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UK broadband speed test results for January 2019

It is the start of the month, well okay four days in now, but we were busy adding full fibre to our coverage data sets on the 1st so the regular speed test results got delayed until now. So down to business with the table, remember that at least half of the tests are on phones or tablets and that with Wi-Fi used by many laptop users, if you are wanting to see what the top speeds in ideal conditions for a service listed we recommend looking at the top 20% and top 10% speeds.

UK Broadband Providers and Services in January 2019
(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%
Hyperoptic Gigabit FTTPA (0.4)Down 218.3 258.5 337.2 444.6 674 812
    Up 133.5 218.1 396.2 381.7 601.8 633.6
Virgin Media VIVID 350B (0.8)Down 223.1 233.1 262.2 276.3 316 359.6
    Up 12.2 16.5 20.1 28.6 21.1 22
Gigaclear GO 900 FTTPA (0.5)Down 193.1 201.2 234.4 303.6 490.4 506.8
    Up 151.8 171.5 249.1 324.9 489.9 775.7
Community Fibre FTTPB (1.2)Down 138.2 179.5 202.1 238.5 267.1 330.9
    Up 44.4 151 243.3 334.5 570.8 639.5
Virgin Media VIVID 200A (0.7)Down 71.2 88.6 178.4 157.1 209.5 215.3
    Up 11.1 11.8 12.9 15.2 20.4 21.1
Vodafone Gigafast FTTP (All Speeds)A (0.6)Down 50.4 65.1 141.2 182.8 334.2 368
    Up 22.3 33.5 50.9 61.7 70.7 87.4
BT Ultrafast 1 & 2 FTTPA (0.3)Down 84.3 90.6 135.6 154.5 212 278.9
    Up 19.9 21.9 29.6 32.8 46.2 48.4
Virgin Media BusinessA (0.4)Down 91.1 94.2 128.6 167.8 210.3 289.6
    Up 14.7 15.4 34 56.1 64.1 79.6
TalKTalk UFO York FTTPB (0.9)Down 84.4 87.5 126.1 155.1 231.2 257
    Up 17.4 18.7 61 65.9 83.8 94.1
BT Ultrafast 1 & 2 G.fastA (0.3)Down 93.9 97 120.6 137.1 168.3 220.7
    Up 14.6 19.4 27.1 27.6 35.5 45.9
Virgin Media VIVID 150A (0.6)Down 66.8 76.8 110 108.8 140.7 151.9
    Up 8.4 9.9 11.9 12.4 12.7 20.5
B4RN FTTPC (1.6)Down 28.2 39.5 103.9 124.2 196.3 237.6
    Up 8.7 10 48.9 86.1 150.2 187.6
TrueSpeed FTTPB (0.9)Down 6.4 11.3 87.7 132.6 212 261.9
    Up 3.1 6.3 39.3 100.6 195.2 261.5
Zen Internet FTTPA (0.3)Down 15.6 35.2 73.9 96.7 148 208
    Up 8.1 12 19.9 35 41.7 51.6
Hyperoptic 150 Mbps FTTPB (0.8)Down 17.7 31.8 64.6 78.2 157.1 162.1
    Up 5.4 19.8 34.6 62.4 115.4 163.7
BT Superfast 2 FTTPA (0.2)Down 36.9 45.2 62.8 58.8 72.4 73.6
    Up 11.6 14.2 19.7 18 20.9 21.2
KCOM Lightstream FTTP (All Speeds)A (0.3)Down 16.7 29.9 60.8 87.8 110.5 224.5
    Up 4.5 5.3 18.8 24.5 31 42.6
AAISP FTTC 80/20A (0.3)Down 31.7 41.3 59.4 55.5 71.6 73.4
    Up 11.1 13.5 16.8 16.1 18.4 18.7
IDNet FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 33.6 43.8 56 54.2 68.3 69.5
    Up 8.5 10.8 16.3 14.8 17.9 18.5
Virgin Media VIVID 100A (0.5)Down 23.4 35.5 55.4 64.4 104.5 108.1
    Up 5.4 5.6 5.9 6.8 8.1 11
BT Superfast 2 FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 35.2 42.4 54.3 53.9 68.1 72.3
    Up 10.1 11.4 16.4 15.2 18.2 18.6
Zen Internet FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 32.1 40.3 54.3 53.4 68.6 72.3
    Up 10.1 11.4 16.4 15.2 18.2 18.5
Other Providers FTTC 80/20A (0.3)Down 19.4 30.4 52.7 52.1 70.6 74.2
    Up 6.7 9.3 14.3 13.6 18.2 18.8
Daisy Wholesale FTTC 80/20B (0.8)Down 14.4 26.2 51.7 96.2 130.6 204.7
    Up 8 9.8 15.8 14.2 18.2 18.5
Plusnet Fibre Extra FTTC 80/20A (0.3)Down 35.1 40 50 51.2 65.2 70.4
    Up 8.3 9.6 14.7 13.8 18.1 18.3
EE Fibre Plus FTTC 80/20E (2.6)Down 34.4 39.8 49.9 50.1 62.9 68
    Up 9.7 11.5 16.3 15 18.2 18.5
Vodafone Superfast 2 FTTC 80/20A (0.3)Down 35.3 39.7 49.4 51.5 62.9 70.2
    Up 9.4 10.9 15.1 14.2 17.6 17.8
TalkTalk Fibre Plus FTTC 80/20A (0.3)Down 33.8 38.5 47.6 49.4 63 70.1
    Up 7.9 9.7 15.1 14 18.1 18.6
Sky Fibre Max FTTC 80/20A (0.3)Down 33.2 38.4 47.3 48.3 59.9 66.5
    Up 9.4 10.7 15.9 14.6 18.2 18.5
SeeTheLight/OFNL FTTPA (0.3)Down 18.7 21.8 43.4 41.6 55.4 58.6
    Up 4.3 5 11.6 14.4 22.3 23.7
Gigaclear GO 100 FTTPB (0.8)Down 15 21.5 35.9 41.7 52 75.6
    Up 8.9 15.7 33.1 35 48.2 58.9
Virgin Media VIVID 70B (0.9)Down 12.1 16.4 31.6 35.7 56.3 70.2
    Up 3.6 4 4.7 4.6 5.2 5.4
BT Superfast 1 FTTC 55/10A (0.4)Down 11.9 16.2 28.2 28 38.8 45.5
