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UK broadband speed test results for December 2020

It is time again for our monthly speed test round up and a reminder that if your UK broadband provider and products are missing from the list the most likely reason is that we don't see enough results, running a speed test from your own connection will of course help build a better data set that may be large enough next month.

For those wondering where their own connections speed test stands with respect to others in their region of the UK, our speed test once complete in its analysis section will tell you where you stand compared to others. So those recording speeds above 350 Mbps when looking at the UK wide results are in the top 1% of tests seen last quarter, at the other end of the scale 2% of speed tests seen were recording download speeds below 0.45 Mbps.

UK Broadband Providers and Services in December 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 (0.2)Down 674.3 719.1 787.3 804.6 900.1 924.7
  Up 121.2 178 433.6 510.2 796.5 856
Virgin Media Gig1 DOCSIS 3.1A (0.3)Down 582.1 626.4 729.2 752.8 918.5 932.8
  Up 21.4 37.6 47.5 43.7 52.8 53.4
BT 900 Full FibreA (0.1)Down 283.2 403.2 630.9 604.7 876.8 899.3
  Up 76.7 80 97 108.9 116.5 119.3
Virgin Media 500 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 cableA (0.2)Down 383.2 385.7 444.5 455.2 535.5 544.5
  Up 21 28 35.4 33.6 38.1 42.5
Community FIbre Gigabit Full FibreA (0.2)Down 264.8 304.7 391.1 432.1 550.5 688.4
  Up 129.7 137.8 232.8 236.2 309.8 360.2
Hyperoptic 500 Mbps Full FibreA (0.4)Down 161.4 164.6 330.9 321.2 470.5 497
  Up 117.9 177.3 201.9 236.1 310 396.4
 BT 500 Full FibreA (0.2)Down 91.2 152.2 282 267.7 374.7 425.7
    Up 48.8 50.7 61.2 59.6 68.9 72.3
Gigaclear GO 900 Full FibreA (0.5)Down 174.6 205.7 250.2 290.9 321.9 341.9
  Up 115.5 156.7 206.5 231.6 272.5 292.1
Virgin Media 350 Mbps cable DOCSIS 3.0A (0.5)Down 96.2 131.3 223.5 226.3 317.1 353.2
  Up 21.5 25.3 32.8 30.9 35.9 36.6
TalkTalk UFO CityFibre FibreNation Full Fibre A (0.3)Down 89.8 94.9 156.8 208.8 252.9 415.8
  Up 20.6 27.7 52.9 77.7 71.1 181.9
Community Fibre 200 Mbps Full FibreA (0.1)Down 94.7 131.1 155.8 155.9 185.3 216.7
  Up 86.1 91.6 153.9 135.1 161.3 163.1
BT Ultrafast 2 300 Mbps Full FibreA (0.3)Down 49.3 75.4 141.7 159.3 253.9 281.5
  Up 30.2 30.7 40.3 38.7 47.3 48.5
Zen Internet GEA-FTTP All SpeedsA (0.2)Down 36.9 51.1 140.7 239.9 441.9 550.6
  Up 9.2 16.1 41.2 51.7 81 107.6
Gigaclear GO 200 Mbps Full FibreA (0.5)Down 58.6 101.3 137.7 134.9 172.3 178.8
  Up 68.9 77.8 109.1 115 142 170.1
Vodafone Gigafast CityFibre Full Fibre All SpeedsA (0.4)Down 56.1 79.3 132.7 191.9 300.9 453.7
  Up 24.8 30.8 52.8 77.9 91.8 159.8
TalkTalk G.fast All SpeedsA (0.1)Down 86.1 94.3 129.5 124.1 148.8 151.7
  Up 17 22 27.8 26.9 28.7 29.1
EE G.fast All SpeedsA (0.1)Down 94.3 113.8 129.4 170.8 251.9 270.1
  Up 20.5 27.8 29.1 33.7 47.4 47.7
BT G.fast All SpeedsA (0.1)Down 88.6 94.2 124.3 141.4 179 245.1
  Up 18.6 22.9 27.7 29.7 42.8 44.8
Virgin Media 200 Mbps cable DOCSIS 3.0A (0.3)Down 60.5 73.3 109.5 116.6 167.5 209.7
  Up 8.8 9.4 10.5 13.9 20.2 21
Wessex InternetA (0.2)Down 25.8 38 103.5 133 226.7 344.8
  Up 4.8 7.8 13.5 48.7 35.8 216.1
BT Ultrafast 1 160 Mbps Full FibreA (0.2)Down 46.6 61.4 93.9 97.5 138.3 146.3
  Up 22.3

