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UK broadband speed test results for September 2019

Another month has passed so its time to look back at what we saw from speed tests during September.

The ongoing upload speed upgrades for Virgin Media customers mean we are once again just showing the M350 and M50 packages, as our work to identify the intermediate tiers is continuing. The M500 and now the Gig1 product release are not likely to feature for a few months even when we do resolve the product identification intelligence issues, the reason the two top speeds will take a while to feature is that the M500 service is only available as part of a very expensive bundle and while the £62/m for the Gig1 service is a lot lower given that only a small fraction of the large Virgin Media customer base buy the existing 350 Mbps services and Gig1 is restricted to Southampton for now.

For those wondering why the median speeds for services are so low compared to the speeds advertised by the providers it is important to remember that a lot of people use Wi-Fi based devices when speed testing, the general rule is that the top 20% speed should be similar to the advertised speeds on the FTTC and ADSL2+ services.

To answer the usual few emails ahead of time, if a provider and/or package is not present this is usually because we are not seeing enough tests from actual customers. Or in some cases with IPv4 trading are not aware of additional IP blocks an ISP has acquired so may not be detecting customers on the ISP.

UK Broadband Providers and Services in September 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%
Community Fibre Gigabit Full FibreA (0.2)Down 216.2 256.5 405.3 381.5 444.2 529.2
  Up 160.9 255.9 325.1 361.9 507.1 534.2
Hyperoptic Gigabit Full FibreA (0.3)Down 191.9 286.8 370.9 472.9 715 885.1
  Up 106.7 177.3 312.3 359.8 677.9 713.5
Gigaclear Gigabit Full Fibre A (0.2)Down 237.9 247.2 314.4 378.1 416 444.2
    Up 106.2 134 203.1 269.9 418 511.7
Virgin M350A (0.5)Down 97.2 124.3 182.2 196.4 257.7 319.3
  Up 22.7 28.3 34.5 33 36.2 36.6
Community Fibre 200 Full FibreA (0.6)Down 108.7 124.7 167.3 160.2 199.2 201.2
  Up 101.1 106.7 155.1 151.7 188.7 195.4
TalkTalk UFO/Fibre Nation Full FibreA (0.6)Down 84.1 93.4 163.9 239.9 328.7 458.6
  Up 27.6 34 61.7 111 81.6 234.2
Vodafone Gigafast Full Fibre (all speeds)A (0.3)Down 72.1 83.5 153.5 177.1 256.7 356.9
  Up 32 39.1 55.5 72.6 75.7 111
Gigaclear GO 200 Full FibreB (1.1)Down 107.9 119 133.6 136.6 152.7 160.5
  Up 66.8 71.2 103.9 105.2 129.1 144.7
BT Ultrafast 1 & 2 G.fastA (0.1)Down 93.7 100.2 126.4 139.7 167 222
  Up 16.3 21.5 28 28.4 33.2 43.2
M247 Full FibreA (0.3)Down 91 94 122.2 147.8 183.6 215.3
  Up 56.2 66.3 91.5 115.4 122.8 220.4
BT Ultrafast 1 & 2 Full FibreA (0.3) Down 54.7 71.5 105.3 129 182.2 255.1
  Up 19.1 24.8 29.6 33.8 44.7 48.9
Zen Internet Full Fibre (all speeds)A (0.2)Down 31.5 37.1 73.9 96.3 148.7 160.8
  Up 3.1 8.5 21.1 27.2 43.4 57.7
Hyperoptic 150 Full FibreA (0.7)Down 24.5 36.5 64.5 87.1 158.5 160.1
  Up 6 6.7 39.2 64 137.7 165.6
Virgin Media BusinessA (0.6)Down 7.7 17.4 64 89.9 143.8 200.7
  Up 1.9 4.3 13.4 26.4 46.5 59.6
Virgin Media (all speeds)A (0.6)Down 15.7 27.1 63.3 81.9 113.6 178.4
  Up 2.7 4.4 9 12.6 20.8 30.8
KCOM Lightstream Full Fibre (all speeds)A (0.4)Down 18.9 26.1 60.5 109.4 207.4 285.9
  Up 3.9 7.1 18.8 23.5 33.3 36.8
BT Superfast 2 Full Fibre 80/20A (0.3)Down 37.1 45.4 60.4 57.6 71.4 73.2
  Up 11.1 13.2 18.5 23.5 33.3 36.8
Zen Internet FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 36.8 42.6 56.3 55.5 70.1 73.9
  Up 9.2 11.1 16.1 14.8 18.2 18.5
EE Fibre Plus FTTC 80/20A (0.3)Down 38.2 42 53.9 53.5 67 71.1
  Up 8.8 11 16.4 14.9 18.1 18.6
BT Superfast 2 FTTC 80/20A (0.3)Down 37.8 43 53.9 53.7 66.6 69.8
  Up 10.1 11.8 16.7 15.4 18.2 18.6
IDNet FTTC 80/20A (0.3)Down 31.5 40.3 52.6 53.1 69.1 70.7
  Up 9 10.2 15.8 14.5 17.4 18.2
Vodafone Superfast 2 FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 37.7 40.5 50.7 51.7 64.8 71.1
  Up 8.5 10.4 15.6 14.3 17.8 18.2
TalkTalk Fibre Plus FTTC 80/20A(0.2)Down 34.6 39.1 50.4 51.3 65.7 72.4
  Up 8.3 10 15.6 14.2 18.1 18.6
Plusnet Fibre Extra FTTC 80/20 A (0.3)Down 36.3 40.9 50.2 51.2 65.4 70.1
