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UK Broadband Speed Test Results for September 2016
Monday 03 October 2016 12:24:26 by Andrew Ferguson

Summer is over and its time to do the round-up of the provider level broadband speed results for the last month of summer 2016. Additionally as it was the end of the quarter regional and council speeds for Q3 have been analysed and added to our local information site, alternatively if you provide your postcode then once the test below completes we will compare your result with others in your region of the UK.

The difference between peak and off-peak is generally a good measure of how a provider is performing and interestingly during September when a lot of complaints about the new network some people at PlusNet had been moved to was at its peak the multiple thread test for PlusNet actually showed a dip at peak times, whereas usually traffic management appeared to preserve and often boost performance.

The single thread test which is inherently more sensitive to congestion and Wi-Fi issues showed a major change for Virgin Media, in August a dip of 15.8% was seen in off-peak to peak, but for September it was 27.8% which is a big jump and based on what we've been seeing people talk about on social media appears to be something people are noticing.

The fact that Virgin Media is a fixed connection speed service highlights that even when dealing with fixed connection services like DOCSIS and FTTH providers still need to run the networks with contention built in to ensure that pricing remains at a level where the public will buy it.

Peak and Off-Peak Download Speed Tests Results September 2016
Provider tbbx1 Test
(1 download)
httpx6 Test
(6 downloads)
  7am-3pm 6pm-midnight % difference 7am-3pm 6pm-midnight % difference
BT 24.8 Mbps 23.9 Mbps -3.8% 21.8 Mbps 21.2 Mbps -2.8%
EE 14.2 Mbps 13.2 Mbps -7.6% 14.4 Mbps 13.6 Mbps -5.9%
Plusnet 23 Mbps 21.6 Mbps -6.5% 18.7 Mbps 18.5 Mbps -1.1%
Sky 15.3 Mbps 14 Mbps -9.3% 13.9 Mbps 12.5 Mbps -11.2%
TalkTalk 14.7 Mbps 13.1 Mbps -12.2% 13.8 Mbps 13.3 Mbps -3.8%
Virgin Media 44.6 Mbps 34.9 Mbps -27.8% 52.6 Mbps 44.5 Mbps -18.2%

Gigaclear has held onto its top place for another month, a surprise entrant high up the table is Ask4 and this is not because their service has suddenly become a lot faster but it appears that with Universities starting their new year there has been a rush to test the speed of the broadband connection that Ask4 supply to a number of student halls/flats.

The 25 Fastest UK Broadband Providers in September 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
Gigaclear 23.4 51.5 74.7 41.7 72 104.5
Hyperoptic 13.4 48.2 94.2 36.9 86.5 197.3
Virgin Media 8.6 41.5 49.5 5 6 101.3
Ask4 5.9 30.2 38.2 6.6 8.4 86.1
Vodafone Broadband 4.5 27.4 28.6 8.4 8.2 53.6
IDNet 1.9 23.7 34.4 6 10.8 72.7
AAISP 4.5 19.6 31.1 4 7.6 73.3
Zen Internet 2.4 18.5 27.1 5.1 7.4 67.1
EE Mobile (3G/4G) 2.1 16.8 24.1 2 4.7 48.9
BT 1.5 15.9 21.8 2.6 5.1 50.7
Daisy Wholesale 0.5 13 20.6 4.4 6.9 53.7
Vodafone Mobile 2.5 12.4 17.1 1.9 3.7 37.3
Plusnet 1.4 11.8 18.6 1 3.8 45.5
O2 Mobile 1.5 9 14.1 1.4 3.2 33.2
KCOM 2 8.9 29.2 0.7 7.2 80.8
EE (ADSL2+/FTTC) 1.2 8.6 13.6 0.9 3.3 34.8
Three 1.8 8.5 14.8 1.4 3.6 37.1
Sky 1.2 8.5 12.7 0.7 2.9 31.1
TalkTalk 1.4 7.9 13.2 0.7 1.9 33.2
Eclipse KCOM outside Hull 1 7.5 15.9 0.8 4.4 46.7
Europasat 1.9 7 10 0.1 0.2 21.8
Relish 1.3 5.9 11.5 0.7 1.4 28.3
Demon Internet 0.6 5.9 10.2 0.6 1.9 16.6
Entanet 0.2 5.9 14.5 2.1 8.4 38.5
BT WiFi 0.6 4.2 5.2 0.8 2 8.9

Post Office and TalkTalk Business slipped off the bottom due to the new entrants in the chart.

With limited sample size so not appearing in the chart above but worthy of mention because of the median download speeds demonstrated are B4RN (68.4 Mbps), Metronnet UK (49 Mbps) and WarwickNet (46.4 Mbps).

