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UK broadband speed test results for December 2019

Time to look back at the last month of the previous decade and see what the speeds of the many different broadband packages were.

No surprise that the Gigabit full fibre services dominate the top of the table, it will be interesting once we see enough people live with the Virgin Media Gig1 service how it compares, but the limited geographic availability and price of the service mean for now we are a long way from seeing enough results to talk about performance.

Some Vodafone customers in December will have noticed that our speedtester was identifying them as EE customers, this was the result of some IPv4 block trading and the detection system was updated in December. Making sure this did not affect the EE speeds was one of the reasons we did not have the results until 4th January and then other jobs delayed article publication until 9th January. 

UK Broadband Providers and Services in December 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 FibreB (1.1)Down 180.6 212.2 330.1 331.5 401.9 444.8
  Up 213.5 290 445.2 455.3 643.1 735.9
Gigaclear GO900 Full FibreA (0.2)Down 208 228.9 316.1 334.8 331.6 443
  Up 76.1 157.2 230.9 241.9 274.9 419.9
Cerberus Networks Full Fibre A (0.1)Down 57.9 73 282.3 217.5 293.9 296.1
    Up 9.1 16.9 27.4 25.3 32 38.6
Hyperoptic Gigabit Full FibreA (0.4)Down 185.3 199.2 263.6 373.1 572.3 662.6
  Up 63.3 121.6 246.9 310.4 538.3 640.6
Vodafone Gigafast Full Fibre All SpeedsA (0.3)Down 48.1 80.1 191.5 225.4 307.9 529.4
  Up 27.5 35.8 52.4 98.8 70.5 325.1
Virgin Media M350 CableA (0.4)Down 95.4 125.6 187.2 206.5 286 359.3
  Up 22.9 26.7 33.9 32.2 36.1 36.5
exponential-e Full FibreA (0.3)Down 89.9 92.5 181 235.7 406.1 495.5
  Up 45.9 62.6 85.1 185.9 354 436.1
Fibre Nest Persimmon Full FibreA (0.7)Down 90.8 95.4 151.4 142.2 167.5 172.1
  Up 9.7 12.5 33.6 35 52.4 55.2
Gigaclear GO 200 Full FibreA (0.5)Down 102.1 102.5 132.1 128.9 155.2 171.9
  Up 48.1 70.5 104.6 100.7 128.9 150.6
Community Fibre 200 Mbps Full FibreA (0.6)Down 90.7 104.3 129.9 137.8 173 203.7
  Up 46.5 82.6 148.5 132.9 187.3 201.1
TalkTalk G.fastA (0.6)Down 99.1 112.8 128.2 130.4 144.9 152.2
  Up 20.9 27.2 28.3 29.8 29.7 41.1
Truespeed Communications Full FibreB (0.8)Down 4.9 19.8 123.9 117.9 190.8 200.6
  Up 3.2 6.9 98.5 100.3 180.6 195.8
BT G.fast Ultrafast 1 & 2A (0.2)Down 96.5 105.2 122.3 136.3 140.3 218.8
  Up 21.9 25 27.9 28.4 29.6 37.2
TalkTalk FibreNation/UFO Full FibreA (0.2)Down 84.9 92.2 120.8 183.4 272.3 353.3
  Up 16.3 27.8 58.8 84.8 79.3 144.3
Zen Internet GEA FTTP All SpeedsA (0.1)Down 34 58.1 107.7 124.2 166.5 268.7
  Up 9.4 12.5 27 30.3 37 47.2
BT FTTP Ultrafast 1 & 2A (0.2)Down 54.3 67.3 104.2 126.7 179.6 250.3
  Up 21.6 25.4 29.6 32.1 43.2 48.7
Wessex InternetA (0.6)Down 20 29.3 77.7 91.7 105.6 165.3
  Up 2.9 4.7 10.9 26 21.6 36.7
KCom Lightstream Full Fibre All SpeedsA (0.4)Down 18 30.5 71.4 105.5 190 242.6
  Up 4.6 10.2 21.2 32.5 34.1 37.1
Virgin Media cable All SpeedsA (0.6)Down 15.1 27.4 66 85.4 120.9 189.8
  Up 2.7 4.6 9.6 13.2 20.9 30.8
