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UK broadband speed test results for February 2019

Our long analysis of the speeds people using our broadband speed test and partner sites for February 2019 can now be shared and people can see how their own speeds compared with others on the same products.

With 5G being marketed as a fixed line broadband killer keeping an eye on what is happening to the speeds of the mobile providers is going to be interesting and from where the current 3G and 4G services sit in the overall table they have some way to go before their median speeds will put them into the top 5.

While we wait for the promise of 5G we will share some of the fastest speed tests we saw in February, the fastest test was 957 Mbps down and 533 Mbps up from someone in an the acadamic world in East Anglia, a Gigaclear customer was a very close second with 950 Mbps down. Looking at tests down over the UK mobile networks the fastest was a Vodafone customer at 298 Mbps down and 29 Mbps up (interestingly the single thread issues that FTTC customers complain about may be present) and the next provider was a three customer with 290 Mbps down and 170 Mbps up and the best EE mobile test was 288 Mbps down and 48 Mbps up and this was done on a mobile phone whereas others look to be Windows 10.

UK Broadband Providers and Services in February 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%
Gigaclear GO 900 FTTPA (0.3)Down 174.9 214.8 301.6 338.9 325.9 744.2
    Up 139.8 163.5 220.6 252.9 276.6 494.4
Virgin Media VIVID 350B (0.8)Down 223.9 230 249.2 269.2 302.5 336.1
    Up 10.5 13.8 20.2 24.1 21.5 22.6
Community Fibre FTTPA (0.6)Down 48.6 121 198.2 220.3 305.3 348.4
    Up 43.9 104.9 236.1 289.9 458.3 556.4
Virgin Media VIVID 200A (0.6)Down 71.7 90.9 176.8 156.3 209.2 214.9
    Up 11 11.6 13.5 15.5 20.6 21.2
BT Ultrafast 1 & 2 FTTPA (0.3)Down 85.9 94.6 139.2 161.3 221.9 291.1
    Up 19.4 21.7 29.8 31.4 43.9 48.1
TalkTalk UFO FTTPA (0.4)Down 86.7 91.2 128.9 166.1 243.8 284.8
    Up 9.9 14.7 66.5 95.8 120.3 309.3
BT Ultrafast 1 & 2 G.fastA (0.2)Down 94.7 99.2 116.7 131.6 146.7 197.6
    Up 14.3 20.1 27.7 25.8 29.7 34.3
Virgin Media VIVID 150A (0.7)Down 66.7 76.6 108.8 108.1 138.8 151.5
    Up 8.4 9.8 11.8 12.4 12.7 20.4
Gigaclear GO 200 FTTPA (0.4)Down 87.2 100.8 104 121.5 153 184
    Up 47.5 76.5 109.7 110.7 157.7 166.7
Vodafone Gigafast (all speeds)A (0.6)Down 53.2 60 98.5 137 208.1 337
    Up 16 27.9 51 59.2 64.2 72.3
Zen Internet FTTP (all speeds)A (0.3)Down 27.2 36.9 81.8 105.1 149.2 201.2
    Up 8.2 9.8 19.8 39.8 42.7 71.6
B4RN FTTPB (1.1)Down 9.6 18.4 73.9 111.7 222.2 282.3
    Up 2.8 14.5 53.1 97.6 85.3 154.4
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
KCOM Lightstream FTTP (all speeds)A (0.5)Down 17.4 28.6 63.3 105.2 187.4 235.2
    Up 4.4 5.2 17.9 19.7 31.2 32.7
BT Superfast 2 FTTPA (0.2)Down 39.1 48.4 63.3 59 72.5 73.4
    Up 11.1 13.1 19.2 17.6 20.9 21.3
AAISP FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 36.8 40.8 61.2 57.5 71.5 72.9
    Up 9 10.1 15.3 14.3 17.9 18.5
IDNet FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 26.8 39.5 60.8 55 69.7 73.3
    Up 9 11.3 15.9 15 18.1 18.5
Hyperoptic 150 Mbps FTTPB (1.0)Down 23.8 31 59.5 72.3 105 160
    Up 16.7 23.6 48.2 61.5 107 151.1
Virgin Media VIVID 100A (0.5)Down 21.9 34.4 57 65.3 105.2 108.1
    Up 5.4 5.6 5.9 6.7 7.2 10.4
Zen Internet FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 36.3 44.9 56.2 55.8 70.7 73.7
    Up 9.1 10.6 16.2 14.8 18.3 18.6
BT Superfast 2 FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 36 42.4 53.8 53.6 67.5 71.1
    Up 9.9 11.5 16.4 15.2 18.2 18.6
Gigaclear GO 100 FTTPA (0.5)Down 26.9 33.8 51.1 54.1 77.3 89.1
    Up 14.6 23.2 43.2 46.7 69.5 86.2
Plusnet Fibre Extra FTTC 80/20A (0.3)Down 34.3 39.4 50.1 51 65 70.7
    Up 7.6 9.5 14.5 13.6 18 18.3
Vodafone Superfast 2 FTTC 80/20A (0.4)Down 35 39.8 49.4 51.1 63.9 70.2
    Up 9.5 10.7 15.1 14.2 17.5 17.8
