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Broadband Speed Test Results for July 2016
Monday 01 August 2016 15:21:12 by Andrew Ferguson

If you are on holiday and reading this all we would ask is if in the UK you head over to our speed test and run a test for the postcode where you are holidaying, if abroad then feel free to tweet @thinkbroadband with what your resorts Wi-Fi is like. While our infrastructure is UK focused we see enough users from across Europe and the globe to know a good connection will still give a result, in fact this month saw a French (Numericable) customer and Spanish (Telefonica) user with two of three fastest speed tests carried out on a tablet (iPads in both cases).

Technology Comparison From Internet Speed Tests July 2016
Technology Download speed of bottom 10%
Mbps
Median Download
Mbps
Mean Download
Mbps
Median Upload
Mbps
Mean Upload
Mbps
Download speed of top 10%
Mbps
ADSL/ADSL2+ 1.0 5.4 6.7 0.6 0.6 14.9
VDSL2/FTTC 12.8 30.1 31.8 7.4 7.8 51.1
Cable Broadband 9.1 43.7 52.3 5.1 6.2 104.9
FTTH/FTTP 16.2 51.4 72.3 13.6 30.8 189
3G/4G Mobile 1.8 12.4 18.4 1.7 4.1 39.4
Fixed Wireless 2.0 11.3 17.2 1.9 7.6 32.4
Satellite 1.9 8.2 9.0 0.1 0.2 12.9

Satellite broadband users have been testing in enough numbers to make the table this month, and the very observant will notice that the FTTH/FTTP figures having dropped a lot compared to previous months. This drop in pure fibre speeds is because we are now including Openreach GEA-FTTP speed tests into the overall pure fibre figures and while there is a 300 Mbps connection option many users prefer to save some money buy the slower up to 38/52/76 Mbps versions. This integration of Openreach GEA-FTTP has also taken place on our speed analysis micro-site where FTTH figures from each quarter will now be available.

Large Provider Fibre Based Connection Speed Tests July 2016
(Change since previous month)
Provider Download speed of bottom 10%
Mbps
Median Download
Mbps
Mean Download
Mbps
Median Upload
Mbps
Mean Upload
Mbps
Download speed of top 10%
Mbps
BT FTTC/VDSL2 14.3 33.7 (+0.2) 35.1 8.5 (=) 8.7 54.9
BT FTTP/FTTH 14.8 41.9 52.8 10.3 13.1 89.9
EE 11.4 27.5 (-0.5) 27.3 8.2 (=) 7.4 37.3
Plusnet 13.8 33.2 (+1.5) 34.2 6.3 (+0.1) 8.0 60.8
Sky 10.6 25.7 (+0.5) 25.5 7.1 (+0.1) 6.9 37.2
TalkTalk 13.3 27.1 (-0.7) 28.3 1.8 (=) 4.3 39.6
Virgin Media 9.1 43.7 (+1.7) 52.3 5.1 (+0.1) 6.2 104.9
Vodafone 12.9 30.9 (+2.2) 34.8 8.7 (=) 9.2 66.3

The changes to how we handle the Openreach GEA-FTTP service means we can split the Infinity service from BT Consumer into a VDSL2 only and FTTP section. In theory while Openreach GEA-FTTP is sold to all providers on an equal basis Plusnet is the only other provider of the major ones to take an interest and even then we see too few tests to talk about the results.

ADSL/ADSL2+ Connection Speed Tests July 2016
(Change since previous month)
Provider/Area Download speed of bottom 10%
Mbps
Median Download
Mbps
Mean Download
Mbps
Median Upload
Mbps
Mean Upload
Mbps
Download speed of top 10%
Mbps
BT 0.7 4.9 (+0.1) 6.3 0.5 (=) 0.5 15.2
EE 0.9 5.0 (+0.1) 6.4 0.7 (=) 0.6 14.6
Plusnet 0.9 5.5 (+0.3) 6.7 0.6 (=) 0.6 15.3
Sky 1.1 5.4 (+0.1) 6.7 0.6 (=) 0.6 14.6
TalkTalk 1.1 5.5 (=) 6.6 0.6 (=) 0.6 14.3
Vodafone 0.9 5.4 (-0.2) 6.3 0.6 (=) 0.6 14
Rural ADSL 0.7 3.9 (=) 5.0 0.3 (=) 0.4 11.3

While take-up of cable and FTTC/FTTH services continues to increase of all the tests that go into these results, 44.7% are still on an ADSL/ADSL2+ based service. The proportion on FTTC is 34.8%, cable users make up 19.6% and FTTH is just 0.9%. While not a perfect match to the declared take-up figures from financial results they are pretty close and this is useful when breaking down results into the regions and council areas.

