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Plusnet, Vodafone and Virgin Media Win 2018 Broadband ISP Survey

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 (11:01 am) - Score 8,290

The annual Broadband Genie 2018 survey has today handed several awards to Plusnet, Vodafone and Virgin Media for taking the top spots in various different ISP performance categories. Overall budget ISP Plus.net scooped the most wins, as well as the headline ‘Best Broadband Provider‘ award.

As usual the Broadband Genie survey is largely based upon online feedback collected from 4,490 consumers in the UK (OnePoll), as well as data from just 9,000 speedtest results using the testing tool provided on their website (conducted throughout 2017). The survey then asked respondents to rate their ISPs based on performance across a range of categories, such as customer support, technical support, value for money, reliability and service speeds etc.

The caveat with having such a small sample size is that this survey can only cover the biggest broadband providers, which typically ignores the smaller ISPs that so often deliver superior service quality and support. Another caveat stems from using speedtests to rank ISPs, which can be a problem if one provider has more customers on a slower package than others. In other words, the results should be taken with a pinch of salt.

2018 Broadband Genie Awards

Best Broadband Provider

Plusnet 78.0%
Virgin Media 75.1%
EE 74.5%
Vodafone 74.1%
Sky Broadband 73.6%
BT 70.5%
TalkTalk 66.7%

Best Customer Care

Plusnet 80.5%
EE 76.9%
Sky 75.8%
Vodafone 75.0%
Virgin Media 72.8%
BT 68.9%
TalkTalk 64.3%

Most Reliable Broadband Provider

Plusnet 78.4%
Virgin Media 78.3%
BT 74.7%
EE 74.7%
Sky 74.6%
Vodafone 71.9%
TalkTalk 69.1%

Best Value Provider

Vodafone 81.0%
Plusnet 79.1%
EE 77.6%
TalkTalk 76.4%
Sky 72.8%
Virgin Media 69.5%
BT 65.0%

Most Recommended Provider

Plusnet 78.3%
Virgin Media 73.2%
EE 72.7%
Sky 71.1%
BT 66.3%
Vodafone 65.7%
TalkTalk 61.1%

Most Trustworthy Provider

Plusnet 80.8%
EE 77.1%
Vodafone 76.4%
Sky 76.3%
Virgin Media 75.4%
BT 73.7%
TalkTalk 67.0%

Fastest Provider – Downloading

Virgin Media 85.0 Mb/s
Vodafone 34.9 Mb/s
BT 25.3 Mb/s
Plusnet 20.6 Mb/s
TalkTalk 20.4 Mb/s
EE 19.2 Mb/s
Sky 13.6 Mb/s

Fastest Provider – Uploading

Vodafone 8.1 Mb/s
Virgin Media 7.0 Mb/s
BT 6.3 Mb/s
EE 5.0 Mb/s
TalkTalk 3.9 Mb/s
Plusnet 3.6 Mb/s
Sky 3.2 Mb/s

Customer Speed Satisfaction

Virgin Media 80.3%
Vodafone 78.5%
Plusnet 74.1%
BT 73.0%
Sky 72.3%
EE 72.0%
TalkTalk 67.8%

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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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4 Responses
  1. occasionally factual says:

    Another set of awards from a company who earns money from getting people to sign up to ISPs.

    Still it is good to have a laugh. And these awards are just that.

  2. Robert Matthews says:

    Reliability and most Recommended (7th) Vodafone you should be ashamed of the service charges for such terrible results.If I were to achieve results like that my boss would sack me.What excuses can you come up with to satisfy the public this time. (NONE)

    1. Mike says:

      Err they did not come 7th in any category.

  3. Paul M says:

    Shameful that none of the winners support ipv6?
    Where’s the full fibre service providers who are actively building infrastructure instead of squeezing copper assets?
    Maybe those aren’t sponsoring dubious awards?

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