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UK broadband speed test results for August 2020

it is time to share our analysis of the speed test results for August 2020. In terms of product popularity the most popular services we saw in terms of speed tests in descending order in August was BT Superfast 1 FTTC 40/10, Sky Fibre FTTC 40/10, Virgin Media M200 Cable, Virgin Media M100 Cable, BT Superfast 2 FTTC 80/20, TalkTalk Fibre FTTC 40/10, Sky Fibre Max FTTC 80/20, Sky ADSL2+. 

The continued popularity of ADSL2+ and the slower FTTC products is why the median download speed in August across the UK worked out at 29.6 Mbps, bottom 20% figure was 12.1 Mbps and top 20% 52.8 Mbps, with a mean of 45.8 Mbps. August 2019 the mean was 37.1 Mbps and way back in August 2016 the mean was down at 24.4 Mbps.

The Virgin Media Gig1 service has usually been missing due to not having enough test results to appear in the monthly results, but as the footprint keeps growing we are seeing an increasing number of tests. One regular entrant at the top end of the table is missing and that is the Gigabit service from Hyperoptic, we have added detection of tests that look to be their 500 Mbps tier and this means the top end Gigabit service does not have enough tests to make it into the table. 

Remember that these test results are end to end tests, so the impact of wireless range and device capabilities is going to play a big part.

UK Broadband Providers and Services in August 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%
Virgin Media Gig1 DOCSIS 3.1A (0.2)Down 566.3 569.2 615.8 620.2 648.8 695.4
  Up 43.8 46.8 52.2 49.5 53.6 53.7
BT 900 Full FibreA (0.3)Down 181.1 393.5 556.9 553.5 765.3 875.5
  Up 76.4 81.1 98.9 108.7 118.5 121.4
Community FIbre Gigabit Full FibreB (1.0)Down 227.8 260.9 409.5 441 616.4 763.8
  Up 208.6 252 372.9 395.3 559.2 623.6
Virgin Media M500 CableA (0.1)Down 381.3 383 389.5 421.3 461 512.2
  Up 21.1 30.8 36 35.9 45.3 51.3
Hyperoptic 500 Mbps Full Fibre A (0.6)Down 124.6 161.5 295.5 294.8 413.2 455.8
    Up 181.1 184.6 242.9 281.5 331.9 432
Gigaclear GO 900 Full FibreA (0.2)Down 173.4 212.1 289.3 290.8 337.1 400.2
  Up 140.9 155.1 219.5 230.2 275.3 310.4
BT 500 Full FibreA (0.3)Down 82.8 135.7 253.6 252.4 350.2 389.8
  Up 50.2 51.4 58.8 59.2 68.8 70.8
Virgin Media M350 Cable DOCSIS 3.0A (0.4)Down 100.2 131.9 194.2 202.4 269.6 330.1
  Up 22.1 25.9 33.5 31.3 36 36.6
Community Fibre 200 Mbps Full FibreA (0.2)Down 97.6 118.7 154.8 150 159 208.1
  Up 84.9 116.2 160.3 154.9 186.6 214.9
Zen Internet GEA-FTTP Full Fibre All SpeedsA (0.2)Down 35.3 59.2 148.1 183.1 283.4 348.6
  Up 10.4 18.3 31.6 50.1 77.8 107.9
BT Ultrafast 2 Full FibreA (0.2)Down 54.6 76.4 147.8 159.2 243.4 286.8
  Up 30.2 30.6 37.8 38.1 46.8 48.4
Vodafone Gigafast Full Fibre All SpeedsA (0.4)Down 63.8 81.8 144.6 200.3 261.5 506
  Up 24 31.7 51.3 105.9 84.3 309.3
BT G.fast All SpeedsA (0.1)Down 88.9 98.1 123.5 138.4 165.1 232.6
  Up 20.3 22 28 29.7 36.3 44.7
TalkTalk G.fast All SpeedsA (0.3)Down 93.4 96.9 121.3 123.2 150.6 152.5
  Up 13.5 17 27.9 24.1 28.7 29.1
TalkTalk FibreNation York and Dewsbury Full FibreA (0.1)Down 84 90 120.3 197 239 368.8
  Up 15.7 19.9 37.9 54 69.7 92.8
Gigaclear GO 200 Full FibreA (0.3)Down 88.9 101.4 119.2 124.6 152.8 177.7
  Up 46.1 71 98.9 107.4 148.6 191.7
Virgin Media M200 CableA (0.3)Down 60.9 74.5 109.2 114.2 148.6 206.6
  Up 8.9 9.4 10.1 13.8 20.4 21.2
BT Ultrafast 1 Full FibreA (0.2)Down 49.5 61.2 93.5 95.2 128.4 142.1
  Up 20.8 22.7 27.7 26.1 29.3 29.6
B4RN Full FibreA (0.4)Down 7.9 15.2 85.1 97.5 208.3 229
  Up 1.3 2.5 54 76.7 160.9 224
Hyperoptic 150 Mbps Full FibreA (0.6)Down 17.7 32.4 61.7 78.4 139.2 166.9
  Up 5.8 7.8 36.3 55 92.8 146.5
BT Superfast 2 80/20 Full FibreA (0.2)Down 35 46