  Up 8 9.7 14.3 13.7 18 18.4
Sky Superfast FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 32 38.5 48.3 49.2 62.4 68.9
  Up 9.6 10.8 16.1 14.7 18.2 18.5
Other Providers FTTC 80/20A (0.3)Down 21.2 30.9 45.3 46.9 67.3 71.2
  Up 7.9 9.9 15.2 14 18.1 18.5
Gigaclear GO 100 Full FibreA (0.7)Down 15.6 23.9 44.6 47 68.1 78.6
  Up 10.4 20.7 39.4 40.5 60.7 71.3
Daisy Wholesale FTTC 80/20A (0.3)Down 25.1 33 42.4 45.8 64.5 68.9
  Up 9 9.7 15.1 14 17.8 18.4
OFNL SeeTheLight Full FibreA (0.5)Down 10 18.8 36.9 51.3 59 114.9
  Up 3.8 7.5 12.4 17.5 23.2 24
BT Superfast 1 Full Fibre 55/10A (0.2)Down 14.2 20.6 35.7 33.9 48.8 50.4
  Up 3.5 4.5 8.5 7.5 9.9 10.1
Sky GEA-FTTP Full FibreA (0.4)Down 14.4 17.7 32 34.7 50.8 60.6
  Up 2.8 4.2 9.5 9.7 15.6 17.5
Hyperoptic 50 Full FibreB (0.8)Down 6.7 10.4 31.9 27.8 40.6 49
  Up 0.9 1.1 3.6 3.8 5.8 5.9
Post Office FTTC 40/10A(0.4)Down 9.3 15.3 28.7 26.2 36.3 37.2
  Up 2.4 4.1 7.3 6.5 8.9 9
Airband Fixed WirelessA(0.6)Down 11.9 19.3 28.5 29 42.6 47.3
  Up 1.9 2 5.3 7.1 9.4 10.6
BT Superfast 1 FTTC 55/10A(0.6)Down 12.1 16.4 27.1 27.2 37.3 43.3
  Up 2.3 3.3 5.3 5.4 7.7 8.6
Zen Internet FTTC 40/10A(0.4)Down 13.9 18.2 26.7 25.8 35.4 36.4
  Up 2.7 3.3 6.3 6 8.4 8.9
TalkTalk Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.4)Down 11 16.2 26.5 25.3 35.6 37.1
  Up 2.3 3.3 5.4 5.4 7.8 8.5
Daisy Wholesale FTTC 40/10A (0.7)Down 9.8 16.2 25.9 24.3 33.5 35.6
  Up 3 4.8 6.8 6.5 8.7 9
EE Mobile 3G/4G/5GB (1.3)Down 3.3 6.6 25.7 32.1 49.8 68.1
  Up 0.4 0.9 4.7 7.7 13.5 18.3
Plusnet Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 12.3 16.3 25.6 24.8 34.1 35.7
  Up 2.3 3.3 5.2 5.2 7.2 8.2
EE Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 9.2 15.3 25.5 24.4 34.6 36.7
  Up 2.3 3.2 5.1 5.3 7.6 8.3
Sky Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 10.8 15.5 24.7 23.8 32.8 35.7
  Up 2.4 3.4 5.3 5.3 7.5 8.3
Vodafone Superfast 1 FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 2.9 6.7 23.5 29.4 37.8 56.1
  Up 0.4 0.7 6.7 12.5 12.4 18.1
Other Providers FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 7.8 11.7 23.2 22.7 34.8 36.7
  Up 1.7 2.9 6 5.8 8.3 8.9
TalkTalk BusinessA (0.5)Down 2.3 5.9 22.8 24.6 37.2 48.9
  Up 0.4 0.7 6 6.3 9.2 16.6
bigblu SatelliteB (1.0)Down 3.3 11.4 21.1 19.5 28.8 31.3
  Up 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.2
Virgin Media M50C (1.3)Down 1.9 4.2 15 19.5 34.6 48.1
  Up 0.5 0.9 2 1.9 2.9 3.1
Vodafone Mobile 3G/4G/5GC (1.5)Down 2.6 5.6 14.5 23.2 33.9 55.1
  Up 0.7 1.1 3.3 5.9 9.8 14.4
Three Mobile 3G/4G/5GC (1.4)Down 1.8 3.7 12.3 18.4 31.2 42.9
  Up 0.4 0.9 2.3 5.3 9.8 14.5
O2 Mobile 3G/4GD (1.7)Down 1.9 3.6 10.9 15.9 25.9 37.9
  Up 0.5 1 2.2 4.6 7.4 13
Zen Internet ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.8)Down 1.4 2.8 7.7 8.4 14.4 17.8
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.8 0.9
BT WifiA (0.5)Down 1.8 3.5 7.3 7.7 9 12.4
  Up 0.4 0.6 2.3 3 4.2 6.2
Sky ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 1.3 2.3 6.1 7.2 12.3 15.4
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.8 1
Daisy Wholesale ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 1 1.8 6 6.4 10 13.6
  Up 0.3 0.3 0.5 0.6 0.8 0.9
TalkTalk ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 1 2 6 6.8 11.4 14.1
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.8
Plusnet ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.8)Down 0.8 2.1 5.9 7.1 12.4 15.7
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.9 1
TalkTalk Business ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 0.7 1.7 5.7 6.7 10.9 13.6
  Up 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.8
EE ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.9)Down 0.9 1.9 5.4 6.6 11.5 14.6
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.7 0.9 1
Post Office ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 1.1 2.1 5.4 6.6 11.2 14.8
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.8
Vodafone ADSL2+B (1.0)Down 0.7 1.7 5.3 6.4 11 14
  Up 0.2 0.4 0.7 0.7 1.1 1.2
BT ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.9)Down 0.9 1.8 5.2 6.6 11.5 15
  Up 0.2 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.9 1

