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UK broadband speed test results for May 2019

Another month has raced by and the pattern of the Gigabit full fibre providers dominating the top of the table continue and the ASDL2+ services still prop up the bottom of the table.

As usual Virgin Media does well and with its 350 Mbps product that is available to millions that should be no surprise, the new M naming on the Virgin products does not change any of the relative speeds of course. A new entry is G.fast customers on the EE network, we do see some EE customers on the G.fast products most months but this is the first time the number has just crept above the threshold for inclusion.

The EE 5G service launched too late in May to make an appearance and it will take time for the public to buy the devices and plans that support the new service but once that starts happening we should start to see the speeds of the fastest EE mobile tests increase.

The Virgin Media M500 service (i.e. 500 Mbps tier) is still rolled into the 350 Mbps results for now but from looking at the spread of results the customers who have jumped onto this speed are close to 1% of 1% from the Virgin Media customer base, but we are seeing speed tests such as this 509 Mbps download test and there is the odd test where the upload is higher than you normally expect e.g. this 502 Mbps download and 100 Mbps upload test so looks like Virgin Media is still experimenting with different network configurations. Once we see enough M500 tests to make splitting them away from the M350 tier we will do so - the indicator we are watching for is the top 10% and 20% speeds on that tier increasing sharply.

UK Broadband Providers and Services in May 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 GigabitA (0.3)Down 171.5 196 347.5 412 606.4 724
    Up 114.4 145.9 209 318.6 563.3 608.3
Community Fibre GigabitC (1.2)Down 228.7 245 290.7 325.7 346 565.8
    Up 220.3 264.8 411.9 385.9 471.5 511.5
Cerberus Networks FTTPA (0.1)Down 75 206.7 258.7 247.5 304.4 307.9
    Up 20.8 21.2 30.1 30.8 31.9 51.7
Gigaclear GO 900A (0.3)Down 177.6 216 253.1 271.5 322.8 325
    Up 94.1 150.1 196.6 197.3 223.7 233.6
Virgin M350 Fibre Broadband (Cable)A (0.6)Down 170.8 177.6 210.3 228.3 269.7 323.9
    Up 20.9 27.1 34.8 32 36.1 36.5
Virgin Media M200 Fibre Broadband (Cable)A (0.6)Down 56.9 91.1 186 163.4 212.6 216.4
    Up 10.3 11.4 12.3 13.9 18.6 20.8
EE G.fastC (1.7)Down 101.9 105.7 181.2 172.9 247.5 255.4
    Up 25.5 27.7 35.7 34.8 45.8 45.9
Community Fibre 200 MbpsA (0.3)Down 81.9 86 133.8 138.9 186.6 239.9
    Up 83.3 91.9 103.6 127.9 186.6 201.6
BT Ultrafast 1 & 2 (G.fast)A (0.1)Down 93.5 102.7 121.6 141.3 183.5 233.7
    Up 15.8 24.6 28.2 28.9 31.9 43.3
TalkTalk UFO/Fibre Nation FTTPA (0.5)Down 87.4 89.3 118.2 151.9 152.1 256.5
    Up 21.7 32.1 46.7 53.9 66 73.5
Truespeed Communications FTTPA (0.2)Down 13.9 51.1 106.9 156.2 321.3 346.2
    Up 5.8 36.9 76.9 136.4 288.7 357.7
Vodafone Gigafast (FTTP all speeds)A (0.4)Down 44.3 58.3 101 163.7 210.3 378.8
    Up 27.3 35.8 48.7 95.8 79.5 207.2
BT Ultrafast 1 & 2 FTTPA (0.4)Down 59.5 71.2 95.5 129.2 195.9 266.2
    Up 21.6 23.7 29.6 32.1 43.9 47.9
Zen Internet FTTPA (0.4)Down 35 36.2 82 100.1 142.6 194.9
    Up 1.3 8.7 20.8 20.9 29.7 36.2
Virgin Media M100 Fibre Broadband (Cable)A (0.4)Down 23.2 35.6 64.8 67.5 106.1 108.6
    Up 5.4 5.6 5.8 6.5 6.9 9.6
Virgin Media BusinessA (0.5)Down 2 9.3 61 77.9 118.8 176.9
    Up 0.9 3.5 14.9 32.7 46.7 75.4
BT Superfast 2 FTTP 80/20A (0.4)Down 36.9 44 59.8 56.9 71.9 73.7
    Up 11.5 14.4 19.4 17.8 20.9 21.3
