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UK broadband speed test results for March 2020

Everyone has grown used to the Gigabit services from Hyperoptic and Community Fibre dominating the top row of our monthly speed test results table, but the new BT 900 full fibre service that only launched in March 2020 and at a much lower than expected price point has nabbed the top spot.

Any impact from the coronavirus pandemic is fairly minimal since there has been no big slow downs for the providers beyond a few local areas seeing worse than usual congestion, i.e. hard to discern from business as usual. The BT 900 service might vanish when we publish the March results as full fibre installs into customers houses are pretty much on hold, unless there are specific needs for a key worker. The reason it may vanish is March saw a rush of people upgrading that took the volume over the minimum threshold, but now they've upgraded we are not expecting to see them again.

The Virgin Media M500 service makes it into second place, the Gig1 service is missing because while available to more people than the BT 900 service it does not yet seem to have the same pent up popularity. The slower than M350 tiers are still missing from the table as the upload upgrade work still seems to be ongoing.

UK Broadband Providers and Services in March 2020
(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%
BT 900 Full FibreA (0.1)Down 89.5 212.3 620.7 533.5 862.9 910
  Up 45.3 70.6 92.7 130.9 119.9 121
Virgin Media M500 CableA (0.1)Down 381.2 383.6 387.7 405.6 422.2 456.4
  Up 28.9 33.1 35.9 58 36.7 52.1
Community Fibre Gigabit Full FibreB (1.1)Down 203.4 238.7 310.3 341.9 425.3 495.3
  Up 203.9 264.3 386.5 447.5 646.3 752.8
Hyperoptic Gigabit Full FibreA (0.4)Down 193.9 226.8 299.5 383.5 619.9 738.4
  Up 129 146.6 280.4 355.9 621.3 744.6
BT 500 Full Fibre A (0.2)Down 76.4 124.1 264.9 232.1 341.7 376
    Up 49.5 50.2 52.1 56.1 66.4 71
RM Broadband FTTPA (0.2)Down 93.7 95.4 238.2 227.9 294.5 382
  Up 89.4 93.4 201.4 192.6 275 315.2
Gigaclear Gigabit Full FibreA (0.7)Down 166.4 206.6 235.5 283.5 319.3 326.3
  Up 83.5 108.4 240.5 258.1 275 396
Virgin Media M350 CableA (0.4)Down 100.9 128.3 191.2 199.8 263.3 323
  Up 21.6 25.3 33.2 30.9 36 36.5
BT Ultrafast 2 Full FibreA (0.2)Down 69.9 92 182 179.8 272.5 295
  Up 29.7 30.3 37.4 37.5 47.6 49
Vodafone Gigafast Full Fibre All SpeedsA (0.4)Down 72.2 94.5 176.9 205.4 290 397
  Up 22.5 29.1 47.9 76.4 69.2 158
M247 Full FibreA (0.3)Down 82.1 89.1 159.1 239.5 367.9 641.2
  Up 11.1 40.9 94.1 161.6 225.9 434.6
TalkTalk FibreNation York Full FibreA (0.3)Down 88.5 91.3 137.9 184.9 221.4 384.7
  Up 28.1 29.8 46.9 68.7 68.1 75.3
Community Fibre 200 Mbps Full FibreA (0.6)Down 91.5 114.4 137 141.1 159.6 193.7
  Up 73.2 96.4 149.8 146.7 186.6 218.9
County Broadband Full FibreA (0.5)Down 15.9 24.4 133.1 150.4 234.9 309.2
  Up 9.9 14.7 44.6 54.4 95.1 103.8
BT G.fast Ultrafast 1 &  2A (0.1)Down 95.1 102.2 126.1 145.3 164.8 226
  Up 20.7 22 28.2 29.1 30.8 43.4
BT Ultrafast 1 Full FibreA (0.2)Down 53.8 69 95.8 97.4 128.4 139.5
  Up 18.6 22.3 27.5 25.4 29.4 29.6
Zen Internet Full Fibre All SpeedsA (0.1)Down 30.9 51.1 94.9 120.6 148.8 281.1
  Up 5.6 10.8 26.4 30.4 45.6 51.6
KCOM LightStream Full Fibre All SpeedsA (0.3)Down 22.7 31.7 82 134 210 369.8
  Up 3.8 4.8 17.5 29.5 33.7 52
Virgin Media Cable All SpeedsA (0.5)Down 16.6 29.7 77.5 92 132.6 201.6
  Up 3 4.9 9.7 13.5 20.9 29.6
exponential-eA (0.4)Down 5.5 12.9 66.7 114 194 320.7
  Up 0.9 3.6 36.9 83.1 144.6 255.5
Wessex InternetA (0.3)Down 19.7 30.7 62.8 84.6 108.1 191.1
  Up 4.7 6.1 10.4 32.4 31.1 87.5
Hyperoptic 150 Mbps Full Fibre B (1.0)Down 17.9 35.1 62.2 77.8 142 162.3
  Up 6.3 9 40.2 58.7 98.7 148.8
BT Superfast 2 FTTP 80/20A (0.2)Down 38.1 44.6 61 57.2 70.6 73.2
  Up 11.3 12.4 18.1 16.8 20.4 21
Virgin Media BusinessA(0.5)Down 4.7 11.2 56.3 57.7 73.2 85.3
  Up 1.1 2.9 10.1 24.6 29.2 55.7
Zen Internet FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 35.2 38.7 55.1 54.6 68.8 72.9
  Up 8.8 9.9 16 14.6 18.2 18.4
BT Superfast 2 FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 37.8 43.9 54.6 54.3 68.3 71.5
  Up 10.1 11.6 16.4 15.3 18.1 18.7
Vodafone Superfast 2 FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 36.2 40.9 52.9 53 67.8 72.8
  Up 8.4 10.5 15.7 14.5 18 18.7
EE Fibre Plus FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 37.6 42.6 52.8 53.3 67.2 71.6
  Up 10 12 16.5 15.3 18.2 18.6
