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UK Broadband Speed Test Results for June 2017

The longest day of the year has now passed so we are over half way through the year and as its the 1st of the month that means its time to publish our analysis of all the speed tests carried out in the last month.

We have added extra fields to the data table this month, with additional entries for the 20th and 80th percentile result and have also expanded the information given on upload speeds to ensure people get to see the full picture for both download and upload. The top 20% and bottom 20% speeds are particularly important as they are under consideration for use in both broadband advertising and proposals for changes to Broadband Speeds Code of Practice.

The 60 Fastest UK Broadband Providers and Services in June 2017 (Ordered by Median Download Speed)
Smaller providers without enough geographic data samples are not include
All speeds in Mega bits per second - Mbps
ProviderQualityDirectionSpeed of bottom 10%Speed of bottom 20%MedianMeanSpeed of Top 20%Speed of Top 10%
Hyperoptic Gigabit1Down 103.4 105.3 298.3 354.7 556.7 810.6
    Up 59 101.7 155.8 251.5 435.8 513.5
Virgin Media 300 Mbps1Down 36.1 46.1 87.7 110.4 198.5 217.3
    Up 12.3 12.7 16.4 20.7 21.6 34.9
BT Infinity 3 & 4 (FTTP)1Down 43.7 53.9 74.1 108.1 173.5 215.9
    Up 19.3 19.8 20.8 22 24.9 30.1
Virgin Media 200 Mbps1Down 26.9 36.7 72.2 80.9 117.6 155
    Up 6.3 7.2 10 9.6 11.7 12.1
IDNet up to 76 Mbps (FTTC)1Down 28.5 40.5 60.5 55.8 70.5 74.2
    Up 9.3 10.7 17 18.2 18.5 20
AAISP up to 76 Mbps (FTTC)1Down 32 40.5 56.5 54.3 69.6 74
    Up 10.6 12.1 15.9 17.9 18.2 18.8
BT Infinity 2 (FTTC)1Down 30.9 38.6 52.5 52.4 68 73.1
    Up 9.4 10.1 14.8 14.2 18.1 18.4
KCom Lightstream (FTTP)1Down 17.6 27.7 51.5 67.9 91.3 156.8
    Up 3.9 4.6 10.1 17.2 26.9 29.2
Zen up to 76 Mbps (FTTC)1Down 28 36 50.8 51.4 69.8 73.6
    Up 8.4 9.9 15.9 14.9 18.2 18.6
Virgin Media up to 100 Mbps1Down 17.5 25.6 47.1 50 75 84.3
    Up 2.3 3.1 5.8 7.1 11 12
Hyperoptic 100 Mbps1Down 21.5 27.6 46.4 49.6 72.3 81.6
    Up 4.8 15.7 36.6 37.4 59.1 68.4
Small Providers up to 76 Mbps (FTTC)1Down 22.1 29.5 46 50.7 69.4 74.5
    Up 7.5 9.9 17 18.8 20.7 34.3(*)
Vodafone up to 76 Mbps (FTTC)1Down 25.3 31.9 42.9 44.8 58 65.5
    Up 7.4 9.8 15 13.7 17.6 18