ADSL/ADSL2+ Connection Speed Tests September 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 4.5 (-0.4) 6.2 0.5 (=) 0.5 15
EE 0.8 5.2(+0.3) 6.4 0.6 (-0.1) 0.6 14.2
Plusnet 0.9 5.2 (-0.2) 6.5 0.6 (=) 0.6 14.9
Sky 0.9 5.1 (-0.2) 6.4 0.6 (=) 0.6 14.5
TalkTalk 1 5.3 (-0.2) 6.4 0.6 (=) 0.6 14.2
Vodafone 1 5.4(+0.3) 6.6 0.6 (=) 0.6 14
Rural ADSL 0.6 3.7 (-0.2) 4.7 0.3 (=) 0.4 9.7

The issues over at PlusNet which are thought to be resolved are visible in the FTTC speeds for the provider in September as there is a significant dip. The speeds of the fastest 10% on BT Infinity FTTP based connections shows that at least some people are buying the faster Infinity 3 and Infinity 4 products, we do see some FTTP connections for PlusNet users too but still too few to feature as a separate row in the summary tables, but once Openreach GEA-FTTP availability gets into the realms of 5% or more we should be able sub-divide the PlusNet results too and once coverage of GEA-FTTP gets to that level and the requirement for a dedicated FTTP handover are removed we may see TalkTalk and Sky selling Openreach FTTP. We do see users with the UFO service for Sky and TalkTalk in York but not enough to feature in the monthly roundup just yet.

Large Provider Fibre Based Connection Speed Tests September 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 Infinity FTTC/VDSL2 13.7 32.9 (-0.1) 34.5 8.3 (=) 8.6 54.9
BT Infinity FTTP/FTTH 17.8 44.7 (+2.1) 56.6 10.5 (=) 13.7 99.7
EE 10.2 27.9 (+0.8) 27.2 8.2 (+0.2) 7.5 38.2
Plusnet 11.5 31.9 (-1.6) 32.9 5.4 (-0.8) 7.2 57.5
Sky 10.6 25.5 (+0.1) 25.4 7 (+0.1) 6.9 37.2
TalkTalk 13.3 27.1 (-0.2) 28.2 1.8 (=) 4.3 39.4
Virgin Media 8.6 41.5 (-0.7) 49.5 5 (-0.1) 6 101.3
Vodafone 14.6 31.4 (+3.7) 34.1 8.2 (-0.5) 8.7 58.8

The comparison between the various technologies is an important one and does show the improvement that the faster services can deliver the main problem being that with 8.4% of the UK not able to access anything superfast capable those left behind are feeling increasingly left out. Oddly even in areas where cable and VDSL2 is available we still regularly see people using slow ADSL2+ services, probably the most common reason for not upgrading to a faster option is people don't feel the extra speed is worth the extra monthly cost.

Technology Comparison From Internet Speed Tests September 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+ 0.9 5.2 (-0.2) 6.5 0.6 0.6 14.7
VDSL2/FTTC 11.9 28.9 (-0.5) 30.7 6.9 (-0.1) 7.5 51.3
Cable Broadband 8.6 41.5 (-0.7) 49.5 5 (-0.1) 6 101.3
FTTH/FTTP 14.8 48.7 (-1.5) 74.1 14.3 (-3) 34.1 174
3G/4G Mobile 2.3 12.9 (+0.4) 19.2 1.9 (+0.2) 4.1 40.2
Fixed Wireless 2.4 11.8 (+2) 17.6 2 (+0.3) 7.2 36
Satellite 1.2 6 (-1.4) 7.7 0.1 (=) 0.2 18.4

Comments

Posted by BusterGift 2 months ago
To be fair to e.e i am sharing my line with my 2 sons now on there consoles hence result will be worse
Posted by Oldjim 2 months ago
Colour me confused - why are the Plusnet x6 speeds so much lower than x 1
I have never seen a difference
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) 2 months ago
@OldJim have checked I'd not transposed figures and no mistakes there.

Looking at some samples from September it looks like tbbx1 on the flash test goes a little faster than http traffic. On the new non-flash version this effect is not visible.
Posted by Oldjim 2 months ago
I just ran the speed test with the link in this post
http://www.thinkbroadband.com/speedtest/results.html?id=1475527859350733755
only one thing wrong my upstream sync is 9999kb/s
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) 2 months ago
Notice the jaggy effect on the upload for that test, its that that has taken the value just over your sync by 0.5 Mbps
Posted by kevinv 2 months ago
Vivid 200 is not what it advertises up to 200 is really up to 100 if you are lucky. And dont bother with vivid 300 i think Virgin are using a divide by 10 factor so you will get 30mb
Posted by Toots3D about 1 month ago
I am on Virgin 200 not Vivid and I get pretty much the optimum speed at all times. It is rare for me to get less than 150 meg constant. I just wish upload speeds were better .
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