Some may notice that Sky is showing up with a GEA-FTTP entry, i.e. FTTP services across the Openreach network. This tends to be speed tests from new build estates that are fibre only and seem to be based on the common 40/10 and 80/20 products, so while the provider is planning to sell FTTP on a wider scale the products have not launched. The Sky G.fast service is available for registration and we have seen maybe 1 or 2 actual tests, hence no G.fast row for Sky. Sky announced a partnership with OFNL who run FTTP networks on some new build estates and we are already seeing some Sky customers using that network.

Comments

Don't say it too loud but GFast is performing very well month in and month out.

  • RandomJointer
  • 18 days ago

@thinkbroadband I wish I had stayed with my old provider as ur network is slow as

  • @bouncingbunny
  • comment via twitter
  • 17 days ago

Despite cabinet being enabled doesn't seem to perform for me at all, RJ. Not within the extremely narrow range.

  • CarlThomas
  • 17 days ago

If it is only operators that offer services to particular posters that counts, ThinkBroadband will need to remove the first 17 products off of the chart for most of the country.

GFast is performing very well.

  • RandomJointer
  • 17 days ago

None of the packages shown are available to 100% of UK premises without exception.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 17 days ago

publish tbb graphs not just speedtest ;)

  • chrysalis
  • 13 days ago

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