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UK broadband speed test results for October 2020

The autumn nights are getting longer and the trend since the March lockdown of people appearing to speed tests later into the evening continues. We suspect this may reflect a section of the nation that is staying up later, since they don't need to get up to early as the commute when working from home is just seconds long. The night of Saturday 31st October we even saw a dip during the most recent address from the Prime Minister announcing a lockdown for England, which is due to voted on by Parliament before coming into force on Thursday.

Speed test wise the Gigabit services lead the table, but the fastest couple of tests in October show that there are higher speeds on the way 2960 Mbps down from WightFibre and 2885 Mbps down from a B4RN connection. Traditionally Wi-Fi has always been considered slow, but this 744 Mbps download test using a Samsung S20 Ultra 5G with a Virgin Media Gig1 connection gives some idea of what the latest devices are capable of. This 616 Mbps down and 81 Mbps up test shows what a good 5G phone can achieve over the three mobile network and was done on a Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G. EE 5G was not far behind with a OnePlus 8 Pro 5G handset with a 579 Mbps down and 90 Mbps up test.

UK Broadband Providers and Services in October 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 (0.3)Down 589.6 611.9 806.1 773.2 928.5 940
  Up 25.5 31.6 44 40.5 50.2 52.9
Hyperoptic 900 Mbps Full FibreA (0.1)Down 615 665.5 787.1 773.1 848 857.5
  Up 58.7 79.3 161.5 230.9 272.9 451.3
BT 900 Full FibreA (0.2)Down 94.3 184.5 617.8 559.6 866.5 905.1
  Up 57.2 77.4 89.7 95.7 108.5 117.3
Virgin Media 500 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 cableA (0.2)Down 383.1 384.3 425.2 447.2 524.3 540.4
  Up 20.6 23.7 32 32.2 35.5 38.2
Community FIbre Gigabit Full FibreA (0.3)Down 233 312 406.2 480.1 647.4 901.2
  Up 106.4 149 255 245.3 315.4 379.8
Gigaclear GO 900 Full FibreA (0.3)Down 212.3 234.9 305.1 323.2 341.9 382.8
  Up 28.5 87.2 167.4 164.2 234.5 250.3
Hyperoptic 500 Mbps Full Fibre A (0.4)Down 183.8 209.5 293.9 317.9 423.8 476.9
    Up 49.8 78.2 162.3 182.3 217.8 378.7
Cerberus GEA-FTTP All SpeedsA (0.1)Down 90.8 92.9 293.8 274.8 303.9 355.6
  Up 20 25.6 34.7 46.2 48.9 75.2
BT 500 Full FibreA (0.2)Down 93.7 161.8 285.6 277.5 386.9 412.6
  Up 44.1 50.5 57.4 57.3 68.1 72.5
Virgin Media 350 Mbps cable DOCSIS 3.0A (0.4)Down 104.2 151.4 235.6 238.3 331.9 365.7
  Up 19 23.3 30.1 28.4 34 35.5
TalkTalk Fibre Nation / UFO Full FibreA (0.4)Down 94.1 100.2 183.4 258 445.9 548.1
  Up 22.1 27.4 48.6 84.6 109 160.9
BT Ultrafast 2 300 Mbps Full FibreA (0.2)Down 65.3 93.4 182.9 181.1 276.1 294
  Up 30.1 30.7 40.6 38.9 46.5 48
Vodafone Gigafast Full Fibre All SpeedsA (0.5)Down 68.8 82.2 176.6 214 313.1 424.4
  Up 23.4 30.3 48 77.9 80.3 164.7
Community Fibre 200 Mbps Full FibreA (0.2)Down 97.2 107.6 155.3 147.3 159.4 179
  Up 76 123 115.7 103.4 154.7 159.6
EE G.fast All SpeedsA (0.1)Down 91.4 94.3 135.9 155.1 201.8 236.4
  Up 19.7 24.3 28.6 32.5 42 44.5
