UK Broadband Speed Test Results for January 2017
January brings about some changes to our speed test results, we have integrated our quality metric that assesses each and every test that we see and the aggregate result for a provider should help to reveal how good their service beyond the shouting about the best download and upload speeds. The quality metric is connection agnostic, so there is no reason a good 4G connection should not score as good as a pure fibre one if the quality measured over the duration of the test was as good. A score of 1 is the ideal, 1.2 to 1.4 covers the main bulk of providers and any provider above 3 is performing very badly.
|The 30 Fastest UK Broadband Providers and Services in January 2017
(ordered by median speed)
Smaller providers without enough geographic data samples are not included
|Provider||Quality Metric||Download Speed of bottom 10%
|Download Speed of top 10%
|BT Infinity (FTTH)||1.3||21.2||50.2||63.7||11.2||14.2||129.4|
|Zen Internet (FTTC)||1.1||16||37.7||41.7||10.6||12.1||71.2|
|SeeTheLight - IFNL (FTTH)||1.4||16||36||40.1||11.6||17.4||63.2|
|Daisy Wholesale (FTTC)||1.4||10.2||34.4||35.7||9||11.2||67.8|
|BT Infinity (FTTC)||1.3||14.3||34.3||35.5||8.5||8.9||56.7|
|Vodafone Broadband (FTTC)||1.4||12.8||30.7||32.3||8.7||9.6||57.5|
|Zen Internet (ADSL)||1.4||1.3||6.3||7.1||0.6||0.6||15|
The quality metric should also help to inform in terms of its trend over time and to help with that in future charts we will indicate if it has gone up or down compared to the previous set of results.
Since its not possible to list all the providers, we have our table showing the results from the various technology groups. Of course things like the range of product speeds, quality of wireless from the home gateway a provider suppliers and other factors do come into play.
|Speeds of Broadband Technologies as seen in January 2017
(ordered by median speed)
|Provider||Quality Metric||Ratio of tests||Down Speed of bottom 10%
|Down Speed of top 10%
(*) Mobile was not included in the proportion of tests as the assumption is the majority of the tests are people who have a fixed line option too.
The peak versus off-peak battle continues and the Virgin Media DOCSIS service was worse in January 2017 than December 2016 suggesting the operator still has not got to grips with its various congestion hot spots and that number may be growing. It is interesting that the difference in the quality metric between day time and evening is significantly difference for Virgin Media too.
|Median Peak and Off-Peak Download Speed Tests Results January 2017|
|7am-3pm||6pm-midnight||% difference||7am-3pm||6pm-midnight||% difference||7am-3pm||6pm-midnight|
|BT||22.1 Mbps||24.3 Mbps||+9.9%||25.8 Mbps||27.9 Mbps||+8.1%||1.11||1.21|
|EE||8.4 Mbps||8.1 Mbps||-3.6%||9.3 Mbps||8.9 Mbps||-4.4%||1.44||1.73|
|Plusnet||19.2 Mbps||15.6 Mbps||-18.8%||23.4 Mbps||17.2 Mbps||-26.5%||1.12||1.17|
|Sky||10.7 Mbps||10.0 Mbps||%||12.9 Mbps||11.8 Mbps||%||1.28||1.35|
|TalkTalk||10.7 Mbps||9.9 Mbps||%||12.1 Mbps||11.8 Mbps||%||1.20||1.26|
|Virgin Media||40.3 Mbps||22.7 Mbps||-43.7%||59.7 Mbps||41.8 Mbps||-30%||1.59||1.91|
G.fast is emerging now from its small scale trials and hopefully by April/May of this year we will be able to start looking at the performance and look at deriving a speed versus distance model based on observations from our data.