The first months speed test results for 2016 are now available, and we have ran our usual analysis to arrive at the figures for the 20 fastest UK broadband providers.
With the increasing focus on poor rural broadband speeds we were half expecting the January figures to be a lot lower than the previous few months, but not much has changed, in fact the UK median download speed rose from 12.4 Mbps in December to 12.9 Mbps in January (mean which is more widely quoted changed from 21.7 to 21.9 Mbps), the bottom 10% suffered 1.7 Mbps or slower and the fastest 10% 51.3 Mbps or faster.
|The 20 Fastest UK Broadband Providers in January 2016
(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||55.7 Mbps||105.7 Mbps||40.8 Mbps||96.3 Mbps||353 Mbps|
|Gigaclear||51.5 Mbps||76 Mbps||35.5 Mbps||63 Mbps||161.4 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||40.8 Mbps||48.3 Mbps||4.9 Mbps||5.8 Mbps||99 Mbps|
|Vodafone Broadband||18.5 Mbps||22.8 Mbps||5.3 Mbps||6.7 Mbps||48.4 Mbps|
|AAISP||16.8 Mbps||26.2 Mbps||1.9 Mbps||6.1 Mbps||68.4 Mbps|
|Zen Internet||14 Mbps||23.9 Mbps||1.6 Mbps||6.4 Mbps||67.8 Mbps|
|BT||13.7 Mbps||19.2 Mbps||1.4 Mbps||4.7 Mbps||40.1 Mbps|
|EE Mobile||13.5 Mbps||18.7 Mbps||1.4 Mbps||4.4 Mbps||39.6 Mbps|
|Claranet SOHO||12.9 Mbps||24.8 Mbps||1.6 Mbps||12.4 Mbps||69.2 Mbps|
|XILO Communications||11.7 Mbps||21.5 Mbps||0.8 Mbps||4.6 Mbps||61.5 Mbps|
|Vodafone Mobile||11.1 Mbps||14.9 Mbps||1.5 Mbps||3.3 Mbps||33.2 Mbps|
|IDNet||10.2 Mbps||21.1 Mbps||0.9 Mbps||6.6 Mbps||56.4 Mbps|
|Europasat||10.1 Mbps||11.1 Mbps||0.1 Mbps||0.1 Mbps||19.5 Mbps|
|Keycom||9.7 Mbps||37.9 Mbps||4.5 Mbps||22 Mbps||133.8 Mbps|
|Plusnet||8.9 Mbps||16.1 Mbps||0.8 Mbps||3.8 Mbps||38.1 Mbps|
|O2 Mobile||7.7 Mbps||12.3 Mbps||1.1 Mbps||2.8 Mbps||29.3 Mbps|
|TalkTalk||7.5 Mbps||13.1 Mbps||0.7 Mbps||1.7 Mbps||33.7 Mbps|
|Three||7.3 Mbps||12.4 Mbps||1.1 Mbps||3.2 Mbps||33.4 Mbps|
|Sky||7.3 Mbps||11.2 Mbps||0.8 Mbps||2.3 Mbps||37.7 Mbps|
|Daisy Wholesale||7.1 Mbps||15 Mbps||0.7 Mbps||4.2 Mbps||37.7 Mbps|
The names falling outside the top 20 table are Entanet (7.1 Mbps median download) KC (6.9 Mbps), Eclipse Internet (6.5 Mbps), EE (6.2 Mbps), Demon (5 Mbps, BT WiFi (4.3 Mbps) and Post Office (2.1 Mbps).
Of those providers with too small a geographic sample there is WarwickNet (85.9 Mbps), Venus (69.1 Mbps), B4RN (60.4 Mbps), Wessex Internet (26.5 Mbps), Tove Valley Broadband (26.4 Mbps), Wight Fibre (25.2 Mbps) and IFNL (18.5 Mbps) and we could go on but this hopefully gives people an idea of what is available and what people are actually using across the UK.
All the providers we have IP blocks (IPv4 or IPv6) for add to our overall UK statistics and the subsequent many subdivisions we now produce.
|Large Provider Fibre Based Connection Speed Tests January 2016|
|Provider||Median Download||Mean Download||Median Upload||Mean Upload|
|FTTC Overall (excludes Virgin Media)||28.2 Mbps (-0.2)||29.4 Mbps||6.6 Mbps (=)||7.3 Mbps|
|BT||30.8 Mbps (+0.1)||31.9 Mbps||8.2 Mbps (+0.1)||8.6 Mbps|
|EE||26.8 Mbps (-1.3)||26.4 Mbps||7.9 Mbps (-0.2)||7.2 Mbps|
|Plusnet||31.2 Mbps (+0.6)||32 Mbps||7.3 Mbps (+0.4)||8.6 Mbps|
|Sky||24.6 Mbps (-0.2)||24.5 Mbps||6.6 Mbps (-0.1)||6.5 Mbps|
|TalkTalk||27.8 Mbps (-0.3)||28.6 Mbps||1.8 Mbps (=)||4.1 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||40.8 Mbps (-0.5)||48.3 Mbps||4.9 Mbps (+0.1)||5.8 Mbps|
|Vodafone||29.4 Mbps (+0.3)||32.4 Mbps||8.9 Mbps||10 Mbps|
There are signs that the drop in upload speeds on Plusnet has stabilised after several months in a row of large drops (12.2 Mbps in May 2015) reflecting the change in the upload speed on its entry level product from up to 19 all the way down to up to 2 Mbps. Our analysis of the profile of those carrying out tests on the FTTC providers shows 1 in 4 BT customers are on the up to 76 Mbps product, 1 in 10 EE customers, 4 in 10 Plusnet customers, 1 in 30 Sky customers, 1 in 8 TalkTalk customers and 4 in 10 Vodafone customers. Over at Virgin Media we are seeing 1 in 7 customers who look to be on the top tier 152 or 200 Mbps services based on getting good upload speeds.
|ADSL/ADSL2+ Connection Speed Tests January 2016|
|Provider/Area||Median Download||Mean Download||Median Upload||Mean Upload|
|All Providers||5.2 Mbps (+0.2)||6.6 Mbps||0.6 Mbps (=)||0.6 Mbps|
|BT||4.7 Mbps (+0.3)||6.1 Mbps||0.4 Mbps (=)||0.5 Mbps|
|EE||4.6 Mbps (+0.4)||5.9 Mbps||0.6 Mbps (=)||0.6 Mbps|
|Plusnet||4.9 Mbps (=)||6.1 Mbps||0.5 Mbps (=)||0.5 Mbps|
|Sky||5.2 Mbps (+0.3)||6.6 Mbps||0.6 Mbps (=)||0.6 Mbps|
|TalkTalk||5.5 Mbps (+0.2)||6.6 Mbps||0.6 Mbps (=)||0.6 Mbps|
|Rural ADSL||3.7 Mbps (+0.3)||4.6 Mbps||0.3 Mbps||0.4 Mbps|
The ADSL world has changed very little, those on the rural exchanges where no LLU services are available are still seeing the same old sort of speeds. Running a speed test and getting meaningful results out of them is an easy task, and in January 2016 43% of those using our speed test tools looked to be using ADSL/ADSL2+, 25% on FTTC and 20% on cable connections. Given the take-up of services like FTTC which is running at 5.5 million premises it looks like we are seeing a reasonable spread of tests across the various technologies used in the UK.