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UK broadband speed test results for October 2018

The latest analysis from all the speed tests run on our speed tester or the various versions used by our partners feeds into our monthly table show casing or shaming the performance of various broadband services.

The news headlines and politics may be all about full fibre being the one true broadband solution but Virgin Media and its DOCSIS 3.0 service is putting up a strong fight winning the top position this month and the G.fast service is also close to the top of the table. As the amount of FTTP tested each month increases we are also showing more FTTP based services and this is stretching the length of the table, so if your ADSL/ADSL2+ service is missing from the bottom of the table we have sacrificed it to reduce the table size.

When looking at these results remember that our test is an end to end test, so also includes the performance of the Wi-Fi element and with so many people using laptops that don't even have an Ethernet port these days, a mobile or tablet for most of the Internet screen time showing what speeds people see with their eye balls is important.

UK Broadband Providers and Services in October 2018
(Ordered by Median Download Speed)
Smaller providers without enough geographic data samples are not included
All speeds in Mega bits per second - Mbps
ProviderQualityDirectionSpeed of bottom 10%Speed of bottom 20%MedianMeanSpeed of Top 20%Speed of Top 10%
Virgin Media VIVID 350B (0.9)Down 223.2 228.7 259.9 274.3 319 343
    Up 10.8 13.2 20.5 21.5 21.5 21.9
Gigaclear Go 900 FTTPA (0.5)Down 200.6 201.4 258.5 280 335.8 423
    Up 93.1 118.8 219.1 259.6 288.3 308.9
Hyperoptic GigabitA (0.5)Down 167.7 179.8 243.6 328.2 493.7 620.6
    Up 120.6 142.5 206.1 311.7 461.7 518.3
Virgin Media VIVID 200A (0.6)Down 70.5 86.2 174.5 152.4 208.9 215.3
    Up 11.2 11.9 14.6 15.8 20.9 21.3
BT Ultrafast 1 & 2 G.fast (*)A (0.2)Down 97.9 107.4 140.1 156.7 192.5 284.6
    Up 19.8 22.7 29.7 29.8 34 41.8
TalkTalk UFO YorkA (0.3)Down 83 87.8 132.7 152.7 170.6 202.6
    Up 16.6 19.1 48.5 87.3 65.8 138.7
BT Ultrafast 1 & FTTPA (0.4)Down 58.3 80.3 114.6 140.6 200.8 276.6
    Up 17.2 20.2 29.3 29.1 38.9 46.2
Virgin Media VIVID 150A (0.6)Down 66.1 76.1 107 107.3 137.8 151.1
    Up 8.2 9.7 11.8 12 12.5 19.7
Community FibreB (1.1)Down 56.5 61.5 97.9 207.8 287.9 507.6
    Up 37.8 49.4 82.8 193.3 375.6 416.9
Zen Internet FTTPA (0.4)Down 30.7 38.7 95.7 134.7 207.7 291.2
    Up 9.3 13.1 19.5 39.2 30.9 42.4
Vodafone Gigafast (*)A (0.3)Down 13.3 30.6 80.1 96.3 158.5 168.2
    Up 3.8 6.1 15.7 22.7 35.3 64.5
AAISP FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 35.7 51.4 62.9 58.9 71.5 71.3
    Up 8.5 10.4 15.8 14.6 18.2 18.6
BT Superfast 2 FTTP 80/20A (0.2)Down 38.6 45.8 59.9 58.6 73.1 73.8
    Up 11.3 13.6 19.3 17.6 20.9 21.3
B4RNB (0.8)Down 18.6 22.6 57.6 94.2 167.7 222.2
    Up 11.3 17.1 26.2 86.2 180.1 222.6
IDNet FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 40.4 47 57.3 57.1 67.9 71.3
    Up 8.5 9.4 16 14.5 18 18.4
Zen Internet FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 32.1 38.9 56.1 54.7 70.5 73.8
    Up 9.2 10 16.2 15.1 18.4 18.6
BT Superfast 2 FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 36.1 42.9 54.9 54.2 68.8 72.4
    Up 10 11.4 16.6 15.3 18.2 18.6
Virgin Media VIVID 100A (0.5)Down 23.2 35.1 53.3 62.5 101.5 107.7
    Up 5.5 5.6 5.9 6.7 7.7 10.4
Daisy Wholesale FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 22.9 33.3 51.7 52.9 72.1 74.7
    Up 9.5 10.8 16.1 16.7 18.4 20.1
Plusnet Fibre Extra FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 37.4 40.4 50.7 52.3 66.8 71.8
