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This test examines the latency (milliseconds), download and upload speed of your broadband connection in Megabits per second (estimated). Please try our Availability Checker to see which major networks are available in your area.
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Please take note that this test can cope with both current and next generation Gigabit broadband speeds (up to around 1,000Mbps), although the dynamic nature of Internet connectivity means that the results may not always be 100% accurate. Tests conducted via WiFi may also produce a slower result, especially if others are using your network.

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 Results - UK Home Broadband ISPs
The following results only include independent providers with a wide national availability, which is primarily because smaller and often faster altnet ISPs (e.g. Gigaclear, B4RN, Hyperoptic etc.) aren't yet available to the vast majority of people and others didn't produce enough sample test data to be included.

In addition, the top 10% result represents the speeds experienced by the fastest 10% of customers at each ISP (usually those with the best connections / fastest packages).

Average Download Speeds (Mean)

No. Operator 2018 H1 (Top 10%) 2017 H2 (Top 10%) 2017 H1 (Top 10%)
1. Virgin Media 65.3Mbps (128.4Mbps) 62.1Mbps (129.5Mbps) 54.7Mbps (109.2Mbps)
2. AAISP 56.5Mbps (74.6Mbps) 38.2Mbps (72.8Mbps) 40.6Mbps (74Mbps)
3. iDNET 37.3Mbps (71.1Mbps) 31.9Mbps (68.2Mbps) 33.2Mbps (67.1Mbps)
4. Zen Internet 36.9Mbps (73.4Mbps) 31.4Mbps (68.5Mbps) 31.6Mbps (71.4Mbps)
5. Vodafone 29.6Mbps (54.8Mbps) 25.1Mbps (43.9Mbps) 27.9Mbps (51.6Mbps)
6. BT 29.5Mbps (62.7Mbps) 27.9Mbps (62.3Mbps) 25.9Mbps (52.1Mbps)
7. Plusnet 23.6Mbps (51.5Mbps) 21.6Mbps (45.2Mbps) 20.8Mbps (47.8Mbps)
8. EE 19.7Mbps (39.3Mbps) 16.9Mbps (36.2Mbps) 16.9Mbps (36.3Mbps)
9. TalkTalk 17.7Mbps (37.3Mbps) 16.6Mbps (36.9Mbps) 15.7Mbps (36.4Mbps)
10. Sky Broadband 16.8Mbps (34.8Mbps) 16.1Mbps (35.1Mbps) 14.8Mbps (33.6Mbps)

Average Upload Speeds (Mean)

No. Operator 2018 H1 2017 H2 2017 H1
1. AAISP 16.7Mbps 10Mbps 10.1Mbps
2. iDNET 11.1Mbps 8.1Mbps 7.5Mbps
3. Zen Internet 9.6Mbps 8Mbps 8.5Mbps
4. Virgin Media 9.3Mbps 7.4Mbps 6.9Mbps
5. Vodafone 7.3Mbps 6.6Mbps 8.6Mbps
6. BT 6.9Mbps 6.6Mbps 6.1Mbps
7. Plusnet 5.2Mbps 3.9Mbps 3.9Mbps
8. EE 4.5Mbps 3.7Mbps 4.5Mbps
9. TalkTalk 3.9Mbps 3.7Mbps 2.4Mbps
10. Sky Broadband 3.7Mbps 3.5Mbps 3.6Mbps

Overall the average download speed of the top ten national providers in 2018 H1 was 33.29Mbps (up from 28.78Mbps at the end of 2017) and the average upload speed hit 7.82Mbps (up from 6.15Mbps).

 Results - UK Mobile Broadband Operators
The following results are constructed in a similar fashion to the ones for home broadband providers (above), except for the fact that we are testing the four primary Mobile Broadband (3G and 4G) operators. Mobile services are subject to the daily movements and radically different hardware choices (Smartphones etc.) of their end-users, which makes it difficult to establish a reliable picture of performance.

Average Download Speeds

No. Operator 2018 H1 2017 H2 2017 H1
1. EE 27.5Mbps 26.5Mbps 27.7Mbps
2. Vodafone 18.4Mbps 19.2Mbps 18Mbps
3. Three UK 15Mbps 16.5Mbps 14.3Mbps
4. O2 14.6Mbps 14.4Mbps 14.4Mbps

Average Upload Speeds

No. Operator 2018 H1 2017 H2 2017 H1
1. EE 6.8Mbps 6.5Mbps 6.1Mbps
2. Vodafone 4.9Mbps 4.1Mbps 3.7Mbps
3. Three UK 4.4Mbps 5Mbps 4.3Mbps
4. O2 4Mbps 4.4Mbps 3.5Mbps

Overall the average download speed of the four primary mobile operators in 2018 H1 was 18.87Mbps (down from 19.15Mbps at the end of 2017) and the average upload speed hit 5.02Mbps (up from 5Mbps).

Disclaimer: It’s important to take average (mean) speeds like those above 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 provider's ability to control (e.g. tests conducted via slower smartphone vs faster desktop computers, slow wifi, poor home wiring etc.), thus we do not consider the above data to be a reliable barometer for individual user connectivity, but it can help to highlight general changes in the market.

NOTE: Data for H1 (first half of the year) is collected during the end of May, while data for H2 (last half of the year) is collected during the end of November.

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