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

Tuesday, July 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.

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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 Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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10 Responses
  1. Deduction says:

    FTTC on average download wise must be very slow I gather those results must be factored into this as no other package on BT can achieve 3+Mb uprates.

  2. Phil says:

    1. BT – 3.267Mbps

    seem so slow for fttc upload (BT now have up to 20 Meg upload but 3.267Mbps is pretty poor)

    1. Mark Jackson says:

      It’s an average Phil, thus the result has to be weighted in favour of BT’s ADSL and ADSL2+ based subscribers (majority) with slower upstream speeds.

  3. Phil says:

    Mark – ADSL and ADSL2+ never have any product of more than 1.4Mbps upload

    1. Mark Jackson says:

      Yeah exactly my point 🙂 . Let’s also not forget that BT has yet to move everybody over from the 2Mbps upload FTTC packages of old but the vast majority are still ADSL/ADSL2+ based anyway.

      In any case we’re talking anecdotal data here and average real-world experiences that vary a lot from advertised reality, which is common.

  4. Deduction says:

    It still makes no sense mark. Using rough figures…
    BT have 6 million total broadband customers
    Around 600,000 have FTTC
    Thats 5.4 million on ADSL/ADSL2+

    The max upload rate on ADSL2+ which lets be kind enough to say around 5.4 million have (even though some are still stuck on 448k ADSL) is approx 1.5Mb

    Then lets say again being rough 100,000 FTTC users are still stuck on 2Mb uploads, that leaves 500,000 FTTC with (again to be kind a full 20Mb) upload.

    A little simple maths, and its quite clear the average of that little lot doesnt equal anything near 3.x Mb

    When you also factor in the download speeds and do a similar calculation for that its clear something is very amiss with those figures.

    1. Mark Jackson says:

      It’s not worth trying to make sense of “anecdotal” based studies where you can’t even see the dispersal of technology used or performance in the study itself 🙂 . It is what it is, applicable unto itself.

      Coming soon.. Ofcom’s latest broadband speeds report.

  5. Deduction says:

    Ofcoms report will be interesting to see if they try to bundle all the speeds into a single average or keep things separate 🙂

  6. Darren says:

    For me, their tester consistently comes up 3Mb short on the upload. If they sort that out the upload averages would be more accurate (not that their meant to be).

    1. Deduction says:

      This isnt based on “checker” results.

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