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UK Broadband Speed Test Results for April 2017

April vanished very quickly so that means its time for our mammoth round-up of broadband speeds across the providers that deliver broadband to consumers and small business across the UK for that month.

One would expect full fibre (FTTP) services dominate the top of the table but the Virgin Media 300 Mbps makes an appearance highlighting that old infrastructure can provide very high speeds and that once the cable operator rolls out DOCSIS 3.1 further upgrades are likely to happen quickly, or put another way in a couple of years the UK may have Gigabit broadband available to some 17 million premises.

The 50 Fastest UK Broadband Providers and Services in April 2017
(ordered by median speed)
Smaller providers without enough geographic data samples are not included
ProviderQuality MetricDownload Speed of bottom 10%
(Mbps)
Median Download
(Mbps)
Mean Download
(Mbps)
Median Upload
(Mbps)
Mean Upload
(Mbps)
Download Speed of top 10%
Mbps
Hyperoptic Gigabit 1.4 107 253.7 268.1 219.2 250.9 499
Virgin 300 Mbps 1.6 34.3 89 108.4 14.3 28.3 215.9
BT Infinity 3&4 (FTTP) 1.3 39.8 73.3 93.3 20.7 22.8 191.2
B4RN 1.7 2.7 62.8 143.7 61 158.1 405.7
Virgin 100 Mbps 1.7 19.5 56.3 55.5 5.7 6.2 90.9
Zen Internet up to 76 Mbps (FTTC) 1 27.5 55.7 53.4 17 15.3 73.7
TalkTalk UFO (York) 1.4 16.8 54.2 68.7 12.5 17.8 137.2
BT Infinity 2 (FTTC) 1.2 29 50.9 50.6 15.3 14.5 72.5
BT Infinity 2 (FTTP) 1.3 27.6 49.8 52.7 10.6 12 82.8
KCom Lightstream 1.3 27.6 49.8 52.7 10.6 12 82.8
AAISP (FTTC) 1 22.2 49.1 68.8 14.9 12.8 73.6
Virgin Media 200 Mbps 1.6 24.4 48 77.4 10.2 9.7 159.3
Hyperoptic 100 Mbps 1.4 21 47.8 50 32.8 36.3 78.2
Small/Medium providers - up to 76 Mbps (FTTC) 1.2 22.4 45.9 47.7 16.3 17.6 72.8
Gigaclear 1.5 21.1 42.4 66.5 39.1 67.6 98.8
PlusNet Fibre Extra (FTTC up to 76 Mbps) 1.3 17.5 38.9 40.1 9.3 10.5 66.1
Sky Fibre Pro up to 76 Mbps 1.3 26.6 38.5 44.2 11.3 12.6 63.7
EE Fibre Plus up to 76 Mbps 3 22.2 37.4 39.9 12.4 13.3 61.6
IDNet (FTTC) 1 14.9 37 40.5 9.1 10.3 72.9
Daisy Wholesale (FTTC) 1.3 12.9 36.6 38.3 9.2 11.3 71
SeeTheLight (IFNL - FTTH) 1.4 12.2 36.3 36.2 11.6 12.9 57.6
TalkTalk Fibre Plus up to 76 Mbps 1.4 15.1 31.7 33.5 6.6 8.3 56.3
Vodafone Broadband (FTTC) 1.4 12.8 29.5 31.6 8.7 9.6 52.4
BT Infinity 1 (FTTP) 1.8 10.8 29.3 29.1 6.6 6.1 47.6
BT Infinity 1 up to 52 Mbps (FTTC) 1.3 12.5 29.3 29.8 6.6 6.2 48.7
Eclipse (FTTC) 1.5 10.6 29 33.4 8.3 10.9 63.6
PlusNet Fibre (FTTC) up to 38 Mbps 1.4 14.1 28.3 27.1 1.7 1.6 37.1
EE Fibre (FTTC) up to 38 Mbps 2.6 10.8 26.3 24.8 7.4 6.5 36
Sky Fibre (FTTC) up to 38 Mbps 1.4 11.6 26 26.4 7.3 7.2 37.5
TalkTalk Faster Broadband (FTTC) up to 38 Mbps 1.3 12.5 25.2 25 1.7 1.7 36.9
Zen Internet (FTTC) up to 38 Mbps 1.4 7.4 22.9 22.4 5.7 5.5 36.9
Small/Medium Providers (FTTC) up to 38 Mbps 1.5 7.8 22.5 22.3 5.9 5.7 36.9
EE Mobile 2 3.1 21.6 28.3 3.1 5.5 59.3
Virgin 50 Mbps 2 2.6 21.3 24.4 2.5 2.2 52
Hyperoptic 20 Mbps 4.6 5.3 20.3 16.9 0.9 0.9 22
Vodafone Mobile 2.3 3.6 15.5 19.1 2.7 4.2 40.2
O2 WiFi 2.1 2 14.8 18.4 2.8 4.1 39.4
Quickline (Fixed Wirless) 2.1 4.3 12.6 13.3 5 5.7 23.9
Relish 2.2 2.1 11.4 15.3 1.7 2.2 33
O2 Mobile 2.6 2.6 11.2 15.8 2.1 3.9 34.4
Europasat (satellite) 1.9 2.5 10.5 11.1 0.1 0.3 21.3
Three Mobile 2.3 1.9 10.4 16.6 1.8 4.5 39.8
IDNet (ADSL) 1.2 2.5 7.1 8.8 0.7 0.6 16.3
KCom (ADSL) 1.3 2.2 6.6 7.4 0.6 0.6 13.2
Zen Internet (ADSL) 1.2 1 6.2 7.6 0.6 0.6 16.3
Vodafone Broadband (ADSL) 1.8 0.9 5.8 7.1 0.6 0.6 15.6
EE (ADSL) 1.6 1.1 5.8 6.9 0.7 0.6 14.9
Plusnet (ADSL) 1.5 0.9 5.8 6.9 0.6 0.6 15.1
Sky (ADSL) 1.6 1.2 5.7 7 0.6 0.6 15.1
Entanet (ADSL) 1.3 1.7 5.7 7 0.6 0.6 14.2

