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Broadband Speed Test Results for April 2016
Tuesday 03 May 2016 12:34:09 by Andrew Ferguson

April is over and its back to work after a Bank Holiday weekend which means today is the day we publish the speed test results for April 2016. April was a busy month with a big focus on broadband speeds and honesty in advertising and this is why we publish our results every month and work hard to ensure any data output by us is as close as possible to period when it was recorded.

Some say that observations from crowd sourced data is not a good way to measure broadband speeds, but looking at the consistency for the large providers and how our figures generally reflect the major product changes we must disagree. Of course observed results do carry risks but they are needed just as much as results modelled from a smaller sample, i.e. the risks of the observed population varying is balanced by the risk in a model that assumptions may be incorrect.

April saw BT Retail announce its up to 52 Mbps Infinity 1 service but while the uplift in download speed for their FTTC service is probably not due to that yet, but over the next couple of months we may see a change, it will be interesting to see if the up to 52 Mbps proves to be a pure marketing exercise or whether enough people see an uplift to affect the median and mean speeds.

Large Provider Fibre Based Connection Speed Tests April 2016
Provider Median Download Mean Download Median Upload Mean Upload
FTTC Overall (excludes Virgin Media) 29 Mbps (+0.7) 30.1 Mbps 7.1 Mbps (+0.3) 7.6 Mbps
BT 31.5 Mbps (+0.9) 32.3 Mbps 8.4 Mbps (+0.1) 8.6 Mbps
EE 27.7 Mbps (+0.5) 27.5 Mbps 7.9 Mbps (=) 7.3 Mbps
Plusnet 31.2 Mbps (+0.6) 31.9 Mbps 5.6 Mbps (-0.4) 7.6 Mbps
Sky 25.4 Mbps (+0.5) 25 Mbps 6.9 Mbps (=) 6.6 Mbps
TalkTalk 27.4 Mbps (-0.1) 28.4 Mbps 1.8 Mbps (=) 4.3 Mbps
Virgin Media 41.6 Mbps (+0.3) 49.5 Mbps 5 Mbps (=) 6 Mbps
Vodafone 31.7 Mbps (-0.1) 33.5 Mbps 8.9 Mbps (=) 9.7 Mbps
Rural FTTC 29.6 Mbps 30.3 Mbps 7.3 Mbps 7.8 Mbps

For April we have finally added our rural FTTC figures, to help show how VDSL2 performs in the rural parts of the UK. Some say that VDSL2 is the wrong technology and does not perform at all on rural exchanges, but the data so far is that it is not massively different to VDSL2 in the rest of the UK which is a very different picture compared to the world of ADSL.

ADSL/ADSL2+ Connection Speed Tests April 2016
Provider/Area Median Download Mean Download Median Upload Mean Upload
All Providers 5.3 Mbps (+0.1) 6.6 Mbps 0.6 Mbps (=) 0.6 Mbps
BT 4.8 Mbps (+0.2) 6.3 Mbps 0.5 Mbps (=) 0.5 Mbps
EE 5.1 Mbps (+0.4) 6.3 Mbps 0.7 Mbps (=) 0.6 Mbps
Plusnet 5.3 Mbps (=) 6.5 Mbps 0.5 Mbps (-0.1) 0.6 Mbps
Sky 5.3 Mbps (=) 6.7 Mbps 0.6 Mbps (=) 0.6 Mbps
TalkTalk 5.4 Mbps (=) 6.6 Mbps 0.6 Mbps (=) 0.6 Mbps
Vodafone 5.7 Mbps 6.7 Mbps 0.6 Mbps 0.6 Mbps
Rural ADSL 3.8 Mbps (=) 4.9 Mbps 0.3 Mbps 0.4 Mbps

The rural ADSL figures as ever suffer because there are still many rural exchanges that only have the old IPStream Max (ADSL) service and this also means the old prehistoric IP Profile system that can take days to recover. Another factor that may be overlooked is that for those with only access to ADSL even if a long way from the cabinet (over 1km) that upgrading to VDSL2 will give access to modern backhaul (with more peak time capacity) and a much more responsive line management system, so upgrading to VDSL2 even if just an extra couple of Mbps may give a big step change in real world performance.