Zen Internet FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 37.1 43.3 59.4 56.3 70.4 73.8
    Up 9.2 11.8 17.1 15.3 18.4 18.8
KCom Lightstream FTTP All SpeedsA (0.4)Down 21.7 36.7 58.3 117.6 208.4 246.6
    Up 4.6 11 21.6 33.7 35.1 38.3
IDNet FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 30.6 45.5 55.7 53.8 68.1 72.5
    Up 8.6 9.9 15.4 14.4 18.2 18.6
AAISP FTTC 80/20A (0.5)Down 34.7 39.4 54.2 53.8 68.1 72.8
    Up 7.1 7.9 14.3 13.4 18.3 18.5
BT Superfast 2 FTTC 80/20A (0.3)Down 36 42.4 54.2 53.6 67.1 70.6
    Up 10.2 11.8 16.6 15.4 18.2 19.2
EE Fibre Plus FTTC 80/20D (2.1)Down 32.4 38.8 50.5 50.4 63.6 68.4
    Up 9.4 10.9 16.3 14.9 18.3 18.7
Other Providers FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 23.9 34.4 50.5 53.6 69.1 71.8
    Up 9.4 10.7 15.9 14.8 18.3 18.7
Plusnet Fibre Extra FTTC 80/20A (0.3)Down 35.4 40.2 50.3 51.6 66.4 70.9
    Up 8.5 10.2 15.5 14.2 18.1 18.4
Vodafone Home Broadband FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 35.6 39.4 50.1 52.4 64.6 71.6
    Up 9 10.5 15.6 14.2 17.5 17.9
TalkTalk Fibre Large FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 35 38.7 49.5 50.6 65 71.5
    Up 8.7 10.6 16.1 14.6 18.3 18.7
Sky Superfast FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 30.5 38.3 48.3 49 62.8 68.8
    Up 9.7 11 16.2 14.9 18.2 18.5
Hyperoptic 150 MbpsA (0.7)Down 7.3 13.8 47.7 67.4 114.4 161.1
    Up 5.8 13.1 36.7 55.2 101 145.8
OFNL SeeTheLight FTTPA (0.2)Down 25.3 32.8 46 61.8 76 113.9
    Up 10.1 10.9 12.5 17.9 24.6 28.3
Daisy Wholesale FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 21.9 30.7 45.5 46.9 67.8 69.4
    Up 9.4 11.3 16.7 15 18.2 18.5
Gigaclear GO 100A (0.6)Down 16.1 23.7 41.4 44.6 68.4 75.5
    Up 10.9 12.7 30.6 35.6 57 71.9
BT Superfast 1 FTTPA (0.5)Down 14.7 20.4 36.1 34.3 49.3 50.5
    Up 3.4 4.6 8.3 7.5 10.2 10.3
Virgin Media VIVID 70B (0.8)Down 11.9 16.6 33.1 36.9 58.8 71.9
    Up 3.7 4 4.7 4.6 5.2 5.4
TalkTalk Business FTTCA (0.2)Down 12.1 16.8 31.4 31.3 38.4 56.5
    Up 3.1 4.5 8.1 8.8 13.2 18
B4RN FTTPA (0.4)Down 11.3 14.5 30.9 25.4 68.9 84.4
    Up 3.6 10.6 20.2 42.6 63.8 114.4
Post Office FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 10.5 18.6 28.3 26.8 36.7 37.2
    Up 3.4 4.8 7.8 7 8.9 9
Daisy Wholesale FTTC 40/10A (0.4)Down 11.8 16.5 27.3 25.6 35.4 36.8
    Up 2.7 4.7 6.8 6.6 8.9 9.1
BT Infinity 1 FTTC 55/10A (0.5)Down 11.9 16.2 27.2 27.4 38.1 44.1
    Up 2.4 3.4 5.4 5.5 7.9 8.7
Airband Fixed WirelessA (0.5)Down 9.6 16.1 26.9 23.9 30.6 31.6
    Up 1.2 1.8 3.8 5.5 9 13.7
Plusnet Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 13.1 17.5 26.3 25.5 34.3 36.2
    Up 2.5 3.4 5.5 5.4 7.6 8.3
TalkTalk Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.3)Down 11 16.2 26 25.1 35.3 37
    Up 2.5 3.6 5.6 5.6 8 8.5
Zen Internet FTTC 40/10A (0.3)Down 12.2 16.2 26 25.2 35.2 36.6
    Up 3 4.1 6.6 6.2 8.6 9
EE Fibre FTTC 40/10C (1.7)Down 11.1 15 25.7 24.4 33.8 35.4
    Up 2.7 3.6 5.6 5.6 7.8 8.4
Hyperoptic 30 MbpsC (1.4)Down 0.5 6 25.1 21.8 34.3 34.5
    Up 0.1 0.6 0.9 0.8 1 1.1
Sky Superfast FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 10.7 15.5 24.9 23.8 32.6 35.7
    Up 2.5 3.6 5.6 5.6 7.8 8.5
Vodafone Home Broadband FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 10.5 15 24.7 24 34.3 36.7
    Up 2.5 3.5 5.6 5.5 7.6 8.2
EE Mobile 3G/4G/5GC (1.5)Down 3.5 7.5 24.2 31.5 48.3 68.7
    Up 0.5 0.9 4.6 7.4 12.8 18.1
Other Providers FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 8.2 12 22.5 22.4 34.7 36.9
    Up 1.9 3 5.8 5.7 8.4 8.8
Virgin Media M50 Fibre Broadband (Cable)B (0.9)Down 2.4 5.4 20.7 23.9 45.7 53.9
    Up 0.6 1.1 2.4 2.1 3 3.1
Vodafone Mobile 3G/4GC (1.5)Down 3.1 5.7 14.3 23.2 34.8 50.9
