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Speed test results for August 2015

Another month has slipped by and thus we are publishing the speed test results for August 2015 with our usual split of fibre based, ADSL and then a general top 20 results.

Large Provider Fibre Based Connection Speed Tests August 2015
Provider Median Download Mean Download Median Upload Mean Upload
FTTC Overall (excludes Virgin Media) 28.1 Mbps 29.3 Mbps 7.8 Mbps 8.5 Mbps
BT 31.2 Mbps 32 Mbps 8.5 Mbps 9 Mbps
Plusnet 32.2 Mbps 32.6 Mbps 10.4 Mbps 10.7 Mbps
Sky 24.6 Mbps 24.4 Mbps 7.7 Mbps 7.1 Mbps
TalkTalk 28.1 Mbps 28 Mbps 1.8 Mbps 4.6 Mbps
Virgin Media 40.8 Mbps 47.5 Mbps 4.6 Mbps 5.8 Mbps

Virgin Media held its speeds stable, but FTTC slipped slightly, with the largest drop in the PlusNet results (1.8 Mbps drop in median and 1.4 Mbps mean download speeds), interestingly the replacement on the entry level fibre based product at PlusNet with a 40/2 variant is not impacting the upload speeds yet, of course it may take some months for the sales of this product that replaced the old 40/20 to have an impact. We cannot be certain but the overall drop in FTTC speeds but we suspect a combination of longer line upgrades to escape slow ADSL in rural areas, increased crosstalk as take-up increases and people electing to save £5 to £10 per month and only buying the up to 38 Mbps versions.

ADSL/ADSL2+ Connection Speed Tests August 2015
Provider Median Download Mean Download Median Upload Mean Upload
All Providers 5.1 Mbps 6.4 Mbps 0.6 Mbps 0.6 Mbps
BT 4.3 Mbps 5.6 Mbps 0.4 Mbps 0.5 Mbps
Plusnet 4.7 Mbps 6.0 Mbps 0.4 Mbps 0.5 Mbps
Sky 5.1 Mbps 6.4 Mbps 0.6 Mbps 0.7 Mbps
TalkTalk 5.3 Mbps 6.4 Mbps 0.6 Mbps 0.5 Mbps
Rural ADSL 3.4 Mbps 4.1 Mbps 0.3 Mbps 0.3 Mbps

The ADSL/ADSl2+ results continue to show the fact that Sky and TalkTalk with their ADSL2+ only networks (their proportion of off-net customers is very small) benefits people on the upload side. BT and PlusNet are probably not matching the download speeds due to mixture of IPStream Max (ADSL) and WBC (ADSL2+) and particularly for BT with its uniform pricing no matter how rural the exchange they are likely to have a higher proportion of the rural ADSL connections.