    Up 7.6 9.2 14.1 13.5 18 18.3
EE Fibre Plus FTTC 80/20E (2.4)Down 34.4 39.4 49.9 52.1 66.7 70.2
    Up 9.1 10.6 16.7 14.8 18.2 18.6
Gigaclear Go 100A (0.5)Down 18.9 35.7 49.8 48.8 57.5 81.5
    Up 13.8 25.2 41.9 41.8 58.9 67.9
Other Providers FTTC 80/20A (0.3)Down 17.8 29.9 49.6 51.1 69.5 74.3
    Up 7.1 10 16.8 18.2 18.1 19
Vodafone Superfast 2 FTTC 80/20A (0.3)Down 33.7 39.2 49.5 51.5 67.1 73.2
    Up 9.6 10.8 15.2 14.5 17.6 17.9
OFNL/SeeTheLight FTTPA (0.3)Down 27.1 31.6 49.3 56.1 59.3 114.4
    Up 7.1 9.9 12.9 23.6 37 53.6
Hyperoptic 150 MbpsB (0.9)Down 21.6 30.2 48.2 67.9 115.4 158.4
    Up 5.6 12.7 38.4 55.5 92.6 157.8
Sky Fibre Max FTTC 80/20A (0.3)Down 33.9 38.6 48.2 49.6 62.6 69.5
    Up 8.6 9.8 15.3 14.2 18.2 18.6
TalkTalk Fibre Plus FTTC 80/20A (0.3)Down 35.6 38.9 47.9 50.3 64 71.3
    Up 7.4 9.6 14.9 14.2 18.1 18.5
KCom LightStream FTTPA (0.6)Down 11 18.1 46 77.1 131.4 200.1
    Up 4.4 4.7 14.2 24.1 29.1 33
Virgin Media BusinessA (0.5)Down 4 12.1 45.4 71.3 103.2 158.7
    Up 0.8 2.4 9.9 24.7 28 63.9
Plusnet FTTPA (0.6)Down 13 17.4 41.3 50.9 74.6 85.8
    Up 2.2 4.9 10.3 12.3 20.3 21.2
BT Superfast 1 FTTP 55/10A (0.5)Down 10.2 17.2 36.1 33.2 49.6 50.6
    Up 3.1 4.3 8.4 7.3 10.1 10.3
Hyperoptic 30 MbpsC (1.3)Down 1.6 5.7 33.8 24.5 34.6 34.9
    Up 0.5 0.8 0.9 0.9 1 1
Virgin Media VIVID 70B (0.9)Down 11.8 15.5 30.6 34.5 54.9 66.5
    Up 3.6 3.9 4.7 4.5 5.2 5.4
Sky GEA FTTPA (0.4)Down 9.9 20.4 30 30.8 40.3 57.4
    Up 1.6 2.6 6 6.8 9.3 16.5
Airband Fixed WirelessA (0.2)Down 14.2 17.2 29.4 27.1 31.6 33.8
    Up 1.3 1.7 2.1 6.1 5.1 10.1
Post Office FTTC 40/10A (0.6)Down 11.7 15.1 28.2 25.3 36.4 36.9
    Up 1.6 3.1 6.1 5.9 8.9 9.1
Zen Internet FTTC 40/10A (0.2)Down 9.5 17.6 27.7 25.5 35.5 36.8
    Up 2.7 4.2 6.9 6.4 9 9.1
BT Superfast 1 FTTC 55/10A (0.4)Down 11.5 16 27.2 27.4 38.5 45.4
    Up 2.4 3.4 5.3 5.5 7.9 8.7
Plusnet Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.4)Down 11.9 16.1 25.9 25.1 35.1 36.7
    Up 2.2 3.3 5.4 5.4 7.6 8.4
Sky Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 11.3 16 25.7 24.5 33.8 36.2
    Up 2.6 3.7 5.8 5.7 7.9 8.4
TalkTalk Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 10.5 15.2 25.3 24.5 35.3 37
    Up 2.3 3.3 5.4 5.4 7.8 8.5
EE Fibre FTTC 40/10D (1.7)Down 10.8 14.5 25.1 24.1 33.5 35.7
    Up 2.3 3.3 5.4 5.4 7.9 8.4
Daisy Wholesale FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 10.7 14.7 24.6 24.4 34.8 36.4
    Up 2.5 3.6 6.4 6.1 8.8 9
Vodafone Superfast 1 FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 9.8 15 24.6 23.8 34 36.6
    Up 2.3 3.4 5.4 5.4 7.6 8.2
EE Mobile 3G/4GC (1.4)Down 3.7 7.1 22 30.2 47.4 66.1
    Up 0.5 0.9 4 7 11.3 17.5
Virgin Media VIVID 50B (0.9)Down 2.5 5.8 18.9 23.7 45.8 53.8
    Up 0.8 1.4 2.5 2.2 3 3.1
Other Providers FTTC 40/10B (0.8)Down 4.2 8.1 17.6 18.9 31.2 34.4
    Up 1.6 2.3 4.6 8 8 9
Vodafone Mobile 3G/4GD (1.7)Down 3.8 6.9 16.8 24.8 37.7 53.5
    Up 0.7 1.3 3.8 6.1 10.2 14.6
O2 WifiC (1.4)Down 4 9.8 15.5 18.9 25.4 33
    Up 0.7 1.2 3.6 3.6 4.6 6.5
Relish Fixed WirelessC (1.3)Down 1.1 2.4 12.6 16.4 27.7 41.7
    Up 0.1 0.4 1.6 2.6 3.4 4.8
O2 Mobile 3G/4GE (2.1)Down 1.8 3.7 11.5 16.3 25.4 36.7
    Up 0.5 1 2.3 4.2 6.4 9.6
Three Mobile 3G/4GC (1.4)Down 2.1 3.8 11.2 17.4 27.6 41.7
    Up 0.4 0.8 1.9 4.4 7.3 12.5
BT WifiB (0.9)Down 2 3.1 8.3 12 15.2 33.7
    Up 0.3 0.6 2.1 3.8 6.5 9.8
Zen Internet ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.8)Down 1.3 2.9 6.6 7.7 13 16.3
    Up 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.6 0.8 0.9
Vodafone ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 0.9 2 6.6 7.5 12 15.2
    Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.9 1.1