EE up to 76 (FTTC)2Down 23.2 29.7 41.5 43.3 58.4 67.7
    Up 8.9 9.6 13.2 13.3 17.9 18.5
Gigaclear 100 Mbps1Down 22.5 25.9 41.1 42.5 52.5 63.2
    Up 14.7 20.9 36.3 36.1 47.3 60.1
Jersey Telecom1Down 0.8 6.5 39.9 38 56 67.3
    Up 0.7 0.9 8.2 7.4 9.3 17.7
Sky up to 76 Mbps (FTTC)1Down 27.8 32.5 39.9 43.9 56.3 65.5
    Up 7.7 9.4 11.9 12.7 17.7 18.3
Plusnet up to 76 Mbps (FTTC)1Down 18.3 24.6 39.6 41.4 58.9 69.1
    Up 2.7 4.6 9.3 10.4 17.4 18.2
TalkTalk UFO (FTTH)1Down 17.3 30 38.3 95 126.4 199.7
    Up 1.8 2 14.2 44 49.4 60.1
SeeTheLight/IFNL (FTTH)1Down 17.4 20.2 33 36.1 55.1 57
    Up 7.4 9 11.2 13.9 12.2 23.1
BT Infinity 1 up to 52 Mbps (FTTP)1Down 9.1 17.1 31.1 30.6 45.5 49.8
    Up 2.1 3.1 6.1 6 8.7 9.1
BT Infinity 1 up to 52 Mbps (FTTC)1Down 12.8 18.2 30.2 30.4 43.9 49.5
    Up 2.4 3.6 6.2 6 8.6 8.9
TalkTalk up to 76 Mbps (FTTC)1Down 14.7 19.3 29.1 31.2 39.2 50.7
    Up 2.3 3.1 6.3 7.7 11.9 17
AAISP up to 38 Mbps (FTTC)1Down 9.9 20.3 26.6 26.3 36.2 36.5
    Up 2.9 4.2 5.3 5.5 7.7 8.7
IDNet up to 38 Mbps (FTTC)1Down 13.2 17 26.2 25.9 36.1 37.3
    Up 1.7 2.2 5.5 5.4 8 8.5
Zen up to 38 Mbps (FTTC)1Down 11.4 14.8 26 24.7 36.1 37
    Up 1.9 3.1 6 5.9 8.8 9.1
TalkTalk up to 38 Mbps (FTTC)1Down 13.1 18.1 25.9 25.5 35 37
    Up 1.3 1.5 1.7 1.6 1.8 1.9
EE up to 38 Mbps (FTTC)1.6Down 10.6 15.8 25.8 24.6 34.3 35.9
    Up 2.5 3.8 6.7 6.2 8.7 8.9
Vodafone up to 38 Mbps (FTTC)1Down 10.9 15.7 24.4 24.2 33.5 36.5
    Up 2.2 3.6 6.5 6.1 8.5 8.8
Sky up to 38 Mbps (FTTC)1Down 10.4 15 24.2 23.3 32.2 35.5
    Up 2.4 3.5 6.2 6 8.6 9
Post Office up to 38 Mbps (FTTC)1Down 9.4 13.4 21.4 24.8 32.4 38
    Up 1.6 2.2 4.4 5.4 8.5 9.2
Wessex Internet1Down 4.2 5.9 20.8 21.9 33.3 33.8
    Up 0.5 0.9 2.1 3.3 4.8 7.2
Virgin Media up to 50 Mbps1.2Down 1.8 5.3 20.8 21.9 33.3 33.8
    Up 0.7 1.2 2.4 2.1 2.9 3.1
EE Mobile 3G/4G1.2Down 3.4 6.6 20.1 27.2 41.7 57.7
    Up 0.4 0.6 2.8 5.8 8.6 12.4
Small Providers up to 38 Mbps (FTTC)1Down 6.2 9.4 19.1 19.6 30.2 35.8
    Up 1.6 1.9 4.4 4.7 7.7 8.9
Hyperoptic 20 Mbps2.6Down 0.2 1 18.5 13.5 22.1 24.9
    Up 0.1 0.3 0.9 0.7 1 1.2
Airband1.7Down 7.1 8.1 14 15.3 21.9 35.6
    Up 0.7 0.9 2 2.5 3.9 5.1
UK Broadband - Relish1Down 2.4 4.4 14 16.5 28.7 35.6
    Up 0.5 0.9 2 2.5 3.9 5.1
Quickline Fixed Wirelesss1.3Down 5.9 7.9 13.8 14.9 18.9 29.5
    Up 0.6 1.1 5.3 5.5 8.8 12.1