The 20 Fastest UK Broadband Providers in August 2015
(ordered by median speed)
Smaller providers without enough geographic data samples are not included
Provider Median Download Mean Download Median Upload Mean Upload Download Speed of top 10%
Hyperoptic 66 Mbps 159.4 Mbps 45.8 Mbps 141.9 Mbps 467.9 Mbps
Virgin Media 41.4 Mbps 47.9 Mbps 4.6 Mbps 5.8 Mbps 102.1 Mbps
XILO Communications 16.7 Mbps 25.1 Mbps 0.9 Mbps 5.5 Mbps 61.7 Mbps
Claranet SOHO 15.1 Mbps 24.2 Mbps 3 Mbps 11.6 Mbps 64.7 Mbps
Zen Internet 14.5 Mbps 23.8 Mbps 1.1 Mbps 5.7 Mbps 64 Mbps
IDNet 13.7 Mbps 21.4 Mbps 0.5 Mbps 5 Mbps 63.3 Mbps
AAISP 13.6 Mbps 24 Mbps 1.1 Mbps 5.4 Mbps 61.6 Mbps
BT 13.5 Mbps 19.6 Mbps 1.5 Mbps 5 Mbps 43.6 Mbps
EE Mobile (inc. Orange/T-Mobile) 13.1 Mbps 18.8 Mbps 1.6 Mbps 4.9 Mbps 40.8 Mbps
Wholesaler to providers like SSE and The Phone Co-Op
9.9 Mbps 17 Mbps 0.9 Mbps 5.2 Mbps 40.4 Mbps
PlusNet 9.5 Mbps 17.1 Mbps 0.9 Mbps 4.8 Mbps 40.9 Mbps
Entanet 8.9 Mbps 24.8 Mbps 1.1 Mbps 6.8 Mbps 65.7 Mbps
Tooway Direct
(satellite broadband)
8.5 Mbps 9.1 Mbps 0.4 Mbps 0.4 Mbps 15.2 Mbps
Sky 8.2 Mbps 12.4 Mbps 0.9 Mbps 2.8 Mbps 30.7 Mbps
Timico 8.1 Mbps 13.5 Mbps 0.7 Mbps 2 Mbps 35.5 Mbps
Vodafone Mobile 7.9 Mbps 12 Mbps 1.3 Mbps 3.3 Mbps 29.2 Mbps
FastNet 7.8 Mbps 13 Mbps 0.9 Mbps 5.5 Mbps 28.8 Mbps
KC 7.7 Mbps 22.5 Mbps 0.7 Mbps 6.8 Mbps 81.8 Mbps
O2 Mobile 7.1 Mbps 11.9 Mbps 1.3 Mbps 3.3 Mbps 29.2 Mbps
TalkTalk 6.9 Mbps 12.5 Mbps 0.7 Mbps 1.7 Mbps 34.5 Mbps

Tooway Direct is a new entrant perhaps reflecting the shift slowly towards an acceptance in some of the slowest areas of the UK that satellite connections may be the most economic way of reaching the 2 Mbps USC though at the expense of latency which runs into the 800ms and 1000ms region.

We have not forgotten about one of the major broadband providers, EE and its fixed line services did not make the top 20 this month with a median speed of 6.8 Mbps, though they did beat Demon (4.7 Mbps), Tesco (4 Mbps) and the Post Office (1.9 Mbps).

The FTTH providers such as B4RN and Gigaclear did not feature due to the small sample size once more, but B4RN would have been at the top of the table with a 93.3 Mbps median. The low performance of KC where FTTH is the dominant fibre technology rolled out is not because their FTTH network is slow, but simply that it is only available to around a quarter of the premises in their network area, meaning ADSL2+ speeds dominate still, for those wondering what the FTTH performance is like the top 10% figure of 81.8 Mbps download looks promising.

We are tracking Vodafone Connect results now, and while the sample size was too small, we can mention the median speed of 31.1 Mbps and a mean of 31 Mbps, this suggests that for those signing up to Vodafone Connect they are all pretty much choosing the FTTC products.

Looking at the geographic results in August the fastest constituencies were with respect to median download speed, Nottingham North (35.6 Mbps), Redcar (32.6 Mbps), St Albans (27.7 Mbps), Portsmouth South (27.5 Mbps) and Leeds West (27.2 Mbps). Interestingly Nottingham North is at the top no matter whether you order by mean, median or upper quartile speed and when you look at the coverage data for the area you can understand 90.3% cable broadband availability rising to 97.9% at superfast speeds once Openreach FTTC is added to the mixture.


Hi Broadband Watchers.
I have noticed that the results on a Post Code on Thinkbroadband Maps are showing the correct location and not been overlayed much better results are being generated.

  • Blackmamba
  • over 3 years ago

Hi Broadband Watchers and Andrews Staff.
From the new programmed results it is possible to locate faulty lines and Equiptment plus it will show that many lines are over the 2-5 meg ( on Post Code) this will also produce more customers to place their result on the Map. I feel it will also bring in the small ISP,s and their results.

  • Blackmamba
  • over 3 years ago

Hi Broadband Watchers.
I have rechecked many locations ( post codes) and the results are starting to kick in after the reprogramming from Andrews Staff I just hope that many LA plus Goverment will start to observe their work and give them credit for their initiative over Broadband in the UK.

  • Blackmamba
  • over 3 years ago

Hi Broadband Watchers.
The area Post Codes have been updated over the weekend with new results plus auto change on distances.

  • Blackmamba
  • over 3 years ago

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