EE Fibre Plus FTTC 80/20E (2.1)Down 34.1 39 49 49.9 62.7 68.4
    Up 9.6 11.1 16.5 15 18.2 18.5
Daisy Wholesale FTTC 80/20A (0.3)Down 22.4 31 48.3 49.8 67.5 72.7
    Up 8.4 10.4 15.1 14.1 18 18.5
TalkTalk Fibre Plus FTTC 80/20A (0.3)Down 33.7 38.7 47.6 49.5 63.1 70.3
    Up 8.2 9.6 15.1 14 18.2 18.6
Sky Fibre Max FTTC 80/20A (0.3)Down 32.4 38.1 46.8 47.9 59.5 66.6
    Up 9.6 10.8 15.9 14.7 18.2 18.4
Other Providers FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 20.2 28.6 45.2 46.9 68.7 73.7
    Up 6.3 9.4 14.9 13.6 18.1 18.8
BT Superfast 1 FTTP 40/10A (0.5)Down 13.4 19.9 34.7 33.3 48.5 50.4
    Up 3.4 4.5 8.2 7.4 10 10.3
IDNet FTTC 40/10A (0.1)Down 13.4 22.4 32.4 28 36.2 36.8
    Up 1.7 2.9 6.2 5.7 8.6 9
Virgin Media VIVID 70B (0.9)Down 12 16.2 31.8 35.1 55.8 68.2
    Up 3.6 3.9 4.7 4.6 5.3 5.4
Zen Internet FTTC 40/10A (0.2)Down 14 19 29.1 27.4 36.3 37.1
    Up 2.6 4.2 6.8 6.3 8.8 9
BT Superfast 1 FTTC 55/10A (0.4)Down 11.9 16.3 27.9 28 39.2 45.7
    Up 2.4 3.4 5.4 5.6 8.2 8.8
EE Fibre FTTC 40/10D (1.7)Down 11.6 16.2 26.6 25.1 33.9 35.6
    Up 2.6 3.7 5.6 5.6 7.9 8.4
Plusnet Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 12.1 16.9 26.1 25.1 34.4 36.5
    Up 2.3 3.4 5.4 5.4 7.7 8.4
Vodafone Superfast 1 FTTC 40/10A (0.6)Down 10.9 15.9 25.5 24.5 34 36.4
    Up 2.7 3.7 5.6 5.6 7.7 8.2
TalkTalk Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 10.7 15.6 25.3 24.6 34.9 36.9
    Up 2.5 3.5 5.5 5.5 7.9 8.5
Sky Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.6)Down 11.1 15.7 24.8 23.9 32.6 35.6
    Up 2.6 3.6 5.5 5.5 7.7 8.4
Daisy Wholesale FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 9 14.5 24.1 23.5 34.6 36.6
    Up 2.6 3.6 6.4 6.2 8.8 9
Other Providers FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 5.5 10.1 22.8 21.6 33.7 36.3
    Up 1.8 2.6 5.4 7.5 12 15.9
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
EE Mobile 3G/4GC (1.3)Down 3.7 7.3 22.1 29.2 45.5 64.3
    Up 0.5 0.9 4.2 7.2 12.1 17.6
Virgin Media VIVID 50B (1.0)Down 2.4 5.7 20.2 24.4 46.7 54.1
    Up 0.7 1.2 2.4 2.1 3 3.1
Vodafone Mobile 3G/4GC (1.7)Down 3.9 7 18.9 26.3 41.1 58.7
    Up 0.7 1.2 4 6.1 10.6 14.1
TalkTalk BusinessA (0.4)Down 2.2 4.3 16.1 20.3 35.8 39.2
    Up 0.4 0.6 3.3 4.9 8.8 10.3
Three Mobile 3G/4GB (1.1)Down 2.8 4.7 14.1 18.9 30.8 40.8
    Up 0.6 1 2.8 5.4 9 13.8
O2 Mobile 3G/4GD (1.9)Down 2 4.2 12.3 16.4 25.2 36.2
    Up 0.7 1.1 2.6 4.6 7.1 11.3
O2 WifiE (2.2)Down 2.9 5.5 11.6 15.1 24.5 28.8
    Up 1.2 1.6 2.8 4.1 5.2 10.9
Zen Internet ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 1.4 2.6 7.1 8.2 14.1 17.1
    Up 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.6 0.8 0.9
BT WifiA (0.5)Down 2.2 3.3 7.1 14.6 15.6 30.8
    Up 0.4 0.6 2.2 7.6 8.6 15.2
Plusnet ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 1.1 2.2 6.4 7.5 12.7 15.8
    Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.9 1.0
Sky ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 1.4 2.6 6.4 7.5 12.6 15.6
    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
TalkTalk ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 1 2.3 6.2 6.9 11.5 14.2
    Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.8
Vodafone Broadband ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 0.7 1.7 6.1 7 11.9 15.8
    Up 0.2 0.3 0.7 0.7 0.9 1.1
EE ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.9)Down 1 2 5.8 6.9 11.8 14.9
    Up 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.6 0.9 1.0
Daisy Wholesale ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 1.3 2.2 5.6 7.3 13.2 16.7
    Up 0.3 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.8 0.9
BT ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.8)Down 1 2 5.5 6.9 12 15.5
    Up 0.3 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.9 1
Post Office ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 1.1 2.2 5.5 6.4 10.5 13.7
    Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.7

