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Broadband Provider package speeds in February 2021

The top of our monthly speed test results table features the usual suspects with very good speeds but that is only part of the story, hence why our test results table is so large every month.

Take-up of the various faster products is a slow process and the lockdown that has marked 2021 so far will be slowing down the adoption of full fibre options where work needs to be done in the home. Looking at the ten most popular products we saw in February in descending order of popularity based on speed test volume we saw:

  1. Virgin Media 200 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 Cable
  2. Sky Fibre 40/10 FTTC
  3. BT Essential/Fibre 1 FTTC 40/10 and 55/10
  4. Virgin Media 100 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 Cable
  5. Sky FIbre Max 80/20 FTTC
  6. BT Fibre 2 FTTC 80/20
  7. TalkTalk Fibre 35 FTTC 40/10
  8. Sky ADSL2+
  9. Plusnet Fibre FTTC 40/10
  10. BT ADSL/ADSL2+
UK Broadband Providers and Services in February 2021
(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 596.7 624.3 731.5 715.7 786.2 880.2
  Up 300.8 315.7 439.9 457.6 568.4 620.2
Virgin Media Gig1 DOCSIS 3.1A (0.3)Down 580.9 602.7 661.6 729.6 913.9 927.4
  Up 20.5 30.2 41.8 42 51.9 52.9
BT 900 Full FibreA (0.2)Down 347.5 434.3 621.5 636.8 896.5 914.4
  Up 76.1 81.6 101.3 117.4 118.1 132
Virgin Media 500 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 cableA (0.2)Down 382.3 385.1 426 443.9 515.2 537.7
  Up 18 24.2 34.7 32.6 38.2 43.7
Community FIbre Gigabit Full FibreA (0.2)Down 302.3 331.3 418 484.5 651.8 815.9
  Up 135 144.4 254 279.5 390.3 482.2
Gigaclear GO 900 Full FibreA (0.1)Down 324.3 324.9 340.4 366.3 365.8 488.7
  Up 219.9 225.9 257.9 316.5 318.1 596.2
BT 500 Full FibreA (0.2)Down 94.1 154.9 301.9 281.3 367.1 406.4
    Up 50.2 51.6 60.3 59.9 70.1 74
County Broadband Full FibreA (0.2)Down 107 133.7 264.4 263.7 384.2 429.8
    Up 35.7 61.3 126.5 127.4 164 230.2
Hyperoptic 500 Mbps Full FibreA (0.2)Down 159.4 165.3 251.6 286.1 412.6 489.4
  Up 179 188.7 216.5 246.4 288.4 346.3
Virgin Media 350 Mbps cable DOCSIS 3.0A (0.5)Down 102.9 139.1 223.2 227.3 317.9 353.6
  Up 20.6 24.6 32.3 30.2 35.7 36.3
Vodafone Gigafast (CityFibre) Full Fibre All SpeedsA (0.3)Down 54.4 65.6 207.8 288.8 516.8 752
  Up 23.3 27.5 60.8 153.8 264.5 452
Gigaclear GO 300 Full FibreA (0.2)Down 101.2 114.3 169.9 174.3 224.9 266.1
  Up 61.9 101.6 122.5 145.1 188.1 254.1
Zen Internet (Openreach) Full Fibre All SpeedsA (0.2)Down 45.9 73.3 168.1 264.7 490.8 687.9
  Up 17.3 19.4 55.2 68.4 94.4 115.1
BT Ultrafast 2 300 Mbps Full FibreA (0.2)Down 52.3 77 157.1 168 266.9 292.4
  Up 30.1 30.5 39.8 38.9 48.2 49
Community Fibre 200 Mbps Full FibreA (0.1)Down 118 147 156.2 155.1 158.6 187.7
  Up 80.5 109.2 152.8 138.6 159.7 161.4
TalkTalk G.fast All SpeedsA (0.1)Down 97.9 104.3 137.4 128.6 148.2 151.2
  Up 18.9 25.7 28.3 28.1 29.1 39.1
BT G.fast All SpeedsA (0.1)Down 93.5 101.1 134 149.6 199.4 258.8
  Up 19.5 25.4 28.1 30.5 41.4 45.9
TalkTalk UFO Fibre Nation (CityFibre) Full Fibre All SpeedsA (0.3)Down 91.2 93.8 121.1 171.5 187.7 289.5
  Up 21.4 28 39.2 70.1 67.6 90.6
Virgin Media 200 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 CableA (0.3)Down 62.8 76.8 109.9 118.5 167.4 211.2
  Up 8.6 9.3 10.3 13.7 20.1 20.9
BT Ultrafast 1 160 Mbps Full FibreA (0.2)Down 47.2 61.5 106.8 100.7 138.9 146.4
  Up 22.4 25.4 28.4 26.7 29.3 29.7
Wessex InternetA (0.2)Down 23.4 41.2 94.7 93.8 107.5 113.6
  Up 5.2 9.1 13 14.6 20.9 22.2
Fibre Nest Persimmon Full FibreA (0.2)Down 8.5 10.6 90.7 109.4 164.9 220.1
  Up 1