IDNet FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 35.9 40.8 52.1 53.3 68.1 70.6
  Up 9 9.7 15.2 13.9 18.3 18.5
Plusnet Fibre Extra FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 31.8 39.8 51.8 51.7 66.4 70.9
  Up 8.7 10.2 15.4 14.2 18 18.4
TalkTalk Fibre Plus FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 36.2 38.7 51.8 52 66.4 72.8
  Up 8.9 10.7 16.3 14.7 18.2 18.6
Fibre Nest Persimmon Full FibreA (0.5)Down 11.8 26.5 50.1 75.5 121.9 142.6
  Up 2.2 8.1 28.7 27.6 43.5 58.1
Sky Fibre Max FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 32.6 38.3 49.6 49.8 63.8 69.7
  Up 9.6 10.8 15.8 14.8 18.2 18.6
Gigaclear GO 100 Full FibreA (0.7)Down 21.1 25.8 48.8 53.5 85.5 93.8
  Up 12.3 17.4 32.8 40.1 62.8 80.3
SeeTheLight OFNL Full FibreA(0.6)Down 6.7 16.1 46.8 56.9 93.7 106.5
  Up 3.9 6.2 11.8 18.4 24.9 38.7
Other Providers FTTC 80/20A(0.2)Down 15.9 18.8 39.4 42.1 63.6 72.8
  Up 8.6 10.1 14.3 13.7 17.8 18.4
BT Superfast 1 FTTP 55/10A(0.4)Down 13.5 21.3 36.2 34.4 47.7 49.8
  Up 2.9 4.4 8.8 7.4 9.7 10.1
Post Office FTTC 40/10A(0.3)Down 15.1 19 30.4 27.9 36.8 37.3
  Up 2.5 3.8 7.3 6.4 8.8 9
Zen Internet FTTC 40/10 A (0.2)Down 11.8 16.8 28.8 26.5 36 37.1
  Up 2.4 3.7 6.5 6.2 8.9 9.1
BT Superfast 1 FTTC 55/10A (0.4)Down 11.3 16 27.2 27.1 37.4 43.5
  Up 2.3 3.3 5.4 5.4 7.8 8.6
TalkTalk Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.4)Down 11.1 16.1 27.2 25.6 36.1 37.3
  Up 2.4 3.5 5.6 5.5 7.9 8.5
EE Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.3)Down 11.7 16.2 26.6 25.3 35.4 36.8
  Up 2.5 3.5 5.5 5.5 7.7 8.4
Vodafone Superfast 1 FTTC 40/10A (0.4)Down 8.3 14.2 24.9 23.6 34 36.6
  Up 2.4 3.5 6.3 6.2 8.9 9.1
Plusnet Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.3)Down 12.5 16.6 24.9 24.7 34.5 36.4
  Up 2.3 3.3 5.2 5.3 7.5 8.4
Sky Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 9.2 14.3 24.1 23.1 32.5 35.6
  Up 2.3 3.3 5.2 5.3 7.4 8.3
EE Mobile 3G/4G/5GC (1.3)Down 4.1 7.1 17.6 28.8 42.3 66
  Up 0.5 1 4.4 7.3 12.1 17.5
Other Providers FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 8.2 11.4 17.5 20 30 35
  Up 2.1 3.1 5.7 5.6 8.2 8.7
Vodafone Mobile 3G/4G/5GC (1.3)Down 2.3 5.4 14.4 24.9 36.9 59.2
  Up 0.6 1.1 3.6 6.2 10.8 14.9
bigblu SatelliteB (0.8)Down 2.8 6.7 14.2 16.2 27.5 31.4
  Up 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.4
Three Mobile 3G/4G/5GC (1.4)Down 1.5 3.3 12.2 19.3 31.6 47
  Up 0.5 0.8 2.2 5.4 10.1 14.1
O2 Mobile 3G/4G/5GC (1.5)Down 2 4.1 11.1 16.2 24.6 36.4
  Up 0.5 0.9 2 3.9 5.9 9.6
Zen Internet ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 2.1 3.3 8.6 8.6 13.6 15.2
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.8 0.9
TalkTalk ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 1.1 2.2 6.3 7.1 11.8 14.9
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.9
Post Office ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 1.1 2.5 6.3 7.1 10.7 14.5
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.9
Sky ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 1.3 2.5 6.3 7.4 12.6 15.5
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.9 1
Plusnet ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.8)Down 0.9 2 6.1 7.3 12.9 15.9
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.9 0.9
Vodafone ADSL2+B (0.8)Down 0.5 1.8 5.8 6.1 8.3 11.6
  Up 0.3 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.9 1.0
EE ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.9)Down 0.9 1.8 5.7 6.9 11.8 15.4
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.7 0.9 1
BT ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.9)Down 1 1.9 5.3 6.6 11 14.5
  Up 0.2 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.9 1
Daisy Wholesale ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 0.6 1.8 5.3 6.4 11.4 15.5
  Up 0.3 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.8 0.9

The table is a bit shorter than usual and this is because some smaller providers services did not make the table due to small volumes of testing. This is to be expected as lots of small offices will now be scattered all working from home using one of the big name consumer ISP.

The splitting of BT Ultrafast 1 and 2 full fibre into individual products for the results will get extended to the G.fast services for when we publish the April results. We will continue to look at the product splitting for Virgin Media to see if upgrades going on have finally settled into the M50, M100, M200, M350, M500 and Gig1 product brackets.

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