The 25 Fastest UK Broadband Providers in April 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 44.1 Mbps 87.6 Mbps 31.6 Mbps 75.1 Mbps 257.8 Mbps
Virgin Media 41.6 Mbps 49.5 Mbps 5 Mbps 6 Mbps 101.6 Mbps
Gigaclear 40 Mbps 66.9 Mbps 33.1 Mbps 74.8 Mbps 170 Mbps
Vodafone Broadband 27.7 Mbps 28.9 Mbps 8.4 Mbps 8.2 Mbps 55.8 Mbps
AAISP 24 Mbps 34.5 Mbps 5.1 Mbps 8 Mbps 75.1 Mbps
Zen Internet 17.3 Mbps 24.9 Mbps 4.4 Mbps 6.9 Mbps 65.8 Mbps
IDNet 16.7 Mbps 24.3 Mbps 1.3 Mbps 5.8 Mbps 62.1 Mbps
BT 16.2 Mbps 20.8 Mbps 3.1 Mbps 5.2 Mbps 42.5 Mbps
EE Mobile (3G/4G) 16.1 Mbps 21.3 Mbps 1.7 Mbps 4.9 Mbps 47.3 Mbps
XILO Communications 15 Mbps 24.2 Mbps 0.9 Mbps 6.2 Mbps 60.9 Mbps
Claranet SOHO 14.2 Mbps 26.4 Mbps 1.9 Mbps 12.4 Mbps 41.8 Mbps
Vodafone Mobile 12.5 Mbps 16.5 Mbps 1.8 Mbps 3.7 Mbps 35.9 Mbps
Plusnet 10 Mbps 17 Mbps 0.9 Mbps 3.7 Mbps 38.8 Mbps
O2 Mobile 8.9 Mbps 13.8 Mbps 1.3 Mbps 3.2 Mbps 32.5 Mbps
KCOM 8 Mbps 22.8 Mbps 0.7 Mbps 4.8 Mbps 54.5 Mbps
Three 8 Mbps 13.5 Mbps 1.2 Mbps 3.6 Mbps 34.6 Mbps
Sky 7.7 Mbps 11.7 Mbps 0.7 Mbps 2.5 Mbps 29 Mbps
Entanet 7.7 Mbps 19.9 Mbps 1.1 Mbps 8.9 Mbps 61.1 Mbps
TalkTalk 7.5 Mbps 13.1 Mbps 0.7 Mbps 1.8 Mbps 33.2 Mbps
EE (ADSL2+/FTTC) 7.4 Mbps 12.2 Mbps 0.8 Mbps 2.7 Mbps 33.5 Mbps
Daisy Wholesale 7.3 Mbps 15.8 Mbps 0.8 Mbps 5.2 Mbps 41.1 Mbps
Eclipse KCOM outside Hull 5.8 Mbps 12.1 Mbps 0.7 Mbps 2.4 Mbps 34.3 Mbps
Demon Internet 5.1 Mbps 8.5 Mbps 0.6 Mbps 1.1 Mbps 15.2 Mbps
TalkTalk Business 5 Mbps 6.3 Mbps 0.5 Mbps 0.5 Mbps 13.2 Mbps
BT WiFi 4.4 Mbps 5.3 Mbps 0.7 Mbps 2 Mbps 9.2 Mbps
Post Office 3.1 Mbps 4 Mbps 0.3 Mbps 0.4 Mbps 8.2 Mbps

The observant may have noticed a few names missing and that is because not enough tests were done to feature in the main table, but worthy of mention with their median download speeds is Venus (business provider) 94.2 Mbps, RM Broadband 73.5 Mbps, B4RN 44 Mbps, FastNet 41 Mbps, Wessex Internet 32.1 Mbps and Call Flow Solutions 19 Mbps.

Comments

Posted by SNR12 7 months ago
And the amount of broadband ADSL REIN noise measured at the socket from the incoming overhead line was?
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