Vodafone Mobile 3G/4G

1.4Down 2.6 5.2 13.7 18 27.8 38
    Up 0.5 0.8 2.6 3.7 6.2 8.5
Daisy Wholesale1Down 1.5 3.5 12.8 22.1 39.7 60.2
    Up 0.3 0.4 1 6.1 12.6 17.9
Europasat Satellite1Down 3.1 6.2 11.4 12.7 16.7 19.7
    Up 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.6 0.1 0.2
O2 Mobile 3G/4G1.7Down 1.7 3.7 10.4 14.8 23.4 34.6
    Up 0.3 0.7 2 3.1 5.3 7.8
Three Mobile 3G/4G1.4Down 1.3 3.2 10.3 16.4 28.6 41.2
    Up 0.3 0.6 1.6 4.2 7.4 12.5
IDNet ADSL/ADSL2+1Down 1.9 3.3 8.6 9 14.4 16.6
    Up 0.3 0.3 0.7 0.6 0.9 1
Demon Internet ADSL/ADSL2+1Down 0.5 1.5 6.4 6.5 10.7 13.7
    Up 0.3 0.3 0.6 0.5 0.7 0.8
KCom ADSL/ADSL2+1Down 1.5 3 6.3 7 10.9 12.9
    Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.7
Zen ADSL/ADSL2+1Down 1.1 2.3 6.2 7 11.8 15.1
    Up 0.2 0.3 0.5 0.6 0.8 0.9
BT WiFi1.3Down 1.4 2.6 5.9 10.2 15.6 25.6
    Up 0.3 0.4 1.4 2.8 5 6.9
Sky ADSL2+1Down 1.1 2.2 5.8 7 11.9 15.2
    Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.8 0.9
Origin Broadband1Down 1 1.9 5.8 7 11.9 15.2
    Up 0.3 0.4 0.7 5.9 7.9 9.8
Plusnet ADSL/ADSL2+1Down 0.8 1.8 5.6 7 12.2 15.6
    Up 0.3 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.8 0.9
TalkTalk ADSL2+1Down 0.8 1.7 5.5 6.7 11.6 14.6
    Up 0.3 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.8
Vodafone ADSL2+1Down 0.7 1.7 5.4 7 12.5 16.2
    Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.8 0.9
EE ADSL/ADSL2+1Down 0.9 1.9 5.2 6.4 11.1 14.2
    Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.9 0.9
BT ADSL/ADSL2+1Down 0.7 1.6 5 6.4 11.2 15.2
    Up 0.2 0.3 0.5 0.5 0.8 0.9
Entanet ADSL/ADSL2+1Down 0.7 1.7 4.2 5.2 8.1 10.7
    Up 0.2 0.3 0.7 0.6 0.8 0.9
Eclipse ADSL/ADSL2+1Down 0.3 1 3.9 5.4 8.7 12.5
    Up 0.2 0.3 0.5 0.5 0.7 0.9
Post Office ADSL/ADSL2+1.1Down 0.9 1.5 3.4 4.6 6.9 10.5
    Up 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.7 0.7

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

The (*) annotation is to highlight that we know that this figure is not theoretically possible on FTTC for an upload speed, but it appears looking at the individual providers that at least provider in this category is offering some customers something more than FTTC. We have investigated and the speeds don't look like G.fast either.

On the topic of G.fast where the availability is starting to increase while we have seen some people testing their new service the volume is still too small for the monthly reports. There is also the usual caveat that if your provider is missing it is because the number of samples was too small to give us a meaningful result, this means some months you will see a product and another month it won't be in the table.

A new entry is Post Office FTTC/VDSL2 which after many years of only offering ADSL they are now selling and also the old up to 8 Mbps cap they used to have on ADSL/ADSL2+ has been removed.

Comparing the results to those from May 2017 one difference that jumps out at us is that the quality score for Virgin Media has improved across its different products, suggesting that things may be getting better for Virgin Media customers.

As we did last month with the even longer product table we will look at the peak versus off-peak speed test results for the major providers in another news item and as July is also the start of a new quarter we will have have news articles looking at data we collate on a quarterly basis such as local authorities.

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