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UK broadband speed test results for April 2020

Full fibre services continue to dominate the speed test chart, but Virgin Media with its M500 service on the DOCSIS 3.0 network does continue to show that in respect to download speeds it can compete. The new Virgin Media Gig1 service is missing because while we do see some people using it as yet it has not had the same sort of take-up as the 900 Mbps FTTP service from BT.

The table is large due to the wide variety of products featured but the key takeaway is the grouping of the various services that are based around the same technology e.g. all the VDSL2/FTTC services based on the 40/10 service have very similar speeds. With some of the smaller providers or services with limited footprint it is not possible to split services into the speed tiers hence a few entries with the all speeds note or in the case of the BT G.fast retail service we combined the Ultrafast 1 and 2 products into a single entry.

UK Broadband Providers and Services in April 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 (0.2)Down 89.8 395.9 563 547.8 808 880.5
  Up 80 85.1 106.2 104.5 118.4 121.4
Hyperoptic Gigabit Full FibreA (0.5)Down 186.2 229.5 427.6 449.5 653.5 766.4
  Up 147.6 191.2 411.2 426.4 682.9 762.2
Community Fibre Gigabit Full FibreA (0.3)Down 340.3 345 412.2 430.6 515.6 581.8
  Up 158.7 173.7 351.2 327.1 454.5 536.6
Virgin Media M500 Cable DOCSIS 3.0A (0.1)Down 381.5 383.2 386.5 399.8 399.4 438.7
  Up 19.2 25.5 35.1 35.4 36.3 38.7
Gigaclear Gigabit Full Fibre A (0.3)Down 145.7 209.7 280.7 285.7 316.8 326.2
    Up 103.4 130.6 237.9 248.7 295.4 304.8
BT 500 Full FibreA (0.3)Down 92.9 150.3 242.1 252.2 358.4 428.3
  Up 50 50.3 56.8 56.8 67.2 69.8
TalkTalk FibreNation Full FibreA (0.2)Down 84.5 94.2 209.2 263.5 402.8 636.9
  Up 17 46.7 67.4 156.3 278.3 521.2
Truespeed Communications Full FibreC (1.3)Down 13.4 40.9 200.2 156.5 243.7 263.6
  Up 9.9 42 109.1 201 275.9 466.8
Virgin Media M350 CableA (0.4)Down 98.1 124 190 198.1 262.6 312.5
  Up 22.7 25.5 33 30.7 35.7 36.3
BT Ultrafast 2 Full FibreA (0.2)Down 81.2 96.7 182 181.8 266.7 288
  Up 29.4 30.4 40.9 38.9 47.9 48.8
Vodafone Gigafast Full Fibre All SpeedsA (0.4)Down 59.6 74.1 154.4 198.4 300.2 480
  Up 23 33.8 50.6 95.4 83.3 276.1
Gigaclear GO 200 Full FibreA (0.5)Down 99.6 101.8 149.5 145.1 172.2 185.2
  Up 6 68.2 100.8 98.2 132.8 158.5
BT Ultrafast 1 & 2 G.fastA (0.2)Down 98.3 111.6 131.9 150.4 185.8 240.7
  Up 18.9 23.8 28.4 30.2 39.6 44
AAISP GEA-FTTP Full FibreA (0.1)Down 19.2 37.1 101.8 93.2 137.6 142.2
  Up 7.7 14.1 22.3 21.4 29.1 29.6
BT Ultrafast 1 Full FibreA (0.2)Down 49.4 67.8 100.1 97.4 127.3 140.6
  Up 20.6 22.8 27.5 26 29.3 29.7
Virgin Media Cable All SpeedsA (0.5)Down 16.7 30.6 83.7 95.9 146.7 208
  Up 2.8 5.1 9.7 13.2 20.9 28.7
Zen Internet GEA-FTTP Full Fibre All SpeedsA (0.3)Down 23.8 36.9 73.3 109.1 152.9 275.1
  Up 4.3 9.1 19.6 24.8 35.2 46.9
Hyperoptic 150 Mbps Full FibreB (1.0)Down 19.4 37 69.9 87.6 158 161.6
  Up 6.3 10.8 50.1 67.2 131.3 163.6
KCOM Lightstream Full Fibre All SpeedsA (0.6)Down 13.4 25.5 65.7 118.6 214.6 322.2
  Up 2.6 4.8 18.2 27.9 33.7 52.1
AAISP FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 39.3 50 59.9 59.4 72.2 72.9
  Up 10.2 12.1 16.8 15.5 18.2 18.7
BT Superfast 2 Full FibreA (0.2)Down 38.8 45.4 57.5 56.5 70.7 72.6
  Up 11.2 12.5 18.5 16.9 20.2 20.8
Zen Internet FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 32.5 37.7 55.4 53.4 69 72.9
  Up 8.9 10.2 15.6 14.4 17.9 18.4
EE Fibre Plus FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 37.6 41.9 54.5 53.9 68.5 72.3
  Up 9.8 11.5 16.6 15.1 18.3 18.6
BT Superfast 2 FTTC 80/20A(0.1)Down 36.8 43.3 54.4 53.9 67.7 71.2
  Up 10 11.5 16.4 15.3 18.2 18.6
IDNet FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 32.3 37.6 53.9 52.9 68.7 71
  Up 8.4 10 14.6 14.1 18.1 18.5
