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Speed test results for July 2015

The speed test results for July 2015 have now been sifted through and are ready for publication, revealing the performance of the various providers and when you view the results over a longer time frame give an idea of how the broadband landscape in the UK is changing over time.

Large Provider Fibre Based Connection Speed Tests July 2015
Provider Median Download Mean Download Median Upload Mean Upload
FTTC Overall (excludes Virgin Media) 28.9 Mbps 30 Mbps 7.9 Mbps 8.7 Mbps
BT 31.7 Mbps 32.6 Mbps 8.4 Mbps 9 Mbps
Plusnet 34 Mbps 34 Mbps 10.4 Mbps 10.6 Mbps
Sky 24.8 Mbps 24.7 Mbps 7.7 Mbps 7.1 Mbps
TalkTalk 28.9 Mbps 28.8 Mbps 1.8 Mbps 4.6 Mbps
Virgin Media 40.5 Mbps 47.5 Mbps 4 Mbps 5.7 Mbps

Other than the drop in upload speeds from PlusNet the figures are surprisingly stable, the drop in PlusNet upload speeds on the FTTC services is down to a product change where new customers on the up to 38 Mbps service connect at 2 Mbps rather than the up to 20 Mbps previously, the result is that over a longer period we will see the upload speeds at PlusNet edge towards TalkTalk.

ADSL/ADSL2+ Connection Speed Tests July 2015
Provider Median Download Mean Download Median Upload Mean Upload
All Providers 4.9 Mbps 6.2 Mbps 0.6 Mbps 0.6 Mbps
BT 4.1 Mbps 5.6 Mbps 0.5 Mbps 0.5 Mbps
Plusnet 5 Mbps 6.1 Mbps 0.4 Mbps 0.5 Mbps
Sky 5.2 Mbps 6.6 Mbps 0.7 Mbps 0.7 Mbps
TalkTalk 5.3 Mbps 6.5 Mbps 0.6 Mbps 0.6 Mbps
Rural ADSL 3.8 Mbps 5.1 Mbps 0.5 Mbps 0.3 Mbps

The situation on more rural exchanges shows that those where only up to 8 Mbps (ADSL) services are available still get very slow speeds, though looking at the profile of speed tests we can see that ADSL2+ is becoming more available as some exchanges gain WBC or people become more aware of the widespread availability of ADSL2+ from providers like TalkTalk (in theory 95% of UK households).

The 20 Fastest Broadband Provider Speeds in July 2015 - (ordered by median speed)
Smaller providers without enough speed and geographic data are not included
Provider Median Download Mean Download Median Upload Mean Upload Download Speed of top 10%
Hyperoptic 45.4 Mbps 100.4 Mbps 27.7 Mbps 86.8 Mbps 378.6 Mbps
Virgin Media 40.5 Mbps 47.5 Mbps 4 Mbps 5.7 Mbps 102.2 Mbps
Zen Internet 16.8 Mbps 25.8 Mbps 2.7 Mbps 6.5 Mbps 68.8 Mbps
AAISP 15.5 Mbps 24.7 Mbps 1.8 Mbps 5 Mbps 60.5 Mbps
BT 14.2 Mbps 20.4 Mbps 1.9 Mbps 5.1 Mbps 47.1 Mbps
XILO Communications 14 Mbps 26.3 Mbps 0.9 Mbps 5.5 Mbps 72.6 Mbps
EE Mobile (inc. Orange/T-Mobile) 13.3 Mbps 18.4 Mbps 1.6 Mbps 4.7 Mbps 42.2 Mbps
Relish 12.4 Mbps 15.9 Mbps 1.3 Mbps 2.4 Mbps 31.8 Mbps
IDNet 12.3 Mbps 23.3 Mbps 1 Mbps 6.1 Mbps 62.3 Mbps
FastNet 10.8 Mbps 20.9 Mbps 1.8 Mbps 7.6 Mbps 54 Mbps
PlusNet 10 Mbps 18 Mbps 0.9 Mbps 4.8 Mbps 45.1 Mbps
KC 9.3 Mbps 28.9 Mbps 0.8 Mbps 9.4 Mbps 75.3 Mbps
Entanet 9.2 Mbps 20.6 Mbps 1 Mbps 8.4 Mbps 60.4 Mbps
Wholesaler to providers like SSE and The Phone Co-Op
9.2 Mbps 17.4 Mbps 0.9 Mbps 5.2 Mbps 46.4 Mbps
ineedbroadband 8.8 Mbps 9 Mbps 2 Mbps 2.3 Mbps 16 Mbps
Vodafone Mobile 8.4 Mbps 13.5 Mbps 1.6 Mbps 3.4 Mbps 34.2 Mbps
Sky 8.1 Mbps 12.2 Mbps 0.9 Mbps 2.7 Mbps 30.4 Mbps
TalkTalk 7.4 Mbps 13.3 Mbps 0.7 Mbps 1.8 Mbps 35.9 Mbps
O2 Mobile 7.2 Mbps 12.3 Mbps 1.7 Mbps 3.4 Mbps 31.3 Mbps
EE Home Broadband 6.8 Mbps 11.2 Mbps 0.8 Mbps 2.4 Mbps 31.3 Mbps

ineedbroadband is a new entrant gaining enough tests this month to feature in the table, they provide Wi-Fi services to hotels, marinas and other locations. The median download speeds for some well known names that did not make the top 20 are Post Office 2.3 Mbps, BT WiFi 4.5 Mbps, Eclipse 5.4 Mbps, Demon 5.9 Mbps and Three 6.3 Mbps.

Why the results from Hyperoptic are so low this month is not clear, from looking at the spread of results compared to June 2015 it appears to be we saw more people on the 20 Mbps and 100 Mbps products, so while they retain their crown as top of the table it was a close run thing with our median speed ordering. The constituent low performance of providers like Sky and TalkTalk is simply because their fibre products are no where near as popular as they are with BT Retail (the recent results revealed 41% of BT customers on a fibre based solution - and the split of ADSL2+ to fibre based results for BT supports this with 40 to 45% looking like FTTC or FTTP. Less than one in four of the tests via Sky and TalkTalk identify as being FTTC based and no sign of the TalkTalk UFO product in York yet.


Please, please separate the '20 fastest' table into two: fibre and ADSL. Most people looking to change provider (or choose not to) are considering either fibre or ADSL, not both. If I'm wanting the fastest ADSL, there's no evidence from ALL providers to help; likewise, in the table here, providers with a large ADSL base have their overall figures depressed.

It might even be worthwhile separating FTTP from FTTC, with a separate table of all qualifying providers for each.

  • davidinnotts
  • over 3 years ago

It could be that for smaller providers there simply aren't enough tests on "fibre based" to make it statistically significant. Small samples can be highly misleading, especially as people often test only when there's a perceived problem or to test a new service.

  • TheEulerID
  • over 3 years ago

For the largest providers the first two tables are split out, and they represent pretty much all you get from Ofcom and is 93 to 95% of the market.

The larger table is there to show the wider variety of options and providers available.

In time as FTTC becomes more dominant at small and medium providers we might split them.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 3 years ago

And none of it matters if the Web service you are connecting to is slow.
For example, selling on eBay using their own software downloads their updates at a paltry 100kbps.
I updated TomTom recently, and 6GB took 30 minutes to download. On other services that sized download would be only a few minutes.
Some Web sites are fast, others very slow.
It isn't just internet providers that need to be measured.

  • Fellwalker
  • over 3 years ago

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