3.8

10.1 19.8 24.6 41.2
Vodafone Gigafast Openreach All Speeds Full FibreA (0.2)Down 25.9 32 72.9 152.8 224.7 449.1
  Up 5.3 8.1 19.6 71.3 54 284.7
Gigaclear GO 100 Full FibreA(0.3)Down 36.9 42 65.1 67.6 93.8 101.9
  Up 31.6 33.6 53.6 54.5 77 90.3
BT Superfast 2 80/20 Full FibreA (0.1)Down 40.3 48.4 64.4 59.8 72.5 73.2
  Up 11.3 13.3 18.5 17.1 20.1 20.6
Hyperoptic 150 Mbps Full FibreA (0.7)Down 30.4 40.2 62.9 84.4 152 162
  Up 6.2 10.4 47.7 63.4 110.5 165
Zen Internet FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 35.7 39.6 56.6 54.9 71.2 74
  Up 9.1 10.8 15.7 14.6 18.1 18.4
KCOM Lightstream Full Fibre All SpeedsA (0.5)Down 23.9 30.7 56.5 92.8 145.8 224.5
  Up 4.9 8.1 21.7 23.1 35.2 36.6
Sky Full Fibre GEA-FTTP All Speeds A (0.6)Down 15.5 24.5 55.8 57.9 83.4 108.4
  Up 4.3 6.4 14.9 14.4 20.1 24.9
BT Fibre 2 FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 37
43.2 55.1
54.8 68.4 71.7
  Up 10.2 11.8 16.4 15.3 18 18.4
EE Fibre Plus FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 38.1 42.1 54 53.7 68.1 71.9
  Up 9.8 11.4 16.3 15.1 18.2 18.5
TalkTalk Fibre Plus FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 35.6 39 52.3 52.1 67.3 73.3
  Up 9.5 11.1 16.1 14.9 18.2 18.6
Vodafone Superfast 2 FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 33.9 40.1 52.2 52.3 67 72.2
  Up 8.7 10.3 15.8 14.4 18 18.6
Fibrus Full Fibre All SpeedsC (1.4)Down 25.7 28.8 50.6 59.4 88.4 96.3
  Up 6 20.1 40.5 51.4 71.5 101.8
Plusnet Fibre Extra FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 28 38.4 50.5 50.4 66 71.3
  Up 8.9 10.5 15.4 14.3 18.1 18.5
Other Providers FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 24.3 32.9 49.4 49 65.8 71.6
  Up 9.2 10.3 15.5 14.4 18 18.8
Sky Fibre Max FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 30.9 38.4 49.3 49.6 63.5 69.5
  Up 9.7 10.9 15.7 14.6 17.9 18.2
Virgin Media BusinessA (0.7)Down 5.7 13.7 42.8 90.3 99.7 267.9
  Up 0.6 2 6.9 20.1 20.9 32.9
M247A (0.5)Down 11.4 16 42.1 107.9 109.2 333
  Up 1.3 3.6 10.2 43.1 22.1 123.4
TalkTalk Openreach Full Fibre All SpeedsA (0.3)Down 14 24.8 39.5 69.7 94.5 133.7
  Up 3.4 5.6 10.5 17 22 33.5
seethelight OFNL Full Fibre All SpeedsB(0.8)Down 9.3 12.7 37.8 60.4 68 114
  Up 2.7 4.1 11.8 17.3 20.4 27.3
BT Essential Fibre/Fibre 1 Full fibre 40/10 and 55/10A(0.2)Down 30.7 38.3 49.4 49.6 63.5 69.2
  Up 9.8 11 15.9 14.7 18 18.3
Gigaclear GO 100 Full FibreA(0.3)Down 21 26.7 48.5 53.4 85.8 93.8
  Up 13.7 23.4 42.4 45.9 69.5 84
seethelight OFNL Full FibreA(0.3)Down 12.6 21.6 48 64 94.8 115.5
  Up 5 8.1 12.7 22.8 23 39.3
Other Providers FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 21.7 29.8 45.3 47 65.7 72.5
  Up 7.6 9.8 15.1 13.9 18 18.4
TalkTalk Full Fibre GEA-FTTP All Speeds A (0.2)Down 13.5 19.8 37.3 90.3 104.8 328.8
  Up 3 3.7 10 23 25.6 54.3
Plusnet Full Fibre GEA-FTTP All SpeedsA (0.1)Down 14.4 19.6 35.8 49.3 71.3 95.1
  Up 2.3 4.4 12.5 13.3 18.4 20.8
BT Superfast 1 Full Fibre 55/10A (0.3)Down 16 21.9 34.6 33.7 47.7 50
  Up 3.4 4.6 8.2 7.4 9.8 10.2