TalkTalk Superfast Fibre FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 35.8 39 52.7 52.6 67 73.3
  Up 8.8 10.3 15.9 14.6 18.3 18.7
Vodafone Superfast 2 FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 37 40.8 52.4 53.2 66.9 72.9
  Up 9.2 11 15.4 14.6 18 18.6
Plusnet Fibre Extra FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 31.5 39.8 51.3 51.6 67.1 71
  Up 8.6 10.1 14.9 14.1 18 18.3
Sky Fibre Max FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 31.1 38.4 48.9 49.5 63.3 69.6
  Up 9.6 10.9 15.9 14.8 18.2 18.6
Other Providers FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 22.5 33.4 48.7 49.4 68.5 73
  Up 7.5 9.5 14.9 13.8 18 18.6
Plusnet GEA-FTTP All SpeedsA (0.4)Down 18.3 21.2 46.1 66.8 79.2 138.5
  Up 2 4 13.1 12.6 18.4 21.2
Wessex InternetA (0.5)Down 8.7 17.3 42.7 64.3 102.5 108
  Up 1.4 3.2 8.5 16.3 14.4 22.3
OFNL/SeeTheLight Full Fibre All SpeedsA (0.4)Down 10.7 20.9 41.6 61 100.1 118.6
  Up 3.4 7.7 12.5 16.8 22.7 24.9
Gigaclear GO 100 Full FibreB (0.9)Down 16.4 19.1 40.1 43.8 70.8 77.8
  Up 9.8 13 33.6 37.6 53.1 80.5
Virgin Media M100 CableB(0.8)Down 18 23.7 38.4 41 51.3 56.1
  Up 5.7 6.2 7.9 7.9 9.6 10
BT Superfast 1 FTTP 55/10A(0.4)Down 13.3 19.7 33.2 32.4 47.6 50.1
  Up 3.1 4.4 8.3 7.2 9.7 10
Zen Internet FTTC 40/10A(0.2)Down 16.3 19.9 29.2 27.6 36.5 37
  Up 2.5 3.9 6.5 6.2 8.8 9.1
BT Superfast 1 FTTC 55/10A(0.3)Down 10.8 15.8 27.3 27.1 37.3 44.2
  Up 2.2 3.2 5.3 5.4 7.8 8.6
Post Office FTTC 40/10 A (0.4)Down 7.2 14.6 26.6 24.9 36.1 37.2
  Up 2 3.3 6.7 6.2 8.8 8.9
Vodafone Superfast 1 FTTC 40/10A (0.4)Down 11.5 15.7 26.5 25.1 35 36.8
  Up 2.3 3.4 5.3 5.3 7.5 8.2
TalkTalk Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.4)Down 10.1 15.1 26.2 24.8 35.8 37.2
  Up 2.3 3.3 5.4 5.4 7.8 8.4
EE Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.3)Down 10.3 14.9 25.5 24.4 34.9 36.8
  Up 2.3 3.3 5.4 5.4 7.8 8.5
Plusnet Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.3)Down 11.9 16.1 24.7 24.3 34 36
  Up 2.3 3.4 5.5 5.5 7.7 8.5
EE Mobile 3G/4G/5GB (1.1)Down 3.6 7.9 24.1 31.4 50.1 70.4
  Up 0.5 1 5.4 7.7 13.6 18
Sky Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.6)Down 9 13.9 23.8 22.8 32.1 35.5
  Up 2.2 3.1 5.3 5.3 7.5 8.3
Other Providers FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 8 11.5 21 21.5 32.5 36
  Up 1.8 2.4 5.5 5.3 8.3 8.8
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
Three Mobile 3G/4G/5GC (1.4)Down 1.8 3.9 12.3 18.4 28.8 42.5
  Up 0.5 0.8 2.4 5.2 9.5 14.1
Vodafone Mobile 3G/4G/5GC (1.4)Down 2.1 4.5 11.6 24.3 33.7 56.2
  Up 0.6 1.1 2.8 5.6 9.4 14.8
O2 Mobile 3G/4G/5GC (1.5)Down 1.9 4 10.6 17 26.4 39.6
  Up 0.5 0.9 2 3.9 5.6 10.3
BT WiFiA (0.5)Down 3.5 4.7 8.7 10.3 9.2 14.8
  Up 0.3 0.8 3 4.5 7.7 9.1
Zen Internet ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 1.5 2.7 6.8 8.2 13.8 16.5
  Up 0.3 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.8 1.0
Plusnet ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.8)Down 1.2 2.3 6.5 7.5 12.6 15.8
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.9 1.0
Post Office ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 1.1 2.5 6.4 7.1 11.3 14.4
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.8
Sky ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 1.3 2.5 6.3 7.4 12.3 15.3
  Up 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.9 1.0
Vodafone ADSL2+B (0.9)Down 1 2.1 6.2 7.3 12.1 15.9
  Up 0.2 0.3 0.7 0.7 1 1.1
TalkTalk ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 1.1 2.3 6.2 7 11.7 14.4
  Up 0.2 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.8
EE ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.8)Down 0.7 1.6 5.7 6.9 12 15.8
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.7 0.9 1.0
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 (1.0)Down 0.9 1.7 5.2 6.4 11.2 14.6
  Up 0.2 0.3 0.5 0.6 0.8 1
TalkTalk Business ADSL2+A (0.9)Down 0.8 1.7 5.1 6.2 11.8 14.6
  Up 0.2 0.4 0.5 0.5 0.7 0.8