AAISP FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 34.4 53.8 63.3 59 70 72.9
  Up 12.6 13.9 17.2 16 18.5 18.5
BT Superfast 2 FTTP 80/20A (0.3)Down 29.2 38 61.8 82.4 118.8 173.1
  Up 6.2 9.3 19.4 21 29.9 42
Hyperoptic 150 Mbps Full FibreB (1.0)Down 22.6 36.7 60.1 81.4 156.6 161.9
  Up 6.3 8.3 35.2 56 98.2 161.8
Zen Internet FTTC 80/20A(0.1)Down 33.6 39.1 57.9 55.5 71.3 74
  Up 8.7 10.4 16 14.5 18.2 18.6
IDNet FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 37.2 43.5 55.6 55.3 67 72.9
  Up 8.9 9.4 13.9 13.7 17.7 18.4
BT Superfast 2 FTTC 80/20 A (0.3)Down 37.2 43 53.4 53.2 65.8 69.7
  Up 10.1 11.7 16.4 15.4 18.1 18.6
EE Fibre Plus FTTC 80/20A (0.3)Down 38 40.6 53.3 53.1 66.4 71
  Up 9.5 11.5 16.7 15.1 18.2 18.6
Vodafone FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 37 40.6 51.8 52.7 67.2 72.5
  Up 9 10.8 15.7 14.6 17.9 18.5
TalkTalk Fibre Plus FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 36.3 39.1 50.3 51.5 65 72.6
  Up 8.6 10.4 16 14.6 18.2 18.7
Sky Fibre Max FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 32.1 39 49.4 50.1 63.3 69.8
  Up 9.7 11 16.1 14.9 18.3 18.6
Plusnet Fibre Extra FTTC 80/20A (0.3)Down 32.2 39 49.3 49.8 63.8 68.7
  Up 8.8 10.1 14.6 14 18 18.3
Other Providers FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 22.6 32.9 47.8 50.2 66.5 72.1
  Up 8.4 10.2 15.6 14.2 18 18.4
Plusnet GEA FTTP All SpeedsA (0.5)Down 13 24.6 44.2 74.7 70.5 77.8
  Up 2 4.3 8.5 27.1 18.3 21.4
Gigaclear GO 100 Full FibreB (0.9)Down 14.6 24.3 42.7 44.6 61.6 85.5
  Up 8.5 18.1 30.7 38.2 50.5 86.8
Virgin Media BusinessA(0.7)Down 3 9.4 41 80 129.2 213.8
  Up 0.9 2.5 10.6 21.2 33 42.9
OFNL SeeTheLight Full FibreA(0.6)Down 9.9 20 38.8 54.2 79.1 97.9
  Up 2.6 5 11.5 16.2 22.9 28
TalkTalk GEA FTTP All SpeedsA(0.4)Down 19.4 23.8 35.5 48.3 57 69
  Up 2.9 3.2 8.7 12.6 18.1 18.8
BT Superfast 1 FTTP 55/10A(0.5)Down 13.9 21.7 35.2 33.7 47.1 48.2
  Up 2.9 4.7 8.8 7.5 9.9 10.2
Sky GEA FTTP All SpeedsA (0.3)Down 9.9 15.4 29.4 34.6 52 67
  Up 3 4.7 7.9 9.7 18 18.5
Post Office FTTC 40/10A (0.4)Down 9.4 14.5 29.2 26.7 37.1 37.6
  Up 2.6 4.2 8.3 6.8 8.9 9
Zen Internet FTTC 40/10A (0.2)Down 11.8 16.4 27.6 26 36.5 37.3
  Up 2.9 3.8 6.4 6.2 8.8 9.1
Daisy Wholesale FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 9.4 13.5 27.3 24.8 35.1 36.4
  Up 2.9 4.2 7.8 6.7 9 9.1
BT Superfast 1 FTTC 55/10A (0.6)Down 11 15.7 26.5 26.5 36.9 42.9
  Up 2.3 3.2 5.2 5.3 7.7 8.6
TalkTalk Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.4)Down 10.8 15.7 26.5 25.2 35.6 37.1
  Up 2.3 3.3 5.3 5.4 7.8 8.5
EE Mobile 3G/4G/5GC (1.2)Down 3.5 7.9 25.7 34 53.3 72.9
  Up 0.5 0.9 5.2 7.7 13.9 18.2
EE Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 10.2 14.9 25.7 24.5 34.7 36.6
  Up 2.4 3.3 5.2 5.3 7.7 8.3
Vodafone FTTC 40/10A (0.4)Down 9.4 14.7 25.3 24.1 34.1 36.7
  Up 2.3 3.2 5.3 5.3 7.6 8.2
Plusnet Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.6)Down 11.3 15.6 24.9 24.1 33.4 35.5
  Up 2.2 3.4 5.4 5.4 7.7 8.4
Airband Fixed WirelessC (1.3)Down 5.7 10.9 24.6 39 40.2 51.2
  Up 1.1 1.5 6.1 20.3 9.5 22.6
Sky Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.6)Down 9.9 14.7 24.1 23.3 32.7 35.7
  Up 2.3 3.2 5.2 5.3 7.5 8.3
