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UK broadband speed test results for November 2020

We have finally found the time to publish the massive list of speed test results for different broadband services in the UK. We are keenly aware that a lot of people don't seem to believe the recent Ofcom speeds report for the UK that has seen the UK average rise from 64 Mbps in May to the 71.8 Mbps published now. We can through a bit of light onto these figures even though our data gives a much lower mean of 53.1 Mbps down in November, our May 2020 figure was 42.6 Mbps and November 2019 it was down at 39.1 Mbps. So the modelled and extrapolation from the several thousand Ofcom monitoring boxes shows the same sort of trend as we get from millions of crowd sourced speed tests.

For those who are stuck with ADSL2+ or FTTC it is also worth pointing out that if we look at the ISP neutral technology trends that ADSL/ADSL2+ had identical speeds in May 2020 and November 2020. For FTTC there is a slow climb from 34.6 Mbps to 35.7 Mbps for the mean download speed, this climb is likely down to the cheaper prices for the 80/20 service creating a wider takeup rather than the technology actually getting faster. So why the jump in the UK wide mean, put simpler we are seeing more people buying faster products plus more G.fast, FTTP or faster cable broadband packages. The modelling that Ofcom uses will take into account this shifting in the make-up of the broadband market. 

UK Broadband Providers and Services in November 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%
Hyperoptic 900 Mbps Full FibreA (0.1)Down 230.2 597.8 707.1 693.6 937 938.6
  Up 152.1 366.8 662.4 570.4 809 855.2
Virgin Media Gig1 DOCSIS 3.1A (0.4)Down 595 621 706.7 740.3 895.4 925.8
  Up 27.9 35.7 43.8 42.4 51.8 52.9
BT 900 Full FibreA (0.1)Down 213.1 324.1 656.2 591.8 883.4 892.9
  Up 57.2 77.4 89.7 95.7 108.5 117.3
Virgin Media 500 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 cableA (0.2)Down 382.8 384.9 432.7 444.9 512.4 538.8
  Up 20.9 26.4 35.4 35.3 38.5 43.4
Community FIbre Gigabit Full FibreA (0.2)Down 270.7 313.5 416 461.3 572.4 820
  Up 138.7 158.5 265.5 266.6 347.3 395.9
Hyperoptic 500 Mbps Full FibreA (0.4)Down 165 205.1 329 331 454.1 483.9
  Up 90.7 143.6 190.5 211.4 272.7 340.1
 BT 500 Full FibreA (0.2)Down 94.7 143 266.5 257.9 363.8 387.2
    Up 50.6 52.9 61.2 61.3 69.6 72.3
County Broadband Full FibreA (0.2)Down 90.1 99.2 243.5 228.4 329.7 361.4
  Up 14.7 25.4 60.9 71.3 131.7 152.7
Gigaclear GO 900 Full FibreA (0.2)Down 167.9 203.5 243 263.5 339.5 340.3
  Up 105.8 127.5 194.5 187.7 244.9 252.8
Virgin Media 350 Mbps cable DOCSIS 3.0A (0.5)Down 100.3 134.2 222.2 226 316.5 358.3
  Up 21.2 25.5 33.1 31 35.8 36.5
Vodafone Gigafast CityFibre Full Fibre All SpeedsA (0.6)Down 66 85.1 181.8 219.4 358.2 462.7
  Up 27.8 35.3 54 90.7 105.8 207.3
TalkTalk Fibre Nation CityFibre Full FibreA (0.3)Down 86.2 92 163.2 243.2 292.2 529.9
  Up 21.4 26.8 51.9 105.4 81.8 220.5
Community Fibre 200 Mbps Full FibreA (0.1)Down 94.4 136.1 156.8 161.5 201.2 228.6
  Up 76.1 87.3 148.7 135.2 161.2 191.3
Fibre Nest Persimmon Full FibreA (0.4)Down 24.3 78.4 147.7 156.3 217.7 257.5
  Up 6.7 8.8 30.7 41.7 78.9 82
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 Ultrafast 2 300 Mbps Full FibreA (0.3)Down 53 76 143.1 158.6 261.7 286.8
  Up 30.1 30.9 39.2 38.6 47.1 48.4
Gigaclear GO 200 Full FibreA (0.5)Down 101.3 105 137.2 135.9 169.1 174.8
  Up 53.3 84.2 116.6 112.2 146.4 162.9
TalkTalk G.fast All SpeedsA (0.1)Down 87.4 94.2 135.2 127.7 151.9 152.6
  Up 16.3 22.4 27.8 26.2 28.7 33.2
Zen GEA-FTTP All Speeds Full FibreA (0.2)Down 36.9 70.3 132.7 221.3 360.2 544.8
  Up 8.4 17.2 26.7 44.4 75.5 103.5
EE G.fast All SpeedsA (0.1)Down 101.1 108.1 126.8 150.4 179.1 242.2
  Up 17.1 19.1 28.1 28.9 36.7 42.6
BT G.fast All SpeedsA (0.1)Down 91.7 96.3 124.4 143.1 165.2 245.2
  Up 20.9 25 28 29.9 40 44.9
Virgin Media 200 Mbps cable DOCSIS 3.0A (0.3)Down 61.3 75.1 109.7 116.2 158.4 210.1
  Up 8.8 9.4 10.2 13.7 20.2 21
Wessex InternetA (0.1)Down 22.2 38.1 103.4 114.9 118.4 263.2
  Up 5.2 8.5 13.4 35.8 27.4 57.9
BT Ultrafast 1 160 Mbps Full FibreA (0.2)Down 49.7 63.5 97.6 97.1 130.6 143.2
  Up 22.2