Comments

What is up with "Truespeed Communications Full Fibre", I thought the slowest service they sold was 200 up/down?

  • mbames
  • 28 days ago

It is called some people are using wifi to test, same as they are with other providers and there is also a difference between connection speeds and speeds into an ISPs own network and the wider internet

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 28 days ago

I must remember to test again when not on VPN as my FTTC sync speeds continue to decrease almost monthly. I was at 30Mbps but now down to 20mbps. Is the increase in traffic affecting crosstalk do we know? I'm on a cabinet with 500+ other properties.

Roll on FTTP - I just hope now extra emphasis is put on its deployment once everything returns to normal and FTTC is shown to be just the mediocre stop gap.

  • cheesemp
  • 26 days ago

Truespeed's original router (Icotera) had truly awful Wi-Fi performance - speed dropping off very significantly when more than few feet away. An alternative is now used and some of the original routers have been complemented by a separate Huawei router, which I'm told is much better.

On wired, I still see very high upload and download Speedtest results, both to Truespeed's own test server and to test servers in London. Ping times are a few ms, which is very impressive.

I'd suggest that the results are definitely down to poor Wi-Fi.

  • Scampmeister
  • 26 days ago

On crosstalk the VDSL2 signal is present all the time your modem is turned on, so traffic levels should not be creating more crosstalk. If issue is cross talk then you will see this in terms of decreasing sync speed over time.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 26 days ago

where do you measure speed?
  is it okay here? https://whoer.net/speedtest

  • Marsitlov
  • 25 days ago

the best speedtest is http://www.dslreports.com/speedtest

B U T !! make sure you do not use anything or leave anything going while testing!! even some browsers addons can affect the result - there is help on the website :)

  • comnut
  • 11 days ago

note many speedtest sites are in america, so if your are in UK it might get strange results!

Andrew please tell the webdevs to get the 'site ranking' checked, google and even duckduckgo cannot seem to find your sites test... :O :O

  • comnut
  • 11 days ago

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