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Broadband speed test results for January 2016
Monday 01 February 2016 15:29:37 by Andrew Ferguson

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.

Mean download and upload speeds in the England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
UK broadband speed tests results for January 2016
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.

Comments

Posted by CarlThomas 4 months ago
Just a little caution about using Virgin Media's upload speeds - the top tier and the one below, that was the 100Mb tier and has been upgraded to 150Mb, have the same upload speed.

Not possible to differentiate them based on that alone :(
Posted by aaaashy 4 months ago
Virginmedia very poor for the last 6 months.There are 511 customers in NW3 area than have been consistently getting download speeds LOWER then the UPLOAD.
ThinkBroadband speed tests reveal the average download speed was 9Mb/sec from an account that should (and used to) provide speeds of 150+, whilst the upload was running at over 11Mb/sec
Poor service, no outage updates and still being charged the max even tho we have not been receiving the contracted speeds.
Could this believed contention problem have anything to do with the new owner cutting back? Or is it just down to incompetence?
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