Okay so its officially time when radio stations start playing the Christmas songs and that means it is time to publish our speed test results for November 2016. We have the dropped two tables that split our the major providers based on the technology used in each connection and have expanded the technology splitting to all the broadband providers. The result is interesting to say the least.
|The 25 Fastest UK Broadband Providers in November 2016
(ordered by median speed)
Smaller providers without enough geographic data samples are not included
|Provider||Download Speed of bottom 10%
|Download Speed of top 10%
|BT Infinity (FTTH)||19.7||46.3||59||10.7||14.1||109.2|
|Zen Internet (FTTC)||16.6||37.4||40.4||9.4||11||70|
|Daisy Wholesale (FTTC)||14.1||36.4||38.2||9.4||11.4||67.1|
|BT Infinity (FTTC)||14.6||34.9||35.9||8.6||8.9||56.4|
|Vodafone Broadband (FTTC)||15.3||32.9||35.2||8.8||10.2||58.8|
The top of the table is dominated by the fibre to the home providers and unlikely to see any major changes in that. Seeing Virgin Media in fifth place is no great surprise as the operator itself already makes sure to say something along the lines of fastest widely available provider in advertising, the question is at what percentage of coverage of FTTH/FTTP services will that caveat cease to be valid?
There are a number of providers who also have median speeds above 50 Mbps, but due to their small size getting a decent sample size is difficult, but there was B4RN (95 Mbps), Venus (82.8 Mbps) Zen Internet (FTTH - 73.5 Mbps) and WarwickNet (54.5 Mbps). For those wondering how BT Infinity (FTTH) beats Gigaclear and Hyperoptic, a lot is down to the product choice people make and how the router provided behaves with regards to wireless performance.
The new table format has meant that no ADSL results feature in the main table, and what we plan to do is cover ADSL speeds in their own table once a quarter, for now KCom tops that table at 6.1 Mbps with speeds dropping all the way down to 3.8 Mbps for the Post Office service.
While not part of the UK, Jersey and Guernsey do make a appearance but with too small a sample to include in the main table, but JT on what looks likely to be their FTTH service records a median download of 45.7 Mbps, Sure had no obvious FTTH tests so reports very ADSL2+ type speed with a median download of 10.5 Mbps.
The peak versus off-peak table makes its regular appearance and is important since broadband testing is not just about the top speed, and comparing time of day speeds helps to give an idea of the overall performance, for example if a provider has a melt-down month in terms of performance it should reveal itself in this data.
|Peak and Off-Peak Download Speed Tests Results November 2016|
|7am-3pm||6pm-midnight||% difference||7am-3pm||6pm-midnight||% difference|
|BT||21.5 Mbps||22.4 Mbps||+4%||24.5 Mbps||24 Mbps||-2%|
|EE||10.1 Mbps||8.9 Mbps||-13.5%||11.4 Mbps||10.4 Mbps||-9.6%|
|Plusnet||16.7 Mbps||14.9 Mbps||-12%||18.3 Mbps||18.3 Mbps||0%|
|Sky||11.6 Mbps||10.1 Mbps||-14.8%||14 Mbps||13.2 Mbps||-6%|
|TalkTalk||10 Mbps||9.4 Mbps||-6.4%||11.2 Mbps||12.1 Mbps||+7.5%|
|Virgin Media||40.9 Mbps||28 Mbps||-46%||55.1 Mbps||44.7 Mbps||-23%|
The peak versus off-peak table always causes some angst, and illustrates very nicely why providers are so keen to recommend testers that don't do any quality comparisons at all, and throw increasing numbers of threads at issues to try and ensure the connection speed is reported rather than the actual user experience. Of course with any median or mean speed reporting for a provider, an individuals experience is likely to vary but the table does give a quick comparator among the larger providers. We also track a stability metric which is based on an analysis of every speed test and interestingly Virgin Media is down towards the mobile and Wi-Fi based operators, hopefully in coming months we will share this comparison too.