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Average peak time speeds for UK broadband services in Q3 2018

Our regular update on the performance of the main broadband products in the United Kingdom is a little different this month as we are publishing the figures for the whole of Q3 2018. This should mean that a few packages that are normally not listed will appear due to a larger sample when working with three months of data, but also that there will be increased confidence in the figures shown for the most popular packages.

We do monitor the daily peak time performance from all the broadband speed tests people carry out for the largest five UK broadband providers and we will tweet if one of those providers drops more than 2 standard deviations outside the average speed for the last 30 days. If one of those big providers were to have a couple of slow evenings in a row we would be writing a news item too.

Broadband Speeds for the most popular UK broadband packages during the 8pm to 10pm period in July, August and September 2018
Ordered by median download speed
All speeds are in Mbps - Mega bits per second
ProviderQualityDirectionSpeed of bottom 10%Speed of bottom 20%MedianMeanSpeed of Top 20%Speed of Top 10%
Virgin Media VIVID 200A (0.6)Down 70.5 82.2 171.6 147.6 204.4 213.5
    Up 11.1 11.7 15.5 15.7 20.8 21.3
BT Ultrafast 1 & 2 FTTPA (0.4)Down 62.5 84.5 129.6 140.4 195 272.3
    Up 12.4 19.3 23 27.6 38.5 46.5
Virgin Media VIVID 150A (0.7)Down 64 71.5 101.8 104.5 136.6 150.4
    Up 7.9 9.6 11.6 11.5 12.4 13.3
BT Superfast Fibre 2 FTTP 80/20A (0.3)Down 28.5 38.9 54.5 52.6 72 72.8
Up 11.8 13.3 17.9 17.3 20.8 21.3
BT Superfast Fibre 2 FTTC 80/20A (0.3)Down 36.4 42 54.4 53.9 68.4 72.1
Up 9.7 10.9 16 15 18.2 18.6
Virgin Media VIVID 100A (0.5)Down 26.2 35.8 51.4 61.2 99 107
Up 5.5 5.6 5.9 6.8 8.3 10.5
EE Fibre Plus FTTC 80/20D (1.8)Down 34.2 38.3 48.5 49.9 65.3 70.5
    Up 8.2 9.8 14.9 14.2 18.1 18.5
Plusnet Fibre Extra FTTC 80/20A (0.3)Down 31.7 39.1 48.3 50.1 64.2 71.1
    Up 8.5 9.5 12.2 13.3 17.7 18.2
Sky Fibre Max FTTC 80/20A (0.4)Down 34.7 39.1 46.7 48.7 60.4 68.7
Up 6.8 9.1 13.3 13.2 18 18.4
TalkTalk Fibre Plus FTTC 80/20A (0.3)Down 31.1 38.1 46.6 48.4 61.6 70.7
    Up 7.2 9.4 13.7 14.1 18.1 18.5
Vodafone Superfast 2 FTTC 80/20A (0.4)Down 28.5 34.7 46.5 47.7 62.5 72
    Up 8.5 9.8 14 13.5 17.4 17.8
Virgin Media VIVID 70B (0.9)Down 15 18.9 34.8 38.3 59.1 71.1
    Up 3.6 3.9 4.7 4.6 5.2 5.4
BT Superfast Fibre FTTP 55/10A (0.4)Down 8.6 14.8 32.8 31.1 48.4 50.6
    Up 2.3 4 7.6 7 10 10.4
EE Fibre FTTC 40/10C (1.5)Down 10.1 15.2 25.9 24.1 33.4 35.5
    Up 2.3 3.1 5.3 5.3 7.7 8.3
BT Superfast Fibre FTTC 55/10A (0.5)Down 11.1 15 25.4 26.2 37 42.7
    Up 2.2 3.2 5.1 5.3 7.6 8.6
Sky Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 9.9 14.4 23.9 23.1 32.2 35.6
    Up 2.4 3.4 5.5 5.5 7.8 8.4
Plusnet Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.6)Down 10.5 14.5 23.7 23.2 32.8 35.5
    Up 2.1 2.9 5 5 7.3 8
TalkTalk Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.6)Down 9.4 14.3 23.7 23.2 33.5 36.4
    Up 2.1 3 5 5.2 7.7 8.4
Vodafone Superfast 1 FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 8.6 13.6 22.7 22.4 32.2 35.4
    Up 2.4 3.4 5.4 5.4 7.5 8.2
Virgin Media 50B (1.1)Down 2.6 5.2 18.6 23.5 44.8 52.9
    Up 0.7 1.3 2.4 2.1 3 3.1
Sky ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 1.1 2.2 5.8 6.9 11.6 14.6
    Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.8 0.9
Sky ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 1.3 2.2 5.9 6.8 11.2 14.7
    Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.8 0.9
EE ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.8)Down 1 2 5.7 6.8 11.7 14.1
Up 0.2 0.4 0.7 0.6 0.8 0.9
Plusnet ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 0.6 1.9 5.5 7 12.8 15.7
    Up 0.2 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.9 0.9
TalkTalk ADSL2+B (0.8)Down 0.7 1.5 4.9 6.1 10.5 13.6
    Up 0.2 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.8
BT ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.9)Down 0.6 1.5 4.8 6.2 11.2 14.9
    Up 0.2 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.9 1.0

Some may wonder how the BT Superfast 2 FTTC based service is performing so closely to the FTTP equivalent and the reasons are that so many people are using Wi-Fi to connect in the home which will impact on the speeds experienced and with the small window of VDSL2 speeds used on the Superfast 2 service i.e. 55 Mbps to 80 Mbps the impact of distance is not very great on this service, i.e. those with lines where speed is having an impact will more likely be on the Superfast 1 service where you can see a bigger gap between the FTTP and FTTC equivalent.

The EE services show their typical problems with the quality scoring and it is something is visible even on their G.fast services (266 Mbps down, 47 Mbps, quality 2.5), the slow rising curve of the download speed is a common trait a FTTC 80/20 connection with 75 Mbps down 18 Mbps up and a quality score of 1.1 . Oddly the problem does not affect all the EE users e.g. a FTTC 80/20 connection with 75 Mbps down 19 Mbps up and a quality score of under 0.1. For those seeing a similar shape speed test graph the impact on day to day use will be that larger web pages may feel as if they are loading slower and then appear all at once and file downloads will take a few seconds to reach maximum speeds, for the majority of people who are using to video buffering for a few seconds when they press play it will probably not be noticed.

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