    Up 2.5 3.5 5.5 5.6 8.1 8.8
Vodafone Superfast 1 FTTC 40/10A (0.6)Down 11.6 16.5 26.9 25.2 34.8 36.6
    Up 2.8 3.8 5.7 5.7 7.8 8.2
Plusnet Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 12.7 17.2 26 25.3 34.5 36.4
    Up 2.2 3.5 5.3 5.3 7.5 8.3
EE Fibre FTTC 40/10C (1.6)Down 11.3 15.6 25.8 24.5 34 35.6
    Up 2.4 3.6 5.4 5.5 7.8 8.4
Hyperoptic 30 Mbps FTTPB (1.1)Down 2 4.7 24.9 22.5 34.7 34.9
    Up 0.5 0.6 0.9 0.8 1 1
TalkTalk Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.4)Down 10.6 15.3 24.8 24.2 34.6 36.9
    Up 2.5 3.5 5.4 5.5 7.8 8.5
Zen Internet FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 9.5 13.8 24.7 24 34.7 36.7
    Up 2.4 3.2 6.3 5.9 8.7 9.1
EE Mobile 3G/4GC (1.4)Down 4 8.5 24 29.9 44.7 64.6
    Up 0.6 1 4.6 7.5 13 18.1
Daisy Wholesale FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 7.7 13.2 23.6 22.8 34.2 36.5
    Up 2.3 3 6.1 5.8 8.7 9
Airband Fixed WirelessA (0.6)Down 9.9 15.4 22.6 33.5 33.3 44.2
    Up 0.8 1.7 3.1 15.6 11.3 23.7
Post Office FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 8.3 10.9 21.7 21.4 31.8 35.7
    Up 2 3 5.5 5.6 8.4 8.9
Other Providers FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 8.3 10.9 21.7 21.4 31.8 35.7
    Up 2 3 5.5 5.6 8.4 8.9
Virgin Media VIVID 50B (0.9)Down 2.8 6.3 21 25.2 48 54.3
    Up 0.8 1.4 2.5 2.2 3 3.1
Vodafone Mobile 3G/4GC (1.6)Down 4.2 7.8 17.7 24.9 37.4 53.5
    Up 0.7 1.3 4.2 6 10.3 13.9
Relish Fixed WirelessD (1.8)Down 0.9 5.2 16.5 19.9 31.6 41
    Up 0.2 0.9 1.5 2.3 3.4 5.4
O2 WiFiC (1.5)Down 3.3 4.9 15.9 18.5 26.9 39.5
    Up 0.6 1 3.2 5 8.4 12.8
Three Mobile 3G/4GB (1.1)Down 2.1 4.1 13.3 19 32.7 42.7
    Up 0.4 0.8 2.2 5 8.8 12.6
O2 Mobile 3G/4GE (2.1)Down 2.1 4 13.1 17.3 27.9 39.6
    Up 0.6 1.2 2.7 5 8.7 13.7
TalkTalk BusinessA (0.5)Down 1.7 3.4 12.8 17.3 31.7 37.1
    Up 0.4 0.5 1 4.3 8.5 9.2
BT WifiC (1.1)Down 1.7 3.2 7.6 10 9.2 24.3
    Up 0.3 0.5 2.2 5.2 8 8.9
Zen Internet ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 1.7 3.3 7.5 8.8 14.5 17.3
    Up 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.6 0.9 0.9
KCOM ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 0.4 2.4 6.9 6.5 9.7 12.7
    Up 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.5 0.7 0.8
Daisy Wholesale ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 1.1 2 6.4 7.3 12.4 15.4
    Up 0.2 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.8 0.9
Sky ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 0.9 2.1 6 7.3 12.5 15.9
    Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.9 1.0
Sky ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 1.5 2.7 6.3 7.4 12.4 15.3
    Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.8 1
Vodafone ADSL2+B (0.9)Down 0.8 1.9 6.1 7.3 13 15.2
    Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.9 1.1
TalkTalk ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 1.1 2.2 5.9 6.8 11.4 14.1
    Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.8
Plusnet ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 1 2.1 5.9 7.1 12.2 15.5
    Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.9 0.9
EE ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.8)Down 1.1 2.1 5.8 7.1 12.2 14.9
    Up 0.3 0.5 0.7 0.7 0.9 1
Post Office ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 1.4 2.6 5.7 6.8 11.3 14.2
    Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.8
TalkTalk Business ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 1 1.8 5.7 6.4 11.5 13.9
    Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.8
BT ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 0.9 2 5.6 7 12.3 15.6
    Up 0.3 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.9 1

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.

There are some changes due in the coming months, additional BT Ultrafast entries may start to appear, this is because of the overlap of the G.fast and FTTP technologies in some exchange areas which means differentiating the technology in use will be very difficult, so we will report these overlap areas under their own entry.

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