting to see mobile phones actually doing better than tablets for the second month in a row, conventional thinking is that tablets are larger and have room for larger Wi-Fi antenna, but the results seem to suggest otherwise, maybe this is because people are replacing mobile phones more often and there is wider support of 802.11ac.
Looking forward we might see the median speed starting to rise quickly over at BT Retail if take-up of the fibre based products continues to grow since looking at the profile of speed test users we see around 55% on a fibre based connection and the remainder firmly on ADSL/ASDL2+. Over at Sky 34% of those using the speed test appear to be on a VDSL2 service, for comparison the new entrant Vodafone Broadband has 75% of its tests over a FTTC connection.