Plusnet fixed broadband speeds in the last 90 days
Plusnet is the latest to get its daily performance exposed and the size of the provider and subsequent number of tests is obviously a lot lower than the likes of BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media the overall performance is clearly visible from the graphs.
As with most of the other providers so far, nothing out of the ordinary in terms of download and upload speeds, even though back on 22nd for a short time during the working day the average speeds were low, but balanced out by normal performance during the evening.
The latency plot does have three days 13th, 15th and 17th April when mean latency spiked to 90 - 113 ms. This may have been the result of some localised problems as the median did not shift from its usual sort of value. The average for the mean latency over the 90 days is 69ms with a standard deviation of 8.5ms.
The quality plot does show something happened with it looking like around 19th March speed tests started to deliver a more consistent throughput for the public. This is the reverse of what would have expected during the lockdown period but we suspect this may have been a result of adding extra capacity in the network in response to the big shift to home working that was underway at point in time.
Of course individuals own experience may differ from the collective experience so if you are seeing much slower speeds than usual and these are not time of day related, i.e. just as bad at 1am, 8am as they are at 4pm and 9pm then you may need to chase the provider.
For those wondering why Plusnet upload speeds look so low it is worth pointing out in Q1 2020 30.2% of Plusnet speed tests carried out were identified as using ADSL2+, a further 47.5% on the VDSL2 40 down and 10 up service and 21.4% on the VDSL2 80/20 product. The remaining balance being the small number lucky enough to have been on the FTTP trial or getting connected e.g. in new build where FTTP is the only option.
The number using ADSL/ADSL2+ may surprise some people when FTTC is so widely available but there is a steady shift from ADSL/ADSL2+ to the FTTC products, in Q1 2016 60% of Plusnet speed tests were ADSL2+ based, in Q1 2018 this was down to 41.7%. It seems likely that with lots more people at home and a lot more video chat taking place the trend may accelerate for upgrading to the FTTC products over the next couple of months.