24.5

28 26.9 29.5 29.7
Vodafone Gigafast GEA-FTTP All Speeds Full FibreA (0.2)Down 27.6 37.2 72.8 125.4 130.3 305.9
  Up 5.7 8.6 37 55.6 72.1 103.9
Hyperoptic 150 Mbps Full FibreA(0.6)Down 24.7 40.3 66 82 130.6 159.9
  Up 6.1 7.4 38.5 55.5 99.8 129.5
Sky GEA-FTTP All SpeedsA (0.6)Down 21 32.1 65.7 69.4 108.5 134.5
  Up 4.8 8.5 16.8 16.3 23.2 27.2
KCOM Lightstream Full Fibre All SpeedsA (0.4)Down 23.2 31.5 60.7 124.3 196.3 343.2
  Up 5.2 11.5 24 25.8 35.1 37.2
BT Superfast 2 Full Fibre 80/20A (0.1)Down 37.5 45.4 58.7 57.3 71.8 72.9
  Up 10.9 12.1 18.1 16.7 20 20.6
Fibrus Full Fibre All SpeedsC (1.6)Down 17.8 30.5 58 61.8 90.6 107
  Up 6.2 19.7 34.1 39.4 64.3 73.6
IDNet FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 37.9 42.7 56.1 54.8 69.1 73.5
  Up 8.3 9.8 14.4 13.7 17.8 18.8
EE Fibre Plus FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 37.7 42.4 55 54.3 67.3 71.8
  Up 9.6 11.3 16.1 14.8 18 18.4
Zen Internet FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 34.2 38.2 54.8 53.4 67.9 73
  Up 9.1 11.1 15.8 14.7 18.1 18.4
BT Superfast 2 FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 36.6 43.3 54 54.1 68.2 71.2
  Up 10.1 11.5 16.3 15.2 18 18.5
Vodafone Superfast 2 FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 37 40.7 53.6 53.3 68.2 73.1
  Up 8.6 10.3 15.5 14.4 17.9 18.4
Other Providers FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 24.7 36.8 51.5 52.7 66.5 72.3
  Up 9 10.4 15.8 14.6 18.1 18.6
County Broadband Full Fibre and WirelessA (0.6)Down 7.4 21.7 51.2 107 295.7 310.3
  Up 4.1 12.2 22 45.2 74.8 157.2
TalkTalk Fibre 65 FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 34.8 38.8 50.9 52 67.5 73.1
  Up 9.1 10.7 16.1 14.7 18.2 18.6
Plusnet Fibre Extra FTTC 80/20A(0.1)Down 30.6 39.7 50.8 51.2 66.6 71.1
  Up 9 10.4 15.6 14.3 18 18.3
Plusnet GEA-FTTP All SpeedsA(0.1)Down 21.1 31.9 50.6 59.3 72.2 75.2
  Up 4 5.5 12.7 13.2 19.8 20.8
Gigaclear GO 100 Full FibreA(0.4)Down 22.1 30.1 49.3 54.2 80.8 92
  Up 19.8 24.4 44.2 50.5 81.2 90.6
seethelight OFNL Full FibreA(0.4)Down 21.1 24.2 47.6 58.6 94.8 118.1
  Up 5.4 9.2 12.7 19.5 23.4 30.6
TalkTalk GEA-FTTP All Speeds Full FibreA (0.2)Down 20.8 30.7 38.7 100.5 102.9 319.8
  Up 3.4 6 9 33.6 18.4 30.5
BT Superfast 55/10 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 (0.6)Down 10.4 18.6 31.9 30.5 45 49.2
  Up 2.6 3.8 7.1 6.8 9.5 10
Zen Internet FTTC 40/10A (0.2)Down 12.7 16.4 29.1 26.2 35.7 37
  Up 2.3 3.5 6.2 6 8.6 9
TalkTalk BusinessA (0.2)Down 6.7 11.6 28.8 31 38.7 56.7
  Up 0.7 1.7 7.6 8.1 13.9 17.7
M247A (0.7)Down 6.7 12 28.5 73 62.1 94.4
  Up 0.5 1 7.8 23 19.1 46.9
Post Office FTTC 40/10A (0.3)Down 8.7 13.9 28.5 25.5 36.6 37
  Up 2.8 4.4 7.8 6.8 8.8 8.9
Virgin Media M100 DOCSIS 3.0B (1.1)Down 5.5 12.1 28.3 29.8 45.2 53.1
  Up 1.2 2.3 5.1 5.4 8.5 8.9
BT Superfast FTTC 55/10 and Essential 40/10A (0.3)Down 11.7 16.5 27.6 27.4 37.8 44
  Up 2.3 3.3 5.4 5.5 7.9 8.6
TalkTalk Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.4)Down 10.4 15.6 26 24.9 35.4 37.1
  Up 2.4 3.4 5.7 5.6 8.2 8.6
EE Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.3)Down 11.8 16.2 26 25 35 36.9
  Up 2.2 3 5.2 5.2 7.6 8.5
Plusnet Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.3)Down 11.8 15.9 25.5 24.6 34.5 36.4
  Up 2.3 3.4 5.5 5.5 7.8 8.5
EE Mobile 3G/4G/5GC (1.2)Down 3.6 7.4 25.2 38.7 57.2 80.4
  Up 0.5 0.9 5.1 8.7 15.5 18.9
Vodafone Superfast 1 FTTC 40/10A (0.4)Down 11 15.6 25 24.2 34.1 36.8
  Up 2.3 3.3 5.3 5.4 7.6 8.4
Other Providers FTTC 40/10A (0.4)Down 8.5 13 23.9 23.2 34.9 36.9
  Up 1.9 3 5.7 5.7 8.5 8.9
Sky Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.4)Down 8.5 13 23.9 23.2 34.9 36.9
  Up 1.9 3 5.7 5.7 8.5 8.9
Vodafone WholesaleA (0.5)Down 1.8 4.2 20.9 28.1 45.5 62.9
  Up 0.6 0.7 5.4 7.8 12 17.9
Three Mobile 3G/4G/5GC (1.6)Down 1.6 3.5 12.3 27.9 35.6 56.2
  Up 0.5 0.8 2.4 5.9 10.5 15.4
Vodafone Mobile 3G/4G/5GD (1.7)Down 2.2 4.4 11 23.6 33.5 53.9
  Up 0.5 0.9 2.5 6.1 9.9 17
O2 Mobile 3G/4G/5GC (1.5)Down 1.8 3.4 9.7 17.2 26.3 43.5
  Up 0.5 1 2.2 4 5.9 10.9
Zen Internet ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 1.4 3 8.8 9.4 14.4 17.9
  Up 0.3 0.5 0.7 0.7 0.8 1
Sky ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 0.9 2.3 6.5 7.5 12.9 15.7
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.9 1
Plusnet ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.8)Down 1 2.2 6.4 7.6 13.2 16.5
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.9 1
TalkTalk ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 1.1 2.3 6.4 7.2 12.2 14.8
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.8
Post Office ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 1.2 2.5 6.2 7.2 11 15.5
  Up 0.4 0.5 0.7 0.6 0.7 0.8
EE ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.9)Down 1.1 2.3 5.9 7.1 12.1 15.1
  Up 0.3 0.5 0.7 0.7 0.9 1
Vodafone ADSL2+B (0.9)Down 0.9 1.8 5.6 7 12.1 16
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.7 0.9 1.2
BT ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.9)Down 0.9 1.8 5.3 6.7 11.5 14.7
  Up 0.2 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.9 1