(*) These two services have small test volumes but are included to show that we are getting closer to the point where the customer numbers mean they will hopefully be a regular feature in the monthly results. For the G.fast results in October we published the Q3 results and the volume of tests in October was such that we can share the monthly result.

For those not familiar with the quality score, this is a measure of the variance of the download speed during the course of the test, so those with low scores of 0.1 to 0.2 have very stable speeds, where as those scoring grades C and higher have wildly varying speeds during the course of the test. EE also scores oddly and this is due to some quirk of their hardware or network configuration that means people see a a very slow ramp up to the connections maximum speed, in terms of how the public would see this is web pages being slow to start loading but after things will speed up. Another way to think of the quality score is that for day to day web browsing a grade A connection even if half the speed of another service with a Grade C connection will often feel faster to use.

The presence of an entry for Sky GEA FTTP reflects that we are seeing Sky customers in locations with fibre only FTTP i.e. new build sites and suggests the broadband provider is edging closer to launching ultrafast services.

One of the often marketed benefits of full fibre is its lower latency and while our speed test is not going to show the same ping times as you get from an ICMP ping, it does reflect the latency for small TCP packets and comparing the technology groups in October we have the following:

  • FTTP/FTTH connections median latency 30ms
  • FTTC/VDSL2 connections median latency 39ms
  • Cable/DOCIS connections median latency 40ms
  • ADSL/ADSL2+ connections median latency 72ms 

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