Another year has rolled by and as January starts and everyone struggles back into the standard weekly routine we have the results from our monthly speed test analysis. For those less interested in individual providers the results for Q4/2015 across the various parts of the UK have already been added to our speed and availability checker which also includes maps of postcodes below 2 Mbps and 10 Mbps.
|Large Provider Fibre Based Connection Speed Tests December 2015|
|Provider||Median Download||Mean Download||Median Upload||Mean Upload|
|FTTC Overall (excludes Virgin Media)||28.4 Mbps||29.4 Mbps||6.6 Mbps||7.3 Mbps|
|BT||30.7 Mbps||31.7 Mbps||8.1 Mbps||8.5 Mbps|
|EE||28.1 Mbps||27 Mbps||8.1 Mbps||7.3 Mbps|
|Plusnet||30.6 Mbps||31.5 Mbps||6.9 Mbps||8.4 Mbps|
|Sky||24.8 Mbps||24.6 Mbps||6.7 Mbps||6.5 Mbps|
|TalkTalk||28.1 Mbps||28.8 Mbps||1.8 Mbps||4.3 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||41.3 Mbps||49 Mbps||4.8 Mbps||5.7 Mbps|
|Vodafone||29.1 Mbps||31.1 Mbps||8.9 Mbps||9.5 Mbps|
Vodafone has joined the group of providers with its FTTC service and the usual small fluctuations in the speed of the FTTC services and no major movement in the average speed for Virgin Media where upgrades are underway. The split of FTTC users we see is that around 20% are on the up to 76 Mbps variant (up to 19 Mbps upload), 70% are on the up to 38 Mbps version (up to 9.5 Mbps upload) and the cheapest version sold by Plusnet and TalkTalk with an up to 2 Mbps upload accounts for 10% of the speed tests seen on FTTC based connections.
|ADSL/ADSL2+ Connection Speed Tests December 2015|
|Provider/Area||Median Download||Mean Download||Median Upload||Mean Upload|
|All Providers||5 Mbps||6.3 Mbps||0.6 Mbps||0.6 Mbps|
|BT||4.4 Mbps||5.9 Mbps||0.4 Mbps||0.5 Mbps|
|EE||4.2 Mbps||5.8 Mbps||0.6 Mbps||0.6 Mbps|
|Plusnet||4.9 Mbps||6.1 Mbps||0.5 Mbps||0.5 Mbps|
|Sky||4.9 Mbps||6.4 Mbps||0.6 Mbps||0.6 Mbps|
|TalkTalk||5.3 Mbps||6.4 Mbps||0.6 Mbps||0.6 Mbps|
|Rural ADSL||3.4 Mbps||4.3 Mbps||0.3 Mbps||0.4 Mbps|
The ADSL/ADSL2+ speeds are almost a copy and paste of the previous month with just minimal changes. The overall provider speed table relies on the popularity of the competing technologies, and the split of tests in December 2015 was such at 44% of tests were identified as on an ADSL/ADSL2+ connection, 24% on FTTC and 20% on cable broadband, which is roughly in line with reported take-up figures in the last financial quarter.
|The 20 Fastest UK Broadband Providers in December 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%|
|Hyperoptic||54.7 Mbps||116.5 Mbps||36.7 Mbps||77.1 Mbps||343 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||41.3 Mbps||49 Mbps||4.8 Mbps||5.8 Mbps||101.8 Mbps|
|Gigaclear||40 Mbps||57.6 Mbps||32.4 Mbps||78.6 Mbps||102.4 Mbps|
|Vodafone Broadband||19.4 Mbps||22.2 Mbps||6.2 Mbps||7.3 Mbps||46.1 Mbps|
|EE Mobile||13.1 Mbps||18.6 Mbps||1.4 Mbps||4.2 Mbps||41.2 Mbps|
|IDNet||12.9 Mbps||20.7 Mbps||0.8 Mbps||5.3 Mbps||53.1 Mbps|
|BT||12.9 Mbps||18.6 Mbps||1.4 Mbps||4.8 Mbps||39.1 Mbps|
|Zen Internet||12.8 Mbps||22.5 Mbps||1.1 Mbps||6.3 Mbps||61 Mbps|
|XILO Communications||12.5 Mbps||20.5 Mbps||0.8 Mbps||5.6 Mbps||53.4 Mbps|
|Claranet SOHO||12.3 Mbps||23.3 Mbps||0.9 Mbps||10.2 Mbps||69.7 Mbps|
|AAISP||10.2 Mbps||19.5 Mbps||1.9 Mbps||6 Mbps||56.7 Mbps|
|Vodafone Mobile||9.7 Mbps||13.5 Mbps||1.3 Mbps||3.1 Mbps||31.4 Mbps|
|Relish||9.4 Mbps||15.5 Mbps||1.5 Mbps||2 Mbps||35.7 Mbps|
|Europasat||8.3 Mbps||8.4 Mbps||0.1 Mbps||0.2 Mbps||14.9 Mbps|
|Plusnet||7.9 Mbps||15.3 Mbps||0.8 Mbps||3.9 Mbps||37.6 Mbps|
|02 Mobile||7.8 Mbps||12 Mbps||2.8 Mbps||8.4 Mbps||30.5 Mbps|
|KC||7.3 Mbps||21.1 Mbps||2.6 Mbps||4.9 Mbps||65.1 Mbps|
|Sky||7.1 Mbps||11.3 Mbps||0.9 Mbps||6 Mbps||28.5 Mbps|
|Daisy Wholesale||7 Mbps||15.3 Mbps||0.7 Mbps||3.5 Mbps||38.1 Mbps|
|TalkTalk||6.9 Mbps||12.4 Mbps||0.9 Mbps||8.8 Mbps||33.3 Mbps|
As usual Hyperoptic is atop the table, but Gigaclear beaten to second place by Virgin Media may surprise some, but once you realise that the most popular products at Gigaclear are the 50, 100 and 200 Mbps products rather than Gigabit you can see why its almost a head to head fight with Virgin Media who also sell 50 Mbps, 100 Mbps and 200 Mbps products.
4G from EE is making its mark by climbing the table in December and is showing that mobile can provide decent speeds when combined with the right handset. Sky and TalkTalk may be down at the foot of the table, but this is really down to the way the various products are promoted, for BT we see an almost equal amount of ADSL and FTTC customers, but for Sky and TalkTalk there was almost three times as many ADSL users as fibre based users. This is not just a skewing from our visitor numbers but is also borne out by the financial reports from the providers and with the plethora of cheap ADSL2+ deals will continue for a long time.
Of the providers who did not make the top 20 the ones missing due to their small sample size were B4RN (48.8 Mbps median download), IFNL (38 Mbps), Metronet UK (36 Mbps), Wight Fibre (23.5 Mbps), Wessex Internet (20.8 Mbps) and Kijoma (20.7 Mbps).