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Top 9 UK Fastest Broadband ISPs by Internet Speed for June 2012

Tuesday, Jul 3rd, 2012 (1:37 am) - Score 5,117

The latest anecdotal monthly consumer broadband ISP speed testing results from Broadband.co.uk, which covers the past month of June 2012, reveals that the average UK internet download speed has shot up yet again from 15.286Mbps (Megabits per second) during May 2012 to 17.662Mbps now.

Meanwhile the national average upload speed saw a moderate fall from 2.291Mbps to 2.100Mbps over the same period. As usual Virgin Media remains the fastest broadband ISP for download speed at 30.106Mbps (up from 24.338Mbps last month), while Eclipse Internet (16.434Mbps) has leapfrogged over BT (14.984Mbps) to take 2nd place.

The story for upload speed is somewhat reversed, with BT delivering the fastest upstream performance of 3.267Mbps (down from 3.745Mbps last month) and Eclipse Internet (3.073Mbps) following in 2nd place; Virgin Media was just a little way behind (2.630Mbps). Most other ISPs tend to be disproportionately slower than the top three; often due to a lack of superfast broadband or limited uptake with similar services (e.g. TalkTalk has just 9,000 FTTC subscribers).

Top 9 UK ISPs – Download Speed (Megabits/sec)
1. Virgin Media – 30.106Mbps
2. Eclipse Internet – 16.434Mbps
3. BT – 14.984Mbps
4. PlusNet – 7.947Mbps
5. O2 (BE Broadband) – 6.874Mbps
6. Sky Broadband – 6.468Mbps
7. TalkTalk / Tiscali – 5.693Mbps
8. Orange UK – 4.899Mbps
9. AOL – 3.664Mbps

Top 9 UK ISPs – Upload Speed (Megabits/sec)
1. BT – 3.267Mbps
2. Eclipse Internet – 3.073Mbps
3. Virgin Media – 2.630Mbps
4. O2 (BE Broadband) – 0.905Mbps
5. Sky Broadband – 0.675Mbps
6. TalkTalk / Tiscali – 0.648Mbps
7. PlusNet – 0.627Mbps
8. Orange UK – 0.546Mbps
9. AOL – 0.539Mbps

As usual readers must take anecdotal data like this with a huge pinch of salt. Every home is different and performance can be affected by all sorts of issues, many of which are beyond the ISPs ability to control. We do not consider the above table to be a reliable barometer for individual users but it can help to reflect overall market changes.

In addition this list only includes the largest ISPs that deliver broadband services on a truly national scale and thus account for roughly 95% of the UK’s consumer fixed line broadband market.

By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on X (Twitter), Mastodon, Facebook and .
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