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Broadband Provider package speeds in March 2021

The March speed test results look a little different at the top of the table as Virgin Media with its Gig1 service has managed to jump above the full fibre providers it is usually competing with. The Gig1 service is a DOCSIS 3.1 based service for the download side and the vast bulk of the Virgin Media network is still and will remain a fibre/coax hybrid system. The upload is still constrained by use of the DOCSIS 3.0 protocol but we expect that change once the DOCSIS 3.1 roll-out across the UK is completed.

We should also mention that a regular at the top of the table which is the Hyperoptic Gigabit product is not present because the number of tests was too low to provide meaningful statistics. The Hyperoptic 500 Mbps service is showing good numbers, so it may be that the price point and 500 Mbps appeals more to the wider public, or those with the Gigabit package are busy with other things.

A reminder on the quality scoring this is looking at the consistency of speed during the download phase of our speed test, so if a 900 Mbps service reaches that speed very quickly and holds that speed for 8 seconds you will get an A grade. Similarly someone with a much slower 15 Mbps service who flat lines the 15 Mbps figure will also score an A. The extra variables around the cellular network which means speeds go up and down a lot more explain why the four UK mobile operators generally score around a C grade.

UK Broadband Providers and Services in March 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%
Virgin Media Gig1 DOCSIS 3.1A (0.2)Down 586.1 601 653.7 705.7 869.1 911.7
  Up 19 26 42.6 40.9 51.9 53
BT 900 Full FibreA (0.1)Down 232.6 406.8 594.3 601.7 880.2 906.5
  Up 77.8 82.7 102.4 100.9 117.3 128.4
Virgin Media 500 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 cableA (0.2)Down 382.34 384.4 425.1 446.4 527.2 544.4
  Up 18.8 27.3 35.4 33.3 39.2 44
Community FIbre Gigabit Full FibreA (0.1)Down 286.2 309.4 359.5 422.6 533 687.5
  Up 128.7 144.7 265.5 270.2 361.4 452.3
Gigaclear GO 900 Full FibreA (0.1)Down 324.1 332 341.8 405 449.8 539.1
  Up 151.8 234.8 276.6 343.2 598.7 736.7
Hyperoptic 500 Mbps Full FibreA (0.2)Down 162.7 167.7 298.7 311 455.2 485.3
    Up 50.5 52.9 62.1 61.2 70.5 72.6
BT 500 Mbps Full FibreA (0.2)Down 146.8 199.2 294.2 298.5 386.2 439.4
    Up 50.5 52.9 62.1 61.2 70.5 72.6
Virgin Media 350 Mbps cable DOCSIS 3.0A (0.5)Down 103.7 143.6 228.5 232.9 320.1 359.1
  Up 20.8 24.7 32.8 30.6 35.9 36.6
Vodafone Gigafast (CityFibre) Full Fibre All SpeedsA (0.4)Down 58.8 93.9 217.7 284.7 460.5 534.4
  Up 23.4 36.5 56.6 138.9 234.1 415.5
Gigaclear GO 300 Full FibreA (0.2)Down 111.7 130.9 187.5 186.6 249.1 273.2
  Up 59 88.1 138.8 148 228.6 260.9
TalkTalk UFO Fibre Nation (CityFibre) Full Fibre All SpeedsA (0.2)Down 86.2 95.6 172.4 227.2 267.3 456.5
  Up 24.3 28.3 57.5 112.7 74.2 470.1
Community Fibre 200 Mbps Full FibreA (0.1)Down 110.3 146.7 158.1 169 209.8 221.8
  Up 90.2 109.3 146 140.1 160.9 180.7
B4RNB (0.8)Down 37.1 55.5 156 264.8 390.2 574.3
  Up 39.8 66.1 159.9 248.2 358.2 578.1
BT Ultrafast 2 300 Mbps Full FibreA (0.2)Down 50.1 72.1 150.4 164.3 261.1 286.5
  Up 30.2 30.8 42.7 40.3 48 48.8
EE G.fast All SpeedsA (0.1)Down 104.4 131.5 148.5 171.8 209.1 303.4
  Up 20.4 21.7 27.9 31.9 46.2 46.4
Zen Internet (Openreach) Full Fibre All SpeedsA (0.2)Down 59.1 75.5 146.4 222.1 357.7 491.3
  Up 15.7 18.9 42.4 61.4 92.1 114.4
BT G.fast All SpeedsA (0.1)Down 94.7 105.2 132.8 153.7 182.8 269
  Up 21.2 25.3 27.9 30.7 42.6 45.3
TalkTalk G.fast All SpeedsA (0.2)Down 88.4 96.7 123.3 122.2 145.2 150.8
  Up 18.7 21.1 26.2 32.9 27.4 28.4
Sky (Openreach) Full Fibre All SpeedsA (0.4)Down 85.3 88.9 118.8 140.2 135 141.6
  Up 18.7 21.1 26.2 32.9 27.4 28.4
Virgin Media 200 Mbps cable DOCSIS 3.0A (0.3)Down 62.2 79,9 110.4 120.4 173.2 212.9
  Up 8.8

