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Virgin Media and O2 Battle for UKs Fastest Broadband Claim

Posted: 02nd Sep, 2008 By: MarkJ
The latest anecdotal broadband speed test results from price comparison site broadband.co.uk has revealed that Virgin Media and O2 (Be Broadband) are now virtually neck and neck in terms of real world performance.

The Top 10 August 2008 results show that O2's (Be Broadband's) lead over Virgin has narrowed to an almost negligible 60kbps. The average over all tests was a download speed of 3.585Mbps, which is a slight drop from July 2008's average of 3.609Mbps:

ISP NAME - Average Download (Average Upload)

  1. Be and O2* - 6.157Mbps (0.849Mbps)

  2. Virgin Media - 6.097Mbps (0.442Mbps)

  3. Sky - 3.685Mbps (0.411Mbps)

  4. Orange - 3.111Mbps (0.350Mbps)

  5. Talk Talk - 2.576Mbps (0.311Mbps)

  6. Plusnet - 2.554Mbps (0.361Mbps)

  7. BT - 2.430Mbps (0.354Mbps)

  8. Tiscali - 2.291Mbps (0.331Mbps)

  9. AOL - 1.955Mbps (0.283Mbps)

  10. Eclipse - 1.490Mbps (0.336Mbps)

However it's noted that While O2 are holding onto the overall highest average speeds, Virgin come in with the fastest average speeds during the evening and late night periods:

Average August 2008 Broadband ISP Speeds

It's interesting to note how some of these results compare to the average download speed of Vodafone's Mobile Broadband service, which is currently regarded as the markets fastest at 2.3Mbps. Suffice to say, Tiscali, AOL UK and Eclipse certainly need to work on their performance.
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