25

28.3 26.9 29.3 29.6
Vodafone GEA-FTTP All Speeds Full FibreA (0.3)Down 28.6 37.5 74.3 144.2 210.8 317.5
  Up 5.2 10.7 22.3 51 67.1 71.1
Fibrus Full FibreC(1.4)Down 28.8 42.7 71.1 92.5 151.3 203.7
  Up 8.3 9.8 25 46.1 85.2 131.4
AAISP 80/20 FTTCA (0.1)Down 40.8 44.7 61.7 58.2 70.3 72.6
  Up 10.1 12.2 16.2 15.3 18.4 18.5
BT Superfast 2 80/20 Full FibreA (0.1)Down 35.6 42.8 61 57.2 71.9 73
  Up 11.4 13.4 18.1 17.1 19.9 20.7
Hyperoptic 150 Mbps Full FibreB (0.8)Down 25.9 38.2 59.5 81.2 157.3 164.7
  Up 6.6 8.7 48 60.7 112 133
Sky GEA-FTTP 80/20 and 160/30  Full FibreA (0.4)Down 24.2 31.7 59.5 65.9 94 131.9
  Up 5.1 7 16.2 15.3 22.2 25.5
Zen Internet FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 33.7 40.8 55.7 54.5 70.7 73.4
  Up 9.1 11.4 15.7 14.5 17.9 18.3
BT Superfast 2 FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 37.3 43.4 55 54.6 68.9 71.8
  Up 10.3 11.9 16.4 15.3 18 18.5
EE Fibre FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 38.2 41.6 53.8 53.3 68.2 71.4
  Up 9.6 11.6 16.2 15 18.2 18.5
Vodafone Superfast 2 FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 33.9 40 52.3 52.5 67.7 73.2
  Up 8.4 10.2 15.8 14.3 17.9 18.4
TalkTalk Fibre Plus FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 33.7 38.7 51.2 52.1 67.9 73.6
  Up 9.3 10.9 16 14.7 18.1 18.6
IDNet FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 25.5 40.1 50.8 50.8 64.5 69.5
  Up 8.8 9.8 14.6 13.6 17 18
KCOM Lightstream All Speeds Full FibreA (0.6)Down 17 23.6 49.9 82.2 114.2 194.7
  Up 4.8 8.3 18.3 24.6 34.4 37.3
Other Providers FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 20.9 31.6 49.4 49.9 68.3 72.6
  Up 9.4 10.8 16.2 14.8 18.1 18.5
Sky Fibre Max FTTC 80/20A(0.2)Down 31.2 38.5 49.4 49.8 63.9 69.6
  Up 9.7 10.9 15.8 14.7 18 18.3
Plusnet Fibre Extra FTTC 80/20A(0.2)Down 26.2 38.4 49 49.9 65.8 71.2
  Up 8.9 10.2 14.6 13.9 17.9 18.2
Gigaclear GO 100 Full FibreA(0.5)Down 23.2 28.8 46.2 49.5 72.5 86.7
  Up 17.5 24.3 39.3 41.6 56.8 68.7
seethelight OFNL Full FibreB(0.8)Down 8.7 22.5 40.8 52.1 74.6 112.5
  Up 4.2 9 11.8 18.6 23.6 29.2
TalkTalk GEA-FTTP All Speeds Full FibreA (0.1)Down 19.4 28.1 37.8 65.6 87.8 100.1
  Up 3.6 5.3 9.4 15.8 19.1 21.2
Plusnet GEA-FTTP 40/10 and 80/20 Full FibreA (0.4)Down 13.7 24.8 35 45.4 62.3 73.9
  Up 3 4.4 8.7 10.7 18 18.5
BT Superfast 1 55/10 Full FibreA (0.5)Down 13.6 19.3 34.4 32.4 47.1 50.2
  Up 2.9 4.4 8.2 7.2 9.7 10.1
Airband mixed fixed wireless and full fibre A (0.5)Down 8.5 15.9 30.9 39.3 41.2 92.6
  Up 1.6 2.8 7.7 13 11 36.6
Post Office FTTC 40/10A (0.3)Down 12.3 17.5 29.9 27.1 36.7 37.2
  Up 3.1 5 7.8 6.8 8.8 8.9
Zen Internet FTTC 40/10A (0.2)Down 9.8 16.3 29.4 26.2 35.2 36.7
  Up 2.1 3.8 6.5 6 8.6 9
BT Superfast 1 FTTC 55/10A (0.3)Down 12.1 16.8 27.9 27.5 37.5 43.6
  Up 2.4 3.4 5.4 5.5 7.9 8.6
Virgin Media 100 Mbps cable DOCSIS 3.0B (1.2)Down 5.6 11.7 27 29.7 45.2 53.3
  Up 1.3 2.2 5 5.2 8.3 9.6
TalkTalk BusinessA (0.3)Down 4.6 10.5 26.8 28.4 37.7 55
  Up 0.6 0.9 6.8 7.2 10.2 17.5