9.4

10.4 13.9 20.2 21
BT Ultrafast 1 160 Mbps Full FibreA (0.2)Down 50.6 73.1 110.1 105.8 143.4 147
  Up 22.4 25 28.2 26.8 29.3 29.6
Wessex InternetA(0.1)Down 19.5 27.8 100.9 107.7 134 224.1
  Up 7.3 9.2 13.3 29.6 30.6 44.3
Vodafone Gigafast (Openreach) Full Fibre All SpeedsA (0.1)Down 22.6 37.4 72.8 149 132.9 346.7
  Up 4.1 6.7 18.9 53.4 66.1 77.4
TalkTalk (Openreach) Full Fibre All SpeedsA (0.2)Down 22 31.6 70.7 78.5 109.5 139,.6
  Up 4.7 7.9 15.5 19.3 24.9 38.7
Hyperoptic 150 Mbps Full FibreA (0.7)Down 30.5 46.6 67.8 83.5 141.2 163.4
  Up 6.3 12.5 41.5 57 94.7 156
BT Superfast 2 80/20 Full FibreA (0.1)Down 43 49.1 66.2 60.4 72.1 72.9
  Up 12.3 14.7 18.5 17.5 19.9 20.5
Gigaclear GO 100 Full Fibre A (0.1)Down 33.8 42.7 63.7 66.5 94.3 99.8
  Up 29.6 33.6 55 58.7 85.6 91.4
KCOM Lightstream Full Fibre All SpeedsA (0.4)Down 11.8 24.6 57.4 111.9 172.8 299.1
  Up 7.1 9.8 20.4 24.9 33.5 36.1
Zen Internet FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 34 41.6 57.3 55.2 72.1 74.3
  Up 9.2 11.1 15.9 14.7 18.1 18.4
BT Superfast 2 FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 37.8 43.8 55.3 55.1 69.4 72.4
  Up 10.2 12 16.4 15.3 18 18.4
EE Fibre Plus FTTC 80/20A (0.1)Down 34.9 40.7 55.1 53.6 67.8 72.7
  Up 10 11.7 16.3 15.2 18.1 18.4
Vodafone Superfast 2 80/20 FTTCA (0.1)Down 37.6 41.6 53.9 54.2 68.9 73.1
  Up 7.9 10.3 15.9 14.4 18 18.7
TalkTalk Fibre Plus 80/20 FTTCA (0.1)Down 37 40.5 52.9 53.1 68 73.2
  Up 8.9 10.9 16.4 14.9 18.2 18.7
Plusnet Fibre Extra 80/20 FTTCA (0.1)Down 30.1 39.6 50.9 51.4 67.4 72.1
  Up 9.2 10.6 15.3 14.3 18 18.3
Sky Fibre Max FTTC 80/20A (0.2)Down 31.1 38.4 50.4 50.1 64.3 69.8
  Up 9.8 11.1 15.9 14.7 17.9 18.3
Other Providers 80/20 FTTCA (0.1)Down 31.6 37.4 50.3 52.5 68.6 72.9
  Up 8.7 10.2 15.9 14.7 17.9 18.3
Virgin Media BusinessA (0.7)Down 5 12 43.7 88.4 110.3 261.1
  Up 0.7 1.8 9.1 25.3 39.6 62.5
BT Essential/Fibre 1 Full FIbre 40/10 and 55/10A (0.4)Down 13.2 18.9 32.9 31.9 46.9 50.4
  Up 2.8 4.1 7.4 6.9 9.7 10
Vodafone WholesaleA (0.3)Down 3.8 13 32.6 50.9 61.9 73.4
  Up 0.7 1 8.9 21.8 18.1 19.1
TalkTalk BusinessA (0.3)Down 6.2 12.7 31 31.9 45.2 61.1
  Up 0.7 2.2 7.3 8.5 16.2 18.2
Virgin Media 100 cable DOCSIS 3.0B (1.1)Down 7.3 14 30.8 32.5 48.5 54.4
  Up 1.4 2.6 5.2 5.5 8.6 9.6
Airband Fixed Wireless and Full FibreB (1.1)Down 21.4 24.5 29.3 43.7 40.7 98.1
  Up 3.2 6.3 8.9 14.4 17.2 35.9
Post Office 40/10 FTTCA (0.4)Down 15.7 20.5 29.2 27.9 36.5 36.9
  Up 2.9 4.5 6.7 6.5 8.8 8.9
EE Mobile 3G/4G/5GC (1.2)Down 5.2 9.9 29.1 41.4 61.6 84.3
  Up 0.6 1.3 6.2 9.7 16.7 19.4
BT Essential/Fibre 1 FTTC 40/10 and 55/10A (0.3)Down 12.5 16.8 28.3 27.9 37.8 44.5
  Up 2.4 3.4 5.5 5.5 7.9 8.6
Zen Internet 40/10 FTTCA (0.2)Down 13.6 18.4 28.1 26.5 36.1 37
  Up 2.3 3.8 6 5.9 8.4 9