Gigaclear GO 200 Mbps Full FibreA (0.5)Down 101 112.2 132.1 138.7 166.6 190
  Up 53.4 78.9 105.3 106.9 137.6 158.4
BT G.fast All SpeedsA (0.1)Down 91.7 97.2 125.9 146.3 193.8 256.8
  Up 17.5 23.5 27.6 29.2 39.9 44.4
Zen GEA-FTTP All Speeds Full FibreA (0.2)Down 29 66.8 124.5 189.1 304.1 488.6
  Up 9.2 15.1 29.7 41.3 71.1 88.5
TalkTalk G.fast All SpeedsA (0.1)Down 92 98.6 122.6 121.8 146.4 149.8
  Up 15.5 19 27.1 24.3 28.3 28.9
Virgin Media 200 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 CableA (0.3)Down 62.4 77.4 110.1 118.6 166.2 211.5
  Up 8.2 8.8 10 13.1 19.3 20.4
BT Ultrafast 1 160 Mbps Full FibreA (0.2)Down 47.3 65.5 100.4 98.1 130.7 142.9
  Up 21.7 23.8 27.6 26.1 29.1 29.6
Fibre Nest Persimmon Full Fibre All SpeedsB (1.1)Down 19.6 28.9 95 136.5 181.4 237.9
  Up 2.2 5 11.8 23.6 49.7 54.4
Wessex InternetA (0.2)Down 26.8 35.5 94.5 102.8 107.3 181.5
  Up 6.3 7.9 10.8 18.8 21.5 29.5
Virgin Media BusinessA (0.3)Down 5.9 12.9 76.5 112.1 192.6 196.5
  Up 0.9 2.6 13.7 23.8 35.8 47.9
Hyperoptic 150 Mbps Full FibreA (0.5)Down 28.3 41.8 71.3 88.8 157.9 163.6
  Up 5.8 7.6 37.6 51.2 85.6 127.3
Vodafone GEA-FTTP All Speeds Full FibreA (0.6)Down 19.7 28.6 70 116.6 149.7 229.5
  Up 4.6 8.5 28.3 37.3 57.5 69.2
BT Superfast 2 Full Fibre 80/20A(0.1)Down 40.5 47.4 63.6 59.3 72.2 73.1
  Up 11.3 12.8 17.8 16.4 19.4 19.9
Zen Internet 80/20 FTTCA (0.1)Down 35.8 41.4 60.2 57.1 73.9 74.6
  Up 9.1 10.1 13.6 13.3 16.4 17.6
BT Superfast 2 80/20 FTTCA (0.1)Down 38.6 43.5 54.7 54.6 68.9 72
  Up 10.1 11.3 15.6 14.7 17.5 18.1
Fibrus Full Fibre All SpeedsA (0.7)Down 18.7 25.3 53.5 55.3 86.2 106.5
  Up 5.2 9.6 20.2 26.1 38.8 66.5
Vodafone Superfast 2 FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 37.4 40.9 53.2 53.7 69.4 73.2
  Up 8.2 10.1 14.6 13.8 17.5 18.1
Sky GEA-FTTP Full Fibre 80/20 and 160/30A (0.4)Down 20.6 27.6 53.1 65.5 89.5 132
  Up 4 6 13.9 14 19.7 22.7
EE Fibre Plus FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 38.2 41.5 53.1 53.7 68 71.7
  Up 8.9 10.5 14.2 13.7 17.2 18.1
KCOM Lightstream Full FibreA (0.7)Down 19 24 53 89.5 129.5 211.7
  Up 4.6 7.2 17.3 19 29.5 33.4
TalkTalk Fibre Plus FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 36.5 39.8 52.7 53.3 69.1 73.6
  Up 8.6 10.3 15.2 14.2 17.6 18.1
Sky Fibre Max FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 32.2 39.2 51 51 65 70.5
  Up 9.5 10.7 14.6 14 17.1 18
Plusnet Fibre Extra FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 28.6 38.9 50.3 50.6 65.9 70.9
  Up 7.8 9.7 13.3 13.1 17 17.9
Gigaclear GO 100 Full FibreA (0.2)Down 18.8 26.5 49 50.9 70.6 95.1
  Up 10.1 19.8 32.7 39.1 56.6 75.3
Other Providers FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 24.4 32.6 48.6 49.5 68.2 71.4
  Up 6.8 9.6 14.2 13.4 17.4 18.1
seethelight OFNL Full FibreA(0.3)Down 14.8 25.3 41.9 64.4 72.9 98.8
  Up 7.7 9.9 11.5 23 22.8 47.3
BT Superfast 1 Full Fibre 55/10A(0.4)Down 14.8 20.7 35.2 34 48.3 50.4
  Up 3.2 4.7 8.2 7.3 9.5 9.9
TalkTalk GEA-FTTP Full Fibre All SpeedsA(0.3)Down 13.4 15.4 32.3 69.1 93.2 105.1
  Up 2.3 4.6 9 15.3 18.1 29.3
County Broadband Fixed Wireless and Full FibreA(0.5)Down 11 16.1 32.2 145.3 221.9 430.3
