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Speed test results for January 2015

The darkness of winter is starting to fade and another month has passed by meaning that after a few days to verify the results we are now ready to publish our speed test results for January 2015.

Broadband Speeds January 2015 - Large Sample Size
Provider Median Download Mean Download Median Upload Mean Upload % of tests at superfast speeds Speed of top 10%
Virgin Media 40.3 Mbps 48.4 Mbps 5.3 Mbps 7.5 Mbps 61.6% 105.6 Mbps
Zen Internet 19.5 Mbps 27.6 Mbps 4.1 Mbps 6.3 Mbps 42.5% 68.1 Mbps
BT Consumer 16.4 Mbps 23 Mbps 3.2 Mbps 5.4 Mbps 34.1% 56.6 Mbps
PlusNet 12.5 Mbps 21.4 Mbps 0.9 Mbps 5.4 Mbps 30.4% 57.7 Mbps
Sky 9.8 Mbps 14.5 Mbps 0.9 Mbps 3.4 Mbps 14.8% 34.1 Mbps
KC 8.2 Mbps 22.4 Mbps 0.7 Mbps 3.9 Mbps 20.5% 53.1 Mbps
TalkTalk 8.2 Mbps 14.2 Mbps 0.7 Mbps 1.9 Mbps 16.2% 36.9 Mbps
EE 6.9 Mbps 12.4 Mbps 0.8 Mbps 2.4 Mbps 13.8% 34.7 Mbps

Median speed is the average where 50% of people get this speed or faster. Mean speed is the arithmetic mean and the difference to the median speed reflects the level of popularity of higher speed products at a provider.

For the large sample size providers we have included an extra column this month, the speed that the fastest 10% at each provider are getting. This column gives some idea of the proportion of users who are buying the fastest services from each provider, and it is possible that as people feel the reduced cost of fuel and other essentials that we might see more people upgrading to the faster broadband options at the various providers, particularly as the special offers now include the faster services too.

Broadband Speeds January 2015 - Reduced confidence due to smaller sample size
Provider Median Download Mean Download Median Upload Mean Upload % of tests at superfast speeds
Hyperoptic 44.4 Mbps 109.9 Mbps 54.2 Mbps 129.9 Mbps 65.9%
AAISP 21 Mbps 27.1 Mbps 4.4 Mbps 6.7 Mbps 36.4%
EE/Orange Mobile 15 Mbps 20.3 Mbps 2.6 Mbps 3.7 Mbps 22.1%
Relish 14.1 Mbps 16.1 Mbps 1.8 Mbps 2.4 Mbps 12%
IDNet 11.3 Mbps 20.6 Mbps 0.8 Mbps 4.1 Mbps 26.5%
Entanet 9.5 Mbps 25.9 Mbps 0.9 Mbps 9.8 Mbps 24.5%
T-Mobile 8.7 Mbps 13 Mbps 1.1 Mbps 2.9 Mbps 5.7%
Vodafone Mobile 7.4 Mbps 10 Mbps 0.9 Mbps 2.3 Mbps 7.5%
Eclipse 6.9 Mbps 13.8 Mbps 0.7 Mbps 2 Mbps 15%
Daisy 6.9 Mbps 13.3 Mbps 0.6 Mbps 2.3 Mbps 10.3%
Demon Internet 6 Mbps 8 Mbps 0.7 Mbps 1 Mbps 0%
Three 4.9 Mbps 8 Mbps 1.3 Mbps 1.9 Mbps 5.2%
Post Office 3.7 Mbps 4.3 Mbps 0.3 Mbps 0.4 Mbps 0%
O2 Mobile 3.3 Mbps 9.9 Mbps 0.7 Mbps 2.6 Mbps 5.6%

The smaller sample table includes some new entrants, not because their speeds have improved but because we have enough tests in the month to talk about their results. Andrews & Arnold (AAISP) show what is possible for a highly technically focused provider. Daisy Group is a new entrant and with recent acquisitions may now be a regular entry in the lists. The low speeds at the Post Office are reflective of their up to 8 Mbps products and Demon Internet is the disappointing entry because while they were at the forefront of the broadband revolution in 2000, they seem to be slow adopting the fibre based products.

Remember that we offer two versions of the speed test currently with the new version running on desktops, mobiles, tablets and games consoles and the more traditional tester. Where those running the test provide a postcode the results will also appear on map page.

Our tracking of locations allows us to look at the long term trends for areas, so Wales which is usually at the bottom of the coverage and speed tables in the UK for the four nations has shown its median download speed rise from 6.6 Mbps to 10.6 Mbps in the last 12 months, and the top quartile speed has gone from 18.9 Mbps to 30.1 Mbps. With areas like Conwy and Powys now starting to see the fibre roll-outs taking superfast coverage above 20% at last for those parts of Wales, we are expecting the speeds to continue improving in Wales in 2015.


I'm an ordinary person and to me this is a complicated chart.
Really because I can't tell FTTC and Copper wire results. Have you combined them? If so these figures of no help to me in compareing suppliers.

  • David-Park
  • over 6 years ago

Presume the same person as on twitter, we usually do a separate blog item with a few more visual charts etc on our blog.

This will cover the technology differences and show FTTC vs ADSL2+ speeds for the larger providers.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 6 years ago

It would be very helpful to see how the true speed of broadband is in rural areas. As someone who struggles to get 2Mbits down and 0.3Mbits up I am very envious of the money that is being spent on the urban elite to improve a service that is more than adequate (ie. in the 10 of Mbits Down) while we in the country struggle to get a connection which permits basic Iplayer use.

  • wrecker
  • over 6 years ago

Demon: FTTC etc going nowhere for some months, then there just may be an FTTx offering. But don't hold your breath.

  • kmendum
  • over 6 years ago

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