Virgin Media 100 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 cableB (1.1)Down 7.2 13.9 30.2 32.6 48.1 55
  Up 1.3 2.3 5 5.3 8.3 9.6
Post Office FTTC 40/10A (0.2)Down 9.5 20.3 30.2 27.4 36.5 37.3
  Up 2.7 4.5 7 6.6 8.8 8.9
TalkTalk BusinessA (0.3)Down 6.8 12.7 29.9 32.5 47.1 61.9
  Up 0.6 2.1 8.3 8.8 15.9 17.8
BT Essential Fibre/Fibre 1 FTTC 40/10A (0.3)Down 12.6 17.3 28.4 28.1 38 44.8
  Up 2.4 3.4 5.6 5.6 8 8.6
Zen Internet FTTC 40/10A (0.1)Down 14.5 18.6 28.4 27.3 36.6 37.3
  Up 3.5 4.4 6.4 6.4 8.7 9.1
EE Mobile 3G/4G/5GB (1.0)Down 4.8 9.2 27.9 38.1 57.4 79.8
  Up 0.6 1.2 6 9 15.6 19.1
Vodafone Wholesale All SpeedsA (0.4)Down 3.4 8.9 27.9 52 56.3 72.3
  Up 0.6 0.9 8.1 23.6 17.8 27.7
TalkTalk Fibre 35 FTTC 40/10 A (0.4)Down 11.8 16.2 27.3 25.6 35.7 37.2
  Up 2.6 3.5 5.7 5.7 8.2 8.6
EE Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.3)Down 12.2 16.5 26.1 25.1 35.4 37
  Up 2.5 3.2 5.4 5.5 8 8.5
Vodafone Superfast 1 FTTC 40/10A (0.4)Down 11.1 15.7 25 24.3 33.9 36.5
  Up 2.2 3.5 5.5 5.4 7.4 8.3
Plusnet Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.3)Down 12 16.6 24.8 24.5 34.2 36.5
  Up 2.4 3.5 5.4 5.5 8 8.6
Other Providers FTTC 40/10A (0.4)Down 9.4 13.4 23.9 23.3 33.2 36.7
  Up 2.4 3.4 5.2 5.3 7.4 8.3
Sky Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.6)Down 9.7 14.4 23.8 23 32.1 35.2
  Up 2.4 3.4 5.2 5.3 7.4 8.3
three Mobile 3G/4G/5GC (1.5)Down 1.8 4 14 28.9 36.9 60.8
  Up 0.6 1 2.6 6.5 11.8 16.5
Vodafone Mobile 3G/4G/5GD (1.7)Down 2.3 4 12.5 27.3 36.7 71.1
  Up 0.6 1.2 3.5 6.7 11.9 17.2
O2 Mobile 3G/4G/5GD (1.6)Down 1.9 3.6 10.2 18.8 26.8 45.3
  Up 0.5 1 2.3 4.5 7.2 12
Vodafone ADSL2+B (0.8)Down 1.4 3.2 7.1 8.2 13.3 16.9
  Up 0.2 0.4 0.8 0.7 1 1.1
Zen Internet ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 1.2 3 7 8.1 13.2 17.6
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.9 1
Sky ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 1.4 2.8 6.8 7.9 13.5 16.2
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.9 1
EE ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.8)Down 0.9 2.6 6.7 7.8 13.1 16.6
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.7 0.9 1
Plusnet ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 1 2.5 6.6 7.8 13.3 16.3
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.6 0.9 1
TalkTalk ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 1.2 2.5 6.6 7.5 12.5 15.2
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.8 0.9
Post Office ADSL/ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 1 2.2 6.3 6.7 10.2 13.8
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.6 0.7 0.8
BT ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.9)Down 1 2.1 5.9 7.2 12.1 15.6
  Up 0.3 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.9 1

Comments

@thinkbroadband just looked I come under the top 20% for BT Superfast 2 80/20

  • @WorkingtonFibre
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  • 29 days ago

Which speaks volumes with 80/20 doesn't it.

  • buggerlugs
  • 26 days ago

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