60.2

57.2 71.6 73.2
  Up 11.4 13 18.5 17.1 20.3 20.8
County Broadband Wireless and Full FibreA (0.5)Down 3.9 9.5 59.2 113.8 148.8 310.7
  Up 1.9 13.4 32.7 53.4 82.7 166.7
KCOM Lightstream Full Fibre All SpeedsA (0.2)Down 16.5 27.9 57.5 95.4 171.7 231.4
  Up 3.2 6.5 17.3 20.8 32.2 34.9
EE Fibre Plus 80/20 FTTCA(0.1)Down 38.4 43.4 54.6 54.7 67.8 73
  Up 9.7 11.7 16.6 15.1 18.2 18.6
BT Superfast 2 80/20 FTTCA (0.1)Down 36 42.6 53.8 53.7 67.8 71
  Up 10 11.4 16.4 15.2 18.2 18.7
Zen Internet 80/20 FTTCA (0.1)Down 35.1 41 53.4 53.7 70.8 73.5
  Up 8.7 10 15.1 14.2 18.1 18.4
Vodafone Superfast 2 FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 36.2 40 53.1 53.1 68.5 72.8
  Up 8.8 10.5 15.6 14.5 18 18.6
TalkTalk Fibre Plus FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 36.1 39.3 52.3 52.6 68.5 73.5
  Up 9.3 10.9 16.3 14.9 18.3 18.8
Gigaclear GO 100 Full FibreA (0.4)Down 16.5 33.3 51.9 55.4 83.2 94.3
  Up 8.9 24.1 47.4 45.1 61.7 83.5
Plusnet Fibre Extra FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 32.3 39.4 50.4 50.9 65.1 71.3
  Up 9 10.3 14.7 14 18 18.3
Other Providers FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 27.2 36.8 49.7 50.2 66.2 72
  Up 7.9 9.7 15 13.8 17.9 18.4
Vodafone GEA-FTTP Full Fibre All SpeedsA (0.4)Down 18 20.8 49.4 80.1 102.4 210.7
  Up 2.5 5.5 17.4 42.4 51.7 73.1
Sky Fibre Max FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 30.5 38.1 48.9 49.5 63.7 69.7
  Up 9.6 10.8 15.8 14.8 18.2 18.6
SeeTheLight OFNL Full FibreA (0.3)Down 12 18.5 48.5 61.1 83.9 120.1
  Up 4.6 7.9 12.3 18.2 22.9 29.1
Virgin Media BusinessA (0.7)Down 4.3 7.8 43.6 79.8 126.3 212.8
  Up 0.5 1.5 9.6 19.3 28.1 36.1
TalkTalk GEA-FTTP Full Fibre All SpeedsA(0.2)Down 18.1 26.4 37.7 72.5 94.4 123.7
  Up 2.5 4.4 8.6 23.9 18.3 34.6
Plusnet GEA-FTTP Full Fibre All SpeedsA(0.2)Down 13.6 21.5 37.1 53.8 74.1 129.5
  Up 1.7 3.3 8.7 11.7 18.4 21.1
Sky GEA-FTTP Full Fibre All SpeedsA(0.4)Down 12.5 18.4 36.8 40.9 61.3 71
  Up 2.1 3.9 11.2 11 17.8 18.6
BT Superfast 1 55/10 Full FibreA(0.4)Down 12.8 19.9 34.8 33.3 47.9 50
  Up 2.7 4.6 8.3 7.3 9.7 10.1
Zen Internet FTTC 40/10A (0.1)Down 14.3 20.5 27.7 26.2 35.1 36.1
  Up 2.4 4.1 5.6 5.8 8.2 8.9
BT Superfast 1 FTTC 55/10A (0.3)Down 11.4 16.3 27.5 27.4 37.8 43.9
  Up 2.3 3.3 5.4 5.4 7.8 8.6
Virgin Media M100 CableB (1.1)Down 5 11.1 27.3 29.1 45.6 52.5
  Up 1.2 2.2 5 5.2 8.4 9.6
TalkTalk BusinessA (0.4)Down 3.2 8.5 27.2 28.5 41.2 58.4
  Up 0.7 1.2 7.6 7.8 13.7 17.8
TalkTalk Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.3)Down 11.1 16.1 26.6 25.4 35.9 37.2
  Up 2.3 3.4 5.5 5.5 8 8.5
EE Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.3)Down 10.6 15.4 25.8 24.8 35.1 36.9
  Up 2.2 3.1 5.1 5.2 7.3 8.3
Airband Fixed WirelessB (0.9)Down 3.5 11.6 24.7 29.7 38.4 46.3
  Up 0.9 1.9 9 11.1 10 29.8
Plusnet Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.3)Down 11.2 15.6 24.7 24.2 34.1 36.3
  Up 2.2 3.4 5.4 5.3 7.5 8.4
EE Mobile 3G/4G/5GC (1.3)Down 3.2 7.2 23.9 32.7 48.5 70.6
  Up 0.5 1 5 7.7 13.5 18.3