The 25 Fastest UK Broadband Providers in July 2016
(ordered by median speed)
Smaller providers without enough geographic data samples are not included
Provider Download Speed of bottom 10%
Mbps
Median Download
Mbps
Mean Download
Mbps
Median Upload
Mbps
Mean Upload
Mbps
Download Speed of top 10%
Mbps
Hyperoptic 17.2 48.1 81.7 36.3 67.9 153.6
Gigaclear 10.9 47.2 82.7 43 88.1 216.3
Virgin Media 9.1 43.7 52.3 5.1 6.2 104.9
Daisy Wholesale 2.8 24.2 26.9 8.6 9.3 56
IDNet 3.4 21.1 29.2 4.7 7.3 64.6
AAISP 1.7 20.1 29.8 4.7 7.5 73
Vodafone Broadband 2 19.4 24.7 4.5 6.1 55.5
BT 1.7 18.1 23.2 4.2 5.5 51.2
Zen Internet 2.4 17.5 25.9 3.9 7.1 62.2
EE Mobile (3G/4G) 2.2 17.1 23.1 1.8 4.7 48.1
Relish 2.4 15.2 18 1.8 2.5 36.4
Vodafone Mobile 2.2 12.7 17.5 2.3 3.8 37.1
Plusnet 1.4 11.9 18.5 0.9 4 43.7
KCOM 2.2 10.4 32.3 0.7 7.9 91.6
O2 Mobile 1.4 9.5 13.6 1.3 3 31.9
Entanet 0.7 8.7 19.1 1.6 9.7 43.2
TalkTalk 1.5 8.4 13.6 0.7 1.9 34.1
Sky 1.4 8.3 12.3 0.7 2.7 30.2
Three 1.5 8.1 13.9 1.3 3.7 35
EE (ADSL2+/FTTC) 1.2 7.8 12.6 0.8 2.9 34
The Cloud 1.6 7.7 10.8 0.9 5.1 19.6
Eclipse KCOM outside Hull 0.9 7.2 14.7 0.7 3.5 37.6
TalkTalk Business 1.1 5.2 7.1 0.5 1 13.8
Demon Internet 0.9 5.2 8.4 0.6 2.4 15.4
BT WiFi 0.4 4.5 6 0.8 3 9.3

Of those not making the full table due to small sample size we have with the following median download speeds: Venus - 85.2 Mbps, Jersey Telecom - 45.9 Mbps, Griffin 31.3 Mbps, B4RN 28.2 Mbps and Claranet SOHO 17.6 Mbps. As usual the bottom provider was the Post Office with a median of 3.2 Mbps.

Daisy Wholesale was the provider with the biggest jump up the table this month and we suspect this was because of the popularity of the SSE Energy Supply deals where the up to 76 Mbps service was hard to be beat price wise, but after an increase in speed complaints the provider has stopped almost all its promotional activity as it copes with the influx of customers and their data usage patterns.

Peak and Off-Peak Download Speed Tests Results July 2016
Provider tbbx1 Test httpx6 Test
  7am-3pm 6pm-midnight % difference 7am-3pm 6pm-midnight % difference
BT 25.4 Mbps 24.2 Mbps -4.9% 23.5 Mbps 22.9 Mbps -2.6%
EE 12.8 Mbps 13.1 Mbps +2.3% 13.2 Mbps 12.7 Mbps -3.9%
Plusnet 22.7 Mbps 20.6 Mbps -10.2% 19.2 Mbps 18.1 Mbps -10%
Sky 14.2 Mbps 12.6 Mbps -12.7% 13.5 Mbps 12.2 Mbps -10.6%
TalkTalk 14.7 Mbps 13.3 Mbps -10.5% 14 Mbps 13.6 Mbps -2.9%
Virgin Media 43.1 Mbps 34.9 Mbps -23.5% 55.6 Mbps 47.1 Mbps -18%

Some may be surprised to see BT Consumer doing relatively well, i.e. following their usual monthly pattern in terms of peak versus off-peak speeds given the day or two of problems lots of users had this month, but given that period was at the most 2 out of 31 days in the month it was not enough to have any major effect on the results. Plusnet has blipped slightly but unless the ground swell of opinion is that this reflects a change in the last few weeks it may not be statistically significant the key will be this gap in performance persists for another couple of months. For those not familiar with our terminology the tbbx1 is a single file download test where as the httpx6 test uses a cunning six downloads at the same time, in theory the single download should be more sensitive to congestion and other issues like a poor Wi-Fi connection than the httpx6. Some speed testers use many more downloads than even our six which while better at showing your connection speed will mask almost any evidence of congestion type issues.

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