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The Fastest 7 Big UK Home Broadband ISPs for July 2013

Friday, Aug 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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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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