EE Fibre 40/10 FTTCA (0.3)Down 13.3 17.2 27.6 25.9 35 36.9
  Up 2.6 3.7 5.4 5.5 7.6 8.5
TalkTalk Fibre 35 FTTC 40/10A (0.3)Down 11.8 16.6 27.2 25.8 35.8 37.1
  Up 2.5 3.6 5.7 5.7 8.2 8.6
Vodafone Superfast 1 40/40 FTTCA (0.4)Down 11 16.1 25.9 24.6 33.5 36.8
  Up 2.2 3.2 5.3 5.3 7.6 8.3
Plusnet Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.3)Down 12.3 16.9 25.2 24.8 34.3 36.7
  Up 2.4 3.5 5.6 5.5 7.9 8.6
Sky Fibre FTTC 40/10A (0.6)Down 9.3 14.5 24 23.1 32.4 35.3
  Up 2.4 3.3 5.1 5.2 7.4 8.3
Other Providers FTTC 40/10A (0.3)Down 9.5 13.5 23.5 23.5 34.8 36.7
  Up 2.1 3.1 5.5 5.6 8.2 8.8
three mobile 3G/4G/5GC (1.5)Down 1.9 4.2 13.5 30.5 39.9 68.2
  Up 0.5 0.9 2.8 6.7 11.3 16.9
Vodafone mobile 3G/4G/5GD (1.9)Down 2.1 4.5 12.4 28 38.1 74.9
  Up 0.5 1.1 3.2 6.5 11 16.7
O2 mobile 3G/4G/5GC (1.6)Down 1.5 3 9.4 15.7 23.9 34.6
  Up 0.4 0.9 2 4.1 6.7 11.3
Vodafone ADSL2+B (0.9)Down 1.1 2 7.8 8.3 14.2 17.1
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.7 1 1.1
Zen Internet ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.8)Down 1.3 3 7.6 7.7 12 13.7
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.9 0.0
Sky ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 1.5 2.7 7.1 8 13.8 16.4
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.9 1
Plusnet ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.8)Down 1.1 2.4 6.8 7.9 13.7 16.4
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.6 0.9 1
EE ADSL/ADSL2+B (0.9)Down 1 2.5 6.5 7.5 12.3 15.5
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.7 0.9 1
TalkTalk ADSL2+A (0.6)Down 1.2 2.5 6.4 7.3 12.5 15.1
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.8 0.9
BT ADSL/ADSL2+B (1.0)Down 1 2.1 5.7 7 12 15.8
  Up 0.3 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.9 1
Post Office ADSL2+A (0.7)Down 1.5 2.8 5.6 6.6 11 13
  Up 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.7

Comments

I have Virgin M350
You state that it is not full-fibre and yet when it was installed I watched them blow fibre right to the box on the wall. The only coax was a metre that ran through the wall to the box inside.
Where else is there no fibre on the network it would be interesting to know?
I usually get about 380 mbps down and 37 mbps up.

  • kodlum
  • 11 days ago

It is not full fibre as Virgin Media use RFoG which is Radio Frequency over Glass.
So all they are doing is updating their network to run over fibre for more of the distance to the customer.
It is not full fibre as their is still copper used before it gets to the NTE (the Cable Modem).
I personally get over 600MBps on my cable modem and mine is coaxial cable back to the street cabinet

Thanks
Dan

  • danielhyde
  • 11 days ago

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