Other Providers FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 7.8 11.5 22.4 22 32.4 36.5
  Up 1.9 3 5.5 5.6 8.3 8.9
TalkTalk BusinessA (0.4)Down 2.9 8 22.4 25.1 37.5 49.9
  Up 0.5 0.7 6 6.9 11 17.4
Three Mobile 3G/4G/5GC (1.3)Down 2.1 4 13.2 19.9 31.8 49
  Up 0.5 0.8 2.4 5.7 10.4 15.2
O2 WifiC (1.5)Down 2.2 4.5 12.4 15.4 25.3 35
  Up 0.6 1.1 2 4.7 9.2 13.7
Vodafone Mobile 3G/4G/5GC (1.4)Down 2.1 4.5 12.1 25.6 34.4 58.5
  Up 0.6 1.1 2 4.7 9.2 13.7
O2 Mobile 3G/4GC (1.4)Down 1.9 3.8 11.3 17 25.8 39.9
  Up 0.5 1 2.1 4.3 6.7 11.6
BT WiFiA (0.5)Down 1.6 4.2 8.6 11.9 13.1 30.6
  Up 0.6 0.9 3.6 5.1 5.7 8
Vodafone ADSL2+B (0.9)Down 1.1 1.9 6.7 7.7 13 16.4
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.7 0.9 1.1
Zen Internet ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.8)Down 1.5 2.9 6.5 7.4 11.3 13.9
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.8 0.9
Post Office ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 1 2.4 6.1 6.9 12.1 14.6
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.8
Sky ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 1.2 2.3 6 7.1 11.9 15.1
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.8 1
TalkTalk ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 1 2.1 5.9 6.9 11.8 14.8
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.8
TalkTalk Business ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 1.1 2 5.8 7.2 12.8 16.4
  Up 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.8 0.9
EE ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.9)Down 0.8 1.7 5.6 6.7 11.8 14.7
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.6 0.9 1
Plusnet ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.8)Down 0.8 1.9 5.5 7.1 12.4 15.7
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.8 0.9
BT ADSL/ADSL2+B (1.0)Down 0.8 1.8 5.3 6.5 11.1 14.6
  Up 0.2 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.9 1
Daisy Wholesale ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.8)Down 0.6 1.8 5.2 6.5 11.2 15
  Up 0.3 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.8 0.9

Congratulations for reading to the end of the article, there is a couple of surprises in the table as both Sky and TalkTalk are both showing entries for speed tests carried out over Openreach FTTP connections, the majority seem to be new build fibre only locations.

Virgin Media is again shown with a limited set of products once again, we had hoped for everything to have settled down from the various upload speed upgrades but things on that front still seem to be changing and news of upgrades for those on slower connections to the M100 tier means it will likely be April before everything has settled down enough to show a full set of results for the M100, M200, M350, M500 and Gig1 products.

We intend to cover the popularity of the various technologies and some of the product splits for the largest providers from Q4 2019 in a seperate news item in the next day or two, which also fits in with the recent market review from Ofcom and may help to fill in some of the redacted figures. 

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