  Up 4.9 9.2 15 31.3 24.3 56.2
Virgin Media 100 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 CableB (1.1)Down 6.7 13.2 29.2 31.3 47 54.1
  Up 1.2 2.4 5 5.3 8.3 9.5
Zen Internet 40/10 FTTCA (0.2)Down 12.7 17.9 28.8 26.5 36 37
  Up 2.8 4 6.3 6.1 8.5 9
BT Superfast 1 55/10 FTTCA (0.3)Down 12.1 16.8 28 27.8 37.7 44.4
  Up 2.3 3.4 5.4 5.4 7.8 8.6
EE Fibre 40/10 FTTCA (0.3)Down 11.1 15.8 26.7 25.2 35.4 37
  Up 2.4 3.3 5.4 5.4 7.6 8.4
TalkTalk Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.4)Down 10.7 15.6 26.6 25.2 35.8 37.1
  Up 2.4 3.4 5.4 5.5 7.9 8.5
TalkTalk BusinessA (0.4)Down 3.6 8.1 26.4 27.3 37.7 53.2
  Up 0.5 0.8 6.4 7.1 11.6 16.1
EE Mobile 3G/4G/5GC (1.2)Down 3.4 7.5 25.5 34.6 51.6 71.4
  Up 0.5 1 5.2 7.6 12.5 16.7
Vodafone Superfast 1 FTTC 40/10A (0.4)Down 9.6 15.3 25.2 24.2 34.4 36.7
  Up 2.2 3.2 5.1 5.2 7.4 8.2
Plusnet Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.3)Down 11.4 16.1 24.8 24.4 34.1 36.4
  Up 2.3 3.3 5.3 5.3 7.4 8.4
Sky Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.6)Down 9.8 14.6 23.9 23.2 32.4 35.5
  Up 2.3 3.3 5.2 5.2 7.3 8.2
Other Providers FTTC 40/10A (0.4)Down 7.7 11.5 23.4 22.5 33.4 36.5
  Up 1.9 2.9 5.4 5.6 8 8.8
Three Mobile 3G/4G/5GD (1.6)Down 1.6 3.4 12.2 27 36.5 58.3
  Up 0.5 0.8 2.2 5.3 9.1 12.9
Vodafone Mobile 3G/4G/5GD (1.7)Down 2.2 4.2 11.4 26.6 36.3 62.8
  Up 0.5 1 2.4 5.7 9.3 14.3
O2 Mobile 3G/4G/5GD (1.6)Down 1.6 3.1 8.6 16 24.5 39
  Up 0.5 1 1.9 3.8 5.6 10.3
BT WiFiA (0.5)Down 2.3 3.2 7.8 10.6 8.9 21.2
  Up 0.5 1 2.4 5.5 6 11.6
Sky ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 1.5 2.8 6.9 7.9 13.5 16.2
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.9 1
Zen Internet ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 1.8 3.5 6.8 8.3 14.2 18.1
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.9
TalkTalk ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 1.2 2.5 6.7 7.4 12.2 15
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.9
Plusnet ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.8)Down 1 2.2 6.4 7.5 12.8 15.6
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.9 1
Post Office ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 1.1 2.7 6.4 7 11.5 14.3
  Up 0.3 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.8
Vodafone Wholesale ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 1.1 1.8 6.3 7.8 15.1 17.9
  Up 0.4 0.5 0.7 0.7 0.9 1.1
Vodafone ADSL2+B (0.8)Down 1.1 1.9 6.2 7.1 11.3 16.6
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.7 1 1.1
EE ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.8)Down 1 2.2 5.8 7.2 12.9 15.5
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.7 0.9 1
Daisy Wholesale ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 1 2 5.4 7.1 13.2 16.6
  Up 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.8 0.9
BT ADSL/ADSL2+B (1)Down 0.9 1.7 5.2 6.5 11.4 14.5
  Up 0.2 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.9 1

Update Wednesday 4th November 2020: The Virgin Media 500 Mbps service was missed from the original table and has been added in its correct place.

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