NOTE: The most often asked question is why is a package ABC or provide DEF not showing and the usual answer is that we did not see enough testing from people identified as on that product or broadband provider.

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.

Comments

Wonder if that Three customer was a trial of some sort?

Some of these results are very interesting indeed.

  • CarlThomas
  • 3 months ago

Andrew, you appear to have two BT Ultrafast 1 & 2 FTTP lines ( but with different figures)lines 4 & 6.

  • jumpmum
  • 3 months ago

@thinkbroadband So @aaisp is fastest for FTTC yet again I see.

  • @TheRealRevK
  • comment via twitter
  • 3 months ago

These are a reminder that FTTP isn't the be-all and end-all. I see an FTTP service that is, in theory, gigabit way down the downstream list on median, mean, top 10% and top 20%.

  • CarlThomas
  • 3 months ago

Fixed the errant row, was a copy of last months that survived

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 3 months ago

For FTTC and ADSL your distance from the cabinet is a much greater factor than the performance of the ISP. Is this taken into account when the speed tests are performed? I live over a mile from my FTTC cabinet and don’t get anywhere near the speeds in the table above. If I participated in the speed test then I would reduce my ISP's rating by a considerable amount.

  • patmoreheath
  • 3 months ago

@CarlT
I wonder whether the subpar FTTP performance is due to limited backhaul capacity, poor WiFi routers or a combination of the two? The quality score suggests that something is amiss.

  • New_Londoner
  • 3 months ago

@patmoreheath We want the full range of people to speed test, sounds like you are in the sub 10% region.

The spread of speeds is looked at for distance limited services to ensure that providers are not getting JUST those on top of exchange or cabinet to speed test.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 3 months ago

My speed tests are the same as back in 2005 but with more latency/lag.

  • Swac3
  • 3 months ago

How on Earth is Vodafone superfast 1 getting those results with the disaster they've had since early Jan. (which they have admitted to -quietly) My 35M is down to 450K !! Still awaiting the promised call backs from their support and "For and on behalf of "Nick Jeffery ceo, Good job I'm not holding my breath because neither have happened.

  • ronb62
  • 2 months ago

Results in the table are the multiple download test which is still generally holding up. The majority with problems have slow single thread and good multiple thread testing

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 2 months ago

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