The range of speeds from the top of the table to the bottom should be no surprise but it does highlight the difficulties those who are left with ADSL/ADSL2+ as their own fixed line broadband option.

The five providers with the most speed tests in descending order in December 2020 was BT, Sky, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Plusnet. This reflects the expected order apart from Plusnet who jump over EE, for Plusnet we see double the number of speed tests than we do for EE. This probably reflects the difference in demographics of Plusnet users i.e. much more engaged online.

In terms of broadband packages the ten most popular packages in descending order in December 2020 were:

  1. Sky Fibre FTTC 40/10
  2. BT Superfast 1 FTTC 55/10 and Essential 40/10
  3. Virgin Media M200 DOCSIS 3.0 cable
  4. Sky Fibre Max FTTC 80/20
  5. BT Superfast 2 FTTC 80/20
  6. Virgin Media M100 DOCSIS 3.0 cable
  7. Sky ADSL2+
  8. TalkTalk Fibre FTTC 40/10
  9. BT ADSL/ADSL2+
  10. Plusnet Fibre FTTC 40/10

With Full Fibre services now available to 19.14% of UK premises we are probably still some way from any FTTP packages appearing in this top 10. Predictions are always difficult a FTTP service appearing in this top ten most popular packages is probably not going to happen until late 2023.

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