    Up 0.6 1.1 3.6 5.8 9.7 14.9
Three Mobile 3G/4GC (1.2)Down 1.7 3.7 12.5 17.9 30.2 41.6
    Up 0.4 0.8 2.2 5.3 9.4 14.4
O2 Mobile 3G/4GD (1.8)Down 2.1 3.9 10.8 17.2 28.2 38.3
    Up 0.6 1.1 2.5 5.1 8.6 13.9
Relish Fixed WirelessC (1.5)Down 0.8 2.8 9.2 14.2 27.9 35.6
    Up 0.1 0.4 1.5 2.2 4.4 5.6
BT Wi-FiA (0.5)Down 2 3.8 8.7 12.7 12.9 41.4
    Up 0.5 0.8 3.2 7.8 8.5 17.4
O2 WiFiD (2.0)Down 0.3 1.6 7.3 10.4 15.4 23
    Up 0.4 0.8 1.6 3.7 4.9 9.8
Zen Internet ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 1 2.6 7 8.2 14.1 17
    Up 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.6 0.9 1
TalkTalk Business ADSL2+A (0.5)Down 1 2.9 6.8 7.4 11.8 13.7
    Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.8 0.8
Sky ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 1.4 2.5 6.4 7.5 12.5 15.5
    Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.9 1
Vodafone Home Broadand ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 0.8 1.8 6.4 7.3 12.5 15.5
    Up 0.2 0.4 0.7 0.7 0.9 1.1
Plusnet ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 0.8 1.9 6.1 7.3 12.7 15.8
    Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.9 1
Post Office ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 1.1 2.2 6.1 6.9 11.9 14.7
    Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.8
TalkTalk ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 0.9 2 6 6.8 11.5 14.3
    Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.8
EE ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.8)Down 0.9 2.1 5.8 7.1 11.9 15.6
    Up 0.3 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.8 1
Daisy Wholesale ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 1.1 2.1 5.6 7.1 12.4 15.3
    Up 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.7 0.9 1
BT ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.8)Down 0.8 1.8 5.3 6.7 11.9 15.3
    Up 0.3 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.9 0.9

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. The general rule is that using Wi-Fi or a mobile service generally means your speeds are more variable and this is reflected in the scores seen for wireless based services, the exception continues to be the EE VDSL2/FTTC services where there is a very slow ramp up to the median speeds.

We seem to be seeing a rise in the number of people posting with slowly ramping up speeds, i.e. very similar to what has lead EE to consistently show low quality scores even though median and mean speeds look pretty. Some say it does not matter that it takes a service a few seconds to reach its top speed but for people doing lots of web browsing the speed that elements such as images and other large elements of a webpage arrive at are the different between a snappy browsing experience and one where you can start to count the seconds as a page load. This 57 Mbps speed test that never seems to reach its top speed until almost 8 seconds in is an example of the slow start problem (scores an F on our quality scale), this other 37 Mbps test which is a grade A score (<0.1) will for web browsing probably feel like the much faster connection and the difference is obvious when you look at the two. The theory on our forums is that this is down to configuration or congestion on some BT Wholesale network segments - which is not that different to the problems Vodafone customers had for a number of months and is mostly resolved now.

Comments

do not use SKY fiber speed constantly dropping does not give a quarter of what they advertise

  • ZAPit54
  • 3 months ago

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