TalkTalk Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.3)Down 11.2 16.4 26.8 25.4 35.7 37.2
  Up 2.4 3.5 5.7 5.7 8.2 8.6
EE Mobile 3G/4G/5GB (1.1)Down 3.7 8.4 26.4 39 57.2 80.1
  Up 0.5 1.1 5.4 8.3 14.7 18.5
EE Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.3)Down 11.3 15.8 26.4 24.9 35.2 36.9
  Up 2.3 3.3 5.3 5.4 7.8 8.4
Vodafone Superfast 1 FTTC 40/10A (0.4)Down 9.8 15.7 24.8 24.1 34.1 36.7
  Up 2.4 3.4 5.3 5.4 7.7 8.3
Plusnet Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.3)Down 11.9 16 24.6 24.3 33.7 36.1
  Up 2.4 3.4 5.5 5.5 7.7 8.5
Sky Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.3)Down 9.4 14.3 23.7 22.9 32.1 35.5
  Up 2.3 3.3 5.2 5.3 7.4 8.2
Other Providers FTTC 40/10A (0.4)Down 8.3 11.7 23.2 22.7 34.6 36.9
  Up 2 2.9 5.5 5.5 8.2 8.9
Vodafone WholesaleA (0.4)Down 2.4 6.4 19.5 26.6 46.5 63.7
  Up 0.5 0.7 5.8 7.5 14.5 17.4
Three Mobile 3G/4G/5GC (1.5)Down 1.4 3.6 12.7 27.5 33.5 56.7
  Up 0.5 0.9 2.4 6.1 10.7 16.1
Vodafone Mobile 3G/4G/5GD (1.7)Down 2.3 4.4 11.9 27.1 38.4 59.8
  Up 0.6 1.1 3.1 6.3 10.7 16.3
O2 Mobile 3G/4G/5GC (1.5)Down 1.8 3.6 10.4 17.4 27.8 44.2
  Up 0.5 0.9 2.1 4.4 7 12.6
Zen Internet ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.9)Down 1.7 3.1 6.9 8 12.8 15.5
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.7 0.9 1.0
Vodafone ADSL2+B (0.8)Down 0.8 1.8 6.7 7.7 13.9 15.9
  Up 0.2 0.3 0.7 0.7 1 1.1
Plusnet ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.8)Down 1.1 2.4 6.5 7.5 13 15.9
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.6 0.9 1
EE ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.8)Down 0.8 2 6.3 7.5 12.8 16.7
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.7 0.9 1
TalkTalk ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 1.1 2.3 6.3 7 11.9 14.2
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.8
Sky ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 0.6 2.2 6.3 7.4 12.9 16
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.9 1
Post Office ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 1.4 2.5 5.8 6.7 11.3 14.3
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.8
BT ADSL2+B (0.9)Down 0.8 1.9 5.4 6.8 11.9 15.2
  Up 0.3 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.9 1

The most obvious thing from spending a couple of hours going through this data and adding to the news item is that there is very little variation between the FTTC products i.e. using a different provider makes little difference (the same applies when you compare ADSL2+ services). The difference is much more about price, customer service, core network reliability and how good the router is. 

In terms of the most popular ten products we saw during November in descending order of popularity it is BT Superfast 1 55/10 FTTC, Virgin Media 200 Mbps, Sky Fibre 40/10 FTTC, BT Superfast 2 80/20 FTTC, Virgin Media 100 Mbps, Sky Fibre Max 80/20 FTTC, Sky ADSL2+, TalkTalk Fibre 40/10 FTTC, BT ADSL/ADSL2+ and the tenth most popular service seen was Plusnet Fibre 40/10 FTTC.

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