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The Fastest 7 Big UK Home Broadband ISPs for July 2013

Friday, August 2nd, 2013 (1:34 am) - Score 1,960

The latest anecdotal monthly study of fixed line consumer broadband ISP speeds in the United Kingdom has revealed that the average internet download speed during July 2013 was 18.662Mbps, which is up from 18.365Mbps in June. By contrast the average upload speed hit 3.338Mbps (up from 2.882Mbps in June).

This month the Broadband.co.uk sourced data saw PlusNet overtake Sky Broadband for overall download performance and return to the top three after a brief dip. But otherwise the table remains broadly unchanged over June 2013 (here) and Virgin Media seems to be settling in at the top with a speed that tends to hover around 38Mbps.

Meanwhile BT improved its upload performance to both retain the top spot and crack the 5Mbps milestone.

Top 7 UK ISPs – Download Speed (Megabits per second)
1. Virgin Media – 38.073Mbps
2. BT – 17.890Mbps
3. PlusNet – 13.650Mbps
4. Sky Broadband – 9.908Mbps
5. TalkTalk (Tiscali) – 7.975Mbps
6. EE (Orange UK) – 7.712Mbps
7. O2 (BE Broadband) – 7.699Mbps

Top 7 UK ISPs – Upload Speed
1. BT – 5.056Mbps
2. Virgin Media – 4.397Mbps
3. PlusNet – 3.273Mbps
4. Sky Broadband – 1.600Mbps
5. EE (Orange) – 1.368Mbps
6. TalkTalk (Tiscali) – 0.946Mbps
7. O2 (BE Broadband) – 0.798Mbps

Disclaimer: Always 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.

On top of that the faster speeds from the latest “superfast” technologies (FTTC, FTTP etc.) can have a very disproportionate impact compared with the older and often significantly slower copper-based ADSL2+ services that are still used by most homes. Sadly the table doesn’t include smaller ISPs because they don’t produce enough data.

Take note that O2 and BE will continue to be listed separately from Sky Broadband until the physical network migration process formally begins.

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15 Responses
  1. hmm says:

    IT,s always the main stream isps in these results the smaller isps can match these big time

  2. Mark Jackson says:

    The problem is having 5 or 10 speed tests from a small ISP is pretty useless next to tens or hundreds of thousands of results for the big providers.

    1. Martin Pitt - Aquiss says:


      Who is providing you with these results?

    2. Mark Jackson says:

      First time I forgot to include that in years. Added.

  3. Mark says:

    Well done to Virgin, the only provider that on average truly provide “Next gen” download speeds

    1. New_Londoner says:

      What is your view on Virgin’s “Next Gen” jitter and latency? Or should that be last gen?

      In reality, no idea why people bother commenting on these results as there are far too many variables for them to be considered reliable. You’d only draw conclusions from the results if you wanted to reinforce any preconceived views you might have, not because of the validity of the methodology or data produced.

    2. FibreFred says:

      And the average speeds of FTTC are?

    3. Mark says:

      Latency varies area to area on any network, BT FTTC has its own latency and congestion issues in some parts of the country at peak times, including mine. Average speeds of FTTC is anyones guess. Did Virgin previously fire you or something to keep spinning that yarn?

      According to Ofcoms reports though Virgin is also the fastest.

    4. DanielM says:

      Virgins Jitter and latency has improved alot.

      During the evenings i would get 16-18ms Latency and around 1& Jitter
      During the night and morning 16ms latency and 0 jitter

      Real improvement.

    5. FibreFred says:

      In your area maybe DanielM, we’ll have to see what the next Ofcom reports say

    6. Mark says:

      Will say the same as the last 3 reports…. Virgin is the fastest LOL

    7. New_Londoner says:

      Actually Mark it will prob repeat previous findings that Virgin is fastest for download speeds, FTTx is better for upload, Virgin suffers from congestion. It will also show virtually no growth in the cable network, a continuing decline in market share for Virgin.

    8. FibreFred says:

      Yep, if you want a fastest download service that you can only use at its maximum for a fraction of the day and want a highest latency , highest packet loss and highest DNS resolution/DNS failure rates (all sourced from Ofcom)

      Then Virgin is your winner hands down 😉

  4. Olorin says:

    When BT Retail split in to BT Consumer and BT Business, will we see separate speeds for each? I suppose this would be dependent on BT Retail splitting their IP subnets in to Consumer and Business blocks?

  5. ant says:

    Congrats to Virgin on winning in this report and Ofcoms latest

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