Where a provider is listed solely by its name without any product tier it is because the volume of tests seen during a month was too small to create a meaningful split.

The quality metric needs its scale explaining so a rough guide is:

  • 1 to 1.2: Very good connection for streaming and gaming with stable speeds
  • 1.3 to 1.8: Connections are good but there may be the odd rare stutter in downloads or gaming
  • 1.8 to 2.2: Likely to be using Wi-Fi or on a good mobile service. The odd dip in speeds and stutters are noticeable
  • 2.2 to 3: Your connection or Wi-Fi is affecting your experience and web pages may arrive in fits and starts
  • 3 to 4: Connection is likely to be heavily congested and streaming will be difficult. It is worth checking no-one in the property is also heavily using the connection
  • Over 4: Time to find a better provider or if on Wi-Fi use an Ethernet cable

Looking at the data we have we believe we can split a couple more providers out into their up to 38 Mbps and up 76 Mbps products to further improve product comparisons when we publish the results for May in a few weeks.

The BT Retail Infinity products are interesting as there is very little between the FTTP and FTTC versions and in some cases the FTTP version is not performing as well. The same for the FTTP split is a lot smaller than the FTTC one of course, so it may take the GEA-FTTP roll-outs to grow further before any firm conclusions can be made. The main point of the split is to highlight the performance benefits those ordering Infinity 3 and 4 (the 200 and 300 Mbps products - there are not enough users yet to divide into their own category yet).

Median Peak and Off-Peak Download Speed Tests Results April 2017
Providertbbx1 Test
(1 download)
httpx6 Test
(6 downloads)
Quality
 7am-3pm6pm-midnight% difference7am-3pm6pm-midnight% difference7am-3pm6pm-midnight
BT 26.3 Mbps 24.5 Mbps -7.3% 29.1 Mbps 27.4 Mbps -6.2% 1.01 1.08
EE 12.3 Mbps 11.1 Mbps -10.8% 13.6 Mbps 12.2 Mbps -11.5% 1.25 1.56
Plusnet 19.9 Mbps 16.9 Mbps -17.8% 23.4 Mbps 19.9 Mbps -17.6% 1.10 1.30
Sky 13.3 Mbps 11.2 Mbps -18.7% 16.2 Mbps 14.9 Mbps -8.7% 1.16 1.34
TalkTalk 11.8 Mbps 11.4 Mbps -3.5% 13.4 Mbps 13.5 Mbps +0.1% 1.13 1.29
Virgin Media 37.9 Mbps 33.5 Mbps -13.1% 59.0 Mbps 51.3 Mbps -15% 1.48 1.81

The differences between off-peak and peak time performance appear better for Virgin Media this month when they had -35.9% and -28% as the drop offs in throughput, so it may be that capacity upgrades are being noticed by people, a single months results though do not represent a complete turn around in performance, we will need to see if the trend continues in future months.

The improvement in peak performance by Virgin Media means Plusnet is looking like the bad boy and they have been having similar performance issues for some months and are fighting with EE for the bad boy baseball cap prize.

Comments

I use Vodafone mobile BB as it is the only way to get a usable connection where I live in rural N. Ireland. It`s pretty reliable with D/L of 30+ meg most of the time. Drawback is the usage cap of 50 Gig per month before incurring extra charges.4g could be the answer to slow rural BB.

  • pipcoo
  • 6 months ago

Whoops, posted on wrong news item.

  • pipcoo
  • 6 months ago

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