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BT Broadband speeds in the ninety days since 29th February 2020

We last looked at the BT daily speeds back on 23rd March 2020 and the cycle of looking at one large broadband provider every week means we have looped around to BT again.

23rd March was just before the lockdown but when lots of firms had staff starting to work from home and the worry in some quarters was that UK broadband networks would grind to a halt. At the time those with access to the data on how their networks were performing reported plenty of capacity overall and while mobile networks may have had to do some adjustments to balance out capacity at different masts things overall have held up.

BT Broadband download speeds March April May 2020
Chart of the daily download speeds seen from BT Broadband speed tests
BT Broadband upload speeds March April May 2020
Chart of the daily upload speeds seen from BT Broadband speed tests
BT Broadband latency in March April May 2020
Chart of the daily median and mean latency seen from BT Broadband speed tests
BT Broadband quality score in March April May 2020
Chart of the quality score seen from BT Broadband speed tests, reflecting how consistent download speeds are during a test. The closer to zero the better.

The BT download speed chart has a period of 23rd March to 9th April where the mean download speeds look better than usual, this is likely down to the launch of the 500 Mbps and 900 Mbps services and people getting connected or upgraded and running more speed tests than usual. In short if an ISP has a mean around the 38 Mbps and it gets perhaps just 1% of people appearing with 900 Mbps speeds the mean will shift while the median will remain largely unchanged.

One thing we will be looking at is whether the gradual opening up of economy will see those who have VDSL2 or FTTP options available but have not previously upgraded taking the plunge once they are back at work and their salary is looking stable. For many though the uncertainty around employment will mean people will want to upgrade but will be wary of entering into long 12, 18 or 24 month contracts.

For those who are looking at working from home in the long term now, then consider adding a second broadband connection from a different ISP and preferrably using a different network. Advantages being when rest of household is home you can keep one connection just for work use, or if one fails you have a spare already to go.

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