Sky Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 9 13.7 23.7 22.8 32.3 35.5
  Up 2.2 3.2 5.1 5.2 7.3 8.2
Vodafone Superfast 1 FTTC 40/10A (0.4)Down 7.8 13.9 23.6 23.1 33.6 36.6
  Up 1.9 2.7 5 5 7.3 8.1
Other Providers FTTC 40/10A (0.5)Down 7.7 10.2 21.4 21.2 32.4 35.8
  Up 1.8 2.5 5.3 5.4 8.2 8.8
Three Mobile 3G/4G/5GC (1.4)Down 1.5 3.4 12.2 20.4 30.7 45.7
  Up 0.4 0.6 1.7 4.4 7.9 12.2
Vodafone Mobile 3G/4G/5GD (1.7)Down 1.9 3.8 10.8 22.6 31.7 56.5
  Up 0.4 0.9 2.4 5.7 9.9 14.9
O2 Mobile 3G/4G/5GD (1.6)Down 1.8 3.5 10 16.4 24.1 39.2
  Up 0.5 0.9 2.1 4.1 6.1 10.8
BT WiFiB (0.8)Down 2 3.2 6.9 9.3 9.1 11.9
  Up 0.4 0.7 2.3 4.5 7.2 9.4
Post Office ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 1.1 2.7 6.4 7.4 12.9 15.2
  Up 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.8
Sky ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 1.1 2.4 6.3 7.3 12.1 15.3
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.9 1
TalkTalk ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 0.8 1.9 6.3 7.1 12.1 15
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.9
Zen Internet ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 1 2.5 6.1 8 13.7 17.8
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.7 0.8 1
Plusnet ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.8)Down 0.8 1.9 5.9 7.3 12.8 16.3
  Up 0.3 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.9 1
Vodafone ADSL2+B (0.8)Down 0.6 1.8 5.4 6.6 11.3 15
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.8 0.7 1.1 1.1
EE ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.9)Down 0.5 1.4 5.2 6.4 10.9 15.1
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.9 1
BT ADSL/ADSL2+B (1.0)Down 0.6 1.5 4.8 6.2 10.8 14.6
  Up 0.2 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.9 1
Daisy Wholesale ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.8)Down 0.5 1.3 4.3 5.8 11.1 14.5
  Up 0.3 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.9
Vodafone Wholesale ADSL2+B (0.9)Down 0.8 1.4 3.3 6.1 11.7 15.6
  Up 0.2 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.9 0.9

Comments

xxx ? Anymore detail on technology or supplier?

  • jumpmum
  • 16 days ago

The xxx rows are now gone, got distracted at the end of the updates and left the spare old lines in when hitting publish. So fixed that.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 16 days ago

Andrew, it would help I think, if you were to include the numbers of reports for each provider in these statistics. B4RN, I know provide 1000 Mbps at the router (each way). I am amazed that speeds shown are lower than for the average FTTC provided by Openreach.

  • mollcons
  • 13 days ago

I am so confused, why would bt 910 at the Speed of bottom 10% only be averaging when bt safe gueard their speeds to 450Mb. :-S

Have i missed somthing here with these charts??

  • jamie001
  • 13 days ago

Probably people using Wi-Fi to do the speed tests

  • leexgx
  • 4 days ago

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