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Top 10 Fastest Broadband ISPs for December 2002
Wednesday 01 January 2003 18:41:00 by jez

Monthly results from our ISP Speed Test. The final month of 2002 saw a broad improvement in performance such that all of the top 10 fastest ISPs are now averaging over 400 Kbps. Nildram, who have been consistently fastest over the last 4 months are now being subjected to fierce competition from the likes of Eclipse and Zen Internet.

Well done to Freeserve for finally making it onto the top 10 alongside the newly launched AOL broadband service. Demon, BT Broadband (BT's 'no frills' ADSL service) and Tiscali failed to make the top 10 with average downstream speeds of 400, 384 & 382 Kbps respectively.

We look forward to bringing you more detailed, frequently updated speed test results in 2003. In the meanwhile, here are last months:

Rank

ISP

Downstream

Upstream

Total

1 Nildram 444 Kbps 237 Kbps 2207
2 Eclipse Internet 432 Kbps 237 Kbps 995
3 Zen Internet 423 Kbps 234 Kbps 1363
4 PlusNet 417 Kbps 236 Kbps 2399
5 Freedom 2 Surf PLC 415 Kbps 229 Kbps 664
6 One.Tel 412 Kbps 233 Kbps 246
7= PIPEX Internet Limited 409 Kbps 236 Kbps 4785
7= BTOpenworld 409 Kbps 223 Kbps 6476
9 Clara.net 406 Kbps 235 Kbps 254
10= Freeserve 404 Kbps 238 Kbps 4502
10= AOL 404 Kbps 217 Kbps 238

Please note that smaller ISPs may be excluded from this list due to a lack or absence of speed test data. ISPs are ranked by average downstream speed for 512Kbps connections with a minimum of 150 confirmed test results ("total" column). In addition, we urge our users to try our ISP Comparator which considers other factors such as reliability and customer service. Remember to ask in our Message Boards if you're choosing a new ISP! To view a list of previous months results, click here.

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