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Top 8 UK Fastest Broadband ISPs by Internet Speed for September 2012

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 (7:40 am) - Score 5,244
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The latest summary of anecdotal consumer broadband ISP speed testing data from Broadband.co.uk, which covers the previous month of September 2012, reveals that the average internet download speed has increased slightly from 16.720Mbps (Megabits per second) in August to top 17Mbps now.

Elsewhere the average internet upload speed hit 1.976Mbps (practically unchanged from 2.009Mbps in the previous month) and Virgin Media remains the fastest overall ISP for both download (32.935Mbps) and upload (2.784Mbps) performance; this is largely thanks to Virgin’s free double speed upgrade (due to be completed by mid-2013).

BT, Eclipse Internet and now PlusNet have also continued to put in a good showing, which is all thanks to the growing adoption and coverage of their superfast broadband (FTTC) packages. But faster speeds tend to have a disproportionate effect as fewer customers will have a bigger impact on the overall average vs older and significantly slower ADSL2+ based services.

On the other hand TalkTalk has had a similar superfast broadband service for quite awhile and yet it hasn’t showed in their results. This is largely because of low take-up, which is perhaps partly due to the ISP being budget-focused and only offering FTTC as a premium “boost” instead of its own unique product (could be confusing). Meanwhile Sky only recently launched their FTTC service and thus it’s still too early for it to have much of an impact.

Top 8 UK ISPs – Download Speed (Megabits/sec)
1. Virgin Media – 32.935Mbps
2. Eclipse Internet – 14.342Mbps
3. BT – 13.431Mbps
4. PlusNet – 11.249Mbps
5. O2 (BE Broadband) – 7.107Mbps
6. Sky Broadband – 6.881Mbps
7. TalkTalk / Tiscali – 5.658Mbps
8. Orange UK – 4.573Mbps

Top 8 UK ISPs – Upload Speed (Megabits/sec)
1. Virgin Media – 2.784Mbps
2. BT – 2.691Mbps
3. Eclipse Internet – 2.371Mbps
4. PlusNet – 1.498Mbps
5. O2 (BE Broadband) – 0.887Mbps
6. Sky Broadband – 0.827Mbps
7. TalkTalk / Tiscali – 0.730Mbps
8. Orange UK – 0.620Mbps

We recommend that readers take anecdotal data like this with a big 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 data to be a reliable barometer for individual users but it can be used to highlight other changes in the market. In addition the table does not include smaller ISPs because they simply don’t produce enough data for an effective comparison.

Readers should also check out Ofcom’s latest August 2012 Broadband ISP Speeds Study because it contains a lot of useful information about the country’s internet connectivity performance across different ISPs and technology types.

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11 Responses
  1. Avatar Deduction

    3rd straight month virgin win again.

    • Avatar New_Londoner

      Did you even read the penultimate paragraph? This is not a scientific survey so difficult to see how anyone can “win” it.

  2. Avatar Deduction

    Did you read the last one where they also win fastest in the Ofcom results.

    Virgin win and everyday now shows FTTC is not as wonderful as BT and you suggested it would be.

  3. Avatar New_Londoner

    Presumably you’re continuing to ignore the detail in the Ofcom report highlighting the failings in the Virgin network relating to latency, jitter etc? Funny that!

    Meanwhile, back on topic, you need to understand that the table in the story is generated from an unrepresentative sample of users measuring performance under unscientific conditions with the potential for a range of extraneous factors influencing the results. Apart from that, what’s not to like!

    If you want to comment on such stories its important you understand the limitations of the data you’re commenting upon first.

  4. Avatar Deduction

    quote”Presumably you’re continuing to ignore the detail in the Ofcom report”

    Yep like you ignoring BT based FTTC advertised at UPTO (potentially illegal in itself) 80Mb only runs at 50 odd Mb on average.

    So where were we before you tried to bring it off topic again…. and what was the story about again? Ah thats right speed…….. VIRGIN WINS AGAIN. Jog on.

    • Avatar New_Londoner

      knowing that you like passing comment on meaningless data, drawing conclusions where none is possible, and realising statistics is something of a blindspot for you, I saw this and thought immediatly of you for some reason:


      No need to thank me!

      I think you will find it incredibly helpful, and will come to understand why statements such as your about “winners” are totally misplaced when looking at data such as that featured in this story. Invest some time reading this and I really believe you’ll gain knowledge that will be useful later in life.

  5. Avatar Deduction

    Virgin is faster and your attempt BT trolling to distract from the facts wont alter it.

    • Avatar New_Londoner

      To get this back on topic, I suggest we pause until you’ve had a chance to read and absorb the content of your new book. Once you’ve done that I have every confidence that you will realise you could not draw such a conclusion (or indeed any other conclusion) from the “data” presented in the original story as it is simply not reliable.

    • Avatar Deduction

      Awww U mad bro (AGAIN)

    • Avatar New_Londoner

      I see what you did there, trying to take this off topic again. How’s the homework going?

  6. Avatar Deduction

    Awww you still Mad Bro?

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