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Q4 2018 UK broadband speed test analysis now available

Wednesday 2nd January 2019 may be the first day back at work for most poeple but we can already share the analysis from all the speed tests visitors to our speed test and speed test partners for October, November and December 2018.

The analysis on our statistics website allows you to see both the trend for the mean download speeds over time for all the main broadband technologies in the UK and split into nations, regions, local authorities and constituencies. Additional detail such as the split of the technologies seen in the last quarter along with the range of speeds and median average are also available.

Chart of constituency broadband coverage and observed broadband speeds
Fastest 10 UK constituencies when ordered by median download speeds seen in Q4 2018

A small change has been made to the table of 650 constituencies, previously this only showed the mean download and upload speeds, but the table has been expanded to include the bottom and top 20% speeds along with the median. This was done due to some constituencies where gigabit speeds are more widely available you can see the mean figures rapidly increasing due to the effect of full fibre speeds.

The future for 2019 is going to be interesting as the roll-outs of full fibre ramp up, we currently have a coverage level of 5.40% of UK premises and in Q4 2018 some 2.8% of all the tests we saw were identified as FTTP resulting in a mean download of 97.4 Mbps and upload 53.8 Mbps (median figures 66.8 Mbps and 19.5 Mbps).


While the headlines over the past quarter showing the great FTTP and progress have been wonderful to read about, I find myself wondering what is going to be done to help those like me who are in the ignored rural below-USO speed area. Watching those that have good internet have money spent on giving them better internet is a hard pill to swallow.

  • DanielCoffey
  • about 1 year ago

Probably 5G will be the answer to the rural question.

  • DrMikeHuntHurtz
  • about 1 year ago

How can Orkney & Shetland be in both the top 20% and the bottom 20%?

  • Pessimist
  • about 1 year ago

@pessimist I think you have misunderstood the bottom and top 20% columns, these columns are included to show the range of speeds people get in a constituency.

So in Orkney and Shetland looking at download speeds

20% of speedtests seen were under 2.9 Mbps
20% of speedtests seen were over 29.6 Mbps
Median average was 11.9 Mbps
Arithmetic Mean average was 17.2 Mbps

Showing the range is useful to show whether people are starting to buy into the faster services as they become rolled out.

Ranked on Superfast coverage the constituency is down the bottom at 649 out of 650

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • about 1 year ago

Thank you Andrew.

  • Pessimist
  • about 1 year ago

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